Aiken County Register (Newspaper) - April 19, 1984, Aiken, South Carolina
Volume I - Number 22 Aiken, S. C., Thursday, April 19, 1984 25* Per CopyPaskel Considers Move To Tennessee
By HELEN MARINE
AIKEN - Superintendent of Schools Robert Paskel confirmed Tuesday that he was a candidate for the position of superintendent of the Knoxville, Tenn. schools. However, he had not been informed, as reported in the Knoxville Sunday papers, that he was one of the final four candidates.
“I went up for an interview last week,” Paskel said, “but so far I have had no official word. Certainly I would consider the position if it were offered to me.” He added there had been no discussion of a contract or other conditions of employment.
“When I came to Aiken,”
he added, “I came to stay, but circumstances can change.”
Paskel assumed his duties of superintendent in July, 1981 following the retirement of T.B. Willis. He was previously an assistant superintendent in the Dade County, Fla. school system.
Original terms of Paskel’s contract were for three years and he received a one-year renewal in January. He perceives the one-year renewal as a problem because “one year doesn’t lend itself to planning any long range objectives-and essentially I’ve been asked to be a caretaker.” According to Paskel the new superintendent of the
Knoxville schools will be named May 14.
Concerning an unrelated school district matter Paskel said no decision had been made as to the future of Aiken Elementary school. Aiken Elementary will no longer be used to house students after the new super school in South Aiken is constructed.
The new school to replace Laurens Street and Aiken Elementary will be built near the ByPass and Huntsman Drive.
At the present time the attorney for the school district is trying to confirm the terms of the Aiken Elementary deed. “If the reversionary clause is
applicable,” the superintendent said, “then we’ll look at alternatives. Something should be known by the fall.”
Q. The effect of the recent tornadoes on schools in the Carolinas has not been very consistently recorded. In Winnsboro a private school and a “new junior high school” were destroyed. In a picture of the destruction in Newberry, a three-story building, evidently a school similar to Aiken Elementary, appears to have been unharmed.
Are the new schools, and the ones that have been built in recent years, in Aiken County, designed and con-
(Continued on Pago 12) .Centennial Production To Be Celebrated
By HELEN MARINE
AIKEN -- “We have been a part of this community for more than 30 years,” said Will Cole, “and we are now preparing for our 100th production.” Will, a founding father and director for the Aiken Community
Playhouse was referring to the upcoming musical, “Cabaret.”
He recalled the beginnings of Community Theatre in Aiken and said their first play, “George Washington Slept Here” was staged at the Aiken Municipal Auditorium in 1952. That was his first stint as a director - and he added, “Jo Fritzlen and Lecil Cushman are probably the only others of the original group who are still in Aiken.”
Since that time the ACP has offered serious drama, mystery, comedy, old fashioned mellerdrama and musicals to the community. It has come far since the days in the Municipal Auditorium. The auditorium at Aiken Junior High (now Laurens St.) was the site of productions for many years before the dream of their own building became a reality to ACP members. As the result of a fund drive and dedicated effort the playhouse moved into its building in 1973.
“At last we had a home of our own, ” Will said, “and we were able to rehearse, build stages, paint sets and prepare for a production according to our time schedule - instead of that of the city
or of the schools. It was a marvelous achievement.”
In celebration of its 100th production the Playhouse is planning several special events involving past and present ACP members, and others.
Preceding the opening night performance of “Cabaret” on May Ila tent party and reception for those attending the play will be held. There will be a nominal charge for this event. A similar party will be held before the May 12 performance.
There will be eight performances of “Cabaret” including the two with the attendant tent parties. A matinee is set for 3 p.m.
(Contlnuod on Pogo 12)
Music mastor John McMahan ongrossod in "Cabarot.'