High Point Enterprise Newspaper Archives Jun 22 1976, Page 9

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High Point Enterprise (Newspaper) - June 22, 1976, High Point, North Carolina By r 4y Hubbard kn�rrpr1%� sunday editor High Point Public school students in both the higher and lower i j ranges Are achieving beyond expectancy Levels in various areas according to results of system wide tests administered to certain grades during the past school year t Only in the i. Q Range ss-103 did students lag behind in All subject areas based on minimum projected expected achievement Levels partial data extracted from the test results Are contained in the initial draft of a state of the schools Quot report prepared by or Edwin l West or. Superintendent of schools during the past year the Iowa test of Basic skills was administered on a system wide basis Toad third tilth and ninth Grade pupils in the High Point school system since this was the first year this test has been Given to All High Point pupils no data Are available for comparison with achievement Levels in past years the High Point system has used the Stanford test in past years to measure achieve ment Levels of various grades a the state of the schools report includes analysis of data derived Only from the sixth Grade tests analysis of data from the testing reveals that based on their potential or expectancy and actual performance on the average sixth graders a in the i q Range below 70 achieve beyond expectancy level in vocabulary Reading comprehension spelling capitalisation punctuation language usage map Reading Reading graphs and tables knowledge and use of reference materials mathematics concepts and mathematics problem solving. A in the i w Range 7179 achieve at or better than expectancy level in All subject areas. A in the i y Range of 87 achieve at or better than sex peeled on spelling and punctuation and very close to predicted performance in other subject areas a in the i q Range Khz and greater Are achieving from five months to two years and three months beyond Grade level placement at the same time pupils in this Range have the potential fur further academic achievement the report concluded West said monday that analysis of data from All three grades will be made available along with a full scale interpretation sometime later in the summer he said that the test data will be used in conjunction with goals for the schools As established by a citizens task Force to compare what is being achieved with what ii wanted by the Community from its Public schools the High Point Board of education for several years has favored establishment of a continuing testing procedure which could be used from year to year to compare what is being achieved in the schools with established objectives although recognizing such tests As an imperfect tool Board members have argued that it does provide one objective method for determine my whether curriculum teaching methods and other educational procedures Are effective the Iowa test is the same one being used by the state dept of Public instruction in a statewide resting program commissioners deny rezoning of Lawndale by Jim Hawkins Enterprise stall writer Greensboro the Guilford county Board of commissioners voted monday to deny a request to rezone a tract of land on Lawndale drive on the Northwest Edge of Green Sboro from watershed residential to planned business to permit a neighbourhood shopping Center the action by a 3-2 vote name after developers stressed they already have a driveway permit i rom the dept of transportation and that they have developed plans Tor control of storm water Runoff residents supported by a standing room Only crowd pointed to potential traffic problems caused by an in creased How of vehicles and to storm water Runoff problems downstream from paved areas and to fire sole dissenter raps approval by Phil Speaks Enterprise staff writer Thomasville a councilman Bill Poole showed his displeasure with the new City budget monday by casting the Only vote against its adoption Poole is disturbed because the sewer water rate increase was eliminated from the budget and the City s school system did not receive All the funds requested rom the Council to be known Derwood Huneycutt schools superintendent and Jim Ward school Board chairman and worked with them and i Don t have any reason to doubt their word when they Tell me that their funding requests Are at the Hare minimum Quot Poole said today. Quot i feel like we could have Given the schools what they asked for if we had left the sewer water surcharge in the budget Quot Poole said City manager Kyle Williams included in the original budget proposal provisions for an increase in the rates for $00 Soik on a the Odd couple begun a few years ago it is also used for compiling National achievement data on Public school students West said that preliminary analysis of this year s testing Here shows that High Point pupils Are achieving above the statewide average and Are approaching the National average or Lloyd Thayer retiring associate superintendent of schools Here said monday that he believes Quot we have reached Bottom in the indifference of youngsters toward testing in general and Are headed toward better things Quot i have noticed for several months now Quot Thayer said what i believe is a turnaround from the lethargy that has dominated the attitude of Many students in recent veers i think we re headed out of the Woods now he said Mason Way demolition Thomasville City personnel begin Clearing housing project structures condemned in an ordinance passed by Council monday As a threat to Public safety and health. The uncompleted buildings Are located on Mason Way to the rear of Liberty drive school Lase a pm Protection Prog gains commissioners Ben Hall. Richard Maxwell and Robert Shaw voted for a Resolution to deny the request by the Brown realty co to rezone the tract just North of Pisgah Church Road and commissioners Gaston Faison and Robert Landreth voted in opposition to the Resolution monday s action was another step in a six month Long running Battle Between developers who say lie area need a neighbourhood shopping Center and residents who oppose extending com Nier Cial uses into an existing residential area monday was the third time the question has come before com Mentio ners John Weigal. Representing Brown realty reported engineers have developed storm Waler Runoff control which have the approval of the Guilford county soil scientists office but residents complained the proposed drainage a Sui Doe not take frequent heavy Rains into account Tine spokesman for nearby property owners called for Quot a rational land use plan a that would prevent develop men of unneeded shopping centers in other activity com tits sinners delayed action providing county support for two Road paving projects brought to the county it $00 commissioners on a High Point Enterprise tuesday afternoon june a 197 Section b Thomasville Man found dead in pickup truck by Don Wrenn Enterprise staff writer Archdale Randolph deputies feel robbery was the motive in the murder of a Trinity Street Extension resident outside Thomasville monday the body was found in a pickup truck on Coltrane Road about Iso feet off Meadowbrook Road just before noon monday sheriff Carl Moore said 33 Vear old Joseph Exton Birdjr of of 8 Thomasville was found dead on the passenger Side of his truck by a Deputy sheriff called to the scene by a woman walking her dog Moore said Bird had been shot twice in the left Side of i head he said the medical examiner or Eugene Terrell of High Point stated either shot could have been fatal finding City manager slow Job for Council by fair rest Cates Enterprise City editor City Council members Hope to be in position to adopt a new City budget by the end of this week but report slow Progress in finding a new City manager the Council has scheduled two meetings on the budget one this afternoon and another wednesday the meeting today will Start at 4 pm arid be Cut off at 6 is p in by prior agreement of the Council but the Council will he prepared to stay in session indefinitely after convening again at 4 p in wednesday a we Are hoping to wind up the study no matter How Long we have to stay in session Quot reported mayor Roy Culler tuesday. At the same time. He reported that a closed ses Sion of the Council monday failed to produce Accord on a Choice of a new City manager we weren t arguing it s just that we have qualified applicants and the Council has not quite been Able to come together on a selection we Are still checking into Culler said he speculated rut it will be next week before the Choice is made and announced City budget officer Charlie Martin has been acting City manager since the City manager. Harold Cheek retired May 31 the budget proposal for 1976-77, prepared by Cheek before he left has been in the Council s hands since june i the governing body has not met As a group on the budget except to hold a Public hear my As required by Law leaders of the Council Are committed to paring the budget to trim some of the proposed 2-Eenl increase in the City tax rate they Hope to Cut enough out of the record 147 million budget to reduce the tax rate increase to about eight cents per Hoo valuation while the Council has not met As a body on the budget the individual members apparently have been thoroughly briefed Martin confirmed monday that he had been in conference with All the members either As individuals or in groups think they have at least a working knowledge of it a he said any reduction in the tax rate increase affected by the Council however probably will be offset by the already approved increase in the school supplement tax the Guilford county Board of commissioners has adopted the county budget including a six cent hike in the High Point school be finding on by apparently the Man who operated Bird s transit inca Mobile Home Hauler had been dead three to four hours with death of cuing Between 7 and i a in deputies said Bird s Wallet a missing and no weapon was found they said the wound appeared to have been made by 32 Caliper Bullet the sheriff said Bird s body was on the passenger Side of his truck Quot sort of crouched in the Corner with his head in the Corner of the Back seat and the door Jam. Or Bird was born in Guilford county a son of Joseph e and Elizabeth Martin Bird he lived most of his life in the Thomasville area Ami was owner of Bird transit inc he was a member of first presbyterian Church on aug 28 1966 he married Rosemary Nelson she survives of the Home surviving in addition to his wife Are a son Joseph e Bird Iii of the Home and two Sisters. Mrs Donald r i Sara i Thornton of High Point and mrs j William i Anne Adams of Clemmons the body is at j c Green and sons funeral Home in Thomasville pending rumple Hon of funeral arrangements College Grant decision will not halt lawsuit the hone tree players of the Archdale Trinity area Are presenting Quot the Odd couple Quot Neil Simon s comedy in three acts. The play runs thursday saturday at a p m. Each night in the Trinity senior High school cafeteria. Tickets will be available at the door. Rehearsing a scene from the play Are left to right Joseph Walker and Jim Horton Raleigh api the supreme court s monday ruling that states constitutionally May make direct Grants to private Church related institutions will not halt a similar suit against the North Carolina University system or Michael Smith a former Pfeiffer College professor filed suit april 16 against the state alleging that state Money is being used for sectarian purposes at two private colleges. Pfeiffer and Belmont Abbey that violates the first amendment of the Constitution. Smith believes that amendment says no Law shall be made which in any Way advances religion. Although Smith says he is Quot not delighted with the supreme court opinion Quot he believes the Case heard by the court is substantially different from his the supreme court upheld monday a Maryland program allocating state Money to private colleges and universities As Long As the funds do not go to institutions which primarily award theological degrees and Are not used for sectarian purposes they Are Legal the court said in its 5-4 decision. That a where the catch comes in in North Carolina Smith believes he said he thinks he can show that Public funds Are beings used to Aid colleges Quot who have a primary religious the monday ruling did not Hurt his Case. Smith said because the court ruled Only on the constitutionality of state funding rather than on specific institutional violations and it is those violations Smith is opposing he said he favors Aid to private schools As Long it is not used for religious purposes Quot i believe in the first amendment in the founding principles of this country Quot Smith concluded Quot and i think we re getting away from them Justice w Illian j Brennan pc president praises ruling or. Wendell m Patton president of High Point College praised the monday decision of the supreme court allowing tax funds to go to annual Grants to Church related colleges As a step toward the preservation of private education in this the decision upheld a Maryland program of state Grants to private colleges to be used for non secretariat use Patton joined other officials of North Carolina private education institutions in optimism for a similar Case challenging the constitutionality of state Aid to College students in the North Carolina Case the state Aid is paid to the student without regard to the financial status or condition of the College the student attends Patton said a final assessment of the similarity would be up to the courts but the supreme court decision would certainly be a Quot bellwether Quot for All the remaining decisions programs of slate Aid to private colleges Are in effect in Illinois Louisiana Michigan. Minnesota new Jersey. New York. North Carolina Oregon and Pennsylvania Quot no other country in the world offers a student the Choice Between Public and private education As does our country Patton said Quot the difference Between the Cost to the student of a state institution and a private institution has been too great and Many students have in effect been denied the option of a private College or University because they could not pay the Bill Quot the monday decision finally suggests that the courts recognize that Church related institutions Are primarily in the business of education. Being Church related does t mean sectarian it Means that we have a value system and a decision making process which is related to the prevailing religion of the Western he said or said in his dissenting vote on the Maryland Case that the Law offends the Constitution by exposing state Money to religious use. No matter How much care is taken to avoid it but North Carolina association of private College and universities director Cameron West does t agree with Smith s belief that private schools misuse state funds the taxpayers Money is properly safeguarded he said West said he was pleased with the court s monday ruling Quot the 38 private colleges and universities in the state will be greatly heartened by Thi it ruling a he said although the derision won t change the Way they Are funded state Aid to private colleges and universities has Long been granted by North Carolina schools now get $200 per Pupil and another $200 per Pupil on the basis of need each year from state funds they have lobbied for even More state Money saying it would save North Carolina the expense of educating students at Public colleges calling colleges and universities More religiously autonomous the supreme court made Clear in its ruling that state funding cannot be granted to primary or secondary schools Smiths Case against the stale is tentatively docketed for october in District court in Charlotte in higher lower ranges students rate in expectancy above Levels

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