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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - December 16, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                USA WEEKEND GRISHAM'S 'SKIPPING CHRISTMAS' FREE INSIDE BUSINESS: PATRIOTIC, SPIRITUAL MATERIAL SALES UP PAGE El Pa9e The best and brightest 1 J holiday light displays INSIDE TODAY: SPORTS: Beers named all-state PAGE Cl NATION: Bill could save jobs PAGE B1 DECEMBER 16, 2001 newsstand PERFORMANCE FUNDING Mirror pholo by Gary M. Baranec Irving Elementary teacher Kathy Oakcs conducts a choral reading with her second-grade class. Like all Irving students, her class must follow dress guidelines that require clothes to be solid colors. Irving staff say the dress code has improved the learning atmosphere. Irving recognized for achievement BY JAY YOUNG Staff Writer Kassie Smith remembers how things at Irving Klementary used to be. It wasn't a very fun place for a first-grader. The city school was plagued with attendance prob- lems and dysfunctional families who mostly participated in man- dated student discipline. It seemed like it only would get worse as Smith entered sec- ond grade in 1997. It was another year at a school she didn't like and now the principal was going to make them follow a dress code allowing only single-col- ored clothing with no writing. "I didn't really like she said. "I wasn't really sure about wearing a uniform." What she didn't know at the time was that the change was just a portion of a new way of doing business. It changed the school and Smith. The drastic changes recently caught the attention of the state Department of Education. Irving Elementary this month was named one of 18 Governor's Schools of Achievement. Students and staff were recognized with a reward for three consecu- tive years of improving state test scores by at least 50 points. Please see A10 Long-term success not measured BY JAY YOUNG Staff Writer Schools in area counties recently were awarded more than for improved scores on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment. The money was distributed by the state Department of Education for tests taken by fifth-, eighth- and nth-graders last spring. The award is based on improved scores from the previous year. What the performance fund- ing doesn't measure is success over the long run. Huntingdon Middle School has never received funding from the pro- A chart of performance funding by school district PAGE A11 gram, which started in 1998. The eighth-graders who took the test last spring scored 150 points less than the first time the lest was given during the performance funding program. A different story is told at nearby Southside Elementary, where scores have dropped ICO points since performance fund- ing began. Southside has received dollars during the same period. The difference is in how the schools reached the final number. Please see A10 over M State House and Senate differ over redistricting plans. BY ROBERT IGOE Staff Writer State Senate President Pro Tern and U. Gov. Robert C. Jubelirer will be a key player in the upcom- ing negotiation over competing congressional redistricting plans. Jubelirer is a member of a con- ference committee that will try to hash out differences between Senate and House plans to restruc- ture Pennsylvania's political boundaries in light of significant population losses in the 2000 cen- sus. The state Senate and House approved vastly different plans to redraw the state's 21 congressional districts into 19. The Senate's highly controver- sial plan would pit eight Democratic incumbents, including 12th District U.S. Rep. John Murtha, against one another for four new seats. The conference committee two Republicans each from (he House and {Senate, and one Democrat each from the House and Senate will be made up of House Majority Leader John Perzel, R- Philadclphia; Minority Whip Sam Smith, R-Punxsutawney; Senate Majority Leader David "Chip" Brightbill, R-Lebanon; and Jubelirer. Democratic Minority Leaders Sen. Robert Mellow of Lackawanna and Rep. H. William DeWeese of Waynesburg, are also on the committee but are not expected to be a factor in the final agreement. Their votes are not needed to reach a compromise between the Republican plans. David Atkinson, an aide to Jubelirer, said the committee is aiming for a compromise plan. "We are doing everything possi- ble to bring this to a conclusion by the end of the he said. "The Senate is still committed to pro Jubelirer servin g the has ic out! ine of its plan, but hopefully, within the next week, we can begin negotiating to iron out the differences and have a plan for the governor to sign." "They'll hash out something together and bring it up for a state Rep. Jerry Stern, R- said. "I'm not going! to sit here and! tell you the issue I is not partisan because it Stern told Blair I County Chamber I members last! week. "It's parti-1 san in every state where the Legislatures are deciding who sits where and what the districts arc going to look like." Penn State Altoona political sci- ence professor Daniel DiLeo said the differing plans reflect the makeup of the General Assembly. "The Senate has more leadership from tliis area, so their plan is very good to [U.S. Rep. Bill] he said. "But the House, on the other hand, has more of its leadership from Philadelphia, thus the focus on that area. It's still hard to say who will prevail because there is not much to go on; but either way, we will see the loss of Democratic seats." The Senate's major sticking point appears to be a proposed new district in southwestern Pennsyl- vania. Atkinson said Jubelirer .also wants to preserve the 9th District in its current form as much as pos- sible by keeping all of Huntingdon County in" the ftth, rather than plac- ing part of it in U.S. Rep. John Peterson's 5th District, as in the House plan. Please see A5 Police remain mum on Bedford murder BY MARK LEBERFINGEH AND Wll.l.lAM KlUI.EU StajfWriters QUEEN More than two weeks have passed since the murder of Dana Gates and the attack on Lorin Burket, and police won't say whether they are any closer to making an arrest. Burket is still alive. But Sgt. Daniel Krauss of the state police at Bedford won't confirm whether Burket is still a patient at Altoona Hospital or still under police guard. Gates Burket At least two search warrants have been executed so far in the investigation one at an unknown Please see A5 S3iSEiS35E2ESSL--.r-.-2E5: r'. t DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: or (800) 287-1480 State begins 3-year buck study The Associated Press Penn State University biologist Bret Wallingford attaches a radio collar to a young male deer in a study with the state Game Commission. BY CHARI.KS SIIKRIIAN The Associated Press FORD CITY A fawn scampering across an open field in western Pennsylvania Wednesday was snared by a net and whisked away by heli- copter, unwittingly becoming one of the first subjects of an extensive study on the behavior of young bucks. Researchers from the state Game Commission and Penn State University will capture and tag 600 deer using drop nets, walk- in traps, dart guns and helicopters as part of a three-year buck study said to be the largest ever. Duane Diefenbach, an assistant professor of wildlife ecology at Penn Slate, said only a hand- ful of similar studies have been done in the past and those involved 30 deer at the most. Overpopulation of geese troubles some state residents PAGE C9 Bucks stay with their mothers for about a year, but little is known about their behavior after they disperse, said Gary Alt, head of the Game Commission's doer management section, which is leading the study. The study will use electronic transmitters to track how many deer survive from 6-month-old fawns to bucks, how many are killed by hunters and how many die of other causes. Researchers hope to study the behavior of bucks and help state game officials revise how they manage the deer population with hunting seasons. 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