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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - September 20, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 144 No 17 Kokomo Ind KOKOMO lTRIBUNE Tuesday Sept 80 cents Ready for battle Burlington firefighter Jay Schimmel checks his gear before battling a barn fire Monday at 250 S Road 800 West in Russiaville Burlington and Russiaville volunteer fire fighters assisted in extinguishing the blaze The owner Joe Jones was at work during the fire No injuries were reported Tribune photo by Tim Bath 21st Century could close four sch By TRISHA TURNER Tribune staff writer KokbmoCenter Schools could look very different in four years if all aspects of a 21st Century Plan recommendation made to the school board Monday night are implemented Describing the plan as student Superintendent Roger W Thornton called for clos ing or demolishing four of the dis tricts 17 schools building a new career center making additions to three schools and replacing one building Wallace School with a new one Under the plan KokomoCenter would operate six elementary schools and three middle schools All highschool students would attend Kokomo High School south campus Roosevelt Wash ington ana McKinley and Koko mo High School downtown cam pus would be sold or demolished The recommendations call for changes in grade configuration curriculum and staffing and increased parental involvement and partnership with businesses No cost estimates were included and Thornton asked the board to hire an architect and financial adviser in November to determine those figures We believe this is a fiscally responsible plan but we don t have facts We only have our he said The school board discussed the plan for an hour but asked for a week to receive public input before taking more action Next Monday the board will begin a public work session by scheduling future community forums on the topic If all changes are implemented Elementary grades K through 5 Boulevard Sycamore i schools grades 68 Ufayette Parti rtv i school career center kolno oof south Alternative school Head Start transition services Schools A new task force of school and community represen tatives further narrowed the origi nal groups recommendations and administrators have spent the last five months developing Mon days proposal to the board But Thornton warned that bud get restraints mean the corpora tion has to somehow become more efficient to create the capaci to do more than what we now Z Related stories Changes provoke questions Public session planned Page A3 according to the timeline provid ed in the plan the process would be complete in 1998 Thornton said A booklet which outlines the proposal and other related materi als m nearly 60 pages was made available to each of the more than 100 audience members at the boards special meeting Theres not any fluff in Thornton told reporters about the proposal after the twohour session There are no bluesky kinds of The corporations 21st Century Plan began nearly three years ago with hundreds of community members joining to develop ideas for improving KokomoCenter 10 The corporation will dip into its cash balance by nearly to pay general fund costs in 1995 Projects such as improving ener gy efficiency at the corporations buildings will be considered to trim costs But the superintendent said the package should be considered regardless of the districts current fiscal situation In all of us in the 300some plus who have looked at educa tion for KokomoCenter Ive not seen anyone say were doing now what we have to do to meet the needs of the 21st he said after the meeting Its not a situation in which we can stay as we are weve got to be honest about it and do The plan includes increased counseling for all pupils and a requirement that all children have auricular plans for the remainder of their education by the end of seventh grade Staffing numbers would not necessarily change but the roles of employees would be different We believe we have adequate staff turnover to avoid Thornton said Theres a possibil ity we could have to take some measures such as reductionin force but I think with proper planning that wont Dont drink and dial DANVILLE Ind AP If youre on home detention in Hen dricks County dont drink and dial The Hendricks County Proba tion Department uses a new device that allows officers to mon itor up to 50 people day or night to see if they violating the terms of their home detention sentences by consuming alcohol Like other home detention sys tems this one keeps track of peo ple with a bracelet worn on the wrist or ankle electronically It registers with a central computer when they come and go Unlike others however this sys tem developed by Digital Prod ucts can detect alcohol when the computer calls the per son being monitored Inside Classified ads B69 Comics BIO Entertainment B3 Local news A23 Nation A4 News of record A10 Obituaries A10 Opinion A5 Sports A67 9 Marines land in north Haitian police cooperate CAPHAITIEN Haiti AP Marines landed this morning in northern Haiti meeting no opposition just hundreds of curi ous civilians who came to the waters edge to watch the show Haitian police cooperated with the landing keeping the crowds out of the Marines way The Cap Haitien landings by the first 200 of Marines began at as 14 armored amphibious vehi cles left the USS Nashville and threaded through tiny fishing ves sels on the way to the citys port facilities At die same time waves of troopcarrying helicopters sup ported by Cobra gunships left the USS Wasp on their way to secure the city airfield on the second day of the operation to restore Haitis elected government The CapHaitien airandsea operation touched Haitian soil today precisely at 8 There was no reports of any resistance much like Monday when Related stories Opponents critical Carter scores points Page A4 forces took control of the Portau Prince airport and harbor The operation appears to be going fairly smoothly so far with cooperation between Marines and the Haitian said Lt Scott Gureck a Navy spokesman After the initial wave put more than 200 Marines on shore at Cap Haitien today the landing plan accelerated as the huge Hovercraft troopcarriers raced toward the secured beaches loaded with Humvees and more Marines The Marines objective was to secure the city of peoples port and airport then move Inland to take control of two roads and two bridges Later in the day they were expected to move far ther into town as land in Halt eplng effort In Haiti targets include kfly locations In between The Initial point of troop deployment Buyer Burton vote present By DAVID HA WRINGS Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON Signaling critical but mixed views Rep Steve Buyer was among two con gressmen who voted present on Monday as the House approved a resolution on Haiti The resolution adopted 35345 was drafted by the bipartisan con gressional leadership Buyer a Republican who repre sents Kokomo and is seeking a second term in the Congress this fall said he voted present because he was torn between vot ing yes or While he endorsed the work of the Carter delegation and backs the troops he said I cannot com mend the president for our ill advised involvement in Even though the wording of the resolution was drafted and endorsed by the House Republi can leadership Buyer said I voted present because this is not the time for the Democratic lead ership in Congress to use a mili tary intervention as a political springboard to save the Novem ber congressional The Kokomo areas other con gressman Republican Dan Bur ton whose district includes Tip ton County voted yes after railing against Clintons policy