Amherst News-Times, 1999-05-19
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New Drug Mart's on its way — Page 3 Girls win SWC track title — Page 8 Amherst News-Time •I •"» e- D _ O m X X I— 00 H »-« <Z 'J1 O O 3 r oo < X m 3 H l> O < -> m j» VV.Mlnc.d |y M,|y M 1 'I'l- Crowded schools top BOE's agenda by PAUL MORTON New3-Times reporter After a year of studying overcrowding in the Amhent schools, the board of education unveiled its facilities future planning report, outlining four options to remedy the situation. They also acknowledged during the meeting they may not use any of them. The report outlines problems of overcrowding or inadequate facilities or both in each of the district's five buildings and lists four options to be explored. According to the report, previous efforts to deal with overcrowding included adding trailers outside of each building for extra classroom space, adding on to Nord, Powers, and Shupe schools, eliminating all day everyday kindergarten, and increasing class sizes. In addition, superintendent Robert Boynton said students at Shupe eat lunch in their classrooms and the hallways at Nord are so small only one-way traffic is allowed. The report added that the science classrooms at the high school are 30 to 40 years old and cannot provide an adequate modern science curriculum. Also the high school and junior high school gyms provide playing and practice space for 20 teams, up from eight teams in 1968. *:- ^"o aggravate the overcrowding, tne report cites enrollment projections from the state department of education, showing an increase of 275 students over the next seven years. School board member Ron Yacabozzi said the schools' reputation is feeding the overcrowding. "There's lots of builders out there clamoring to build here" Yacabozzi said. "If you ask people why they move here, they'll say it's the schools.'* • The report included a copy of a January newspaper article showing a total of 348 new housing starts in Amherst over die last five years; but board member James Berthold said that figure does not tell the whole story, since many of the 428 housing starts in Lorain over that same period are in the Amherst school district. "Sixty-five to 70 percent of hous- i-a-g starts in Lorain are in the part aafc in the Amherst school district," Berthold said. . Boynton said the solutions given in the report are merely ideas, and more community input is necessary to determine what should eventually be: done. "If this were a football game, we're at halftime. We've spent this last year looking at the problem internally," Boynton said. "The next step is to go to the community. There may be other answers." The solutions given in the report would involve reorganizing the school system so that the preschool handicapped programs, kindergarten, and first and second grades would be housed at Shupe, third and fourth grades would be at Harris, fifth and sixth grades would move to what would be called Nord Middle School, and grades seven through 12 would be at Marion L. Steele Junior/Senior High School. Boynion said such a reorganization plan without building aa additional school foulding would require the junior/aa-nior high school to fellow • block split schedule format. Under such a format, students ia grades 10 through 12 would start the school day around 7 am. and finish at noon, and students in grades seven through nine would go from noon until 4 pjn. "It's not something anyone in this room would want to do," Boynton said. "But it's sn ciKion." In addition to the reorganization, the report lists four "awhaacemeat options." ranging from upgrading the science classroams snd building a Amhi'i st fi o o mAHtmam^ Pride Day volunteers clean up town Nearly 200 people turned out to put a spring face on Amherst during the fifth annual Pride Day Saturday by planting flowers, cleaning away winter's dirt and grime, and building a playground. The latter took place at Harris Elementary School, where members of the Comet football team, parents and students came to together to build the first phase of new a playground costing more than $35,000. The project to raise money for the playground was undertaken late last year by students and a parent group. The new equipment will replace slides and other things that no longer meet playground safety standards. , School volunteers and high school students usually join in the city-wide clean up, although this year the Harris playground took precedence for school volunteers. An Amherst 4-H group made the playground work a club project, according to principal Dan Trent A total of about 50 people worked in shifts to complete the project while dozens of other volunteers, including Girl and Boy scouts and Brownies, worked around the city and Maude Neiding Park. Members of the city park commission planted 10 trees in the park while volunteers for Century Telephone Co. removed the cover from the park's swimming pool. The Leo Club cleaned and planted around the Sandstone Office on Aging, the Rotary Club spruced up the Amherst Hospital park while members of city council worked on the new Veterans Park at Tenney Avenue and Church Street. While all that was going on, members of the Freedom Nation Motorcycle Club were busy cleaning up the small park adjacent to the Beaver Creek along Milan Avenue. There were those with individual projects, including Am- CONTINUED on page 2 At top, rt-embers of the Marion L Steal High School footbaJ team carry a piece of playground equipment put together by dozens of volunteers during Pride Day. Volunteers Included pa- *■— (__ Wa—aaataaa ■ aaaa—i a* m I rents, tne ragn scnooi student cound and At Park at Crturoh and Tenney Avenue gets the once over from a host of volunteers as may plant flowera and spruce up M remove tha pool al S*>ajaaj_a _g_ feai____tt___________ (____■, rant at preparaBaon am the upcoming swim * -1 «
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1999-05-19|
|Date of Original||19-MAY-1999|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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