Wednesday, February 8, 1984

Aiken County Register

Location: Aiken, South Carolina

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Aiken County Register (Newspaper) - February 8, 1984, Aiken, South Carolina Bulk Rot U S POSTAGE PAID Alkn SC No 1M Cerrtar Prciorf AIKEN COUNTY Established 1983 Volume 1 Number 12 Afken S C Wednesday February 8 1984 25 Per Copy By Dr Pridgen School Plans Put Forward Y Live Wire By SUZY SMITH AIKEN Dr Durwood Pridgen Area One Aiken County School Board member released his plan for Area One elementary schools earlierthis week At the last board meeting he had announced he was working on a plan based on changes in population densi ty within Area One Pridgetfs plan calls for the closing of both Laurens Street and Aiken Elemen tary Schools To replace the schools Pridgen favors the construc tion of a new building to house at least 600 students located on the Houndslake property owned by the board We need a modular structure that would be campuses within a campus he went on to say And the location would allow us to pull students from the Warrenville area as that school will eventually need closing Along with the construc tion of the new elementary school Pridgen feels there is a need to shift attendance lines increasing the number of students at North Aiken Elementary and Millbrook Elementary schools At Large board member Mr JP Kneece said he agrees with enlarging the North Aiken and Millbrook stu dent bodies Increasing the size of some elementary schools will help them operate more economically And a good size is 600 or more students as suggested by the State Department of Education Kneece elaborated The larger size school will also aid us in meeting the defined minimum requirements as set by the state department On the issue of closing Aiken Elementary Kneece said he is waiting for the report by the state School and Building Office before making a decision to close or renovate the structure There are certain building codes our schools must meet and we need to know how much it will cost us to bring Aiken Elemen tary up to code Kneece said He remembers that in 1968 the State and Aiken ci ty fire inspectors labled Continued on Page 2 Q Last week I received a paper Aiken County Public Schools in the mail Who sent it and how much did it cost MRB Aiken A The paper was publish ed by the Aiken County School District according to Director of Adult Education Owen Clary and was mailed to 40600 residents of Aiken Edgefield Lexington and Saluda counties Clary who wrote and edited the paper said 42000 copies were printed at a cost of Postage for the mailing was The total amount was taken out of the Con tingency Fund By Ranger Rick Young Artist Is Published By HELEN MARINE AIKEN I like snakes John Paul McLendon admit ted and have ever since I can remember It is ob vious that John Paul is sincere in his feeling for the reptile especially after one sees his drawings of the crit ters which make them seem almost human John PauL has his draw ings in the January 1984 issue of Ranger Rick a wildlife magazine for young children The young artist explain ed I made a scrapbook a few years ago when I was at East Aiken I was in the SOAR Students on Active Research Program and one of our projects was to collect odd facts about animals I like snakes he repeated and my mother suggested I draw cartoons to illustrate the facts So I did he add ed My scrapbook has about 12 cartoons of snakes doing various things and my grandmother Maude Boone thought it was good enough to have published Anyway she sent it to Ranger Rick and then we just waited to bear from them It took a while John Paul said In fact he laughed he started to drop his subscrip tion to the magazine since it is primarily for younger children but then he decided it might be a good idea to keep it at least until I heard from them He did hear after several First Published Work of Young Artist months had passed and was told his work had been ac cepted for publicationbut there was no publication date given Then John Paul waited some more and final ly 2Vz years after his work was submitted it was published in the magazine I was really very surpris ed about the whole thing My mother writes childrens books but hasnt had one published yet I teased her and said I got there first And he marvelled I was even paid for the pictures In fact John Paul saw the money long before he saw Continued on Page 12