Amherst News-Times, 2000-04-12
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I I Edsels to perform at Jamboree — Page 3 Collins tough from the mound — Paae 8 Amherst News-Time ■ Wednesday, April 12, 2000 Amherst, Ohio BOE to make decision on overcrowdi by PAUL MORTON News-Times reporter The Amherst school board is expected to decide at its meeting Monday night how to address overcrowding in the city's schools, following a community meeting last night At the meeting last night, the board was expected to present what Ron Cocco of Clark & Post Architects called the two most viable options to ease present and future overcrowding issues. Those options include building a new 1,500-student high school with alterations to Nord Junior High School at a cost of about $36.5 million, or building a new 800-student junior high school with addi tions and alterations to the high school and Nord at a cost of $25.7 million. The estimated cost figures provided by the architects for both plans include $1 million for land acquisition. The first plan would require about 50 acres, about twice as much room as the schools have available at the site of Harris Elementary, where the new junior high in the second plan would be built. The land acquisition money for the second plan would give the schools property for future expansion. Cocco said the new junior high would likely require a second new building to be built some time in the future. "Alternative one addresses long-range projections today," Cocco said. "Alternative two addresses our ten-year projections with the possibility of further expansion necessary down the road." Superintendent Robert Boynton said if a new junior high school were to be built on the Harris property the schools would have no more land to build the second building. School t Sandy Fr« ever decision the boara makes will have to address future growth as well as the current overcrowding situation. She added that she is leaning toward building a new junior high school, partly because she feels voters are CONTINUED on page 3 Teen girl takes special interest in challenging herself to learn by KEITH GRIBBINS News-Times reporter Challenged is a word Amherst teenager Alison Butler has heard often enough pass through the lips of peers in her presence. But the biggest challenge of the 18-year-old Elyria High School student, and her teachers, is keeping up with the constant overflow of ambition that pours out of the youngster and into the many facets of her everyday life. Butler is one of four special needs students in Barb Smith's American Government class at EH. And on late Thursday morning, April 6, Butler met up with guest speaker Diane Eswine, Amherst city auditor and former Lorain County commissioner candidate. The Elyria junior on her own accord wrote the Amherst official to encourage her to come speak to her class on city government, fulfilling her own desire for educational advancement and setting an example for all students who have the bug to simply learn. "I was excited and nervous," smiled Butler about the presentation, breezing her hand through her cropped chestnut hair. "I just thought it would be neat to meet someone . that works in the government" "I don't know of any student in the school that has done something like this," Smith explained. "This is really giving these students the opportunity to bring the community into the classroom. They're putting faces to names they've only read about in the papers." Butler is an Amherst resident that attends Elyria's special needs programs that extends to many challenged students in the Lorain CONTINUED on page 3 City-wide electrical outage is 4-7 a.m. Saturday morning The City of Amherst is planning a city-wide electrical outage scheduled for Saturday, April 15 from 4 a.m. until 7 a.m. due to an upgrade in the new electrical substation number 1, according . to mayor John Higgins. Saturday's three-hour outage is the first of three power outages that the city will experience due to the upgrades and the completion of the new substation, stated Higgins. The first outage will enable to the city to put in a new switch at the substation. "We've got to get this done before the hot weather comes," ex plained Higgins. This outage will also effect the commercial district on Rt 58. stated Higgins. The next two outages have not yet been scheduled, "but the city will give a week to 10 days notice to let everyone know," acknowledged Higgins. Eagles Club gets caught offering gambling games by KEITH GRIBBINS News-Times reporter The Amherst Fraternal Order of Eaglet was cited for permitting and or allowing gambling at their 1161 Milan Ave. club Wednesday. Match 22. Four different violations were cited by the Ohio Department of Public Safety, including tip tickets, payoff records, daily drawings, and monthly and weekly drawings. In 60 to 90 days a questionnaire will be sent to the club by the liquor commission. According to the Ohio Department of Safety's deputy director of communications Suzanne Amherst City Auditor Diane Eswine visited Barb Smith's Special Needs American Government class at Elyria High School Thursday morning, April 6. Alison Butler, an Amherst resident in the class, wrote the local city official on her own accord to come and visit the class to discuss local city government. Pictured, left to right, Barb Smith, Jon Paul Sprinkle, and Alison Butler, listen to Eswine, right, discuss the structure of Amherst's government with the group Thursday. Tight ship makes volunteers sick by KEITH GRIBBINS News-Times reporter After some employees experienced headaches and other discomforts at the area's Office of Aging Building, located at 621 Cleveland Ave., the city fire department measured what they thought was an abnormal level of methane gas in the city office. But after further investigation through a private contractor, the city discovered that their readings were a bit off and that some recent remodeling might have been the cause of the problem. "There's no problem in the building," explained Mayor John Higgins. "He (contractor) said the new carpeting or the new tile might have been the cause of the discomfort the employees were feeling." About a week and a half ago, the Amherst Fire Department was called in to take a gas reading when some ladies that worked at the office complained of problems. The department had a .2 reading; at the time, they considered a .5 to be a dangerous level. The building was checked, and according to Higgins, sludge was found in the office's sewer system. The sludge was cleaned out and the office was ventilated to release any harmful gas buildup. But when a contractor came in to check the gas levels on Friday, April 7, he stated that a .2 level was normal, and that a level of 1500 would be dangerous, not .5. Problems were then found with the ventilation system that might have kept the office's air stagnant in the building and caused problems with the Amherst employees. According to Higgins, air was ventilated into the building's attic, the same place fresh air was supposedly coming in from. "We basically overdid our job," stated Higgins about closing up die building for winter. Since finding the ventilation problem, the city has added a tan and new ventilation to the outside to, "allow fresh air to come in and clear out the building." Higgins cited. Watiker, the Eagles will be able to deny or accept the allegations of gambling in the questionnaire. Once the paper work is sent back to the commission, they will review it for 10 to 14 days before handing down a decision, stated Watiker. There are three main penalties that the local club could receive, cited Watiker. including: fine with no penalty imposed; a forfeiture, a fine for each day the club's liquor license would have been suspended; and a general suspension of the order's liquor license for an allotted amount of time. Fraternal Order of Eagles Presi dent Ron Harper had no comment on the Once upon a time... The cold and rainy spring weather has set in on the Amherst community early In April. Locals are wondering what happened to the warm days of March? Just a few weeks ago, Natalie Garntca and daughter Maria. 2, climb on the ropes al Maude Neiding Park on a bright, sunny afternoon in what seemed like an early indication of a warm spring. (News-Times Photo by Keith Qribbins)
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2000-04-12|
|Date of Original||12-APR-2000|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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