Amherst News-Times, 1998-04-15
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JEDD offers tax relief — Page 3 I Scouts earn honors, advancement — Page 5 ■ i Lmherst News-Times pril 15. 1998 Amherst, Ohio 50 cents E iton to serve schools as superintendent by APRIL MILLER Robert Boynton News-Times reporter Marion L. Steele High School principal Robert Boynton said he is always ready for a new challenge. And the board of education must agree as they appointed him the new superintendent at the April 8 special meeting. Boynton will be replacing Howard Dulmage who will retire July 31, after more than 14 years as head of the district. Boynton, 47, will step up to the challenge on Aug. 1. His three-year contract has him earning $82,714 for his first year with a three percent increase the year after. "In the very beginning, my challenges will be organizing a smooth transition and finding a replacement for the high school principal," Boynton said. "Growth of the district, overcrowding, facility issues and outdated science equipment are the next big challenges." Board president Carol Jajack said the search for a new principal is under way. Wilh 19 years in the district, Boynton is no stranger to how the Amherst school system operates. He said his good relationship with Dulmage will help ease the transition. In 1979, Boynton joined the district as head football coach and health teacher. In 1981 he became assistant high school principal and in 1990 was named principal. He and his wife Sharon reside in Elyria with their three sons; Bryan, a senior at MLS; Brad, a junior; and Brandon, who will become a freshman at MLS next year. Boynton said they plan to move to Amherst in the future. Board member Ron Yacobozzi, who was on the board which hired Dulmage, said the second time around was just as easy. He again knew they were hiring a qualified man. "Boynton has worked hard over the years," Yacobozzi said. "He has a great heart and a wonderful mind. With those two things a person is unbeatable." Sandy Freedman, board vice- president, said Boynton will bring new ideas to the board. She is glad he came from within the system and said he shares the same type of goals as does Dulmage. "Transition of the staff will be one of his biggest challenges," Freedman said. "In three to five years there will be many people in the district who could qualify to retire." One of those nearing retirement is assistant superintendent Tim Logar. Being in the supporting role is what Logar said he enjoys and is good aL He said he was not interested in the superintendent's position, because he wants someone who will have longevity in the district, something he said is not on his resume now. "It's getting late in my career," Logar said. "I don't want to speculate on when I'll retire, but I probably won't be here in five years." Although he will miss everything about the high school, Boynton said he is honored to be named superintendent and plans to be there for some time. Less paperwork, more sleep are on retiring school leader's mind by APRIL MILLER News-Times reporter What do volumes of paperwork and checking road conditions at 3 a.m. have in common? They arc the two things school superintendent Howard Dulmage won't miss when he ends his more lhan 14-year reign in the district. "There .arc at least three times the . amount of paperwork as there used '•j)b be," Dulmage, 59, said. "And I never liked waking up at three, four tor five in the morning to check the weather lo see if school should be canceled." Dulmage said he also won't miss the constant lack of adequate funding of public schools by the state legislature. * But when asked what he will miss most, Dulmage was almost Speechless. \ "Whal can I say — 37 years goes fike that," he said, snapping his fingers. He is referring to his entire educational career, which began as a high school teacher of government, political science, sociology and anthropology. Most of Dulmage's teaching was done in Berea. He then became principal of Wellington High School before becoming superintendent of New London schools for more than five years. Il was after New London that he joined the Amherst school district. Board member Ron Yacobozzi, who has served 17 years on the board, rcmemembcrs ihe decision jo hire Dulmage as an easy one."'-'Z. "He was clearly the best candidate," Yacobozzi said. "And this has proved true. The school district thanks him for what the district is today. His actions speak louder than words." Being a man of action over words led him io become an administrator. While leaching in Berea, Dulmage said he was very involved wilh the teachers association and trying to improve the conditions for class rooms and teachers. The Berea superintendent told him if he really wanted to improve the conditions he should become an administrator. So he did. "My whole goal has been to remember what it was like to be a teacher," he said. "Trying to create a safe learning environment for the kids has been my first priority." Treasurer Salah Elhindy said Dulmage is a great leader and humanitarian. "As a team — Dulmage, assistant superintendent Tim Logar and all aflrWiistrators have built the district," Elhindy said. Board vice president Sandy Freedman said when she first joined the board five years ago she didn't realize the magnitude of Dulmage's accomplishments. "He is very professional, articulate and thorough," Freedman said. "My respect for him hfis grown from learning about his CONTINUED on page 2 Howard Dulmage You make the decision: shingles, costly slate? by GLEN MILLER : News-Times reporter Whether to shingle or slate the roof of city hall seems to the major question holding up the much- needed renovation of the building. Not only would there be as much as a $90,000 cost difference, but it also would determine whether the 114-year-old building retains its status as an historic landmark. A decision was tabled by city council's finance committee April 6 until members have an opportunity to look over a thick construction consultant's report. Parts of the roof and bell tower have been leaking and rotting away for years. In addition to copper flashing and new wood, the building must have a slate roof — the kind originally used — in order to retain its listing on the National Registry of Historic Places. But the cost of a slate roof will increase the estimated cost of renovation $180,000 to $270,000 — possibly more depending on the contractual bid, according lo mayor John Higgins. The higher estimate nearly rules out plans to renovate office space on the first floor and basement. Only $180,000 of the total $450,000 available would remain, about enough to remodel only ihe first floor. The alternative is to replace the old worn out slate with regular shingles for much less money. Failure to use slate to retain the building's appearance would mean the loss of the historical designation. Fourth ward councilman John Mishak was among those who felt the "character" of the building should not be altered despite the potential savings. Much like Lorain's historic lighthouse, he said city hall is the symbol of Amherst, one that is continu- ously drawn, painted and photographed. "It's what makes Amherst Amherst," he added. To lose the historical designation CONTINUED on page 14 Grandparents to sail for years; report to students via the computer by GLEN MILLER Adventurous sailors Don and Lois Babson explain their plans for an around the world voyage to a class of Powers Elementary School children. Standing with Lois Babson is her grandson, Nathan Cogh- lan, a Powers extended first grader. News-Times reporter Dozens of children at Powers Elementary School will soon be learning about world geography and culture lhanks to a religious sailing odyssey by a retired Huron couple that's taking them around the world. Beginning in May, teacher Patti Wegehaupt's extended first grade class will start following the voyages and adventures of Don and Lois Babson as they set sail on the Millennium Odyssey, an sea adventure that will formally end on Easter in 2000. . In early September, about four sail boats from countries in North America, England and Europe will sail from England to the Canary Islands. There, the group will rendezvous with other small flotillas, including one carrying a flame from the tomb of Christ in Jerusalem. From there, they will sail the flame around the world and into the next century. Their final port of call is the Vatican in Rome on Easter Sunday, 2000. All ihe while, the children will be following the Babsons' sea adventures visits to cities in countries along the 15,000 or more mile journey on the Internet. During their journey, they will sail through the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, the Mediterranean, Arabian and Red seas and the Suez Canal. Every day, the children will visit the school's computer lab to see where the group of boats is and CONTINUED on pag« 3
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1998-04-15|
|Date of Original||15-APR-1998|
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