Aiken County Register (Newspaper) - February 8, 1984, Aiken, South Carolina
Volume I -- Number 12
Aiken, S. C.f Wednesday, February 8, 1984
25* Per Copy
By Dr. Pridgen
School Plans Put Forward
By SUZY SMITH
AIKEN - Dr. Durwood Pridgen, Area One Aiken County School Board member, released his plan for Area One elementary schools earlier this week.
At the last board meeting he had announced he was working on a plan based on changes in population density within Area One. Pridgen’s plan calls for the closing of both Laurens Street and Aiken Elementary Schools.
To replace the schools, Pridgen favors the construction 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 construction 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. J.P. Kneece said he agrees with enlarging the North Aiken and Millbrook student 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 Elementary up to code,” Kneece said.
He remembers that “in 1968 the State and Aiken city fire inspectors labled
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Q. Last week I received a paper, “Aiken County Public Schools,” in the mail. Who sent it, and how much did it cost? M.R.B., Aiken.
A. The paper was published by the Aiken County School District, according to Director of Adult Education Owen Clary, and was mailed to 40,600 residents of Aiken, Edgefield, Lexington and Saluda counties. Clary, who wrote and edited the paper, said 42,000 copies were printed at a cost of $1,800. Postage for the mailing was $1,700. The total amount was taken out of the Contingency Fund.
By 'Ranger Rick ’Young Artist Is Published
By HELEN MARINE
AIKEN - “I like snakes,” John Paul McLendon admitted, “and have ever since I can remember.” It is obvious that John Paul is sincere in his feeling for the reptile, especially after one sees his drawings of the critters, which make them seem almost human.
John Paul has his drawings in the January 1984 issue of Ranger Rick, a wildlife magazine for young children.
The young artist explained, “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 added.
“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 subscription 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
months had passed, and was told his work had been accepted for publication-but there was no publication date given. Then John Paul waited some more, and finally, 2 Vi years after his work was submitted, it was published in the magazine.
“I was really very surprised about the whole thing. My mother writes children’s books, but hasn’t 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
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First Published Work of Young Artist