Amherst News-Times, 2000-05-03
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Olympiads 12th in state test — Page 7 I Sandstone registration open — Pag< Amherst News-Time Wednesday, May 3, 2000 Amherst, Ohio Musical chairs: schools deal > with retirees, reorganization i i : by KATHLEEN WILLBOND I' News-Times editor The Amherst schools will lose hundreds of years of experience 'when teachers, administrators, coaches and don-certified personnel retire at the end of this school year. Assistant superintendent Tim Logar, who has been with the district for more than 20 years, will retire, as will long-time transportation supervisor Ruth Williams and Shupe Middle School principal Steve Demko. Leaving also are language arts teacher Barbara Brown, after 31 years in education (21 in Amherst); speech and language pathologist Brenda Cartmell after 26 years of service in Amherst; speech and language pathologist Arlene Dinallo after 10 years in education (seven locally) and language arts teacher Rebecca Dolinar after 28 years in the Amherst district Physical education teacher and coach Ed Dolinar, a teacher of 32 years (30 in Amherst) has announced his retirement Library and teacher aide Marlene Shannon, after 10 years in Amherst and 16 in the education field, will retire along with teacher aide Kathleen S.rb who baa logged 24 years in the Amherst schools. Extended first grade teacher Patti Wegehaupt, a teacher in Amherst for 25 of her 32 years in education, will retire. Powers elementary school's head cook, Pat Beeder, will retire after 27 years in Amherst, along with part- time high school cook Betty Hostler, who has been with the district for 22 years. High school science teacher Greg Huber will retire after 28 years in Amherst and 30 years in education. Harris elementary teacher Kim Patchin has been in education for 28 years, 23 in Amherst, and has decided to retire, along with high school business teacher Arlene Towne, who has been with the Amherst schools for 23 of her 25 years in teaching. Also leaving is Patricia Bain- bridge, a school bus driver with 24 years of service in the Amherst schools. With so much talent walking out the door, superintendent Robert Boynton and the board of education has had a lot to deal with over the last few months. The schools are in the midst of trying to deal with overcrowding, replacing eight retiring teachers over the early summer months, and finding a replacement for the transportation supervisor. With so many students in the district, and a complicated bus schedule to maintain, Boynton said Ruth Williams's shoes will be hard to fill. But he does expect someone to be hired within the next month. Although a long-time administrator in the Amherst school district, Boynton is also a newcomer compared to some of the veteran staff members, having just logged his second academic year as superintendent Boynton said the district has dealt with massive retirements )in the past; in fact, two years, he said more veteran teachers retired than this year. "When I interviewed with the CONTINUED on page 8 Nature's bounty The warm sun and cool breeze last week al- toria Stawicki, 15 months, play with a ball at their lowed kids, many on spring break, to take to the grandmother's house on Middle Ridge Road, outdoors and revel in mother nature and (News-Times photo by Keith Gribbins) summer-like weather. Christine, behind, and Vic- New bid g to local company by KEITH GRIBBINS News-Times reporter The Lorain County MetroParks accepted a bid Wednesday, April 19, that will begin construction on the state's first city/county Metro- Park on the 72-acrc property just south of Rt 2 that will be the West Side Park. Bender Construction, of Avon, was awarded the job at a price of $1,061,900. Bender Construction was one of six biders considered by the MetroParks. Owner Dennis Bender, a resident of Amherst, has experience in this type of work, stated MetroParks director Dan Martin, constructing the entire Black River Trail around seven years ago. "The bid came in just right And we're very pleased to see these guys get the project They have the experience and the knowledge for these types of projects,*' explained Martin. "It's not like building a house. You don't build a hundred of these things, so it's nice to get a contractor with experience." The $1.8 million project is an effort of local teamwork. The City of Amherst, the Lorain County Metro- Parks, and the local community have come together to raise a third each of the needed funds to get the park on its feet The park will include a timber pavilion, soccer field, a 1.5 mile paved multipurpose trail, a variety of bridges and walkways, and a wealth of mother nature. The city will take care of the park's maintenance, while the MetroParks will tackle the park's programs, many of which can be held in the timber pavilion. The park will also ease the overcrowding of the city's Maude Neiding Park facilities, according to CONTINUED on page 8 Mail carriers to help stamp out hunger May 13 Letter carriers will collect food donations from postal customers in Amherst and South Amherst on Saturday, May 13 as part of the nation's largest one-day effort to "Stamp ' Out Hunger," announced Nancy Denslow, coordinator of the Amherst drive. Stamp Out Hunger is coordinated by National Association of Letter Carriers and the Amherst Post Office. The food donations collected on Saturday, May 13 will be donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio which provides food supplies to emergency food pantries and hot meal programs in Lorain County. In last May's drive, 7,765-pounds of non-perishable food donations were collected as carriers delivered the mail to postal customers in Amherst and South Amherst "Letter carriers are proud to be part of this important community activity," remarked Denslow. "Rain or shine the residents of Amherst generously donate non-perishable food to their neighbors through the Food Bank." "The need for food for hungry families continues despite a strong economy," said Jim Ka- stro, executive director of Second Harvest Food Bank. "A real paradox exists between our unprecedented prosperity and families struggling to find sufficient resouces to feed their families." —— . .1 i ' ■*-*•' - *-"*- -i. -Sr> ■■■■■ ■-■■■■-■ '■;-.r^;^M^i^^^^-'-^ **-■■• ™ _.-_» - .. - .j . Jiz^aaimmmmWrr'Z**■!?''*.*** .„* -^ ' ■. ■ ***** JfT T JtrjXV- mm— *2*r- v Take it away The Bumpers International traveling team spring. At tight Jacob Kolcum whirls a pitch to Harris Elementary School. At left Dominic Times photos by Koto Qribbins) takes some time las! Tuesday to get in a little Brent Parham while catcher Ryan Bartizal road- Orseno cant quite catch up to a pitch that practice and soak up the warm, dry weather of ies himseH for the outcome on the field behind catcher Bartizal has an exact read on. (News- .1
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2000-05-03|
|Date of Original||03-MAY-2000|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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