Amherst News-Times, 2000-03-15
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Top spellers give it their B-E-S-T — Page 6TScouts kick off celebration — Paqe 9 Amherst News-Tim' ■ - s Wednesday, March 15. 2000 Amherst, Ohio cents i Council tal full-time A chief until more figures tallied What a story St. Joseph's School celebrates Right to Read Week with "A Millennium of Books," March 13-17. The school will be promoting reading with a poster contest, reading coupons, a no television night, and guest readers. John Higgins reads "Kate Shelly: Bound For Legend" to Mrs. Park's third grade class. by KEITH GRIBBINS News Times reporter City council once again tabled a request for the fire chief to be made a full-time position during executive committee meetings last Monday, citing the need for more exact information about the job description and pay of the chiefs position. Council members voted 5-2, with Terrance Traster and Jennifer Wa- silk voting against, to allow two more weeks for council, city officials, and fire chief Ralph Zilch to get correct information down on paper before the request could move before a regular council meeting. "Matters like this are based on discussion and need to be planned out. I want a good working idea of what the job is before we move it to the floor of council. Not just on this issue but everything," explained 'executive and insurance committee chairperson Steve P'Simer. "...As chairman of the committee, I would like time to review this. I'm not disputing it. It's just timing." Zilch made the original request for a full-time position in October, 1999, and in December re-applied for the position with some different information in the second request According to members of council, there were two or three job descriptions and a number of salaries that needed to be specified before they could pass it to the floor of council CONTINUED on page 2 All dressed up? How about a school meeting... Amherst school district residents who complain they never get to go anywhere will soon receive an invitation and a telephone call asking them out. On Friday the board of education will mail invitations to residents, asking them to attend a special State of the Schools meeting on Tuesday, April 11 at the high school multipurpose room. About nine days later, volunteers will begin calling to get verbal committment to attend. About 23 volunteers met with the school board and other school officials at a special work session last Tuesday night to receive marching orders and to prepare about 4,000 letters to be mailed. Lists of school district residents were circulated and the volunteers each selected IS people they knew to call. Assistant superintendent Tim Logar said the goal is to have 400 peo ple attend the meeting where a decision will be hammered out on how to handle the overcrowding in the schools. "This is a son of coming to the end of a decision, where our school district, under the leadership of our superintendent has studied over a year and a half," Logar said. He said the school's architect will be a? the April meeting wto-tarrM preliminary drawings and other information to help the board of edu cation make a decision. There will also be an open forum for residents. Logar said the board is expected to make a decision on how to address the overcrowding issue at its April 17 meeting. The board will likely decide on one of four "enhancement options" outlined in a facilities future report issued in March 1999. Those options include: • Upgrading science classrooms and building a fine arts center and second gym at the high school. This Nord Family grant will aid in hiring downtown leader by KEITH GRIBBINS News-Times reporter The city has made an essential step in the process of revitalizing the look and commerce of the community's downtown area. City council members unanimously voted 7-0 to establish salary and benefits for the position of a downtown coordinator at the Monday, March 6 finance committee meeting. "This town needs a planner. For what ever happens in the future depends on economic development," mayor John Higgins stated. "...I'm hoping to see a downtown with more vitality, more niche businesses, more parking, better facades, and one that's architecturally and historically current." The city is looking for an indivi dual that can initiate, coordinate, and implement a downtown development program, according to a packet Higgins presented to city council at the committee meetings. The program is aimed at promoting activities to advance the general welfare and prosperity of the Amherst area so that its business community can prosper. The city is attempting to implement the National Main Street Center's process of four basic, incremental tenets: organization, promotion, design, and economic restructuring. "We're trying to make downtown marketable," Higgins explained. Over the years downtown Amherst has been cut off from a lot of the major businesses that have popped up in the surrounding areas. Business traffic in downtown has slowed over time. "We've seen more marginal business with lower volume over the last few years. And a little more specialty shops," explained Higgins about the decline of business in the downtown quarter of the city. "We don't have the grocery stores and meat market type stores that create a lot of foot traffic downtown." The mayor and the city are looking for the downtown coordinator to work with local business, the city, and the state to make downtown Amherst prolific again. The first step will involve creating a marketing strategy. The responsiblity for the development, conduct, execution, and documentation of a marketing plan for downtown Amherst will fall lo the coordinator. The individual is the principal, on-site staff responsible CONTINUED on page 10 Olympians use their heads to solve science problems by KEITH GRIBBINS News-Times reporter Achievement is the goal of any teacher. Helping their students achieve their potential and thus increase their knowledge and ability to leam is the satisfaction of almost every educator. Nord Junior High School seventh grade teacher Kelly Kordeleski has taken a special interest in the achievement of the local student body. Kordeleski and her husband Dan are the junior high and ninth grade coaches for the Science Olympiad team. And achieve is just what the two teams have done. On April 12 the Science Olympiad A team will travel to Ohio State University in Columbus to participate with 80 other junior and senior high teams at the state level. Only weeks earlier, the team look second at the Regional Lorain Science Olympiad tournament held at Lorain County Community College, a showing that stated the team's impressive abilities and showed the region that Amherst has national potential "I'm hooked," explained Kordeleski. "You get hooked. You want to see the kids win and the smiles on their faces. It's like caffeine." Science Olympiad is an international nonprofit organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science and providing recognition for outstanding CONTINUED on page 2 Students earn wins at regional The following are the results of the Nord Junior High School and ninth grade Science Olympiad competition at the Lorain Regional Tournameot held at Lorain Community College on Feb. 26: Mackenzie Anderson, 5th in Amphibians and Reptiles; Brett Ross and Phil Ferber, 1st in Battery Buggy, Joe Gi- CONTINUED on page 2 option would require high school and junior high students to share the current high school under a block split schedule format. The cost would be about $4 million. • Building a new junior high school for grades seven and eight with a capacity of 800 students and making the needed improvements to the high school. The cost would be .—UurSIJifll million. •Building a new 1,000-studcnt high school for grades 10 through 12 with modern science classrooms, a fine arts center and two gyms at a cost of about $16.4 million. • Building a new 1500-student high school for grades nine through 12 with modem science classrooms, a fine arts center, and two gyms, at a cost of about $21.6 million. The board is expected to put a request for a bond issue on the November ballot for the option that is selected. Sweet treat Paczki Day at the Simply Delicious Bakery took hold of the Amherst community Tuesday, March 2. The little dough ball sweets were the talk of the town and people traveled from all over northern Ohio to get their fill of the Polish doughnuts before Lent. Pictured above, Ashley Martin gets an order, a little of everything, from a local customer. Below Nick Mezlak, left, and Lori Banes, right, also the Polish Princess, apply the powdered sugar and the final touches to the treats. i y •. •>. r
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2000-03-15|
|Date of Original||15-MAR-2000|
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