Mom's legacy Dying woman seeks parents for eight of her children / B1 LIFE happy mot tier's day High! 72 Low: 43 Mostly cloudy today with morning showers possible; strong north winds / B7 WEATHER Classified/C4 Crossword / B8 Deaths / A11 Great Plains / A3 Life/JJlJ. Money/C1 Sports 7 P1 Viewpoints / A4 INDEX the Salina Journal Serving Kansas since 1871 SUNDAY MAY 11, 1997 SALINA, KANSAS $1.50 Class Struggle Mobile student population adds another degree of difficulty to teaching By CAROL LICHTI The Salina Journal ere Herwig often wishes she d more time to say goodbye. The second-grade teacher at Whittier-Bartlett Elementary School sometimes receives little or no notice when students leave her classrooms for other schools. "We have had days when students show up and say today is their last day," Herwig said. "I wish we would have more notice so that the students and teachers would have closure and a chance to say goodbye." Her wish is common among teachers in the district, which is battling a revolving door that delivers and removes students with a frequency and suddenness that is viewed by some as alarming. The problem is especially acute in neighborhoods of inexpensive rental housing. At some schools, one in five students leave their classrooms before the year is ended. And with new students continually enrolling, some schools find that up to 30 percent of their students weren't there the year before. But the problem is not unique to Salina. "It's not uncommon in any district that has a combination of low-income residents and rental property," said Peg Dunlap, director of instructional advocacy at the Kansas National Education Association in Topeka. "It happens all over Kansas." Several school districts have considered assigning transient students to one school and providing transportation to prevent transfers, keeping the students in one school for the year. ^"That's been a possible solution for some districts," Dunlap said. But such an option hasn't been discussed in Salina. Teachers say frequent moves inhibit a child's academic progress and can cause emotional problems with developing relationships. "Parents fail to think of the ramifications on their child's education of moving their children two or three times a school year," said Karen Levin, a longtime teacher at Oakdale Elementary School, 811 E. Iron. Melinda Eitel, a second-grade teacher at Whittier, 711 Cedar, agrees. "It disrupts the learning. It makes it hard to be consistent," Eitel said. The reasons for student turnover at schools are legion: A job is lost, or found. A home is purchased. A change occurs in child-care. Families split up. Children are shifted among parents, grandparents or other relatives. ~~ See CLASS, Page A8 T SALINA SHOOTING Salina shooting probed At least seven shots fired from car at party at central Salina home By DAN ENGLAND The Salina Journal Several schools in the Salina School District experience a high turnover rate of students. Students sometimes move more than once or twice a school year. Below are the number of students who have enrolled in and departed from the district's elementary schools since school started last fall: SCHOOL TOTAL ENROLLMENT ENROLLING Parents fail to think of the ramifications on their child's education of moving their children two or three times a school year. • • - Karen Levin, teacher DEPARTING Coronado, 518 Neal 335 15 Franklin-Lowell, 830 S. Ninth and 1009 Highland Hageman, 409 W. Cloud Hawthorne 7115>N . N i nth 418 398 51 48 45 44 Heusner, 425 E. Jewell Meadowlark Ridge, 2200 Glen 240 459 74 27 49 38 Oakdale, 811 E. Iron Schilling, 3121 Canterbury 354 244 11 46 13 38 Stewart, 2123 Roach Sunset, 1510 W. Republic 255 407 435 45 19 64 46 25 52 Whittier-Bartlett, 711 Cedar and 300 S. Ninth 517 132 104 , Several shots were fired in a central Salina neighborhood Saturday evening, and one person was wounded. The person, whose name wasn't released by Salina Police Department authorities, wandered into Salina Regional Health Center 15 minutes after police received a call at 6:42 p.m. for shots being fired in the 800 block of Morrison Avenue. The person apparently was only grazed by a ricocheting bullet off the street, authorities said, and was in good condition. No one else was injured. The shots were fired from the front seat of a gray Mazda car, which was occupied by two males, and police were interviewing several suspects at press time, said a department spokesman. The police said everyone involved in the shooting was in custody. Neighbors said they believed seven shots were fired from the vehicle outside 812 Morrison. They apparently were intended for a group of people who were outside drinking, playing loud music and talking in the front yard of the residence. At least one of the bullets went into the house, and the front window was shot out. Other white, fresh scuff marks from bullets could be viewed on Morrison Avenue near the house. Neighbors who were watching the police said department officials found seven shell casings near the home. Jack, who lives nearby and did not provide his last name, gave this account: A gray car pulled up next to the group, and heated words were exchanged between the driver of the Mazda and members of the group, who had been drinking. One of the members of the group pulled up his shirt, as if to say, 'shoot me,' and thre*e or four shots were fired from the pistol. The group scattered and threw bottles of beer and liquor at the car. The bottles missed the car and smashed across the street. Three or four more shots were fired, and the car drove off. People who were at the party then drove off, and the police arrived. "I don't know how any of them kept from hitting the group," Jack said as he swept up the broken remains of a beer bottle in his driveway. "The shots just kept going off." Jack said neighbors had been upset about activities at the house for weeks, with loud music and parties at all hours. He also said a police officer told him the department had been watching the house for weeks. "I knew this was going to build into something," he said. "I could just see it coming." Policing the area Salina police officers and their families pick up trash Saturday morning along South Ninth Street. About 25 people cleaned the area from Otto to Schilling. "We would like to adopt this street as our project," Lt. Bill Gerry said. Photo by TOM OORSEY The Salina Journal T KU KLUX KLAN Klan again postpones Salina rally plans By GORDON D. FIEDLER JR. The Salina Journal The on-again, off-again Ku Klux Klan rally that was scheduled in Salina around the Martin Luther King Holiday and then postponed until this month has been moved back again. "Different people in Kansas and in the Salina area who were sponsors of the rally said they'd prefer to hold the rally later on in the year," said Thomas Robb, the spokesman for Harrison, Ark., Klansmen who were planning the January trip to Kansas before an ice storm struck the Harrison area and canceled their plans. A new date has not been announced, Robb said. He didn't identify the local sponsors. The Salina Journal last week published the name of an applicant for a Salina post office box that was listed on locally distributed KKK literature. The man, Dennis Winters, 28, vigorously denied being a Klan member. Robb declined to confirm Winters' association with the organization. He did, however, say that box holders typically are only Klan recruiters, not rally sponsors. "We advise all recruiters to use only the national office address and never use a local address," Robb said. He said the disclosure of Winters' name had no bearing on the latest postponement of the rally. Robb voiced more disappointment at missing the January date. "I've been involved in the Klan 10 or 12 years and this was the first time we ever canceled a rally. We're disappointed we weren't able to do it last year, but it's nothing we're losing sleep over." Before he was identified as the postal box applicant, Winters had made arrangements to recycle some of the Journal's newsprint. The material was boxed and ready for pickup, but after the story broke, the newspaper was informed that Winters was moving to Kansas City.
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