The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 14, 1997 · Page 5
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THE SAUNA JOURNAL EDUOATION WEDNESDAY, MAY 14, 1997 AS P_0_M_P__&_ CIRCUMSTANCE The^iassof HIGH SCHOOL • ELL-SALINE HIGH SCHOOL Saturday 7:30 p.m. in Brookville Speaker: Bethany College President Christopher M. Thomforde Student speakers include: Melinda Griffin, Kristine Isaacson and Nathan Martin Graduate candidates: 28 • ST. JOHN'S MILITARY SCHOOL Sunday 10a.m. Perkins Field Speaker: Kansas State University football coach Bill Snyder Student speakers include: Douglas Morrison, the school's battalion commander from Crown Point, Ind. Graduate candidates: 25 • SACRED HEART HIGH SCHOOL Sunday 2 p.m. Sacred Heart Cathedral Speaker: Brian Gormley, teacher of senior English at the school Student speakers include: Ginger Brown Graduate candidates: 34 • SOUTHEAST OF SALINE Sunday 2:30 p.m. at the school, 5056 E. K-4 Speaker: Brenda Bolt, former Southeast of Saline biology teacher now teaching at St. Thomas Aquinas in Overland Park Student speakers include: class President Andy Thiel and R.C. Harlan Graduate candidates: 52 • SALINA SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL Sunday, May 25 2 p.m. Salina Bicentennial Center Speaker: Earl Reum, author, educator and frequent speaker Student speakers include: class president Paul White Graduate candidates: 220 • SALINA CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL Sunday, May 25 5 p.m. Salina Bicentennial Center Speaker: Earl Reum, an author, educator and frequent speaker Student speakers include: class president Jennifer French and student council president Eric Payne Graduate candidates: 214 COLLEGE • CLOUD COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE Friday 8 p.m. college gym Speakers: Student body presidents Brenda Gennett and Shane Larson • KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY- SAUNA Saturday 10 a.m. Salina Bicentennial Center Speaker: James Coffman, provost of Kansas State University, and Matt Wagner, student body president • KANSAS WESLYAN UNIVERSITY Sunday 11 a.m. Baccalaureate Sams Chapel 3 p.m. Commencement Sams Chapel Speaker: Mary Virginian Bevan, professor in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department • TABOR COLLEGE, HILLSBORO Saturday, May 24 10 a.m. college gym Speaker: First District Rep. Jerry Moran • SALINA AREA VOCATIONAL-TECHNICAL SCHOOL Sunday, May 25 8 p.m. Salina Bicentennial Center Speaker: Vern Silvers, Philips Lighting official and motivational speaker Student speakers include: electronics student Jerry Acres of Chapman Graduate candidates: 220 • BETHANY COLLEGE Sunday, May 25 10 a.m. Baccalaureate Presser Hall Speaker: Floyd Schoenhals, bishop of Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod 3 p.m. Commencement, Presser Hall Speaker: Aida Alvarez, administrator of the U.S. Small Business Adiministration and Cabinet member • CENTRAL COLLEGE, McPHERSON Sunday, May 25 11 a.m. Baccalaureate Free Methodist Church Speaker: Dr. Bruce Johnson, retiring head of Ministry Department 2:30 p.m. Commencement Free Methodist Church Speaker: Donald Mason, college president • McPHERSON COLLEGE, McPHERSON Sunday, May 25 2 p.m. Brown Auditorium Speaker: Gary Dill, college president T SALINA SCHOOL BOARD Allowing Twin Valley buses discussed North Saline County residents won't seek land transfer if Bennington buses allowed By CAROL LICHTI The Salina Journal Don Frye couldn't promise the Salina School Board Tuesday that residents living in northern Saline County won't pursue a land transfer if school buses from Bennington were allowed to pick up their children. But Frye, a parent asking the board for an open busing policy, assured the board such an agreement could be worked out. .'•;• v'The main obstacle is busing," said Frye, 433 iE'Shipton. "People would still like to be voting land have their money go to Bennington. But I ,don't think the passion would be there." • Frye made the comments after he was asked by board members if opening the district to buses from the Twin Valley School District, which includes Bennington and Tescott schools, would end the land-transfer issue. Residents in the area filed a petition with the state three years ago to have the area north of Interstate 70 transferred to Twin Valley. The Salina district reaches to the Ottawa County line. The State Board of Education ruled in June 1995 against the transfer. The group could ask the Twin Valley School Board to petition the state again this June. "What assurance do we have that if we open busing there would not be a land transfer?" asked board member Larry Mathews. In response Frye asked his own question. "What assurance do we have that in a year from now you won't change your mind and close busing again?" he asked. Board member Jerry Lundgrin suggested a 10-year agreement in which the board would agree to permit Bennington buses for 10 years if the residents wouldn't pursue a land transfer for 10 years. "Assuredly, that is an agreement I could bring back to you," Frye said. Mathews said such an agreement would persuade his vote. Other board members didn't indicate how they would vote. Several asked for additional information. "We have heard the emotional issue, but we need more facts," said board member Ruth Cathcart-Rake. Frye was representing about 30 families who have chartered a bus for three years to transport their children to Bennington. The group wants to know what the board will do by June 1 to make plans for the 1997-98 school year. In his comments before the board asked him questions, Frye said the group would pursue a land transfer if the busing request was denied. "People think we would now have the votes on the state school board," Frye said. "You have seen our determination in the past. Please meet us halfway and save us both a lot of time and headaches." He noted that he and other parents are voters in the Salina district — "voters who can just as easily be friendly as hostile," he said. Continuing to exclude the buses could "only serve to further alienate us in a time when friendly votes on a given issue are sometimes hard to find," Frye said. Board endorses school-to-career program By CAROL LICHTI • The Salina Journal , A new way of teaching high-school students by focusing on careers and allowing students in enroll in academies was given initial approval Tuesday by the Salina School Board. The school-to-career program would ask high-school sophomores to enroll in academies such as health services or business. Students would still be taught traditional subjects, but in the context of the career area they are interested in pursuing. The program will start next fall with freshmen taking a careers-exploration course. In fall 1998, they will enroll in an academy, a type of school-within-a-school of about 300 or 400 students. The board voted 6-1 to approve recommendations for the program, the result of about a year of work by a group of 30 educators and community representatives. Board member Ruth Cathcart-Rake voted against the plan. She expressed concerns about reducing the number of elective courses students can take and not giving students the option of a traditional school setting. She also questioned whether such a change was receiving enough money and time to be done effectively. But teachers involved in planning the program said it is time for the schools to change. Roanne Stein, family and consumer science teacher at Salina Central High School, said students intending to go to college will still take the same courses. "Every single academy will have the traditional college-preparation courses," she said. The academies also will provide learning experiences to help students who might not go to college or who might not realize how they'll use the subject in a future career. Other schools with similar programs have seen improvements in students' performance, she said. Business students would still be able to take music, said Barbara Coleman, business teacher at Salina South High School. But Cathcart-Rake said those types of opportunities would be limited. The academies the program is tentatively going to have would be: • Communications and fine arts. • Business technical, industrial manufacturing and engineering. • Health services. • Human services. • Agricultural, biological and environmental systems. • Career preparation for special students. SAUNA SCHOOL BOARD At its meeting Tuesday, tlie Salina School Hoard: • Approved a $48,000 grant application to continue the Parents As Teachers program with $24,000 provided by United Methodist Youthville and the Salina Regional Health Center Foundation. • Approved three grant applications of $149,300 for the Little House Adult Learning Center for operating funds, staff training and a 12-sta»ion computer laboratory. • Approved a grant application for $1,066,188 to expand the Head Start program in Saline and Dickinson counties to serve an additional 100 preschool children by providing intensive training, social and health services, parental involvement programs and pay incentives for child-care providers who will serve low-Income families. • Approved the gift of a $6,498 ventilation system from the Coronado Parent-Teacher Organization for the school's multipurpose room. • Accepted a bid of $15.120 from Southwestern Bell for a phone voice-mail system for the district offices. • Approved textbooks for applied technology, business and elementary school social studies, • Approved revisions to the elementary school handbooks to allow only two days of excused absences when a child is sent home for treatment of lice. • Gave final approval to revisions of the district's policy on receiving gifts and bequests to prohibit offers from outside groups to continue a program the board has voted to eliminate. • Reviewed the board's policy, initiated last year, to give preference to local bidders if their bids falls within 1 percent of the lowest bids. 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