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Forest Hills Journal (Newspaper) - April 25, 1980, Cincinnati, OhioElforest Iju tvs journal to 19 Friday april 25,19m Singla copy 15 cants a Sis Outin ctr of suf Eti ban inc to rights a a .,8parents allege violations in school District by Brian Macconnell staff writer parents of learning disabled children appeared before the Forest Hills Board of education monday night to charge numerous violations of Laws and regulations concerning education of handicapped children in District schools. The charges contended that children Are not receiving adequate special education and special attention from the District. Seven parents and family members of learning disabled children made presentations before the Board charging delays and violations in establishing programs and placing children in special programs. The parents cited extensively Public Law 94-142 of the education for All handicapped act passed in 1975, alleging 315 violations in their speeches and contending that the list was not Complete a in a summary of the presentations to the Board Laurence St. Aubin said a there Are a substantial number of violations to put the Forest Hills school District out of compliance with these state and Federal Laws. Violations of these Laws can result in the loss of Federal funding not Only to our school District but to five others under the Hamilton county office of education. Therefore it is not Only the concern of the Newtown Village Council refused again tuesday night to take any responsibility for a cemetery in the Village after a request by Dallas Kinney of the concerned citizens erf Newtown for the Village to help the group clean up the cemetery. Kinney asked if Council would allow the group to use Village equipment or help Purchase supplies for the clean up Effort before the villages memorial Day Parade. Since the Village is involved in litigation about the responsibility for the cemetery however Council chose not to become involved in the clean up. The cemetery has been run by the Odd Fellows Lodge but the organization now maintains that the Village is responsible for its care. The1 feeling of Council As voiced by member Steve Kline is that the Village should not involve itself with the cemetery unless it is forced to do so. A i think we should completely stay out of any involvement with the cemetery until the court action is decided a Kline said. A if we get involved in the maintenance even if its Only for the Parade we might open ourselves up for some the suit concerning the cemetery on Roun Bottoni Road was recently filed in the Hamilton county court of common pleas. Also in the meeting Council discussed a proposal by Edmund Motz to Clear and farm five acres of land belonging to the Village. Village solicitor Albert Wettstein said if the Village con tracts to allow Motz to use the land it would be responsible to pay tax on the parcel. Council members briefly discussed the advantages of allowing Motz to use the land and paying taxes while having the land cleared free. Another option would be for the Village a to pay to have the land cleared. Parents Here tonight but to ail parents in this area a St. Aubin said a loss of funding would entail loss of other funds which Are not earmarked for use for programs for handicapped students. Some of the parents complaints were levelled directly at Thomas Gallenstein the districts director of Pupil services charging that he was uncooperative in helping place and in assuring design of programs for students. Besides the Reading of statements from the parents the group also presented the Board with packets containing copies of the statements Federal and state regulations and reports on the regulations. Superintendent Robert c. Wolf was also criticized by the parents group. A we were forced to come before the Board of education because or. Wolf and mr., Gallenstein have refused to work cooperatively with parents. Rather than trying to find constructive Means of resolving the Issue in order to comply with the Law they have become defensive and they spend their energies making excuses which cause hours of instructional time to be lost for these children a St. Aubin read Federal Law establishes Means by which the alleged violations and charges can be settled in court proceedings. St. Aubin said but the group a would prefer to see our dollars spent in educational services instead of Legal after the presentations Board president William k. Memke promised the group that the Boardw Ouid investigate and Correct any problems with programs for learning disabled children in the District and that the Board was willing to meet w Ith the parents and discuss the allegations. After hearing the complaints by the group one Parent in attendance at the meeting said she was pleased with the educational opportunities her child had received from the District. In other businesses at the meeting the District Board toted to accept the recommendations of administrators and not renew the con tracts of 36 employees including some teachers substitute teachers learning disability tutors and aids. A three teachers were terminated As a result of poor evaluations erf teaching performance. Others were not renewed. Wolf said because other teachers will be returning from leaves of absence and because of uncertainties about enrolment for next school year he said some would be rehired after the enrolment figures Are determined contracts for Many District personnel were renewed at the meeting. Town meeting draws support for Levy Cincinnati City councilman Gerald Springer makes a Point at the town meeting at it. Washington Baptist Church to draw support for the tax Levy for City schools on the june a hot. Springer argued in favor of the Levy saying a let s not take out our anger about taxation on our journal photo. Cemetery is problem for Newtown Parade councilman John Shirley said he would investigate the matter further from tax angles and speak with Mote about the proposal. Mayor John Russell announced an upcoming Public hearing for enactment of the Village zoning ordinance. The hearing is scheduled for May 29. In other business fire chief Ralph Holmes asked Council about the possibility of the department using some Village land for a training ground for the department a Section of land is. Scheduled to be Given to the Village by the1 Dravo corp. Within the next few years and Holmes asked if the department could use part of that land. Council told the chief it would consider the request when the title is due to be changed. By Brian Macconnell staff writer about 35 people attended a meeting at it Washingon Baptist Church monday evening held in order to answer questions about and gather support for the june Cincinnati school Levy several area office holders and school officials argued in favor of the Levy including Springer City Conn Cilman Robert a. Taft ii state representative James Jacobs superintendent erf schools Lynn Goodwin the school District treasurer and Harrison Herms and George Jacobs principals of it. Washington and Eastern Hills schools respectively. The Levy is a 7.43 Mill tax for five years which is intended to allow the District to remain solvent. School officials have maintained that without the Levy the Cincinnati District will go into state receivership. Cincinnat ians have not passed a school Levy in Over ten years. According to the speakers at the meeting the Levy is necessary to pay salaries currently committed to District employees to open schools on time in the fall rather then current plans to open them five Days late employ enough teachers to meet state standards and to employ Reading aides who were terminated earlier in the year. The speakers emphasized these four reasons for the Levy at the it. Washington schools. Two other reasons not particularly pertaining to it. Washington and Eastern Hills Are to keep Security guards at Junior and senior High schools and to repair roofs at 10 schools. Jacobs spoke first to the group saying a a we re at the end of the Road. We have nowhere to go in Cincinnati except to pass this Levy. Its As simple As Taft who represents the 65th District in the state House of representatives said he sees the necessity of the Levy from. The state level. A was a member of the finance committee i can see that this Levy is the Only Way for Cincinnati schools to continue at the level they should. It can be done a he said a and we came dose a couple of years ago. There is simply no Way the schools can work without this it. Washington residents have not supported school levies in the past Goodwin said wednesday citing that the area ranked 20th of 61 separate school areas in negative response to a Levy proposed in August 1979. A we Are trying to attract the very grassroots Type of support for the Levy this time a Goodwin said. A i think that a the Only a a communicate the need e Are really hoping these Tow n meetings will help that kind of Goodwin said the majority of the participants in the meeting were interested in ways in which they could help Campaign for the Levy and Herms agreed. A i knew most of the people there a Herms said a and in a Cert Airt most were already determined to help us with he Levy. I think they had already decided even if they had some questions that they were in favor of the although some people May have specific complaints about the school system Herms said he feels the Levy vote is not the proper time to express those complaints. A we Arentt at a time when we can address specific issues a he said. A a in be got questions with the Board myself but the voters can to hold their feeling about the entire system As an obstacle for Cincinnati children getting a decent Herms said he was disappointed with the attendance at the meeting. All the children at his school he said were sent Home with a note from the Pat about the meeting a and it disappoints me that there were so few people Goodwin said Cincinnati Anderson reunion approaches voters have failed to look at some of the positive aspects of the property tax to support the schools. A everyone pays the tax so you can be sure that it is As equitable As possible a he said a even if you. Done to believe a property tax is the Way to support the schools you can be sure every City resident is paying it even renters through their rent payments. A also with the property tax you know the Money stays in the City. It is specifically to support the schools and therefore you know it stays in the he noted that Cincinnati ranks last among the eight largest City school districts in the state. Cincinnati an a done trea 1 ize they pay the lowest tax rate of Dayton Cleveland Toledo Canton. Youngstown Akron or Columbus. Our tax rate is not that bad a he said. In his Short speech to those present at the meeting Herms noted specific areas at it. Continued to Page a-9 commission approves White Mountain condos More than a month after a Public hearing on the Issue the Hamilton county Board of commissioners voted wednesday to adopt a Resolution approving the construction of the proposed White Mountain condominium Complex off Ragland Road in Anderson township. The commission vote apparently does not close the matter however since a lawyer Road resident said plans Are being made to put the matter on the november ballot to try to defeat it. Patrick Carigan 7447 lawyer Road said he and other area residents will begin immediately to compile signatures to allow the Issue to be placed on the ballot As a referendum. The vote of the commissioners would allow the zoning on the parcel of 47.9 acres to be reclassified from a a a residence to a a dds planned multiple family for 171 condominium units. The land is South of Ragland North erf lawyer and East of Newtown Road. Besides the area residents Newtown residents and officials have expressed concern about the Complex contending that serious traffic congestion would result through the Village As a result of the construction and an adjacent Park. A we plan to immediately put the petition drive together a Carigan said. A was i understand it we need eight percent of the votes cast in the township in the last gubernatorial election. My impression has been that it will take about 1500 Carigan said he does not anticipate any trouble getting continued to Page a a time change a Spring Forward fall yes it is that time of the year when we must set our clocks ahead one hour. The time change goes into effect at 2 . Sunday morning. Make sure to move your clock ahead saturday night before you go to sleep or you will be running one hour late sunday. This weekend in Forest Hills the finishing touches Are put on the Banner proclaiming the approach of the 50th reunion for a Anderson school the Banner is stretched across the Central portion of the Middle school and serves As a reminder about the huge party planned for the Cincinnati convention Center journal photo. Immaculate heart of Mary Parish will dedicate its new Church building this weekend in a ceremony celebrated by archbishop Joseph Berardin. For More information about the Church and the ceremony see the Church Page a-8. Mcnicholas Mike King pitched his Way to 14 strikeouts in a tuesday game against Hughes. The game saw 26 total whiffs in a 6-3 Mynick win. For this and other sports facts and schedules seepage a-4. . Ayer who was recently named the Anderson township citizen of the year received a certificate from the Ohio Senate last week congratulating him on the Honor. See Page a-7 for the full Story. Business churches a-2-3 Fine lines a-8 sports a-8 a 4-5 Forest Hills journal 564 Batavia Pike Cincinnati Ohio 45244 528-1111 saturation coverage of Anderson township it. Washington Newtow California every tuesday and Friday. Circulation aug item by it verified

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