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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - December 20, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836THE TELEGRAPH The outlook Light snow, falling temperatures High 31; Low ll Page D6 On-line IIH Schools are ■rn*■    ok «g, ..rn '    Page    D5 1999 www.thetelegraph.comSchools prefer flexible discipline Best to evaluate each case individually, Hightower says By DEBORAH L. BATES Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - Local superintendents said they prefer to handle student discipline on a case-by-case basis instead of using strict zero-tolerance policies. “We have high expectations that are very clear,” said Ed lightower Hightower, superintendent of the Edwardsville School District. “If a student violates our policy, then we will deal with each student on an individual basis.” Hightower said the district has a clear outlines for student behavior, including respect for each other, discipline and absolutely no bullying Most of the area schools follow similar guidelines. Michael Beaber, superintendent of the Alton School District, said Alton schools follow a form of zero-tolerance, but administrators reserve the right to amend student penalties. “Zero-tolerance, in my opinion, means there are certain acts students commit in a school that the school cannot tolerate," Beaber said. For example, district policies recommend that a student be expelled if he or she brings a weapon to school. “Then you have to go into a whole litany of what a weapon is,” he said. While most of the schools in the area have not had to deter- ■ See DISCIPLINE, Page A7 Edwardsville gets safety grant By DEBORAH L. BATES Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - School officials will use a $123,000 state grant to teach students how to stop violence before it starts. The district worked last summer to make the schools safer by adding security cameras, new exterior doors and phones in each classroom “Even with all of this, until we start reaching the kids, we are not going to be success ful,”    Edwardsville Superintendent Ed Hightower said. The Safe to Learn Grant is designed to help the district provide the emotional support students need. The grant will provide funding for the district to add personnel, empathy training programs for students and more after-school programs. "If we’re going to prevent things, we have to have an ongoing relationship with the students because they’re the ones who are going to come to us,” said Beth Bolton, assistant principal at Edwardsville Middle School. With the grant, the district will provide the Second Step Program, which is a violence prevention curriculum based in empathy. The program teaches students to solve problems and manage anger. The district also will develop support groups for both victims and aggressors. ■ See GRANT, Page A7 Victory More Rams celebration Page Cl Neighbors Helping needy others celebrate the holidays Page Bl Vol. 164, No. 339 - 50 cents Monday, December 20, The Telegraph/MARGIE M. BARNES Devin Bush (23) of the St. Louis Rams returns an intercepted pass 45 yards for a third quarter touchdown in the Rams 31-10 win Sunday over the New York Giants at the Trans World Dome. Billy Jenkins (22) of the Rams and Pete Mitchell of the Giants watch the play. Rams secure Dome as home 31-10 victory over New York Giants gives team home field advantage for playoffs By WARREN MAYES Telegraph sports editor believe our guys believe “I nobody can beat ST. LOUIS — Dome sweet home. The St. Louis Rams secured home-tield advantage tor as long as they are alive in the playoffs Sunday afternoon. The Rams overcame a stubborn and fiesty bunch of _______ New York Giants, scoring a 31-10 victory before a loud Trans World Dome record crowd of 66,065. The win means St. Louis will tViprn VlPrP ” be at home either Jan. 15 or 16 for their first-ever home playoff game. The Rams have a bye for the first - round of the playoffs. “The Super Bowl goes through St. Louis," said free safety Devin Bush, whose interception return for a touchdown in the third quarter helped salt the game away from the Rams. “We have home field throughout. We know we’re a good football team.” Rams co-owner Stan Kroenke agreed. “Nothing’s guaranteed but what you try and do is create an edge for yourself," he said. “Our team has done that with getting the home-field advantage. I believe our guys believe nobody can beat them here. “When you get to this level, confi-________ dence is a big factor. We may not take it all the way but we believe we can play with anybody.” St. Louis hiked its record to an impressive 12-2 mark. The loss dealt the Giants (7-7) a tough blow to Rams co-owner their playoff hopes It marked only - the second win over a winning team this season for the Rams with the first coming over the 49ers who were 3-1 at the time. “This was a very tough game for our kids,” Kroenke said. “We had something to play for obviously and we had three games to do it. We just went out and got it done. Stan Kroenke See RAMS, Page A7 Museum offers Victorian holiday County approves highway plan The Telegraph/MARGIE M. BARNES U.S. Postal Service letter carrier Steve Mitchell, of Alton, makes his way through the road construction in the 2400 block Seminary Road in Alton to deliver mail. By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer BETHALTO — Visitors can take a walk back in time to a festive Christmas of the Victorian days in the 125-year-old Bethalto Historical Museum. “You can see how families decorated their Christmas trees Area/Illinois........A3,6 Classifieds...........C6 Editorial.............A4 Nation/world.........B4 Obituaries...........A5 Bauer, Booth, Bryant, Flagg, Grebel, Jones, Kodros, Lane, Lehen, Maring, McCusiton, Pence, Rosenthal, Rowland Scoreboard..........C2 and homes for Christmas back in the early 1900s,” said Arvel Fowler, director of the museum of history at 124 W. Main Street. “People lit real candles on their Christmas trees because there was no electricity in many homes.” A Victorian Christmas tree ■ See MUSEUM, Page A7 Madison Projects should be complete by summer’s end By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Projects in Edwardsville and Alton are two of the top priorities in Madison County’s five-year highway plan. The Edwardsville project calls for improving Birch Drive between Edwardsville and Wood River. The Alton project calls for improvements to Indiana Avenue. County Engineer Dave Dietzel said Birch is one of several major projects on the list. He said it could be completed by late next summer at a price tag of $6 million. “It’s a big job,” he said. County officials still are negotiating with property owners for right of way, he said. Indiana Avenue in the Alton industrial corridor near the former Owens-Illinois property is considered a key to the city’s economic development prospects. The new road will provide access to the former glass works property at two points, providing better access to major highways for the entire industrial area, said Alton’s Economic Development Director Phil Roggio. A public information hearing on the improvement is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday at City ■ Set PLAN, Rage A7 Telegraph Towns ;