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Forest Hills Journal (Newspaper) - May 23, 1980, Cincinnati, OhioA a out crts Subu Ltd a pm a me m r a a a Board answers old program allegations Kennedy Campaign hits area St ii a Lor Edward Kennedy democratic president Carter to a debate on the issues and presidents i candid ate arrived i ate tuesday a stated that he a Wou id not drop out of the Pri Martes night at Lunken Airport to address the Ohio Al As the race is not Over yet. Journal photo Cio convention Kennedy again challenged i. A he Board hears transportation study report by Brian Macconnell staff writer. Forest Hills school Board president William k. Memke read a statement at mondays Board Quot meeting in response to allegations made last month by parents of learning disabled children that the District was not providing proper education for their children. In the april meeting a of the Board parents and family members of seven students in the District made presentations alleging at least 315. Violations in state Quot and Federal Laws concerning availability and procedures of education for teaming disabled students the parents said the District not properly evaluated and placed their children in special programs and in some cases not included parents in the evaluation procedure. While some parents argued the educational possibilities for the learning disabled children Are not what they should be in the District one Mother in attendance at the meeting said she was very pleased with the education her handicapped child was receiving. Robert Wolf District superintendent and Thomas Gallenstein director of Pupil services were directly criticized by the parents group. In a summary of the presentations read by Laurence a Aubin. The parents charged Quot we were forced to come before1 toe Board of education because or. Wolf and or. Gallenstein have refused to work the Forest Hills Board of education heard a report on the school districts transportation services at their monday meeting but delayed a decision on providing services to children who live in the District but attend other schools. According to the introduction to the report read by superintendent Robert Wolf parents of non Public school children first requested transportation services from the District last july. After that time Wolf said he recommended the District undertake the study to determine the feasibility of providing such transportation. The study was to be completed last december. A most of you Are aware of the fact that during the period that followed this recommendation events occurred which made it impossible to meet study and reporting schedules a Wolf read. He said the resignation of transportation supervisor Gene Taylor to become Anderson township Road supervisor caused a delay in the project. A a main priority during this period was the hiring of a new supervisor of transportation. The Board of education was aware of the problems encountered during this transitional period and the schedule for gathering information and reporting on the matter of transportation was adjusted accordingly a Wolf read. The study finally began last december Wolf said and problems with providing transportation to non Public school children a a become the number of buses owned by the District is a problem he said in addition to the staggered schedule of District schools and economic and efficiency considerations. The Board requested funds for seven replacement buses from trustees discuss land appropriation in a monday special meeting toe Anderson township Board of trustees met with Charles Meyer attorney for Edmund Motz to discuss efforts by the City of Cincinnati to appropriate land Motz owns in the township. A hearing is scheduled with City officials May 29 to discuss the Case and Motzo a and the townships arguments against the appropriation. Trustee president John of Brien said the township is willing to testify in favor of Motz and against the appropriation efforts. A we done to want to see anyone in the township lose their land a of Brien said a and we certainly done to want to lose the tax income for the it Winship if the land became when asked if he held much Hope of fighting the City a efforts to use the land for recreational purposes of Brien said a the township was successful about 12 or 13 years ago in stopping the City from taking land along the Little Miami. They wanted it for Industrial use then. We May be fighting an Uphill Battle but i really think we can fight the City and win. Well sure also at the meeting the Board met with residents of the Pinehurst subdivision agreeing to erect barrels and wire across the dead end of a Street in the area where people have begun to Park and dump garbage. The barricade will remain until construction continues in the area. In other business trustees accepted a $3,536 bid for repairs to the roof of the township maintenance building on Beechmont Avenue. The Board also went into executive session to d discuss possible litigation by metro concerning construction of a Park a no ride facility adjacent to the township administration building. The state. Wolf said but was Only allowed funds for two next years adding to the difficulties facing the transportation system. With the 42 buses currently carrying 8,056 children daily and Only two replacement buses for next year District buses will have to stay in service longer Wolf said increasing likelihood of break Downs. He also said the seven Back up buses Are used when break Downs occur and for Field trips athletic trips and special programs. Ronlad Yaeger coordinator of operational services for the District followed Wolf with his segment of the report. Yaeger gave facts and statistics about the transportation services provided by the District and the probable travelling times to and from Sone non Public schools. He said buses travel 3,000 Miles daily consuming about 144,000 Gallons of gasoline annually at a Cost of $115,200 for the 1979-1980 school year. The report noted that some non Public school students already use Forest Hills transportation. The District caries non Public school children in 27 buses to guardian Angel school Mcnicholas High school and immaculate heart school in the it. Washington and Anderson township area and St. Ursula Villa and cure of ars schools in it. Lookout and Madisonville. The cure of ars bus caries 12 students and the three St. Ursula Villa buses carry an average of 44 students each. Another table included is the report involved route times to schools within 30 minutes of a Forest Hills District school the Legal time limit a bus May travel. The times Range from slightly Over ten minutes to Cardinal Pacelli school in it. Lookout to slightly Over 29 minutes to Springer school. Yaeger concluded his report with a table of starting and finishing times of non Public school Days. Ohio Law also states that if a District provides transportation to other schools it must adapt to schedules of the non Public schools. Ohio Law allows the state through the school District to reimburse parents of non Public school children for the transportation not provided when the District finds it unreasonable in efficiency and economics. The payments in lieu of transportation for the 1979-1980 year were $99.19 per non Public school student not already using District transportation. Questions from Board members ranged from one about future Price of gasoline to possibility of condensation of bus schedules. A a the administration has Given us some answers to quite a few questions about transportation but they raise some other questions a said Board member Forst heis. A a id like to wait at least until the next meeting so we can really Check the feasibility of providing any More other members of the Board agreed with heis and agreed to try to decide at their june meeting whether the District can provide any More transportation. In other business at the meeting Wolf announced that the goal of the Thelma Morgan scholarship fund $700, had been reached. The fund which provides scholarships for students planning on going into health related Fields. The Board also approved 637 seniors 346 from Anderson and 291 from Turpin for graduation pending completion of requirements. The Anderson graduation will be held at 2 . June 8 at Cincinnati music Hall and the Turpin ceremony will be held at 8 . The same Day. Permission was received by the City for a waiver of regulations prohibiting general admission seating for the graduations. Cooperatively with parents rather than trying to find constructive Means of resolving the issues 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 at the Boa re meeting Memke read a statement saying the Board had begun to review the allegation and that the Board would assure that proper Steps would be taken if any violations were found after investigation. A the Board wants to inform toe Community of the measures it has taken in its determination to look into these Memke read. He said the Board provided copies of the charges to District administrators who did not receive copies from the parents. The administrators then forwarded copies to principals involved who Memke said Are currently reviewing toe information a was it applies to their program and the Board president also said copies have been forwarded to1 the Hamilton county office of education and discussed with personnel of the special education regional resources Center and the Parent information Center. A was a result of this staff research by Principe is classroom teachers and other involved in these programs Are received they Are forwarded to continued to Page a 2 Street to be closed in it. Washington a barricade was to be put up today to close Oxford place in it. Washington to vehicular traffic As the first step in efforts to1 build a Small pedestrian Park at the head of Quot the Street. Charles Schulze supervisor of Concrete traffic aids for the City of Cincinnati said the temporary barricade would stood until the Park can be built. The Park will close the Oxford place Beechmont Avenue intersection permanently. The m to. Was h ing t on Community Urban development corporation curo has been Active in efforts to try to revitalize the Beechmont. Avenue strip in it. Washington As a major shopping area and the pedestrian Park is one of these efforts. It is being coordinated by the or. Washington Junior women a club Judy Tilton toe member of the club who is in charge of the pedestrian Park project Siad Oxford place will be closed at its intersection with Beechmont but will be open at Oxford Avenue to allow Access to parking lots to be built behind businesses in the area. The club is currently attempting to secure funds from the Charles Steward Mott foundation of Flint Mich to match those to be put up by the club. Tilton said the match will be at about a 2.5 to 1 ratio with toe women a club getting about $3,000 total for the project. Tilton pointed out that the $3,000 would be Only used for construction of the Park. A a we re trying to get support from other it. Washington groups a she said. To help us a. Into in the Park and add the things that will make it. A Nice place to her group she said is trying to Garner the support of local Garden clubs to help with plantings and maintenance of the pedestrian Park. The it Washington civic club is toe applicant for the Mott foundation funds Tilton said and has agreed to allow the w omens club to use them for the Park. A a in be got to have a specific plan to give to the Mott people a she said. A if i can get a. Landscaper to give me a detailed plan i la make the application by the end of this month. This is a Busy time for. Landscapers though so i May have to wait for next the plans for the Small Park have been in the redevelopment plans for it. Washington for years a Tilton said and added that area businessmen like the ideas feeling it May attract More shoppers to the business District. She said she has not heard any complaints about the plan for the Park. Quot All the redevelopment plans not Only the Park should help the business District a Tilton said. A a we re trying to get an interest sparked in it. Washington and this May be a Way to do it. If i can get these Park plans going we could make a big step this meet Ray Knight at riverfront three area Cincinnati reds fans will each win four free tickets to see the reds play the padres on sunday june 8 and meet Ray Knight reds Star before the baseball game. A separate drawing from the journals regular weekly reds ticket Giveaway will be conducted after entries close at 5 . Friday May 30. One Winner will be selected by random drawing from each of toe journal circulation areas Community journal North Community journal South and Forest Hills journal. In addition 15 others will win a free 2�?Tx3�?~ full color action poster of Knight. They Are just like the posters Given away to fans 21 and under at riverfront Sto Jium june 8. The winners will be notified by Telephone by the journal on june 2. Those interested in entering the contest should write their name address and Telephone number on a postcard and mail it to a meet Ray Knight a the journal 564 Batavia Pike Cincinnati o. 45244. This weekend in Forest Hills Lisa Graham of Anderson ran a 440-Yard run in 57.5 seconds wednesday in the District aaa track meet the fastest time run by a girl in the state this year. The Anderson boys team did not fare so Well however. See the sports Page a-6, for All the details. We Salute those who have fought for the United states in a special memorial Day Page of photographs see Page a-4 for our special tribute to americans War dead the deadline is approaching for ohioans to Register for an Absentee ballot to vote in the june 3 primary elections. If you need the details for the procedure see Page by. Brides by churches a heal estate b-2 classified b 2-4 sports a Forest Hills journal 564 Batavia Pike Cincinnati Ohio 45244 528-1111 saturation coverage of Anderson township it. Washington Newtown California every tuesday and Friday. Circulation audited by i verified Nln it Claaton
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