Amherst News-Times, 2000-08-02
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■»!■—■».en H.-iW »w— tm 1 Morgans take Pony title - - Page 5 Swim team has outstanding year - Q*- "> <+ o o \ C => O X X — C - i •- r o o 3 T X < .:: - •—--— Amherst News-Tim< Wednesday, August 2, 2000 Amherst, Ohio « - - ■ » - J < "> N. ~ > S n Board opts for new school constructio Voters will decide fate of $26 million request by PAUL MORTON News-Times reporter After nearly two years of discussions on how to solve overcrowding in Amherst schools, the school board has a plan, but the hard work is yet to come. At their July 24 meeting, the school board voted to ask voters for a $26.3 million bond Issue to pay for a new junior high school and additions and renovations to Steele High School and Nord Junior High School. School treasurer Salah Elhindy said the bond issue would amount to a property tax levy of 4.4387 mills for 28 years. It would cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $150 per year. Board president Ron Yacobozzi said the scope of the project and all that it would accomplish for easing the overcrowding makes the price tag easier to bear. 'To get this whole project done for under five mills is a bargain," Yacobozzi said Superintendent Robert Boynton said after all the discussions, com munity meetings, and planning over the last two years, the whole issue will come down to selling the plan to the voters. "I think the plan is a good plan, but the next step is the most crucial,'' Boynton said. "The next three months are crucial to where we're going to head.'' He said if the levy does not pass, the schools would have to go to split sessions at Steele High School for grades seven through 12. The plan calls for building a new junior high school at the Harris Elementary School property at an estimated cost of about $15.5 million. It also calls for additions and alterations to Steele and Nord at a cost of $9.8 million, and $1 million set aside for land acquisition for any future expansion. According to preliminary drawings presented by Bruce Whitehead of Clark & Post Architects the new junior high school would accommodate 800 students. Thirty-two classrooms would be arranged in "pods'' of four classrooms each for team teaching, and another four pods could be added to the south and CONTINUED on page 2 This drawing shows how the new junior high school will be laid out. i '-f'-ftsHsaies, ■»_- »■!£«? rjFjrjav+w*/** S».». «... •»»> ' %%aA ■\ft_i All in a day's play It's a swing, and a home run...well maybe not but that doesn't stop Eric Hellinger and his friends from enjoying a sandlot game of baseball on a sunny summer afternoon. Book is first volume on Workshop For more than 50 years The Workshop Players have been thrilling audiences with their dramatic performances. However, there has never been a complete record of their performances or participants. That is to say, there has never been a complete record until now. On Aug. 1 Valerie Gerstenberger will release volume one of a two-volume history of The Workshop Players. "We are excited because this is the first complete history of the group to be published,'' Gerstenberger said. The first volume will cover all of the productions from the group's inception in 1948 up to 1977, their 30th season. i« When asked why the cutoff for the first volume was , made at the 30th season rather than the 25th Gerstenberger responded, "We performed 180 plays in our 50 years, 90 of which were com pleted from 1948 to 1977, so we included half of the plays in the first volume with the other half to come in the second." Included in those 90 plays are titles such as 'Teahouse of the August Moon." The book is broken down into 10-year sections, with a summary of each decade preceding the play descriptions. Two to three pages are dedicated to each performance with photographs accompanying the text. "We were able to have photographs with all of the plays with the exception of one," Gerstenberger said. The book is arranged chronologically, but has an alphabetical list in the back which lists authors, directors and production dates for all of the productions. One of the difficulties with putting together a book of this type is contacting all of the people who have been involved with the Players. There have been over 1,000 people participate in our productions over the years and I have only been able to locate about a third of them," Gerstenberger said. She continues to look for anyone who has been involved with the Players so that they may be informed about the book. She urges anyone who has been in The Workshop Players or knows someone who was involved to contact her. Three people that Gerstenberger is especially trying lo find are Mr. and Mrs. Ken Riddell. Eloise Fowler, and Sandra Humphery all of Oberlin. "Even with the internet it has become very difficult to find these people," she said. The fast volume of The Workshop PUyers history will be available to members at their annual banquet. The cost of the book is $40 plus $3 for shipping and handling. Fliers with an order form will be available in libraries and other locations. Local libraries will also keep a copy of the book on White it has taken Gerstenberger nearly two yean to complete the first volume, she hopes the second will be out sooner. "I hope to have the second volume out a lot quicker than the first, but it takes quite a lot of work to get it done," she said. No release date was issued for the second volume. This book will allow local theater lovers to get their hands on a little piece of local theater history. Gerstenberger already knows the value of that history; she now hopes that everyone else will shire that immense value. Nick Crowther Local singer hopes Kiss 104.9 contest launches his career Everybody has already heard of N'Sync and The Backstreet Boys, but what about C1K? That is Cleveland's 1st Kiss, and they may be next in line to dethrone reigning boy band kings N'Sync. One young man who is hoping they succeed is Nick Crowther of Amherst who is pan of the five-man group. Nick sent a tape of himself singing to Kiss 104.9 FM in Cleveland for their contest to create a new boy band. Although his was one of 800 tapes the station received, it was one of the best This is fantastic. I can't believe that this has happened," Crowther said. The band's first meeting was nek) on July 24 and consisted of vocal testing. "We'll get into choreographing and singing in the next couple of weeks," Crowther said. They will have to work very hard in order to prepare for their first show Aug. 14 at Tower City. There they will be opening for No Authority. However, the fans are the least of their worries. "Maverick Recording executives are going to be there and if they like us they may sign as to a recant deal," Crowther said. That would be one step closer to making it to MTV. For the Tower City show the boys will be performing a cover of IMX's song "Stay the Night" It's a medium pace song," CONTMUEDon page 3
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2000-08-02|
|Date of Original||02-AUG-2000|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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