The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 1, 2001 · Page 1
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School nurse shortage PAGE CI the TUESDAY MAY 1,2001 SAUNA, KANSAS Knights vs. Southeast Salina Journal Serving Kansas since 1871 50 cents • EDUCATION COMMISSIONER Teacher shortage Rural areas to get lesson in supply and demand By TANA THOMSON The Salina Journal As the teacher shortage worsens in Kansas, it will be the rural areas that are hardest hit, Andy Tompkins, the state's commissioner of education, said Monday in Salina. "Our rural areas are going to have a greater and greater problem," Tompkins told a Rotary group meeting at the Bicentennial Center. Rural areas will suffer the most, Tompkins said, because of lack of housing, the disinterest in living without a city nearby and declining enrollment that leads to cutting programs, salaries and benefits. Tompkins, a former SaUiaa School District superiftten- dent, outlined a number of issues facing the state's education system, including school accountability and the achievement gap between whites and minorities. The average age of teachers in Kansas is 44, he said. He said he's concerned about the future exodus of teachers and the lack of students interested in filling those jobs. He noted there were 530 un­ filled teaching positions in Kansas public schools in 2000 but just 196 unfilled positions in 1999. Tompkins said there are 14 school districts in Kansas that don't offer health insurance for their employees. , Better pay, good benefits and new-teacher mentoring programs are needed to recruit quality teachers, he said. K£insas schools are finding quality teachers, but there aren't many future teachers "in the pipeline." Some districts are resorting to using teachers in places other than in their expertise. This is shown by the number of certificate waiver requests, which allow teachers to teach outside their expertise. In 1998, there were 18 such requests — in 2000, there were 300. See TEACH, Page A2 Silhouetted against a projected Image, Kansas Education Commissioner Andy Tomp- Idns speal<s to Salina Rotary Club members Monday. TOM DORSEY / The Salina Journal What str the State address these « Help all students meet or excei academic standards ® Attract, prepare, support quality Redesign the century Masses huddle . • 7 • An unidentified boy and man wait in line at tlie Immigration and Naturalization Service office in San Francisco ]u8t before midnight Sunday. Illegal immigrants queue up to apply for U.S. residency before the golden door closes By KAREN MATTHEWS The Associated Press NEW YORK — Illegal immigrants across the country turned out in extraordinary numbers and stood in line for hours, trying to beat Monday's deadline for applying for legal residency under a new federal law. In Albuquerque, N.M., ,they camped overnight outside the Immigration and Naturalization Service office. In Charlotte, N.C., parents hoisted infants in their arms in a line that snaked around a building. In Philadelphia, they marched into a truck, where application photos were taken assembly- line style. And in New York, about 500 people lined up to file applications. "I need papers," said Abdoulaye Diallo, a taxi driver who arrived in New York in 1995 from Guinea in West Africa. "I didn't hear before. I found out today from TV " The Legal Immigration and Family Equity Act, which took effect in December, will allow approximately 640,000 illegal immigrants to seek green cards without first returning to their home countries. That is significant because most illegal immigrants who leave the United States are barred from re-entering for up to 10 years. To apply, an immigrant must be sponsored by an employer or by a close relative who is a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident. Anticipating the rush of immigrants, INS offices fi-om Albany, N.Y., to Yakima, Wash., extended their hours until midnight. Among the hundreds of people in lines wrapped around the Detroit office was Rebecca Nava, who traveled 140 miles from Grand Rapids, Mich., seeking legal status for her husband, a Mexican citizen. "It seems like everybody that comes over here doesn't want to go back because life (in Mexico) is so difficult," she said. For immigrants without a sponsor, marriage to a U.S. citizen can be the fastest route to legal status. One byproduct of the new federal law was a rush to the altar in cities with high immigrant populations. Paula Pagan, a wedding clerk in New York, said she performed 255 ceremonies Friday and expected a lot more Monday Danny Ang flrom Malaysia, waiting in the INS line nearby, said he was frustrated he couldn't take that route to citizenship. "I'm a gay guy so I can't get married just for the paper," Ang said. "I don't even know if I have the right forms now. Maybe I should just give it up." •••• •MM Photos by The Associated Press An Immigrant rojBts Monday In front of an American flag while waiting to see an agent at the Immi- See INS, Page A2 gration and Naturalization Service office In Dallas. T HOISINGTON TORNADO Photo is rare find Ellsworth High School volunteers find picture of fellow classmates By SHARON MONTAGUE The Salina Journal HOISINGTON — The work was tough, and the sun was hot, beating down on the exposed faces and shoulders of the Ellsworth High School students as they picked up lumber and other debris from a wheat field at the north edge of Hoisington this past Wednesday. The students made their way through the field and on to a farm pond, where a fence had trapped photo album pages, individual photos, shredded clothing. Shaded by trees, the students looked at the photos as they piled them in a box to take to the Red Cross headquarters, where they could be recovered by their owners. Suddenly, Ellsworth senior Ben Gwinner held up a photo, mud dried on its edges. It pictured a Hoisington High School cross country runner standing on a golf course, with other people in the background. The girls in the background were dressed in the Ellsworth High School black and gold — Jacqueline Pelzel, Lisa Dolezal, Andrea Christiansen and Abby Ray "There were maybe 10 or 15 of us around there, and everyone came rushing over," said Bethany Kanak, an Ellsworth senior. "It was one of the better photos we found. There were dirt clumps, but It brushed off easily "That was really weird. It was really a different feeling. We weren't expecting to find anything like that." See STORM, Page A2 To help victims of the Hoisington tornado and other disasters, contributions may be , made to the American " f=?ed Cross Disaster Relief Fund by calling 1- 800-HELPNOW. Contributions to the fund also may be sent to the local chapter of the American Red Cross at 145 S. Santa Fe, Salina 67401. Internet users may make online credit card contributions by visiting www.redcross.org. WEATHER High: 87 Low: 57 Mostly sunny with south wind 20 to 30 mph. PAGE A3 Top German officials call for a debate on the chancellor's sweeping proposals to redefine the powers of the European Union. TOMORROW The "thyme" is right to explore an often overlooked herb. Thyme is a delicious flavor accent for lighter, warm-weather meals. INSIDE Classified / 02 Comics / B4 Crossword / B4 Deaths / B3 Great Plains / B1 Health / C1 Money / A4 Sports / D1 Weather / D4 Viewpoints / A5 •.V

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