Amherst News-Times, 2000-10-04
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-■■ r» ^ 3 - o £ x x ^ a i- " s » © 2 x a < * " — T. 1-1 #_*_ % -4 *" J> 2 *-» X * p - - < ~ « - M ..' m Tour includes local home — Page 3 Gridders continue perfect tally — Pag Amherst News-Time i Wednesday. October 4, 2000 Amherst, Ohio BOE removes baccalaureate from school's grad ceremony by PAUL MORTON News-Times reporter Graduation ceremonies for the Marion L. Steele High School Gass of 2001, and for every class thereafter, will be different from those in the past, thanks to a recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court The Amherst board of education voted at their Sept 25 meeting to approve changes to its policy on religious and patriotic ceremonies and observances. The changes will eliminate the voluntary baccalaureate service which was held in conjunction with graduation ceremonies, and eliminate religious invocations, benedictions, or formal prayer at any school-sponsored event Superintendent Robert Boynton said while he did not personally agree with the new policy, it was necessary in light of recent action by the Supreme Court. "Quite frankly it's a difficult one to swallow, and I personally have a hard time recommending it," Boynton said. "On the other hand, I think the stakes are too high." Boynton said the policy was rewritten in response to a number of recent Court decisions, but especially its reversal of a circuit court's decision in Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe in June. In that case, the Court ruled, 6-3, that student-led prayers at school- sponsored events violated the First and Fourteenth Amendments, even if the student body voted to have such a prayer and elected the speaker. Writing for the majority, Justice John Paul Stevens ruled holding an election by majority vote would suppress the rights of students voting in the minority. The Court further ruled that prayer of any kind made on school property, at a school-sanctioned event, under a policy adopted by the schools was not "private" speech, but "public" speech, violating the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment In that setting, the justices said, the speech could be reasonably perceived to be condoned or endorsed by school officials. Boynton said while he disagreed with the rulings, going against the rulings could have serious consequences if the schools were ever challenged in court He said recent penalties imposed in such cases have CONTINUED on page 5 Royal crown Homecoming queen Stephanie Tear and her king Adam Kuncel were Shawn Wnek, Zack Crowther, Nick Saadipour, Kyle Kar- smile for the crowd after being crowned during pre-game ceremo- pinski, Ryan Sosnowski, and Geoff Ehrnschwender. The junior nies held Friday night. The candidates for queen included Katy class attendant was Betsy Davis. The sophomore class attendant Pope, Danielle Miskov, and Holly Keisman. The senior escorts was Leah Kildow, and the freshman attendant was Fallon Burgdorf. yPolice called when youngsters make threats by JASON TOMASZEWSKI News-Times reporter It has been nearly two years since the tragedy at Columbine High School in which two students opened fire killing many of their classmates. When the story fust broke people from northeast Ohio were upset and their hearts went out to the families of those involved. Yet at the same time, Colorado seemed so far away. Maybe it was the absurdity of the events (hat made it seem like this catastrophe couldn't happen anywhere near home. But recently, local police were called to a local school to ensure that a similar event does not disturb education. On Sept 22, Harris Elementary School principal Rhonda Neuhoff received a death threat from a 10-year-old student The student vented to classmates that he was going to shoot the principal because she was "mean." Neuhoff was notified about the threat and called the student and his mother to her office for a meeting. Before the mother arrived, the student, still agitated, informed Neuhoff that he was going to place a bomb in her desk and when she opened it she would explode. Neuhoff called Amherst police to have an officer sent to the school to speak with the boy. Sergeant Dan Jasinski was dispatched to the school. He escorted the boy and his mother to the police station for questioning. Upon interviewing the boy, with his mother, Janiski learned that the boy was upset because principal Neuhoff made him and his classmates stand in a straight line while they waited for the bus. The boy also said that Neuhoff was out of line in requesting that the students remain quiet while awaiting the bus. According to police reports, the boy has been involved in counseling and has been in and out of anger management classes for the past year. Superintendent Robert Boyton stated that it is school policy not to discuss student discipline, but did say that the matter was handled well. "The police were called strictly as a precaution," explained Boyton. "We live in a day and age where we have to evaluate the seriousness of the threat of a 10-year-old. We also CONTINUED on page 2 Historical society to honor veterans with own museum Solid as a rock Workers at the Cleveland Quarries work to disassemble a water tower, one ««ed for powering gang saws, for transportation to the Sandstone LMng History Museum complex. The tower wW be reconditioned and re-assembled at the Sandstone Center in the coming months. Members of the historical society raised more than $10,000 to. save the tower before it was destroyed. by JASON TOMASZEWSKI News-Times reporter Just about everyone has heard the phrase, "If you value your freedom, thank a vet" Yet how many actually go out and say "thanks?" Well, that is ex- actiy what the Amherst Historical Society is going to do. The society is planning a 3,000 square foot military museum, dedicated to the memory of all Lorain County veterans. "We feel that this will be a way to tell the story of Lorain County veterans," stated historical society spokesman Scott Kodger. This will also be a greet education loot for the schools, especially the upper grade levels." Tbe historical society will be spending over $54,000 on improve- menis to a former Baptist church at 111 S. Lake St, which will be the museum's mew home. One of those improvements will be a 10 foot by 10 toot door, which will be added to the west side of the building. This will allow fur assy placement and removal of the vehicles that will be on display. "We have already received letters of support from' all over the area," ftnniaiftrd Kodeer. Those who have publicly ex- Veterans of Foriegn Wars Post 1662, Amherst City Council, and Donald Breen, Post Commander of VFW 1662 from 1989-'90. The museum has already arranged to display 26 vehicles representing nearly every major war and conflict the United States has been involved in. Among the vehicles that are set to be displayed are a 1966 Duster Anti-Aircraft vehicle, a 1943 World War II ambulance, a 1952 Korean War Jeep, and a Vietnam era tank. The museum organizers are also is hoping to obtain a UH1 Cobra helicopter used in Vietnam in 1969. All of the vehicles that will be displayed will be on loan from area collectors. Donald Breen is one of the generous people from Amherst who bas donated pieces to the museum. Along with Amherst residents, the museum has accepted donations from people in Lorain. Elyria, Vermilion, Norwalk, and Medina. The vehicles will be displayed on a rotating basis with a new set coming in every few months. Along with the vehicles, the museum will boast artifacts representing every war and conflict the United States has participated in since the French and Indian War. There will be mannequins wearing authentic uniforms, along with video monitors displaying documentaries featuring Lorain County veterans telling their stories. The museum will also feature computer generated video clips and interactive activities. "The idea is to provide a self tour," explained Kodger. "Each person will guide themselves through the lour by pressing buttons." The historical society is shooting for a grand opening dale of Veteran's Day 2001. That would be a nice thank you to those who risked their lives to protect ours. I pressed support of tieis naoJDCt w Joke Higgles, Local Citywide electric outage planned for Sunday a.m, There is a planned complete citywide electrical outage scheduled for Amherst oo Sunday, Oct 8 from 4 a.m. to 6 am. The outage is necessary to continue work on a new electric In the event of min, this two-hour outage will be i Por more ieforaiadOB, contact the mayor's office at 94M38Q. ::i
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2000-10-04|
|Date of Original||04-OCT-2000|
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