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 - Convent Planned On Nearby Site Neighborhood...
Convent Planned On Nearby Site Neighborhood Youth Corps Center* Park, To Be Built On Sandy River By Christ Our King Society Sisters a new it from range a be a NO. 26,974 A stretch of land abounding with nature's delights and vir- tually unspoiled by man has been acquired by the Sisters of the Society of Christ Our King for a two-fold purpose, it was announced last night. The site, embracing a little more than 200 acres on both shores of the Sandy River, will be converted into a park and recreation center for the people of Danville and its en- virons, and will serve as the training center for the first Neighborhood Youth Corps in this area. Mother Theresa, who heads the Catholic order, said ap- plications for the Neighbor- hood Youth Corps, designed to impart minimum education and practical skills to youth in the immediate area, al- ready are being received, and plans call for the first sessicfs to begin in about three weeks. Mother Theresa emphasized that the Neighborhood Youth Corps is only for youth in this immediate area (Dan- ville, Pittsylvania County, Hal- ifax County, Henry County), who will attend work-and- study sessions five days a week, commuting to and from their homes. It is not to be confused with the Job Corps of the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) she noted. The Youth Corps program is conducted under the U. S. Department of La- bor, which awarded the So- ciety of Christ the King a grant for the local project. Mother Theresa also reveal- ed that the order purchased this weekend a 53-acre tract on the Martinsville Rd., four and a half miles from Dan- ville, where it will erect a convent and continue its edu- cational and charitable work. Since 1946, the religious or- der has been located on a large' farm site southeast of the city near the North Car- olina line. A large portion of this land was purchased as part of the site of the new Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company plant. Since coming to this area hi 1940, Mother Theresa re- vealed, "we have been trying to get a park." Finally, she said, the sisters decided to develop the park on some of the land they owned. These plans, she said, were held up "when the land be- came important to industry." The City offered an exchange of sites, but the land offered by the City "was too large for our pocketbook." Finally, the site Just off Rt. 58 west on Highway 878 came to the attention of the sisters. They were taken by its beau- ty, and found it idea] for the park they had in mind. It was located a little under seven miles from the city; close enough for convenience, yet far enough away to provide a refuge from concrete and steel, the roar of traffic and the fumes of gasoline. The Sisters have plans for developing the site into a "place of beauty and recrea- tion." At the moment, they are devoting most of their at- borhood Youth Corps under- way. Thus far, Mother Theresa said, applications have been received from approximately 60 youths -- both boys and girls. It is hoped that 250 applicants will have been re- ceived and approved when in- struction begins. Anyone in- terested in applying can do so through the Employment Com- mission or to the Catholic or- der itself. Mother Theresa has spent months in study and prepara- tion for the project. "I've gone all over the country getting information about it," she re- ported. It is open, she said, to youths from 16 through 21. A participant must leave the day before his 22nd birthday. He (or she) must be out of school, "whether a dropout, a high school graduate or someone who has n e v e r been in school." The faculty will consist of six instructors, all accredited teachers, and 18 supervisors. The sisters will provide some instruction in areas where they have special skills and training. For instance, Sister Agnes is an expert in rem- edial reading. The idea, Mother Theresa said, is to prepare the youths for full-time jobs. "Youths in the NYC who have not re- ceived a minimum education will be given elementary scholastic training and other training as needed; for in- stance, in how to learn to listen to directors, how to be on time, how to stick to a job, how to acquire a sense of responsibility and reliabil- ity. "For others who have hid- den talents, the NYC offers op- portunity to discover and de- velop these talents. The train- ing offered to all NYC par- ticipants cannot fail to bene- fit not only those who accept it but will also benefit all who later engage their services. "Youths who have gone through high school," Mother Theresa said, "will be given classes in supplementary sub- jects to upgrade their scholas- tic needs. Others who hav« college potential will be urg- ed to continue their education in accredited colleges of their own choice." Mother Theresa said the Youth Corps enrollees will be paid an hourly wage. They will live in their own homes and travel to and from work on a regular schedule, with buJ transportation provided from all parts of the area served. They will put in a 40-hour work-and-study week and will engage in athletic and social recreational activities on the weekends and evenings. The supervisors, or work chiefs, must be between their middle 20s and 45. They will have a variety of functions, teaching the youths such has- ic things as how to handle See SISTERS, Page 2-B City, County Teachers Will Get An Increase In Salary Next Year Danville and Pittsylvania County school teachers with collegiate professional certi- ficates will receive salary in- creases ranging upwards from $450 next year. The increases will mean city and county teacher salaries have been boosted at least 50 per cent during the Sixties. The increases are contin- gent on the General Assembly making available the state funds requested by the State Board of Education. The ap- propriations bill adopted last week by the House of Dele- gates provided all of this. The State Senate has not yet adopted an appropriations bill but no major cuts are expect- ed by that body. In Danville, the salary schedule for degree teachers will range from $4,800 for a beginning teacher to $6,950 for a teacher with 16 or more years of experience. Teachers with master's de- grees will be paid $500 or more throughout the schedule. This year the salary sched- ule in Danville is $4,350 to $5,950 with a §300 difference for teachers with master's degrees. At the start of this decade the Danville salary scale was $3,200-4,400. In the county, the salary schedule will range from $4,- 700 to $6,150 for teachers with collegiate professional certif- icates. A $500 additional also will be paid master's degree teachers in the county. At present the county sal- ary schedule is $4,200-5,700. During the 1959-60 school year, it was $2,650-3,750. For Danville teachers, the greatest increases have come for those who Lave been with the school system the longest. $2,500 more than her counter- | part with the same experience in 1959-60. This is in line with the re- quests of Danville's teachers, aware that teacher retirement benefits are based upon their maximum salaries. School Superintendent 0. T. Bonner noted that the propos- ed salary schedule for 1966- 67 was prepared with the as- sistance of the teachers them- selves. The city school budget dur- ing the coming year will call for an expenditure of about $3.5 million. It now is being prepared by Bonner and his staff and is expected to be presented to City Council dur- ing the coming week. Of the total, $1,370,634 is anticipated from state sources. This will be up about $270,000. The remainder of the bud- getary increase will come from local tax revenue. The Pittsylvania C o u n t y school budget for 1966-67 calls for an outlay of $5,211,108, in- cluding capital expenditures. Of this figure, $3,246,726 will come from the state. This is an increase of approximately $200,000. The Pittsylvania school bud- get is up $639,950 but most of this will be the county's share of a state retail sales tax, which by state law must go to schools. Because the sales tax money can be count- ed as local funds, however, the county's contribution to the school budget from county tax sources will be reduced approximately $70,000. A principal reason for such large salary increases for both city and county teachers next fall is the increase in the state minimum salary schedule by $400 to $4,100- teachers with master's de- grees. However, in both the city and county, additional local funds will be added to give teachers an even bigger boost than required by the state. Unlike the city, the County School Board has concentrat- ed on boosting its minimum starting salary rather thaa raising the top levels. The teachers at the top have gain- ed each time the schedule was pushed up but not as much as in the city. The reason for this different emphasis, Superintendent J. H. Combs explained, is that the county must get its start- ing salary to a level high enough to attract quality tea- chers. At the start of this de- cade, the county salary sche- dule was the lowest in the state and consequently one-., third of the county teachers had only normal professional (only two-years of college) certificates and special (emer- gency) licenses. This number has been sharply r e d u c e d since then. Although considerable pro- gress has been made on tea- cher salaries in recent years, both the city and county are still low in comparison with the school systems with which they must compete for teach- ers, according to Combs. The Danville starting salary of $4,800 will be below most Virginia cities next year. Tha starting salary in Pittsylvania this year $300 below neighbor- ing Henry County and $100 under Patrick County and will be $200 under Henry next year and $100 under Camp- bell County to the north, h« said. "The people need to know

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  1. The Danville Register,
  2. 06 Mar 1966, Sun,
  3. Page 15

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