Amherst News-Times, 1997-12-03
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Girls win their opener — Page 7 Auditions set by Players — Page 5 Amherst News-Time < Wednesday, December 3, 1997 Amherst, Ohio Crowding may force all-day kindergarten < by APRIL MILLER News-Times reporter All-day kindergarten may be eliminated as the number of students entering the school system continues lo increase. The Amherst board of education will hold a work session Dec. 10 to discuss overcrowding in the school district and come up with possible solutions. teacher ratio. The slate allows a maximum teacher. of 25 students per "There is a crowded situation at every grade level in our district," superintendeni Howard Dulmage said. To help case the overload of stu- Although the number of sludents dents in kindergarten classes, the continues to increase, kindergarten district may be forced to offer only is the only grade which has a rc- half-day classes. quircment concerning student/ Get the point? School scores 18 on state's rating performance test For every student over 25 in a classroom, the school district loses aboul $3,800 of slate money, Dulmage said. Amherst is close to the maximum, with an average of 24 children per classroom. This year's total kindergarten enrollment is 267. Dulmage said when his son, who is now a freshman, was in kindergarten, the total enrollment was 185. There is an average of five to ten additional sludents enrolling each year, Dulmage said. rc- Al 1-day kindergarten is not . quired, but is a service offered to interested parents. "I believe in all-day kindergarten," Dulmage said. "Children at lhat age in other countries are attending school all day. However, we need lo think about not offering it to free up some space." Five more classrooms would be needed if all-day kindergarten becomes mandatory, or if more parents enroll their children in the all- day program. Dulmage said the money is available for teachers, but there is no space. In May of this year a school building bond issued failed at the pools. It would have been used to by APRIL MILLER News-Times reporter Amherst schools met all 18 poinis of the Ohio Department of Education's performance standards, which became effective earlier this month with lhe passage of Senate Bill 55. Although schools have already been examined to see which of the four performance categories they fall into, the first official reports will not be done until July 1, 1999. Starting in 1999 and then every three years after, the education department will calculate and report on each school district to see if the district meets the performance indicators. Each school district will be assigned one of four ratings. The include effective, which means the district meets at least 94 percent of the indicators, at least 17 I SCHOOL Amherst Avon Avon Lake Clearview Columbia Elyria Firelands Keystone Lorain Midview North Ridgeville Oberlin Sheffield-Sheffield Lake Wellington RATING 18 of the 18 points. Continuous improvement, which means the district meels more than 50 percent, at least CONTINUED on page 5 Leaf it alone Sherry Btevins of Elyria Avenue uses one of but he was using a leaf blower to complete his the last days of fall to rake up some leaves from share of the woork. her lawn. Her husband, Floyd, was helping, too, < * Santa to arrive in splendor for annual lighting of downtown area Plans lor the 1998 CROP Walk are already $2,500 in donations to help the needy this underway. Volunteers raised more than year. CROP walkers raise more than $2,500 to help needy build an addition; classrooms at each Because the bo nothing has been lack of space, Dulmage said. Dulmage said he is looking to the board for direction, and the possibility of elimianating all-day kindergarten is only one of several recommendations which could be made. "Finding anwers to the crowding problem will be a challenge to the board and the community in 1998," Dulmage said. This fall, CROP walkers raised $2,613.90 to help the needy. Portions of that amount will be matched by the Nordson Corporation as well and one quarter of it will remain in Amherst to assist the food pantry at Good Shepherd Baptist Church. The annual event will be held on Oct. 4,1998 and an organizational meeting will be held on Friday, March 6, 1998 al 3 p.m. at the Amherst Congregational Church. Anyone interested in serving on the CROP Walk committee should contact Tom Jewell at 988-7213. Il won't be long before the downtown area is bright with holiday lights. On Friday, Dec. 5, Santa Claus will make his first appearance of the year here in Amherst on the grounds of City Hall. (The second appearance, of course, will be Christmas Eve.) Cily treasurer Kalhy Litkovit/, along with the help of many Christmas elves, has everything in order for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting this week. And all of the festivities will begin at 7 p.m. . Three choirs, The Amherst Community Choir under the direction of Simone Gall, the St. Joseph School Children's Choir led by Bart Bialko, and the Shupe School Choir led by Michelle Von Kaenal, will open the ceremony. Then mayor John Higgins will flip the switch that will light the tree. Eric Long will be handling the electrical portion ot the event, Helping to make the lighting possible. Then the man of the hour, Santa, will appear. Instead of his trusty reindeer and sleigh, this year he will arrive courtesy of Rev. Avon Dixon in a horse and buggy. Afterward there will plenty of cookies and hot chocolate for everyone. The hoi chocolate will be provided by Olde Towne Pizza'and the cookies will all be specially made the the Marion L. Steele High School home economics classes. Sue Cotton and her Eagle Scout Troop have also been busy preparing for the annual event. The troop is responsible for the beautiful lights and decorations downtown, at City Hall and on the tree itself. So remember to keep Friday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. open to join the City of Amhersl in opening the Christmas season. And don't forget your wish list! Big bill's not OK with BOE $13,000 overrun for lighting job is questioned by APRIL MILLER News-Times reporter The board of education last week decided to table discussion and nol pay Rebman Systems, Inc. for a fire system upgrade done at Marion L. Steele High School until the buildings and grounds committee meels with a company representative to discuss why the bill is $13,000 over budget. An additional 71 strobe lights at a cost of SI95 each, were installed at the high school. These lights were not in the original estimate made by Rebman's, according to Ken Glowacki, school buildings and grounds supervisor. "Rebmans didn't inform us the additional lights were needed," Glowacki said. "They just went ahead and installed them, and we saw them on the bill." Board president Ron Yacobozzi said the estimate was completely off, which is unacceptable. Rebmans has completed other projects for Amherst schools. Previous jobs were done at Nord, Harris and Shupc and Glowacki said there were never any problems with the work or the billing. Glowacki did note at the board meeting that on Reb- man's original estimate they mentioned additional lights would be added as needed. However, the board decided not to pay the bill because they said $13,000 over the original estimate was an important issue and they wanted to know why the project had gone so far over budget and yet the school was never notified. The 71 additional lights were added to meet the building inspector's requirements, Glowacki said. He said there was a lack of communication between Rebmans and the school. Glowacki said he did not know if it was standard procedure to do additional work without notifying the school. Amherst schools superinte- dent Howard Dulmage said there is enough contingency money to pay the bill, but because the project cost so much over budget, they wanted the board's approval. Glowacki said the buildings and grounds committee will meet with a Rebman representative this week to discuss the bill and decide on payment. Rebman Systems did nol return calls to the News- Times. 5
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1997-12-03|
|Date of Original||03-DEC-1997|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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