Amherst News-Times, 2000-01-05
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Swimmers eye run at state contest — Page 6 I Comets win a nailbiter — Page 6 Amherst News-Time r- .X -> Wednesday, January 5, 2000 Amherst, Ohio II i I ( | ilf'il rr -■ b S t .si..****?* • • ess . < "/'•''*'' 9> '. ,' • J0»C^r' ^ ssV -j'V Golden afternoon At right, a man decides whether to keep his Golden Acres retirement community. And at for their snow boards are Jack and Eric Smith of Jackson Street, eyes open during his ride down the hill behing right, enjoying the first real snow fall of the year Amherst schools tops, according to state by STEVE BARRY News-Times reporter The state has released an unofficial grade card for all school districts in Ohio, and Amherst has once again placed near the top. There are a possible 27 points a school system can score, and acquiring those points is directly linked to individual student scores on the state's proficiency tests. Amherst school district scored 22 out of 27 points (81.5 percent). The proficiency tests are taken by fourth, sixth, eighth graders, tenth graders and seniors. Those in grades 4, 6, 8 and 10, must achieve a score of 75 percent to pass. Seniors, who seem to find it difficult to take the multipart test seriously, must achieve only 60 percent to pass. Seniors have such a low score averages because, by this point in a senior's life, they already possess the required credits to graduate, and if college is next, they have already been accepted. Senior proficiency tests are also not die same as the ninth grade jroficiCHCX., tests which must Be" 'piisSNi in order to graduate. Senior tests are used to acquire an honors diploma. One point is also awarded for the number of graduating students who passed from grade nine through grade 12, taking only the standard four years to accomplish it Another point is awarded for school systems that maintain good student attendance. The proficiency tests are comprised of five individual tests worth one point each. The individual tests are under the categories of citizenship, math, reading, writing, and science. Each grade level proficiency test is worth five points, then the state adds the scores from the five grade levels taking the test batter), and the perfect school system gets 25 points. Add in attendance and seniors graduating on time and the perfect school system has earned 27 points. An attendance policy in place at all Amherst schools, is the reason they have a 96.9 percent attendance rate, according to superintendent Bob Boynton. Students may only miss five days during a grading period. A seriously ill student is reclassified and given home instruction via a tutor, and CONTINUED on page 3 h Grants to allow training of character re-enactors by STEVE BARRY News-Times reporter Tune continues to move backward very nicely for the Sandstone Museum Center. A blacksmith shop is up and functional, the Greek Revival house is under roof, windows in place and doors not too far from installation. Hie walls of an old sandstone smoke house are being reassembled, and it should be under roof in about a week. The smoke house was donated in memory of John and Helen Big. of South Amherst, by their son John Big Jr. To aid in the construction work an entire 1800s woodworking shop has been completed, and will eventually be used to construct furniture of the period. During construction of the Greek Revival building they tut a spring, and water freely runs through the grounds. It would add a fine touch to the village, if they can work it in. The historical society board of trustees has recenUy approved a grant award of $50,000 to the museum center, for the hiring of an office assistant and a docent/re- enactor trainer. The Sandstone Museum Center has collected $216350 in grants so far this year, enabling them to move forward on nearly all of the projects. J The grant was awarded from the Greater Community Foundation of Lorain County, and is comprised of a number of family foundations, including the Joseph A. and Mary N. Ignat Fund, the Evan and Cindy Nord Fund and the Jane and Eric Nord Fund. Ken Hammontree as he portrays General George Washington. Hammontree will train local residents who would like to portray a favorite character in history. . A decent is someone who will lead guided tours of the facilities and wear dress of the period uni- (brms. That program will be headed up by Vivienne Bickley. The living History character portrayal program will be headed by Ken Hammontree and the training is free. Scott Kodger, the executive director of the Sandstone Museum Center complex, has visions the center to be the "Williamsburg" of Lorain County. To bring the Sandstone Museum Center up to speed on the horse and buggy pace of early America, Hammontree, of Living History Productions in Mansfield, has been employed to train volunteers lo be liv- CONTINUED on Dennis Walters Downed in council contest, Walters eyes a bigger fish by STEVE BARRY News-Times reporter Firelantis School principal Dennis Walters is determined to enter politics. Undaunted by his defeat at the bands of the Democrats in the Amherst city council race. Walters has started stumping for the seat of retiring 63rd district state representative Bill Taylor. After his defeat in last November's elections, Walters had originally decided to regroup and establish some contacts for another run at Amherst city council in two years. The unexpected an nouncement that Taylor would not seek another term was a window of opportunity Walters has been looking for and could not pass up. For Walters, the decision to enter politics was simply an extension of his desire to serve people, the way he has served them for nearly 30 years, as an educator. His actual retirement is scheduled for next November, but to start a political career, one must begin at the start of the political cycle, and for a shot at the state house seat, Walton bad to step up boa his game plan and time frame. 1 have always been interested « helping people," said Wallers, "that's why I entered education. The taxpayers have invested a lot of money in me, and I see this (politics) as a way of continuing my service helping people." "I had no idea Taylor was going to retire, he didn't announce it until around Thanksgiving, but it is a window of opportunity," Wallers said. His first hurdle is to receive the party endorsement, by diminating rival Republicans during the primaries in Match. Dennis Wallers is a 1964 graduate of Riverside High CONTINUED or.
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2000-01-05|
|Date of Original||05-JAN-2000|
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