Amherst News-Times, 1999-09-15
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Homecoming festivities set — Page 3 Comets defeat rival Sailors — I Amherst News-Tin* O 'aft X Z — X —e *-H s /> o a a - •x < x -. •~ 'Tl HH a h J> O » —i < " O i Wednesriny. Soptombor 15. 1999 Amhnrst. Ohio 'Caddie' puts kid in hall of fame A young man's love of baseball has brought him some outstanding recognition. Local student Austin Meggitt received national recognition last year when he won MediaOne and the Discovery Networks Ultimate Invention Contest by inventing the Baltic Caddie. The Battie Caddie is a device that allows baseball enthusiasts to safely attach their ball and bat to the front of a bike, leaving their hands free to steer, rather than hold onto sports equipment On Saturday, Meggitt will be inducted into the National Gallery for Young Inventors during its annual induction ceremony at the National Inventors Hall of Fame in Akron. Meggitt, along with five other young inventors, will be inducted during a ceremony to be held at the Quaker Hilton hotel. But before the Saturday ceremony, Meggitt will be treated to a youngster's dream: he'll take to the diamond at Jacob's Field in Cleveland on Thursday, SepL 16, where he'll throw out the first pitch of the Indians and Yankees game. He'll also get to demonstrate his invention for some of the players. Who knows, perhaps one day Jim Thome will ride his bike to the Jake, using Meg- giu's Battie Caddie. Local inventor Austin Meggitt shows off the "Battle Caddie," during a ceremony hosted by MediaOne last year. School crow ■ to be discussed at public meetings Board of education will ask parents to develop solution Local vet earns national praise The Veterans of Foreign Ware presented the former commander of Amherst VFW Post #1662, James T. Hampton with All American Commander status at its 100th annual VFW national convention in Kansas City, held Aug. 14-20. The recognition, presented by VFW Commander-in-Chief Thomas A Pouliot has been given to only 70 VFW post commanders in its 100-year history, and it is among the most prestigious honors given by the organization. Criteria for such an honor is based on outstanding membership growth, Buddy Poppy sales, and VFW programs that benefit veterans and their communities. But as Hampton was quick to point 3ut>Mil an" hcir-or can otiJy be achieved with the full cooperation and hard work of the entire post. "I really want this to be a post recognition, because all of the guys worked lo earn it," Hampton said. Hampton, an employee at the Ford Assembly Plant in Lorain, is now a VFW District Inspector. As' an inspector, his job is to check that an .pom -Ti Ma Jfcgtn* r-iitatain sound accounting practices in accordance with VFW dictates. His busy schedule makes catching up to him a challenge. * The Veterans of Foreign Wars was founding in 1899, by Ohio veterans reluming from the Spanish American War, and is the nation's oldest veterans organization. : tt'- " */__—_■ ■ i"*** ■&■*-■• i-*a_rf*v ' et m?* *mm_tP*. Residents anjoy tha Amharat Community Playground at now being asked to give Ha MUawtnicare by helping to seal Maude Neiding Prt last week. Vo^ the wooden structure against tha elements. Volunteer TLC needed for park to help keep the Amherst Community PUyground in top Volunteer! built foe playground several veers ago at Maude NeidiBf PMk aad now it needs a little tender Owelty oae oi the mental ia raising money to build the playground, said the city's perk board has agreed to boy sarin for the wooden attractive as well as the necessary supplies to apply ihe •tsk All she aaeds is volun- — 20 to 30 adults to to Ihe park aa Saturday. Sept 2S aMlsf at 9 If at least 20 volunteers turn out. Mitoff said the staining could probably be completed within five hours. Volunteers don't need to stay the etnas nee hoars bat are welcome to donas* aa hoar or two a* they can. Lunch wilt be ptwvided by Hot Dog Heaves It foose ' ■ '' i i' " i i who call Mitoff ahead at 988-279S and let bar know how many will be coming. Volunteers may also contact the mayor's office for tofor- faje_ieaa» Qg |ej araaaooa. A rasa date has been sche- kfm aejaon* waeeew easejaw aa*m+mm\— aamm—ma—ar deled for Oct 1 ia the of iaetMMBt weather oa *•—*■ w» ***m*tam*aa The board of education is holding a series of public meetings to address the overcrowded conditions in the Amherst schools. These meetings will be held at die high school's multi-purpose room at 7 p.m., Sept 21,23, 27, 30, and on Sunday Oct 3. There was a general decline in school enrollment following the graduation of last of the baby-boomers in 1982, and a number of Lorain County systems closed down buildings they no longer needed. Brownhelm, Florence, and Camden Elementary schools in the Firelands system closed down; Camden and Florence were razed. The Henrietta school became the School Board Offices. But then Rl 2 pushed through from Cleveland, and a housing boom began in earnest throughout the area. Since 1994, 348 new homes have been built in Amherst, and this does not include new homes in the township or homes built in die Amherst school district outside the city limits. Predominantly Cleveland populations began moving into Lorain County as they had done in Medina County. Currendy the turnpike is adding a Rl 58 interchange in Amherst Township and more housing developments could gobble up farmland along Rl 58. With the increase of homes comes an increase in children io be integrated into the school systems. Enrollment has increased steadily since 1990. Powers Elementary School housed 656 students in 1990; the school currendy has 824 stu dents. Harris Elementary School is up from 461 to 576 students today. Shupe Middle School has gone from 446 to 578, and the high school from 1,099 to 1,234 in the last decade. According to school superintendent Robert Boynton, the September meetings are to address the current overcrowded conditions, and to elicit ideas and/or help from the community. Amherst schools have had to use "educational creativity" to maintain quality education since a 1997 school bond issue to raise money to construct more classrooms failed. The schools are literrlly bursting at the seams with students, and immediate action is necessary. "We are trying to do this the right way and answer all of their (district residents) questions,'' Boynton said. Boynton feels the 1997 bond issue failed for three reasons: Ford had recently announced the closing of the passenger division at the Lorain Assembly Plant raising uncertainty among Amherst's Ford family populace just weeks before the vote; uncertainty arising over The De- Rolph Decision on school funding made residents think the schools would get an influx of state money; end he speculates there was carryover from a rejected bond issue for a new auditorium. Is the fall of 1996. a pernianeot improvement levy for building maintenance was renewed, and is currently the source of school building improvements. Unfortunately, CONTINUED on page 5 Open enrollment, old school offer no hope in creating space The overcrowded conditions in the Amherst school system and solutions to end overcrowding are more complex than most people seem to understand, according to school superintendent Robert Boynton. In 1990 enrollment was 3,143 students; presently it is at 3,845, and by the year 2006, estimates place enrollment at 4,000 students. With houses continuing to pop up all over Lorain County, a trend of decreased enrollment does not appear likely, and like the old woman in the shoe, change needs to happen. The issue of open enrollment has come under attack recently. It is believed that closing open enrollment would solve the overcrowded conditions, and no new taxes would be needed. At this time 103 students are enrolled from outlying areas under Ohio's open rnrollment law. There are 84 Amherst students enrolled in other school systems. The net gain is 19 students, spread over 13 grades with an average of 12 teachers per grade, which does not impact the overcrowding problem, Boynton explained. On top of the minimal gain in slots Amherst students can fill, closing open enrollment would cost foe district ansa than $300,000 ia ro- veaues to the This A retirement center now occupies what used to be school property in front of Central. This has effectively landlocked the building. Then there is the $4 million dollar price tag to repurchase foe old school. If current owners gave the building back to the school system, Boynton said there are serious leaks ia the roof, asbestos removal costs, damage repair due to sitting empty for 10 years, plus owning a building not suited for education in foe nineties. Even if it could be accomplished, refuitoishing the building would do little to solve the overcrowding mlemma. Some residents have suggested sllowint the Lorain City Schools to annex that portion of the Amherst school district located with Lorain city limits. Throwing these people to dtp wolves to attempt to solve its overcrowding problems does not bods. weO, especially by the people who. have invested millions of tax dollars so their kids ssto the have a quality foffoe" to ben* School sow spot | seal- aa_at ^ ..^^4*1^^^ OaBaaOa—awa. ***-+*?" Tie leoni •9mtrmm)\ -••ik** mmmaiU L- '*) PH BMB* mama ■
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1999-09-15|
|Date of Original||15-SEP-1999|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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