The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 22, 2001 · Page 13
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THE SALINA JOURNAL GREAT PLAINS SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2001 B5 T SCHOOL DISTRICTING Parents speak out at meeting Controversy over Abilene, Chapman districting continues The Salina Journal Rod Bieker, the state hearing officer in the Abilene and Chapman school districts' land transfer battle, said Friday he has a tough decision to make in the months,ahead. Chapman is seeking the return of 70 square miles of land that almost a year ago was transferred to the Abilene School District. In June, the State School Board transferred 84.5 square miles of Chapman's northeast Dickinson County land to Abilene. After losing an appeal in Shawnee County District Court, Chapman has petitioned to get most of that land back, claiming most of the residents in a carefully plotted area wish to be back in the Chapman School District. Abilene contends that isn't true, and that most of the students in that area don't go to either Abilene or Chapman: They are home schooled, go to preschool or to Solomon, Wakefield, St. Andrews or Abilene Bible Baptist Academy. "These land transfers many times are issues that can go one way or the other," Bieker said. "There are strong arguments to grant this petition, and there are strong arguments to deny it." During a four-hour meeting Thursday evening in Abilene, Bieker heard from both school boards and about 60 people. Most of those who spoke were parents, Bieker said. And almost all of them had graduated from Chapman High School. "Everyone that is an adult (who spoke Thursday) over 30 "Everyone that is an adult (who spoke Thursday) over 30 years old is a graduate of Chapman, yet they are taking different positions." JIM'S) 582 S. 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Bieker said once he receives those he will study the issue and make a decision. • Reporter Tana Thomson can be reached at 823-6464, Ext. 173, or by e-mail at sjtthomson @salj ournal.com Air Conditioning Specialists BENg^N //ome- o^t^ Pt^os 730 N. Santa Fe • Salina • 785-823-3771 SERVICE CENTER T KANSAS PRESS ASSOCIATION Parsons Sun wins prestigious award Journars Unruh takes home Golden Wheat reporting award By The Associated Press LAWRENCE — The Parsons Sun was awarded the Victor Murdock Award for its in- depth coverage of a tornado that battered the southeast Kansas town last yean The award, presented Friday night at the annual meeting of the Kansas Press Association, recognizes outstanding journalistic standards exhibited through a story or series of stories published in the past year. The award was established to honor the longtime Wichita Eagle editor. Other special awards presented at the KPA meeting: • Boyd Community Service Award to Dave Bergmeier, editor and publisher of the Abi- tehe Reflector-Chronicle. The iVard, which recognizes owners, publishers and employees of Kansas newspapers for service and dedication for the betterment of their community, was created in memory of Frank and Mamie Boyd, former publishers of the Phillips County Review. • Gaston Outstanding Mentor Award to Emerson Lynn Jr., editor and publisher of The lola Register. The award honors Karl and Dorothy Gaston, who were known for their service to the newspaper industry and the environment they provided for young journalists who become award- winning reporters. • Clyde M. Reed Jr. Master Editor Award to Dolph Simons Jr., editor and publisher of the Lawrence Journal-World. The award, named for the former publisher of the Parsons Sun, honors outstanding bodies of work by members of the Kansas newspaper community and recognizes years of achievement. 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