Amherst News-Times, 1999-06-09
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I Form Former baseball star earns fame — Page 14 Martello marks anniversary — Page 7 Amherst News-Times n Wednesday. June 9. 1999 Amherst. Ohio 50 cents r Jubilant Marion L. Steele High School graduates toss their graduation caps into the air in a courtyard outside the Lorain Palace Theater mi nutes after the completion ot commencement ceremonies. Class of 1999 bids farewell to school days Two hundred eight-eight young men and women said goodbye to Marion L. Steele High School and hello to the world daring commencement ceremonies at the Lorain Palace Theater on Sunday. The theater was jammed with 1,300 parents, friends and spectators as one by one students accepted their diplomas' from board of educa- Educator returns as Nord principal Two new school administrators are returning home to take vacant posts in the Amherst schools. Michael Diamond, social studies teacher at Nord Junior High School from 1993-98, will become principal of the school beginning Aug. 2. Wanda Warford, a graduate of Marion L. Steele High School with 19 years of food service experience, will become the new supervisor of cafeteria services. Both appointments were approved by die board of education on May 24. Diamond replaces William Mar- ley, who is retiring as principal, and Warford will succeed Barbara Wolfe, who also is retiring. Warford comes from the Olmsted Palls school system, where she has been food service supervisor since 1992. Diamond comes to Nord from Burneson Middle School in West- lake, where he is assistant principal. Superintendent of schools Robert Boynton said Diamond was selected to replace Mariey because of his prior experience at Nord and his familiarity with Us staff. A resident of North Olmsted, Diamond taught social studies in the Cleveland schools from 1989 to 1993 before coming to Amherst A graduate of Lorain Catholic High School, he earned an education degree from Miami University of Ohio and a juris doctorate degree in law from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa. He also has completed graduate courses for a certificate in education administration from Cleveland State University. A resident of Amhent, Warford is the daughter of Amherst-area auto COMTMUID on pegs • tion and high school officials. Among the speakers was valedictorian Erin Moennich, who said, "Tne lessons we have learned go beyond, geometry, English and history." "I truly believe that Steele's teachers, parents and administrators have given us the tools necessary to face and overcome any obstacles that we may encounter," she said. She also noted the high academic standards that have helped make the school district*snd hjtgVsehool one of the best in the state. "Students know that it takes hard work and dedication to succeed in the Amherst system. Amherst teachers have high expectations and get high results in return," she added. Moennich, the daughter of James and Debra Moennich, of 139 Westchester Dr., graduated with a 4.37 grade point average. *- A member of the Steele tennis team, Moennich plans to attend the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where she will major in business with an emphasis in international business. After commencement, students met in a courtyard outside the theater where they completed the ritual with-»tradiiional cap toss followed by hugs, and kisses and many congratulations. So many people spilled off the sidewalk in front of the theater that Lorain police were forced to temporarily close one northbound lane -: ■-■■.'.■"■•"■■ All Ohio St. Joseph School students Kelli Sheehan, Mate Mahony and fourth grade course about Ohio history. Afterwards, they held a Cody McCaty finish making posters they deskaned as part of a nsw party with their classmates to celebrate their (earning achievement. Committee to examine need for tax of Broadway. Prior to commencement activities, high school officials announced the winners of individual scholarships. They are: Rachel Whitsel, David Bourne Memorial Scholarship; Angela Skeeles, Amherst Democra- CONTiNUED on page 2 Students earn high test marks Local school officials want to achieve a 73 percent passing rate for the state mandated ninth grade proficiency test in 2000. a 10 percent improvement over this year's overall student results. Sixty-three percent of the eighth graders at Nord Junior High School passed all five parts of the test given earlier this year. Assistant school superintendent Timothy Logar, who oversees the school district's curriculum and instruction program, called this year's results "a significant improvement", over the 56 percent passing rate last year. Amherst students ranked second out of those in IS county school districts who took the test in March, Avon Lake ranked first with a 76 percent passing rate for eighth graders who took all five parts of the test: math, science, reading, writing and citizenship. Outgoing Nord principal William Mariey issued a letter of congratulations to his staff and students on ths improvements in die test Wanted: people who want Amherst to have smooth streets with strong bridges, good curbs and so potholes. This is probably how a want ad recruiting a group of seven to 10 residents to promote a half-percent street income tax levy might read if it were placed in the newspaper. City council has mayor John Higgins to noaninatri people to a citizens' -committee to study the assd for a levy renewal, malm aa lads- PCfatjCfll hXDOaft IO COUOCU 4W0 PaPOW* ote the Isvy'a -passage this November. The mayor reminded council May 24 the nominations am needed so a committee can ss formed and begin studying the levy issue as soon as poatibte, Renewal of ths 10-year levy mast be sahsaaad to the Urate Coaafy Board of Elections by Aug. 19 if his m be oa the November general election hale}. 1 don't want to teat dictate s committee. I don't dank that's ths propwwsytodotete-ssjdi ate the facts," he explained. In addition to promoting the levy's passage, the committee wiU be asked to verify the need for it based on engineering information provided by the city. It will be asked to study the cost *aJS> assBe^amtm eueeaist a^amae^^a a*mea^^mam mm^aaww since the levy was pasted te 1990 and forecast the repairs needed te the eaat 10 years. The chy contenis few street repairs can be made without the $1.$ by the levy annu ally. Even though the levy does not expire until Dec. 31, the chy must wait one year after it is approved by votesa before it can begin collecting tax finds, the mayor explained. This year the chy plans to spend more than $800/100 oa repaying and the replacement of several deteriorated catch bastes. The single most costly project wil be dm ray. heiiL.it-| ntmmm lark—am fpaa^tjaAAg. aMrm as ^a^asBaS van sa^rapst*^* *as*yassss ssr •rsa^eiaaassaSafc cxmmm> m seas • Last year, 56 percent of graders taking the teat passed ah] five parts. The test does not have taj be given until students are te thf ninth grade. Regardless, Logar said Amhent ia among the school die- trictsthatgiv*ttintk«eigi>mgrad»^ This allows students who tail oae oil more pans to retake them m ate* or continue until they pats "And, it's also what they learned te five eight aad how well ws have bssa ■"ha ■" ■ system's goal is for a five to lOatj* te am ^m^im^s_i_____i several yesnasoaBd-aM-messawat m Ba^BS *
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1999-06-09|
|Date of Original||09-JUN-1999|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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