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EDITOR: KERRY KLUMPE, 369-1003 The qnqnnati enquirer WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2C, 1991 SECTION B I- MOT W p 1 r - i p X: v ' lJ Mil ura M j, U IniO S) v Preschool improves students Commission hears about 5-year study of 6,000 children Girls barred from class as disciplinary action THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER Three Bond Hill Elementary School sixth-graders who were in possession of counterfeit crack cocaine on school premises will be disciplined with exclusion from classes, Cincinnati Public Schools officials said Tuesday. Two of the girls received 11-day expulsions, and a third girl who accepted the counterfeit drug from another student but acted promptly in notifying school authorities, received a five-day expulsion. All three girls agreed to participate in a board-approved education program. The announcement from Cin cinnati Public Schools called the disciplinary actions expulsions rather than suspensions. The substance was discovered at the school Sept. 17. Criminal charges were dismissed Monday after lab tests showed it was not cocaine. A fourth girl charged did not face school disciplinary action because the substance involved in her case was not discovered on school property. Superintendent J. Michael Brandt approved the disciplinary action recommended by his disciplinary-hearing designee, the school principal. BY DICK KIMMINS Enquirer Columbus Bureau COLUMBUS, Ohio Preschool programs are the state's best investment in long-term educational success, a study of 6,000 Ohio children concluded. Students who have been through such programs "are better achievers, better attendees and have far fewer needs for other special education programs," said Irene Bandy-Hedden, a state assistant superintendent of public instruction. Bandy-Hedden reported the preliminary results Tuesday to the Governor's Education Management (GEM) Commission. A final report on the Ohio Board of Education's five-year study is due next month. The benefits of preschool programs cut across socioeconomic and geographic lines, Bandy-Hedden told the commission. Those benefits are greater the longer a child participates in a program during the school week, she said. The study was launched when the board questioned the need to broaden state programs already in place, she said. Tracking of 6,000 children in 40 public school districts including Cincinnati Public Schools was begun. Some attended all day, five days a week. Others attended half-days. One group attended all day every other weekday. Other U.S. studies, she added, have measured the benefits of preschool programs, but none as broad as Ohio's and none that analyzed the different ways programs can be operated. In Ohio, the state has financed half-day programs, but the state board has consistently called for more all-day preschool programs. In the new state budget, urban districts, for the first time, were given permission to divert part of their state subsidies for poor and disadvantaged children to finance all-day preschool. Such a diversion, however, reduces money for other public education programs. The GEM Commission, a private group of advisers to Gov. George Voinovich, is expected to develop recommendations to the state board and the legislature on a wide range of public education issues next year. 3 children Barrel toss shot t o dea 4.l'.t . fl.: "' - 1 i. 5 in Columbus Police arrest mother, 25; fourth child seriously hurt jl, V ''('' ' r . i""""'wn: V "i s t , , ' ) s . x u vv.' If - . P"! I ;r , r J I! -S" t I WW- fc,T-r '-v I.. .yiwfe The Cincinnati EnquirerJohn Curley Worker Joe Chandler, of Logan, Ohio, throws a surplus barrel onto a pile Tuesday near where construction work is being done on Interstate 471 r highland Heights, Ky. Work at the site, near U.S. 27 and the intersection with I-275, has forced officials to close the center lane. Theft of cello could mean end of student musician's ambition Office building downsized THE ASSOCIATED PRESS COLUMBUS, Ohio - The mother of three children shot to death Tuesday afternoon was charged with aggravated murder, police said. Kimberly Chandler, 25, was arrested after she allegedly shot her three children inside their near-east side apartment, then went outside and wounded a fourth child about 1:45 p.m. She was charged with three counts of aggravated murder in connection with the deaths of her three children, and one count of felonious assault in the shooting of the fourth child, police said in a news release issued Tuesday night. As she was taken into police headquarters, she repeatedly cried, "Please kill me," WTVN radio reported. Her three children were shot once in the head, police said. The wounded child was shot in a yard. Police found 7-month-old Erica Archly secured in a child safety seat in the living room, 4-year-old Quincy Chandler in the living room, and 7-year-old Quiana Chandler in the bathroom. David C. Warren, 5, a child who also lived in the Nelson Park apartment complex, was shot in the left arm. He was in fair condition Tuesday night at Children's Hospital. Warren isn't related to the other victims, police said. Police said the shooting of the three children in the apartment "appears to be very purposeful and directed," while the shooting of Warren appeared to be random. The news release said police hadn't established a motive. Chandler, who was "medically examined at two facilities" earlier in the evening, was in police custody Tuesday night, the release said. David Ferguson, father of Quiana and Quincy, was taken in- walked down the hall for a drink of water. Three minutes later she returned to the room. She thought she may have walked into the wrong place. She hadn't. "It's hard to lose a cello," she said. "I didn't think going down the hall would be a problem." By Tuesday, Cincinnati and Vs!; Tha Associated PressJonathan A. Elmer A Columbus policeman stands . outside the apartment where three children were shot Tuesday. side the house Tuesday night and identified two of the victims as his children. He said earlier that Chandler took care of the children but previously mentioned killing them. "But I never took it to heart." Chandler's sister, Tammy Chandler, told WBNS-TV that her sister called moments before the shooting and was upset. Tammy Chandler, who lives nearby, said she heard shots after she hung up the telephone. "I just screamed and hollered and cried. And then she called me back and said she had killed them and she was going to kill herself." WBNS reported that police had been sent to Kimberly Chandler's residence several times this year because of domestic disturbances. BY MIKE TURMELL The Cincinnati Enquirer Kirsten Allison lost her partner in a promising music career on her first day at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music. Someone stole her $10,000 cello this week. Allison, 24, from a suburb of Springfield, Mass., has owned the 19th-century German-made instrument since she was 15. She has hauled it around the country and on a European tour of Yugoslavia, Hungary and Austria. The worst that had happened to the 15-pound instrument before Monday was the time airline baggage handlers broke it into three parts. The repair cost her $2,000. After that, she traveled by train. Missed audition "It's sort of depressing," Allison said Tuesday between calls to people who might be selling a cello. She missed her faculty audition Monday afternoon. Allison, who arrived here Thursday, said she left the cello in a fourth-floor practice room while she Kirsten Allison University of Cincinnati police had contacted music stores and pawn shops. Allison said they had little hope of its return. Irreplaceable "It's the cello I started with," she said. "My first cello teacher picked it out for me." The instrument is insured, but Allison doesn't think she will be able to replace it with one of similar quality for $10,000. If she can't, she said she may drop out of the program. Government promises relief from airport din BY DICK KIMMINS Enquirer Columbus Bureau COLUMBUS, Ohio A proposed statecounty office building in Cincinnati is being downsized, and a final plan probably won't be ready for another month, state and county officials said Tuesday. "The commission is in the process of reworking its space needs to something more realistic," said Commissioner John Dowlin, who met here Tuesday with officials of the Ohio Department of Administrative Services. The state also is rethinking how much office space it needs in Cincinnati, said Fred Forbes, deputy director of the Ohio Department of Administrative Services. "Yes, this is a delay, but in the total scheme of things, it is not a major delay," Forbes said. Hamilton County wants to work with the state on the building but cannot afford to wait indefinitely, Dowlin said. "We think a statecounty building is a happy marriage. But if it does not occur, we'll have to do something ourselves ... We want something oc-cupiable in five years." Ohio Senate President Stanley Aronoff, R-Cincinnati, said that despite the delays he remained confident. "It's still a 'go,' " said Aronoff. "The bottom line is that new information has come in and made the feasibility of the building better." Steed Hammond & Paul Architects Inc., of Cincinnati, based the original proposal for the building on estimated needs of about 1 million square feet. That produced initial plans for a building considered too large and too costly by the Voinovich administration. Steed Hammond has been told to refigure its design and cost estimates based on county space needs of between 500,000 square feet and 650,000 square feet. The state will need no more than about 150,000 square feet, Forbes said. Dowlin said the preferred site is the Alms and Doepke Building at Central Parkway and Main Street. I don't think anyone understands the significance of this rule to people surrounding airports. This is real progress." km Samuel Skinner, transportation secretary BY ANNE WILLETTE Gannett News Service WASHINGTON Transportation Secretary Samuel Skinner said Tuesday that airport noise would drop dramatically with new federal regulations. But people living near CincinnatiNorthern Kentucky International Airport complained that relief was years away. The new regulations set a schedule for phasing out older, noisier aircraft by the year 2000 about five to 12 years sooner than the airlines would have replaced the planes on their own, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). "I don't think anyone understands the significance of this rule to people surrounding airports," Skinner said. "This is real progress." The government estimates that 2.7 million Americans are subjected to excessive airport noise. Under the regulations, which took effect Tuesday, that figure will fall to 400,000 by the year 2000. But activists fighting noise from CincinnatiNorthern Kentucky International Airport say that is too long to wait for relief. They want the Kenton County Airport Delta, which has a hub in Cincinnati and is the airport's biggest carrier, had about 54 of its fleet in older Stage 2 planes in April, 1990, according to the FAA. But spokeswoman Frances Conner said the company is buying quieter planes. Airport board Chairman Frank Schleper said Delta has given the board a "verbal commitment" to assign quieter planes to Cincinnati sooner than required. Skinner said the rules would cost $880 million to $4.5 billion, depending on whether airlines chose to modify planes or replace them. He predicted consumers would foot the bill through higher ticket prices. Sen. Wendell Ford, the Kentucky Democrat who wrote the noise-reduction law; applauded Skinner for balancing the needs of people who lived near airports with the financial stability of the airline industry. The regulations give airlines two ways to meet the noise-reduction schedule: Reduce the number of Stage 2 planes in their fleets by 25 by 1995, 50 by 1997 and 75 by 1999. Airlines can install "hush-kits" to make planes quieter, put in new engines or eliminate them from fleets. Increase Stage 3 planes to 55 by 1995, 65 by 1997 and 75 by 1999. Board, which operates the airport, to continue efforts to reduce noise. "It's probably fast enough for government," said Gene Larkin, a Delhi Township representative on the Aviation Noise Abatement Committee. "It's fast enough if you're in the airline industry. "But if you're living under a flight path, it certainly is not fast enough." The board is buying or soundproofing homes and businesses in the flight path with a $4 million federal grant. It also is seeking approval for a $3 ticket surcharge to raise money for noise abatement and is experimenting with new flight paths. Another committee member, John Burton of Florence, Ky., fears noise may increase during the phaseout because of growth. "Even if you reduce the noise 50 and you double the flights, then you haven't done anything," he said. The regulations allow airlines to continue flying noisier planes called "Stage 2" and including Boeing 727s and DC-9s if they increase the size of their fleets by adding new, quieter planes, called "Stage 3." Under that scenario, noise could increase. But Skinner said that was "not a realistic situation." Most airlines will be retiring Stage 2 planes as they buy quieter ones. About 37 of the planes using the Cincinnati airport are the quieter Stage 3, said Dale Huber, director of airport administration. That compares with 45 nationwide.