The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 23, 1996 · Page 9
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WEDNESDAY OCTOBER m f 1996 THE SALlNA JOURNAL Great Plains VIEWPOINTS / B2 ALMANAC/ B3 FUN / B4 B T SALlNA SCHOOL BOARD Salina district to receive more funding Amount isn't 'known, but it means schools won't have to trim any staff members By CAROL LICHTI The Salina Journal After planning on no enrollment growth and no budget increase, the Salina School District will receive more funds. But Superintendent Gary Norris didn't reveal at a meeting of the Salina School Board Tuesday how much the increase will be. "We definitely have what we did last year and we will have some additional, but the question is how much," Norris said. "We will not lose any money." That is fortunate, Norris said, because the district has had to trim staff in previous years. "Our class sizes are at a maximum load," Norris said. "We can't live with any cuts in staff because they would cause large class sizes." Norris said he and a team of administrators have been working to calculate the district's full-time equivalent number of students — the number used by the state to compute the district's per pupil budget. Board member Larry Mathews asked for the figure at Tuesday's meeting, saying the board usually has the number in October. Norris said he hopes to give the board the most accurate figure and present it with recommendations for how any additional money should be used. That could occur next month. But the number still could change after an audit, he said. To receive more funds, the board would have to approve a new budget. The district's actual head count of students is up about 30 students to more than 7,600 students. In an attempt to receive funds through other avenues, the board approved two grant proposals including one that involves a combined community effort. The board voted 7-0 to participate in a Kansas Department of Commerce and Housing grant application with the city of Salina, the Salina Airport Authority, the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce and the Smoky Hill Education Service Center. The district's share of the grant would be $109,765 to develop a computer laboratory for students who are about to drop out so they can finish school through computerized instruction and vocational training. If approved, the district would be able to have the program at both high schools. The district received a $90,860 grant last spring for one laboratory. The joint grant application is for $2.39 million in state and federal money. Officials should know by January if the grants will be approved. Norris said the collaborative grant is probably the way most grants will be sought in the future. He said a community council could be formed to research and apply for grants, keeping community agencies informed. The board also Tuesday unanimously: • Approved a grant application for $122,650 in federal funds to pay teachers to rewrite curriculum and train teachers to revamp high school curriculum to a school-to-career program. The new curriculum would be designed to better prepare students for jobs after high school, whether or not they decide to go to college. Salina's grant will be among 29 considered for $300,000 to $700,000 that is available to the state through the federal program. The grants are expected to be awarded Nov. 1. • Heard a report about Stewart Elementary School's improvement efforts. The school's staff has worked for four years consulting with parents and the school's site council, evaluating test scores and making improvements in math, reading and writing. • Set a special meeting for 7 p.m. Tuesday at Salina Central High School to discuss education issues that could be influenced by the Nov. 5 election. Supporters of the school have been invited to the meetihg, which is open to the public. ; • Approved a bid of $298,300 from Busboom & Rauh Construction Co., 145 S. Santa Fe, to construct an addition to the Kennedy Early Learning Center, 700 Jupiter, for the Early Head Start program. The money was approved through federal funds for Head Start. BRIEFLY Saline, Ellis counties ; receive federal grants '•>. Community assistance agencies ii in Saline and Ellis counties have 'j been awarded grants from the lUlJederal Emergency Management Agency for homeless and hunger - -assistance during fiscal 1997. ;;'Z Saline County was awarded $16,256. In past years the bulk of the money has gone to aid the Salvation Army and Emergency-Aid Food Bank rent and utility assistance programs, said Ruth Ascher, executive director of United Way of Salina. „. Smaller amounts have gone to Bassist shelter programs run by the Domestic Violence Association of Central Kansas and the Ashby House. The grant is administered by a local committee of participating social service agencies, said Ascher. Ellis County was awarded $6,623 from the FEMA grant program. The bulk of the money will also go for utility and shelter assistance, said Sue Rouse, director of the United Way of Ellis County. United Way halfway to goal, drive's end Entering its seventh week in a 16-week campaign, the Salina Area United Way is close to the j^halfway mark in its goal to raise HJnore than $1 million. " ; '" As of Oct. 22, pledges totaled $493,434, representing 48 percent of the $1,019,000 goal. This year's campaign started later than last year's and the pace of pledges lagged, a concern to campaign chairman Greg Bengtson. "We've now caught up and edged ahead, and we feel a little better," said Bengtson, a local at- -tbrney. "It feels good to be at the halfway mark soon. I think we're making good progress." - - If successful, this campaign * will be the first for the local » charity to break the million-dol- J-lar level. }' ••• Organizers like to wrap up the | campaign after Thanksgiving, although officially the books remain open until the end of the year. Milford Lake work won't affect users MILFORD LAKE — Water users won't be affected by an eight-month construction project to repair erosion in the outlet channel at Milford Lake, Larry Crump with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Monday. , The corps increased releases Monday from 1,500 cubic feet per second to 7,500 to prepare for the work. Crump said the water level in the lake will be temporarily lowered to allow for reduced outflows into the channel when construction starts Nov. 1. • Outflows are to reach zero by Oct. 31. Crump said the plan will allow for a gradual change in water levels on the Kansas River and offer wildlife along the Lower Republican River time to adjust. Inflows are expected to return the lake to its higher level. Corps officials said stopping outflows from the lake is necessary to avoid interrupting or damaging the outlet channel repair work, Which came as a result J of the 1993 floods. Crump said J work could be suspended for a time if outflows are needed to sta- ,bilize the water level in the lake. From Staff Reports Tomorrow's Headlines 825-6OOO Category 6006 (Cell alter 7:30 p.m.) Kickin' back KELLY PRESNELL / The Salina Journal Amid a few kicking legs, Mary Elmer shows her students Just how it's done Tuesday afternoon as she leads a group through a jazz dance routine at Dance Elite, 146 S. Santa Fe. T RESTORED CHURCH Thatcher to help rededicate chapel English chapel was reassembled piece by piece in Baldwin City By The Associated Press BALDWIN CITY — Baker University, a small United Methodist school in this prairie town, was bracing for the arrival today of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Thatcher, the conservative leader dubbed the Iron Lady, will join in the rededication of a 19th Century English Methodist chapel where her father preached. She also will deliver the keynote address for university's fall convocation before the opening of the chapel. As many as 3,000 people, including the university's 850 students, are expected to attend. The chapel was built in Sproxton, England, in 1864. Sproxton, a quaint tiny village of stone cottages, is about 100 miles north of London. n Workers in Eng- «f " land numbered the ai ° ne stones when they stone window while work- disassembled the Ing on the church '—' chapel in June 1995 spring, for proper reconstruction on the Baker campus. The chapel has about 25,000 stones and 19,000 clay roof tiles. It weighs about 250 tons. More than five tons of sawdust helped protect the contents of the 200 crates that were shipped to Baker, temporarily wiping out Britain's sawdust supply. University officials say the chapel represents the direct tie between the early Methodist movement, which began in England, and Baker, which was founded by pioneer Methodist ministers in 1858 along the Santa Fe Trail. "Institutions which have the greatest impact on society are those which take care to express their principle values in powerfully symbolic ways," said Baker President Daniel M. Lambert. "This is a remarkable instance of a vision shared across many years and a great distance, a coming together of the people of the Kansas prairie and those of Oxford University where Methodism — one of the oldest Protestant traditions — had its beginning," he said. The Sproxton congregation was formed in 1804, and members met in each other's homes for 60 years before it could raise enough money to build the church. The congregation grew to 34 members, but as families moved away church was closed in 1988. It was di- last lapidated by the time Baker University bought it. The cost of the entire project came to $1 million, provided largely by Olathe philanthropist R.R. Osborne. About 30 people from England have traveled to Baldwin to join Thatcher in the dedication ceremonies. Thatcher, 71, became Britain's Photos by The Associated Press Earlier this year, boxes of stones transported from England awaited placement on the walls of the church being reassembled. T SALINA SCHOOL BOARD : Suspended students get some credit Salina students won't get full credit for work while on suspension By CAROL LICHTI The Salina Journal first female prime minister in 1979. She was born in Grant ham, which is near Sproxton. Her father, Alfred Roberts, a lay minis- ter, preached on several occasions in the chapel. She resigned as prime minister in 1990. Students in the Salina School District who agree to attend a new out-of-school suspension program won't receive full credit for their work. Salina is the only district in Saline County that won't give students full credit for work done in the program at the Salvation Army, 1137 N. Santa Fe, Salina School Board members learned Tuesday. But the board unanimously approved a policy to allow students to receive 80 percent of the credit for work they do in the program. The new policy is a change for the district's current policy allowing no credits to be earned for school work students do while suspended. Board member Doug Mull, a member of the committee that reviewed the policy, said 80 percent partial credit was a compromise the committee reached. "We started out talking about zero credit," Mull said. That's what students receive now when suspended. "It is punishment and that's what it should remain," he said of the committee's reasoning. "There needs to be a consequence." But the whole idea behind the Salvation Army's program is to assist suspended students so they will eventually be able to complete their education. Partial credit gives them a better chance of that. "It's a whole lot better than the zero suspended students are getting now," Mull said. , What the board disagreed on was that the chance for partial credit should be a one time option. The initial proposal before the board included a stipulation that if suspended again a student would not receive credit. "That defeats the whole program," said board member Jgni Heim. "The Salvation Army program is a golden opportunity for at risk students. It puts the responsibility right back in the lap of the student." But eliminating any chance for credit in the program resorts to methods the schools use now which hasn't been working. "We would be doing it the same old way and we're going to get the same old results," she said. She suggested that school counselors and teachers be able to decide how much credit students would receive in subsequent suspensions. Board member Ruth Cathcart- Rake asked the board to eliminate the stipulation of no credit for subsequent suspensions for a year until the program is reconsidered. ; The board voted 6-1 to eliminate the no credit stipulation. Board member Jerry Lundgrin, a member of the committee that drafted the policy, voted against the change. But he joined the rest of the board in approving the new policy. The Salvation Army started the program this fall. The Salina district has had about 10 to 20 students in the program. ; SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363

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