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Garden City Telegram (Newspaper) - April 2, 2007, Garden City, Kansas What's inside Carousel emphasizes ? reading for students. A3 Picture This M.J. Gonzales celebrates his first birthday with cousins Dayla and Jaylen and Grandpa Joe Louis Gonzales. Photo contributed by Joe Gonzales, Garden City. Busters sweep Conqs at Williams. B1 MONDAY April 2, 2007 THE GARDEN CITY Volume 78, No. 78 16 Pages 2 Sections 50 CENTS District; teachers hash out calendar � USD 457 negotiations: Board of Education, union must approve agreement. By EMILY BEHLMANN ebchlmann@gctekgram.com > USD 457 teachers will be working 1811/2 days next school year, with 172 1/2 of them spent with students, five in in-service and four as work days, as long as the Board of Education and the Garden Gity Educators' Association ratify an agreement that a negotiating team developed Saturday , Negotiators representing the board and the teachers decided behind closed doors to go ahead with a calendar plan that Includes the same number of days as this year's calendar, with the understanding that during the 2008-09 school year, teachers would spend two more days with students and attend an additional day of in-service, for a total of 1841/2 contract days. Discussion of the contract: days arose in part because the USD 457 District Action Plan requires training sessions Assistant Superintendent Shelly Schwatken has said previously would require six days, even though the planned calendar for next year has only five. The staff development office USD 457 will have to use creative strategies to work within the parameters of the negotiated agreement while still fulfilling the improvement plan, Schwatken said this morning. The district was required to develop the improvement plan and have it approved by the Kansas State Department of Education because the state listed the district as "on improvement." Districts receive this designation if they do not make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) twice in a row because of Kansas State Assessment scores that fall short of the state-set benchmarks that increase every year. The plan states that teachers will receive the following training: � � Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) - This model is designed to improve delivery of instruction to English-language learners, and Schwatken has said training will require 18 hours. � Differentiated instruction - This � concept refers to using a variety of teaching strategies to meet different students' needs, and Schwatken said See Schools, Page A5 Photos by Brad Nadlno/Telegram ABOVE: John, portrayed by Randy Wildeman, ponders if he is the one to betray Jesus Saturday during a scene from The Living Last Supper performance at Holcomb High School's auditorium. The play was staged by members of Bible Christian Church, 1501 E. Mary St. RIGHT: Jesus, portrayed by Joshua Hutchinson, carries a cross on the Road to Golgotha Saturday during the performance of The Living Last Supper at Holcomb High School's auditorium. By STEPHANIE FARLEY sfiirley@gctelegram.cqm HOLCOMB - As people walked up to the double doors of Holcomb High School on Saturday they were greeted by a Roman centurion, or officer of uie Roman army After going through the: doors, visitors found themselves transported' to ancient Jerusalem,, where a young man sat in the corner, crying "Alms for the blind" and holding a basket for donations. Villagers'ihtermingied with the crowd gathered in the high school's hallway, which had been transformed into a village full of music, the scent of herbs and spices and weaved basketry and other goods displayed on marketplace tables. The village set the scene for the Last Supper, which is the meal Jesus had with his disciples at whichhe established theEucharistandannounced that one of his followers would betray him. It was this announcement of betrayal that Leonardo da Vinci captured in his painting "The Last Supper," and what members of Bible. Christian Church hoped to delve into further as they performed /'The Living Last Supper" free for audiences See Event, Page A5 Stephanie Farley/Telegram Leslie Seal, 18, sits in Syracuse's Dawgs Den about three months after a winter storm hit the area on Dec. 29 and carried into New Year's Eve. Seal and others at Christ's New Covenant Church, near Syracuse, took in stranded travelers during the storm after road conditions worsened from snow and ice. Storm leaves Seal in command of shelter By STEPHANIE FARLEY sfarley@gctelegram.com On Dec. 29, about a week before her 18th birthday, Leslie Seal thought she was headed to Christ's New Covenant Church, near Syracuse, to do some homework for a computer course. Seal instead wound up living at the church for about four days with about 30 people she'd never met, not getting to her homework until New ' Year's Day Seal, who will graduate in May with one other senior from Syracuse Christian Academy found herself, along with her family and other residents of Syracuse, dealing with the effects of a late-December storm that left between 4 and 18 inches See Student, Page A5 Voters set to go to polls By The Telegram . Finney County residents can cast their vote between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday for the people they want to represent them in their cities and schools, and for whether they Elections believe a quarter-cent sales tax should be used to fund economic development initiatives. The Finney CountyEconomic Development Corp. is proposing to extend the tax, set to sunset in 2008, for five years so the organization can use the funds to attract businesses to the community and support current ones. The FCEDC goal is to create 500 jobs in those five years. For the Garden City Commission, voters will be allowed to vote for up to three candidates for three open positions from the following: J.R. Behan, incumbent, paramedic and shift supervisor with Finney County Emergency Medical See Elections; Page A5 Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Inside Annie's advice/AB Classified/B5-7 Comics/A? Obituaries/A2 Opinion / A4 Sports 7.B1 -4 State/ A3 TV Listings/A6 Weather-/A8 : Check us out online at www.gctelegram.com Inspiring Minds "Most of us love from our need to love, not because we find someone deserving." - Nikki Giovanni, American poet. Tuesday's weather Tonight, mainly clear. Low of 41". Tuesday, mostly sunny. High of 67, low of 32. Details on Page A8. 0672472000507