Amherst News-Times, 1998-07-08
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' >ree's this weekend — Page 12 Schools earn good grades — Page 2 >>eeeae.Beeeeeeeaaea^^eeBeeeeeeeeeaaeeeeeeeeaeaaaBaaaeaeeaa>ee^eeeaaeaeeeeeeaMeaeaaBaa«ea^ kmherst News-Times uly 8, 1998 Amhorst. Ohio <>() i.imiI' S ioIs to deal wiui additional modular units as classrooms by APRIL MILLER News-Times reporter With last week's arrival of three new modular units, each housing two classrooms, the Amherst school district now has modular units at every building. Marion L. Steele High School, Powers Elementary School and Shupe Middle School were the recipients of the three new units. Shupe already had one unit, as well as Harris Elementary School and Nord Junior High School. The units, which were purchased from a company in Indiana, are estimated to cost between $190,000 and $200,000 after all of the electricity, fire alarms and communication systems have been installed, explained assistant superintendent Tim Logar. The money comes from the district's permanent improvement fund. "This is not a permanent solution, only a temporary solution to our overcrowding problem," Logar said. The need for space is going to continue to grow for the next five to seven years." As the housing market has grown, the district has continued to experience growth. In addition to modular classrooms, all-day kindergarten was eliminated for the 1998-1999 school year to help alleviate the overcrowding problem. The decision to buy modulars was made at a special board meeting held in January. The board said they thought the community would not support the cost of building more classrooms. An emergency situation was dec lared at the February board meeting and the board directed superintendent Howard Dulmage and supervisor of facilities Ken Glowacki to take the necessary steps to purchase and install three units. Building principals decide which classes will use the units, by determining what their particular building needs are. Logar said the modular unit at MLS was placed on the front lawn, near the music department, because the units will house the music classes. Parking is not affected at any of the buildings by the modulars. After a teacher's desk, cabinets and shelves have been installed, Logar said 24 students fit comfortably in each modular classroom. Robert Boynton, who takes over as superintendent Aug. 1, said growth and transition will be his two biggest issues in the next five to seven years. Boynton said he plans to reconvene the future planning committee to look closely at growth and facilities. "In October, I will have a better idea of the numbers of students," Boynton said. "We will need to sit down, look at the issue and see where it takes us. We need to find a solution that's acceptable to the majority of people in the community." Both Boynton and Logar said the modulars wil} be in place as they are needed. However. Logar said in order to put up a permanent structure in the future a bond issue will be needed. "We want to make our program as excellent as it has been and can be and continue to improve on that," Logar said. ■ j r I Garrett Knoll and Brittany Gerena look through some paperwork as they plan their strategy to raise thousands of dollars for special firefighting equipment that could help save lives. Youngsters to raise gear cash by QLEN MILLER News-Times reporter Brittany Gerena and Garrett Knoll have taken on a big task for their young ages. The 12-year-olds have launched an effort to raise $25365 for the purchase of an IRIS Thermal Imau- ig System, a hi-tech helmet device that will help their lathers battle fires and save lives. Brittany's father. Rick Gerena, is a firefighter and Garrett's dad, Greg Knoll, is a captain with the Amherst Fire Department. The IRIS helmet is a new space age device that will allow them to Firefighters' children start fundraisers for new helmet detect heat, and thus fire, through walls and other dense factors. One worn by a Lorain firefighter recently helped save the life of a small boy trapped irua 8—eHCnt during a blaze. *'■«"• Their idea was not initiated by the fire department and took fire chief Ralph Zilch by surprise. He knew nothing about their fundraising campaign until he heard about it from some "well placed sources" in the fire department and city hall. He got the full scoop about the childrens' effort during a meeti ng with them June 23. The fire chief had no plans to buy one of the helmets. "It's a wonderful piece of equipment but, give* the price, I just couldn't see spending taxpayers' money," he explained. "It's something you'd like to have, but it's awfully expensive for just one." Zilch said he cannot recall an incident in Amherst when the helmet, which is equipped with special infrared red goggles, would have been helpful. Regardless, he said there's always a future risk of people being trapped and not found during a fire. The IRIS could prevent such a disaster. Soon to be seventh graders at Nord Junior High School, Gerena and Knoll got the idea while doing a social studies reading project several weeks ago while they wen sixth graders at Shupe Middle School. Brittany learned about the device while reading an article on it in a Time for Kids magazine and, because Knoll's father also is a firefighter, recruited him to help her. CONTINUED on page S Campers challenge their imaginations here by KRISTIN WEBBER News-Times intern Eighty-eight children from northern Ohio worked together to escape the Planet Zak last week. The escape from Zak was one of the five stations at Camp Invention, which was held at Shupe Middle School. Campers were stranded on the planet (a classroom filled with Mack lights and glow-in- the-dark materials) and had to build spacesuits. search for food, cross poisonous swamps without touching the water, and finally build rocket ships to get home. At another station, children built a rollercoaster out of garden hose and cardboard tabes to learn about the laws of motion. They also hunted for and buried their own treasure, learned about electronics and came up with inventions of their own. Second through sixth grade studenu from Amherst, Firelands. Wakeman, Vermilion. Avon, Lorain and the eaat aids of Cleveland came to the camp which was held from 9 tun. to 3:30 pjn., June 29 through July 3. 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|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1998-07-08|
|Date of Original||08-JUL-1998|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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