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Forest Hills Journal (Newspaper) - June 20, 1980, Cincinnati, OhioVol. 20 no. 12 Friday june 20, if80 single copy 15 cents a Tequ to i a Luty mix i a pm it fit a cd Board to get recount excavation work began the week on the site of the Hoyal Oak Park on Laverty Lane in Anderson township As the township Park Board requested a recount of the june 3 vote in which a .�,2 Mill township Park Levy was Defeated by Only 24 votes. The Royal Oak Park will include a baseball Diamond a soccer Field playground equipment and a jogging Trail is planned for next year. Journal photo Macconnell. By Brian Macconnell staff writer a recount of the vote totals in the june 3 defeat of the Anderson township Park Levy has been requested by the Board of Park commissioners of the township Park District. The Levy went Down to defeat by a 30-vote margin in that election the closest vote in Hamilton county according to the unofficial results. Recently however the margin of defeat was revised Down to 24 votes Jean Dobratz of the Hamilton county Board of elections verified that the vote margin had been revised to 24, and said the Park Board would be granted a free recount since the margin was less than .5 percent. She said the Board of elections Hopes to hold the recount next week and that the Park Board would be informed and be Able to witness the process. Park Board president Jon Schneider said the Board decided to request a recount and the request was hand delivered to the Hamilton county Board of elections this week after hearing of the revised vote count Schneider said the Board decided to try for the recount. If the recount confirms defeat of the .62 Mill Levy the Board has voted unanimously to put the Levy on the november 4 ballot with an emphasis on a Campaign for the Levy. The Levy on the june 3 ballot received Little Campaign support. At the june 9 meeting of the Board Robert Toft offered to chair a committee to Campaign for support of the Levy and the commissioners accepted the offer. Toft is currently athletic director for the area pee wee football program and is director of the Forest Hills youth wrestling program. The current tax rate of 38 Mills is sufficient Schneider said to maintain Nagel Road Park and to build and maintain Royal Oak Park and the planned Forest Road Park. The Royal Oak site is currently being cleared and is scheduled for completion by july 15. That Park will include a baseball Diamond a soccer Field a playground and will also include a jogging Trail next year Schneider said. He said the Board is also considering other facilities for the site. When the three Parks Are All operational the township Park system will include six baseball diamonds eight soccer Fields and All three will eventually have playground equipment the Board president said. The Board can build and maintain the three Parks with the current .38 Mills Schenider stressed. The original Board promised he said not to build any Parks it could not maintain investigate shooting new graduates address school Board recent graduates of Anderson and Turpin High schools addressed the Forest Hills Board of education concerning last sunday s graduation ceremonies for both schools. Board members and District administrators had expressed disappointment at the actions of some graduates and guests at the ceremonies at Cincinnati music Hall. 1 a a a the students told the Board that the incidents at the ceremonies were isolated and did not warrant the attention they had received but Board members and District superintendent Robert Wolf said at the meeting that the actions of the people involved were not proper. Some graduates threw Caps m the air at the end of the ceremony Board president William k Memke said and Beechmont business group to organize an organization of the businesses on Beechmont Avenue business District will be formed next week. More than 300 businesses from Salem Pike East to red lobster restaurant in Western Clermont county Are being invited to an organizational meeting at 7 30 . Thursday june 26 at the Anderson Hills United methodist Church Fellowship Hall Forest Road and Beechmont Avenue Jeff Figgatt manager of the Anderson Hills Branch of first National Bank who is one of the coordinators of the project said the businesses Are being asked to organize to promote a spirit of cooperation take action on physical improvements to a improve the business environment and a to serve As an organized influence on decisions which affect this area a a committee from the econ o m i c d e v e 1 o e n t committee of the Anderson area chamber of Commerce is organizing the group. However it is visualized that the group will be acting in its own interest which May not always parallel those of the chamber. For the past several years some business people and civic leaders have informally talked of the need for physical improvements in the Beechmont Avenue business District but this is the most positive step taken towards doing something about it noted Tom Taylor president of the chamber. A we just want to give local business people an Opportunity to get together a said Figgatt. A we Arentt going to try to impose anything on Joe Schott of Joe Schott Chevrolet another co chairman said efforts to change Beechmont May include work with signs inventory of some stores and the target markets which stores should try to attract. Ronald k. Edgerton Kef project manager and another committee member said that seminars on topical interests May be of interest to the members. The committee members note that the organization Structure must be established and officers appointed. Goals and objectives must be set and committees established to take action on specific projects several Means of Contact Are being used to reach the bus i Ness men. Com Mittee members urge All of them to make arrangements a to take about an hour and a half away from their business to help further their own business along with their neighbors. A some guests yelled to graduates during the ceremony. Quot i was disappointed at the decorum at the graduations a he said. A we have a tradition of dignity structured formal atmosphere at our graduations. This was the first time in my nine years involved with the District we be had Beha Vior like this Board member Phyllis Layton called the disruptive behave or the ceremonies a most and Board member Jack Dacey agreed but added a the behaviour of the vast majority of the people there was Fine. I was in the crowd rather than on the stage and it was obvious that the people who were causing trouble were a Small students contended that comments to the press by Memke and Wolf and the subsequent published reports about the ceremonies generalized greatly about the graduations and tended to condemn All the students in the graduating classes of both schools. Board members and administrators said they agreed a minority of guests and students disrupted the affairs and Wolf said a there is no reason this will affect other groups of graduates. We have already planned How to communicate our feelings about this kind of thing to the upcoming Memke said the journal report of the incident was incorrect in stating that he believed some parents at the ceremonies to have been drinking. He said he did not know if parents had been drinking prior to the graduations but said he smelled alcohol on the breath of some graduates while handing out diplomas. Wolf stressed that the incidents had not jeopardized the districts use of music Hall. He said use of the Structure is determined by a lottery later in the year and added that he is a not at All sure we can get it next although no action was taken some Board members said the District should review a policy which would make optional a graduates attendance at the ceremony. They said the policy May help eliminate disruptions. Hamilton county sheriffs deputies Are investigating the shooting of a it. Carmel Man tuesday at a Newtown Golf course. James l. Meckstroth 52, Wras hit by a Bullet while bending Over his Ball on the 10th tee of the Indian Valley Golf course on Newtown Road said Victor Carrelli chief of deputies for the sheriffs department. Carrelli said the incident occurred at about 4 30 . While Meckstroth was playing his round of Golf. The Bullet lodged in the Side of Meckstroth slower Back. Carrelli said and the Anderson township life squad took him to our lady of mercy Hospital. Carrelli said deputies found a 19-year-old Man who had been shooting a .22-caliber Rifle in the area but the Man said he was far away from the site deputies had not determined if there was any connection Between the Bullet which hit Meckstroth and the Rifle used by the youth. The Case May be further complicated the chief said since Meckstroth was apparently released from the Hospital without surgery and the location of the Bullet was unclear. Cincinnati police were called to the scene to investigate any connection Between the shooting and the sniper attack which left two teens dead last week in the City. The officers apparently found no connection. Storer returns to classroom after serving As principal of Summit elementary school c. Ray Storer will return to the classroom to teach Art at Turpin Middle school beginning in August. The change was Storero a Choice. He told the Forest Hills Board of education monday night that he had enjoyed his period As an administrator but was pleased to be Able to return to teaching As an Art instructor. Storer has been in the school District for 19 years and at the meeting he said �?o1 have children who have attended school in the District and 1 am a taxpayer in the District i m convinced this is a great District. My colleagues the school Board All the teachers and the parents have been great. But in a really excited to gel Back into the classroom As a Storer s Job change will be effective August 18. President reads report to school Board this weekend in Forest Hills the newly formed citizens committee for neighbourhood business districts will be taking a look at the it. Washington business District although no Date has been set for a tour. See Page a-6 for details. Patti Barton is a 35-year-old Mother of three who started her career As a jockey 12 years and 7,900 races ago. On june 6, she won her 1,000th race at River Downs. For All the information on the Milestone see Page a-9 trite c lurches b-2 classified am sports it l by a Forest Hills journal 564 Batavia Pike Cincinnati Ohio 45244 528-1111 saturation coverage of Anderson township i. Washington Newtown California every tuesday and Friday. Circulation audited by. Div Efurey by Brian Macconnell staff writer in a report to the Forest Hills Board of education president William k. Memke presented findings and recommendations to other Board members concerning recent allegations by parents of some handicapped children that the District has not complied with All aspects of Laws dealing with handicapped education. Some parents have said the District is not fully complying with Public Law 94-142, which entitles handicapped children to a a free appropriate Public education in the least restrictive environment. Specific complaints have concerned late placement of handicapped children As Well As improper placement in special programs. The parents have also criticized District administrators for what they see As an unwillingness to cooperate with the parents. The Parent group has maintained that by being out of compliance with the regulations the District runs the risk of losing All Federal funding. Mem Kkt a report to the Board stated that the parents had met twice with Memke and Board vice president Phyllis Layton. After a May 5 meeting Memke said he suggested a third party be included to review the alleged violations and the programs for the handicapped in the District. In line with that suggestion he said Donald Blodgett of the Bureau of education for the handicapped has been contacted by the Board. Layton and Memke met again with the concerned parents june 2, the report said and the parents group included Donna Felts a parents advocate for the handicapped. Memke said the findings and recommendations to the Board Are the result of these meetings. In the segment of the three and one half Page report labelled a findings a Memke stated a it is possible that during the Early phase of implementation of Public Law 94-142, some time lines stipulated in the Law May not have been the findings also said Basic problems Between the District and the parents include a Lack of communication and differences in opinion about interpretation of the Law. In response to complaints about delays in obtaining records for students Memke read a it would appear that in some instances records Are not being provided As promptly As they could be and on the other hand in some instances the requests Are totally unreasonable a the report stated Felts and the group of parents a Are using the alleged violations and the threat of Legal action As a lever to Force the school District to implement a summer school program for the handicapped to provide a resource room and a self contained classroom at Turpin Middle school and to bring pressure on the school officials who Are working with the handicapped students in an attempt to Force them to acquiesce to the demands of this particular group of Felts said the parents do not want to Force the issues into the courts although a they All have cases that could be in she said any court action would Cost the District a at least $10.000.�?� and the parents do not want to Hurt the District. The recommendations included in the report said while the education process is a collective Effort Between Home and school a final responsibility for the educational program lies with the professional educator a Memke and Layton also stated that the Board should hire a lawyer familiar with handicapped education to a provide interpretation of those aspects of the Law which Are Early deadlines will be observed so that journal employees May observe the fourth of july Holiday deadlines for the tuesday july 8 Issue of the journal will be advanced. News contributions deadline is 9a.m. Wednesday july2. Display advertising deadline is 4 . Wednesday july 2. Classified liner and deadline is 10a.m. Wednesday july 2. Because of the Holiday no journal will be published on Friday july 4 the journal thanks All in Advance for their cooperation. Challenged or unclear. A according to the recommendations the District should renew efforts to strictly adhere to the Law records should be provided As quickly As possible and a priority should be Given to provide i service training for staff particularly to new teachers coming into the District in matters relating to the education of handicapped communications Between the Board and the parents should be Cut off Memke recommended until a report concerning the alleged violations is received from the office of civil rights of the department of education continued to Page a-7 swears by journal mrs. R. L., Anderson township a swears by the and for Good reason. She called in an and for a three family garage Sale at her Home and later called to Tell us that so Many people came she ran out of items so fast that neighbors brought items to be sold at her Sale. It was a simple and that did no to Cost but $3.60 a three family. Different items. Salem to Holz to autumn Leaf to 0000 Thorn Wood. 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