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   Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - February 20, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana                                Indiana holds on to beat B Vol 143 No 168 K OKOMO Kokomo Ind Sunday Feb 20 1994 Tipton may t to close grade school By LISA FIPPS Tribune Tipton Bureau TIPTON Ind Closing Lin coln Elementary School is one of four options being considered by Tipton Community school offi cials The option is being considered after a recent study completed by the Skillman Corp of Indianapolis indicated major repairs and reno vations would be needed to bring the building up to current health and safety codes and to meet man dated educational requirements As the Skillman Corp prepared a 10year master plan it studied among other things student enrollment and exterior and inte rior building conditions Based on the collected data Skillman made several recom mendations The demographic study found that between 1980 and 1992 Tip ton schools enrollment fell by 444 pupils and will continue to drop Projected enrollment shows that between 1992 and 2002 enrollment will decline by 242 pupils Currently 275 thirdand fourth grade pupils attend Lincoln Ele mentary Although enrollment is declin ing the company and Tipton offi cials say additions would be need ed at Lincoln Elementary if it remained opened and Tipton Communitys other buildings Washington Middle School and Tipton High School Tipton Superintendent Bob Schultz said some question why additions are needed when enroll ment is declining The enrollment is smaller but the buildings were built for the students needs at that time The problem is the needs are differ The future in education is tech nology But technology equip ment takes space he saia After inspecting the interior and exterior conditions of Lincoln Ele mentary 421 Ash Skillman recommended that the building not be utilized because of its poor condition In fact the company suggested Lincoln Elementary be demolished For the Tipton curriculum Skill man suggested Tipton Communi ty expand class offerings through technology such as longdistance learning consolidate elementary programs at Lincoln Elementary and Washington Elementary and examine yearround school alter natives After reviewing the Skillman Corp report a group of Tipton officials narrowed the list of Options for the Lincoln school building to four The possibilities for Lincoln Elementary as out lined in Tipton school officials facility options report include Complete the renovations and construct an addition at Lincoln Keep Lincoln School operating until Washington Elementary School is renovated and capable of handling the extra students To close Lincoln after the 1993 1994 school year and use relocat able classrooms doublewide trailers until Washington is reno vated Or to close Lincoln after this school year and begin yearround schooling for Tipton elementary school students All of the Skillman Corp recom mendations and ideas outlined in the Tipton school officials facility options report are recommenda tions They are not carved in Schultz said He said the options for the various buildings are just that options Tipton school officials are hop ing to find even more options to consider and have called for a public forum on March 15 to give information to and receive ideas from the community The Tipton school board will not make any t decisions regarding the fate of Lincoln Elementary at that meet ing If there are better ideas Tipton school officials want to hear them Schultz said Regardless of the options before the Tipton school board theres no question that Lincoln School built in 1953 needs major repairs according to Schultz Skillmans study indicated bringing the school into code com pliance would require work to the foundation exterior and interior walls windows exterior doors restrooms ceilings and floors heating ventilating plumbing fire alarm sound and master clock systems The study also indicated to meet the educational needs of the pupils and adhere to state and federal guidelines an additional squares feet would need to be constructed at Lincoln Elemen tary The addition would accom modate a media center physical education space and art classes Schultz said Tipton school offi cials are still tallying estimates of the cost of repairing and renovat ing the facility and plan to present at least an estimated dollar amount at the March 15 meeting Skillman also recommended the school corporation purchase land east of Tipton High Schobl and develop a technology center Improvements are also needed at the schools other facilities Washington Middle School and Tipton High School Regardless of the option select ed for Lincoln Elementary Tipton needs to complete improvements at the other sites So the following improvements to Washington Ele Middle School and Tipton High School apply with each option At Washington Middle School the mechanical heating ventilating plumbing and electri cal systems need upgrades to meet current codes Also an addi tion of approximately square feet at Washington Ele mentary and square feet at the Middle School would be con sidered The additional space at Wash ington Elementary is needed according to the facility options report to expand the library cafe teria physical education facilities and computer lab The additional space at the Mid dle School is needed for a girls athletic locker room to meet Title IX requirements Title IX require ments state a school must have equal opportunities for both sexes Currently the boys have one more locker room than the girls Tipton High School and Wash ington Elementary and the Middle School need the same minor upgrades to various systems such as electrical and plumbing An additional square feet is needed for a girls room and space for upgrades in the Tech Prep and agricultural pro grams Inside todays Tribune Business Classified Dear Local News of MINTED WITH SOYINK Triple OT to threepeat Kokomos Debbie Benziger middle draws a foul in the after noon game of the Fort Wayne Semistate on Saturday The Kats defeated Huntington North 5348 in the afternoon and then defeated Fort Wayne Northrop 9289 in triple overtime for the semistate title Benziger became the second leading girls scorer in Howard County history in the afternoon pass ing Western great Wendy Benziger added 29 points during the championship game Kokomo plays Anderson in the first game at 11 at Indianapolis Market Square Arena For all the details of the games please turn to Pages 23 and 28 Tribune photo by Anne Farrar Gus was pet to all By Staff Sgt KATHERINE GANDARA 305th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs Tribune contributing writer GRISSOM AIR FORCE BASE Ind Grissom Air Force Base lost an important member who had been part of the base for more than a decade recently A little vagabond dog known to many as Gus dubbed in honor of base namesake astronaut Lt Col Virgil Gus died Grissom security police found the black and tan body of the well known dog in front of Grissoms personnel building I got a call to respond to a dead animal never imagining it was said Senior Airman William Engelter 305th Security Police Squadron When I found Gus there was such an overwhelming feeling of disappointment Even through Gus didnt officially belong to anyone that little dog was everyones Gus death much like the tiny dogs life remains a mystery according to Grissoms public affairs staff There was even a rag ing debate on gender Majority opinion was that Gus was actually a Gussie but the plain truth was Gus was Gus no matter what No one really knew where the plucky pooch came from yet plenty of stories about Gus ori gins abound Some say a base family left Gus behind years ago Others believe Gus was just a stray that wandered into base and claimed Grissom as home Through the years the furry tramps timeworn paws beat a busy and familiar path around favorite stomping grounds Base residents spotted Gus roaming the housing area one minute and in the blink of an eye the nimble footed canine would be jaunting Gus served as Grissom mascot for more than a decade Photo provided along the flightline periphery Gus was a regular visitor to the maintenance areas and the dining facility where bighearted folks made sure the celebrity mongrel never went hungry I was running the flightline perimeter when I noticed Gus running alongside with a huge chunk of bologna in its said First Lt Ed Bachl 305th Air Refueling Wing executive officer Gus trotted along side until a security police truck came into the horizon In an instant Gus was The pintsized fugitive continu ally outmaneuvered the base law It was almost like Gus had a sixth sense and knew when security police were in the area Catching the tiny outlaw represented a for midable challenge to Grisspm peacekeepers who never quit try ing or maybe Gus legend influ enced their efforts more than the dogs elusive nature My wife Jo spotted Gus the first day we got to said Col Marc Drinkhahn 305th Air Refueling Wing commander An avid animal lover she called the security police to report what she thought was someones lost pet The desk sergeant knew it was Gus before she had given a com plete description The sergeant told her the mythical mutt had been eluding capture for How did such a diminutive soul etch a lasting impression on so many people Perhaps Gus embodied the very essence of the characteristics that distinguish the men and women of the Air Force Gus perse vered He was resilient adaptable and a real scrapper Gus was sort of a kindred spirit everyone could identify with Air Force members have made and been a part of history and felt firsthand the effects of the chang ing military climate Along the way Gus symbolized the unwa vering strength of hisher adopted family Gus death was an unexpected awakening of sorts Grissoms realignment is inevitable but somehow many thought a little of the 305th would live on with Gus Even though Gus left early the resolve and commitment of Gris som members will ensure the legacy of the 305th lives on Young boy is first fatality A 5yearold boy who is said to have crossed the street into the path of a car Saturday after noon became the first traffic fatality in Howard County this year At Saturday Thomas Tyler Hayes 807 E Taylor was pronounced dead in the Saint Joseph Hospi tal Health Center emergency room Howard County Coro ner Jeff Stout said the cause of death was massive head and neck trauma Kokomo police were called to the 800 block of East Taylor Street at Saturday according to a news release from Lt John A Brown When officers arrived Hayes was lying just to the south of the roads eastbound lane and the car a 1976 Chevrolet Chevette had stopped just beyond the apparent point where the boy was struck said Sgt Rick Nutt Witnesses told police Hayes was crossing Taylor Street from the north side to the south side at the time of the accident The driver of the Chevette Michael G McCarter 16 1337 E Taylor was unin jured as was a passenger in the vehicle McCarter had been east bound on Taylor and struck Hayes with the Chevettes left front side Nutt said it was unclear Saturday night whether the car had driven over the boy or who Hayes was with just before the accident The youth ran into the street alone however Nutt said Wit nesses told officers McCarter was unable to stop or avoid the the release said Blood tests indicated VIcCarter was not impaired   

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