Blog Posts For The Week Of August 9, 2014 Through August 15, 2014

Release: STRS Ohio Reports +16.8% Total Fund Return for Fiscal Year 2014
By Gongwer Staff
Posted: August, 15 2014 3:03 PM

During the August meeting of the State Teachers Retirement Board, Investment Department staff reported that STRS Ohio’s total fund return for the year ending June 30, 2014, was +16.8%, and the market value of assets at fiscal year end was $74.8 billion. The strong return exceeded the fund’s assumed actuarial return of 7.75% and followed a +13.7% return in fiscal year 2013.

The Retirement Board’s investment consultant, Callan Associates, noted that STRS Ohio’s fiscal year 2014 returns ranked above the median of the Callan Public Fund Sponsor database, but an overweight to liquidity reserves detracted from returns. Following two years of solid market returns, STRS Ohio’s 2015 Investment Plan calls for only moderate growth in the capital markets in fiscal year 2015.

STRS Ohio’s assumed actuarial rate of return     +7.75%

Total fund return (five years)      +13.6%

Total fund return (10 years)        +8.0%

Total fund return (20 years)        +8.3%

Total fund return (30 years)        +9.6%

Fiscal 2014 Operating Expenses Total $4.5 Million Under Budget

Final figures for fiscal year 2014 show that STRS Ohio’s operating expenditures were approximately $4.5 million less than budgeted for the year. Less than expected expenditures for salaries, performance-based incentive payments and professional and technical services accounted for much of the savings. Each month, STRS Ohio posts approved administrative expenses on its website.

Release: Start the School Year Off Right; Get Up-to-Date on Your Vaccines
By Gongwer Staff
Posted: August, 14 2014 3:49 PM

National Immunization Awareness Month reminds us about the importance of vaccinations

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Back-to-school season is just days away for some students, and that means parents are out getting supplies, new clothes and back packs. It’s also the perfect time to make sure your kids are up to date on their vaccines.

Unvaccinated children are at increased risk for contracting vaccine-preventable diseases like measles, mumps and whooping cough. They also may spread such diseases which are serious or potentially life-threatening for high-risk individuals such as infants who are too young to be fully vaccinated and others who have weakened immune systems due to other health conditions.

Ohio has had 377 confirmed cases of measles this year, the largest outbreak in the U.S. since 1994. Ohio’s mumps outbreak stands at 473 cases.

To emphasize the importance of immunizations for everyone, and to make sure that children in particular are protected with all of the vaccines they need, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is joining the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month.

“Getting children all of the vaccines recommended by CDC’s immunization schedule is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children’s health and that of classmates and the community,” said State Epidemiologist Dr. Mary DiOrio. “If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to check with your doctor to find out what vaccines your child needs, and when.”

Most schools require children to be current on vaccinations before enrolling to protect the health of all students.

Children who are 4 to 6 years old are due for boosters of four vaccines: DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis), chickenpox, MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) and polio.

Youths who are preteens and teen-agers need Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), MenACWY (meningococcal conjugate vaccine) and HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccines. In addition, yearly flu vaccines are recommended for all children 6 months and older.

Parents can find out more about the recommended immunization schedule at:

http://www.odh.ohio.gov/odhprograms/dis/immunization/imunchsc.aspx

Release: Kasich Orders Flags Flown At Half-Staff In Honor Of Former State Senator Merle Kearns
By Gongwer Staff
Posted: August, 14 2014 3:46 PM

COLUMBUS – Today Governor John R. Kasich ordered that all flags in Clark County and at the Ohio Statehouse be flown at half-staff from sunrise until sunset on August 15, 2014 in honor of former State Senator Merle Kearns. His order reads:

“In honor of the life and service of Ohio State Representative and State Senator Merle Kearns, I hereby proclaim, by the authority vested in me as Governor of the State of Ohio by the Ohio Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that the flags of the United States of America and the State of Ohio shall be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout Clark County and at the Ohio Statehouse from sunrise to sunset on August 15, 2014.”

Column: Start the School Year Off Right; Get Up-to-Date on Your Vaccines
By Gongwer Staff
Posted: August, 13 2014 8:50 AM

National Immunization Awareness Month reminds us about the importance of vaccinations

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Back-to-school season is just days away for some students, and that means parents are out getting supplies, new clothes and back packs. It’s also the perfect time to make sure your kids are up to date on their vaccines.

Unvaccinated children are at increased risk for contracting vaccine-preventable diseases like measles, mumps and whooping cough. They also may spread such diseases which are serious or potentially life-threatening for high-risk individuals such as infants who are too young to be fully vaccinated and others who have weakened immune systems due to other health conditions.

Ohio has had 377 confirmed cases of measles this year, the largest outbreak in the U.S. since 1994. Ohio’s mumps outbreak stands at 473 cases.

To emphasize the importance of immunizations for everyone, and to make sure that children in particular are protected with all of the vaccines they need, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is joining the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month.

“Getting children all of the vaccines recommended by CDC’s immunization schedule is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children’s health and that of classmates and the community,” said State Epidemiologist Dr. Mary DiOrio. “If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to check with your doctor to find out what vaccines your child needs, and when.”

Most schools require children to be current on vaccinations before enrolling to protect the health of all students.

Children who are 4 to 6 years old are due for boosters of four vaccines: DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis), chickenpox, MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) and polio.

Youths who are preteens and teen-agers need Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), MenACWY (meningococcal conjugate vaccine) and HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccines. In addition, yearly flu vaccines are recommended for all children 6 months and older.

Parents can find out more about the recommended immunization schedule at:

http://www.odh.ohio.gov/odhprograms/dis/immunization/imunchsc.aspx

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