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Garden City Telegram (Newspaper) - December 11, 2007, Garden City, Kansas What's inside ice hit from Plains to A6 Picture This Kenzie helps cousin Cade Messerly as his Leah looks Photo contributed by Sue Busters pull in Bl TUESDAY December 11, 2007 THE GARDEN CITY Telegram Volume 78, No. 291 16 Pages 50 CENTS District to survey residents By EMILY BEHLMANN When the phone rings next the call could be from a researcher seeking public opinions on how Garden City USD 457 should handle what administrators have said are crowded The Board of Education voted 6-0 Monday night to hire DeSieghardt Strategic Communications Inc. to conduct a phone survey of district The board has been wrestling with twp recommendations from a committee - building a second high school or a larger one - to alleviate crowding at Garden City High About 1,900 students are enrolled at the a building City Engineer Steve Cottrell said is suited to fit comfortably about 1,500. Action on the high school would be the first step in a facility the board has Regardless of what they decide to board members said Monday night that at the they want to place a bond issue before the public on the November 2008 Given the goal for a November board member Bruce Reichmuth said that he hopes the district and research firm can make quick work of surveying patrons - something board members agreed Monday is a necessity Jeff also of the said that at a recent he discussed the issue with representatives from Kansas school districts that have succeeded with bond they said determined what the community Crist Board member John expressed some reservations with the idea of simply going along with popular He has said he favors a though voters in 1998 and 2000 have rejected bond issues to build a second high need to decide whether we want to be politicians and stick our finger to the or whether we want to be he The board has sought community input by inviting the public to For more USD 457 see Page ings and by placing a survey in The Garden City board members they were disappointed to see few residents at meetings and only 50 responses to the survey Ken of the research said the survey would provide the opportunity for the district to hear from the people with middle-of-the-road opinions - not just those who strongly approve or strongly disapprove of district Callers will work until they receive 400 completed surveys - enough to provide information with a margin of error of 5 the researcher He said a survey likely would cover three Satisfaction level with current Opinions on options the board is considering and how much patrons would be willing to pay for How interested citizens are in what's going on at USD 457, and where they get their The firm plans to work with the district on drafting which then will be reviewed by the goal is to begin calls in January just after the holiday The cost of the survey will depend on the amount of time callers spend on the but DeSieghardt said the district would pay no more than Santa time Children crowd around Santa as he reads to them during the Finney County Public Library's Storytime with Santa on Monday Kody 3, shares a giggle with Iziah 3, during a puppet show at Storytime with County doing its part to right young offenders By GWEN TIETGEN Finney County commissioners Monday heard about troubled and the county's efforts to help They toured or Programs Assessments Treatment at 907 Zerr and the Juvenile Detention 507 W Santa The 25th Judicial District's Youth Services Director Leroy Gerber said its work with Garden City USD 457 in The Option program continues to show The Option is an school for middle and high school students who might otherwise be If s a student's last chance at an Gerber Two teachers and two teach the students which currently total 32. They can take up to 40 Having probation officers located next door at PATH should a student become he The more individualized attention helps those troubled and if not leave doing better in their classes than when they came into the Gerber The program started about four years ago with the Byrne Justice Assistance a federal program that provides funding for crime prevention It has since Gerber a point now where we're seeing a lot of kids successful and going back to can go back to regular school at the level that doesn't put them he Gerber said Finney County See Page A5 Judge denies man's request for new attorney By RACHEL DAVIS A California man accused of killing his uncle requested a new attorney to represent him citing conflict with his court-appointed Guadalupe 23, of Long is accused of murdering his 58-year-old Victorino whose body was found Aug. 26 inside a storage unit at Barr Storage 1607 W Mary St. Rodarte appeared in court claiming his Steve refused to provide an interpreter during their meetings so Rodarte could understand his feel like he is not helping and I don't feel like he can help me the way I want him Rodarte said through an interpreter to District Judge Tom Upshaw agreed with his client and informed the court of See Page A5 Weather making for hazardous conditions Kansas Highway Patrol spokesman Ron Knoefel urged motorists today to drive slowly and with caution because of icy highway Knoefel said with weather conditions changing rapidly many vehicles have slid off highways on ice. He said patrol officers have had such reports in Garten City and ice is starting to build up on the hq got to be Knoefel said drivers should allow extra time to get to where they are keep their cell phones charged and make sure their vehicles are in good working order with plenty of slow your speed he troopers and local law enforcement were called to a number of accidents this Garden City Police Officer Rodney Bachman said most of the roads in Garden City were wet and not yet with some slick spots on No vehicle accidents had been reported at the Garden City Police Department as of press Bachman said drivers should remain vigilant the temperature gets the roads may freeze AS A city utility worker replaces near drive and Spruce street as ice begins to accumulate this Laurie Inside Annie's it Comics Weather Check us out online at Inspiring Minds It no moral precept that dots not have something Inconvenient about - Denis French philosopher Wednesday's weather low 13. partly high 32, low 14. 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