the Salina Journal LOCAL/KANSAS Wednesday, May 17, 1995 A3 r * : se.wwjpr.vrww w BRIEFLY Saline County schools to have graduations About 500 high school seniors will be graduating Sunday in Saline County after hearing words from the governor, motivational speakers or an admired teacher. Gov. Bill Graves will address more than 200 Salina Central High School seniors at the Bicentennial Center. Central's graduation will be at 5 p.m. ; Salina South High School's graduation will include remarks from Earl Reum, a motivational speaker and author. The ceremony begins at 2 p.m. at the Bicentennial Center. 5 Rosann Blagg, a religion teacher at Sacred Heart High School, will speak to the about 40 graduates of the school. Com- njencement will be at 2 p.m. at tlje Sacred Heart Cathedral. 'Seniors at Southeast of Saline will graduate at 2:30 p.m. at the school. Recording artist, humorist ajjuL motivational speaker Roger Cooper of Bogue will speak and senior Kevin Frye will issue a challenge to the class of more tftan 40 students. JThe Salina Area Vocational- Technical school will also have its graduation ceremony Sunday at 8 p.'m. at the Bicentennial Center, where about 210 students will graduate. Reum, who is speaking at South, will also speak for the vo-tech ceremony. Three named to corrections board ^Three people who live in the 12th Judicial District were ap- pqinted Tuesday to the Saline County Community Corrections Advisory Board, completing the expansion of the community cor- refctions program. previously, Saline County Community Corrections had contracted with counties in the 12th Judicial District to provide intensive supervision for people placed on probation. Recently, the community corrections program was ex- pa^nded to include the six counties in Ithat judicial district — Washington, Lincoln, Cloud, Republic, Jewell and Mitchell. Those appointed by the Saline County Commission Tuesday were: Brian Grace, assistant county attorney in Republic County! Denis Schumate, director of th£ Youth Center at Beloit; and KAren Dunlap, chief court services officer for the 12th Judicial District, based in Concordia. Tompkins named interim dean at PSU PITTSBURG — Andy Tompkins, former superintendent of the Salina School District, has been named interim dean of the school of education at Pittsburg State University. Tompkins will serve in the position until a new president is hired and interim president District may rehire most first-year teachers Contracts for 16 instructors in Salina weren't renewed By CAROL LICHTI The Salina Journal Most teachers who earlier were told they would lose their positions with the Salina School District could be offered jobs after all. District administrators said Tuesday the number of resignations and retirements in the district might sufficently cut the staff. But just how many of the 16 teachers who were told last month that their contracts would not be renewed but may yet be rehired isn't clear, said Salina Superintendent Gary Norris. "We are not ready to announce a final resolution, but it is looking more favorable," Norris said after a contract negotiation session with teachers. "There are still a few unanswered things we are waiting on. "We are hoping that a majority, if not all, will be hired back." "We axe not ready to announce a final resolution, but it is looking more favorable. We are hoping that a majority, if not all, will be hired back. " > . —Gary Norris, Salina superintendent The district notified the teachers in April that their contracts would not be renewed because of the district's need to reduce employment in the face of budget shortfalls. The district was hoping to lower employment through attrition. Norris told the teachers Tuesday they would know by May 26 whether they would be offered a job for next fall. Jo Musselwhite, spokeswoman for the teachers' negotiation team, asked during Tuesday's session about the number of resignations and the possibility of rehiring the teachers. She also asked about a rumor that a halftime administrative position was being added in the district office, which wouldn't sit well at a time when teachers are losing their jobs. "You heard wrong, or information is being misinterpreted," Norris said. "We are not talking about adding administration." What had been proposed, but has since been scrapped, was a part-time position for a teacher to work on a technical curriculum for high school students. "We don't have the resources in the central office to pull something like that off," Norris said of the proposal. Technical courses would be an alternative for students not planning to attend college. "It would be great, but no, we can't afford it," said Tom Hedges, the district's director of personnel. Norris said such ideas likely will arise again in the future. "It seems like the state government is going to give us less and less money," he said. "That worries the board and it worries me.- To move the district forward, if we assume you do that by adding new programs, we may have to cut some programs to add others. We cannot possibly add more administration now or in the future, but we can use teachers." Teachers could be hired for additional duties that administrators otherwise would do,, he said. "But not now, this is not a good time," Norris said. All the teachers who were notified they would not be offered contracts were elementary teachers. Norris said the number of middle and high school teachers also is- being changed, but those changes didn't in-. volve laying off teachers. Tompkins Tom Bryant returns to his duties as the school of education dean. An interim chairman will be named for Tompkins' position heading the department of special services and administrative studies. Tompkins joined the school of education staff at the university last summer after serving for seven years as Salina's superintendent. Concordia division of Fleming Cos. to close CONCORDIA — Fleming Cos. Inc. is closing a distribution center in Concordia and moving those operations to Kansas City, Mo., the company announced Monday. About 135 people work in the Concordia division, which includes a perishables facility in Smith Center. Officials say some of those employees will be offered transfers if there are job openings. Robert Smith, chairman, president and chief executive officer for Fleming, said the consolidation was part of a trend toward controlling costs by moving to larger, more efficient distribution plants. Concordia is located in north-central Kansas, about 200 miles from Kansas City. The company acquired the Concordia division as part of its purchase of Scrivner Inc. in July 1994. At the time, Fleming said it would close up to eight distribution centers. Fleming markets and distributes food and general merchandise products in 10,000 stores. • From Staff and Wire Reports TOMORROW'S Journal ^UNE^ Call after 7:30 p.m. Tom Dorsey/Salina Journal Phil Smith, Delphos, looks under the hood of a 1937 Chevy coupe owned by Bob Stenzel, Salina. The car joined about 150 hot rods from the West Coast that were on display Tuesday in the Masonic Temple parking lot, 336 S. Santa Fe. Cruisin' time Hot Rod magazine's 'power tour' makes stopover in Salina By DAVID CLOUSTON Th« Salina Journal Wichitan Tom Bechtold was waiting in the Sonic Drive-In parking lot on South Santa Fe Avenue Tuesday afternoon, ready to go crusin'. He'd taken the day off from work at Boeing to drive to Salina for a chance to hobnob with others who share a common hobbyist passion — hot rods. Old cars and trucks souped up, tricked out and polished to a high detail. As part of Hot Rod magazine's "Power Festival," a "power tour "'of magazine staff and their vehicles is making its way from Los Angeles to Norwalk, Ohio. Tuesday they stopped in Salina for lunch before heading to Overland Park and Dick Clark's American Bandstand restaurant, for an overnight layover. The tour is a promotion for the maga- Hod Rod magazine's "power tour" is a promotion to "get people to drive the cars rather than have them sit in the garage." — John Hammann, Wichita zine and the sport and hobby of hot rod restoration and racing, Bechtold said. The tour was late arriving in Salina after departing Tuesday morning from Goodland. That left Bechtold and other Kansas drivers to showcase their vehi- cles for the crowd of onlookers who showed up early. Bechtold's had his '65 Chevy Malibu about five years, he said. It's on its second engine, a 200 horsepower V8. Bechtold was joined in the parking lot by fellow motorist John Hammann, also from Wichita, driving his '58 Ford F100 pickup. "They want to get people to drive the cars rather than have them sit in the garage," said Hammann. "A lot of people have as much as $50,000 in these cars." Bechtold said he planned to follow the tour as far as Lawrence. The tour is expected to arrive at its final destination at the Norwalk Raceway Park in Norwalk May 20. There, the magazine is putting on a festival that includes street-style racing, a Miss Hot-Rod swimsuit contest, manufacturers' giveaways, and trophies for the best restored vehicles. KSU-Salina may add 2 degree programs By LILLIAN ZIER The Salina Journal As an aspiring pilot, Steve Olson didn't really want to study engineering or business. But to get a job, he would need that four-year degree. Besides, a bachelor's degree was a personal goal, and he wanted to please Dad. And so he hopes the Kansas Board of Regents approves Kansas State University-Salina's plan to start a four-year bachelor's program in aviation. At its meeting Thursday in Topeka, the board is scheduled to consider 13 new degree programs at five state universities. Two of them are at KSU-Salina. In addition to aviation, the college is proposing a technology management degree. "The time is right for both of them," assistant dean Loren Riblett said. Olson, 23, has a two-year associate's degree in aviation and is a flight instructor at KSU-Salina. If the regents approve the four-year program, he should earn his bachelor's degree in December, by virtue of some time spent at Wichita State University. The bachelor's degree would of- "We're unknown, but we (KSU-Salina) are putting out a better product, and we have good planes and equipment." — Steve Olson, KSU-Salina flight instructor fer in-depth study of aviation, but also business management, accounting, computer courses and more, Olson said. "If I don't get a job flying, I can always sit behind a desk," he said, referring to his business background. A Wichita native, Olson is pleased with the education he's received at KSU-Salina. One prestigious aviation college in another state is expensive, and its planes and equipment aren't up to par, he said. "They're just the opposite of us," he said. "We're unknown, but we're putting out a better product, and we have good planes and equipment." Ken Barnard, head of the aeronautics department, said the bachelor's degree would be available to airplane mechanics and pilot students. He said 94 percent of airlines re- quire four-year degrees for their employees. Students were having to leave the state to complete their degrees at a higher cost. It makes sense for KSU-Salina to keep those students here, he said. The existing faculty will teach most of the new courses required for the degree, Barnard said, although three part-time faculty may be hired. He said 15 students have shown interest in staying at the college to complete the four-year degree. Technology management The technology management degree would be targeted at people who have associate's degrees and are employed, Riblett said. Surveys indicate that businesses have a demand for technologists with bachelor's degrees. Employers in just the Kansas City area had a need for 400 such people, Riblett said. An example of someone who might be interested in the degree would be a person working in the welding or drafting field, Riblett said. The person might be moving up in the company, but would need a bachelor's degree for further promotion. Riblett said colleges haven't offered technology management degrees aimed at working people. "It's a first-time degree. It hasn't been done in the past," he said. However, other schools are considering it, so he hopes the program will receive the regents' approval. KSU-Salina plans to work with community colleges on the project. The courses would be broadcast over interactive television to community colleges around the state, where students would go to pick up the classes. The classes also would be offered on the KSU-Salina campus. The classes would have a heavy emphasis on business and management. The program would be a cooperative effort with K-State's College of Business in Manhattan. It also will present an opportunity for Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina to offer courses to KSU-Salina students, Riblett said. Rollins on trial for perjury Key to case may be alleged affair By DAVID CLOUSTON Th» Salina Journal Upset and concerned was how Steve Flynn felt when hearing the ; words of his then 3-year-old son, Jeb. "He said he had a new daddy, and • that his new daddy was pastor Rollins," Flynn testified as the per-' jury trial for Jerry Rollins began Tuesday in Saline County District Court. Flynn was referring to a conver- • sation he had with Jeb on June 13, 1992. At about the same time, Ran- " dall Sheridan was involved in a cus- ; tody dispute over his daughter, Ash-ley. The key in both cases, alleged prosecutor Chris Biggs, was Rollins' affair with the children's " mother, Dana Flynn. It was an af- • fair Rollins allegedly lied about under oath during a deposition in 1 " Sheridan's custody case taken Nov. 3, 1992, in Salina. The prosecution evidence con- ' cerns juicy allegations but nothing proving Rollins deliberately lied in responding to vague questions, countered Rollins' attorney, Dan Monnat. "Fornication with the clergy, an affair with pastor Rollins — it all sounds tantalizing," he told jurors in his opening statement. "These are the kinds of scripts from which great political careers are made." It was the first time since Rollins has faced prosecution that the de-. fense has had an opportunity to • publicly present its case. Rollins and Dana Flynn both stand accused of perjury in Saline County for lying about their relationship. Flynn is- scheduled to be tried in late June. The paii- and a third defendant, Dana Flynn's brother, Mikel, also are accused in Geary County for the murder of Randall Sheridan on • Dec. 22, 1992. A preliminary hear- '. ing in that case is scheduled to resume May 30. In both cases the state alleges • Rollins, as leader of the Fountain of- Life Church, Salina, used his posi-. • tion to brainwash and control his followers into a conspiracy that re- suited, ultimately, in Sheridan's death. Sheridan was killed by shotgun blasts when he was ambushed while jogging near his home. Wild allegations In his opening statement Tues- ' day, Monnat accused Sheridan's attorney in the custody case, Robert Potroff, Manhattan, of "mounting • an attack on someone vulnerable ' and close to Dana Flynn" to counter ' allegations that Sheridan had abused his daughter. The false testimony concerns several areas. Biggs said Rollins, under oath, described Flynn as an acquaintance and said he did not have contact with Ashley beyond church ' gatherings and occasional chance • meetings with her and her mother at Central Mall. Biggs said evidence during the trial will show Dana Flynn and her daughter were at the time living; with Rollins, and that he wrote her a card signed, "Your husband, Jerry." Besides Steve Flynn, Potroff also testified Tuesday. He said he decided to question Rollins under oath in the custody case only because of- concerns Steve Flynn and Randall Sheridan had about their children. "From all the investigation I did, something had caused this child (Ashley) and Jeb to alienate and hate their fathers," he said. "Jerry Rollins' involvement in their lives came about the same time. So it only made sense to me to subpoena Jerry Rollins to ask about his involvement."
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