Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - February 13, 2005, Syracuse, New York
SUNDAY The Post-Standard Affiliated with SyraoiM.com SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2005 FINAL EDITION The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. GOOD MORNING QUIET DAY We're slated for an "off' day as far as winter storms go: The sun will shine and temperatures will be seasonal. But the storm machine will tiirn on Ayfoprlav nnH Oiillg iilUiC MiUW DCIOIC MlUlllUg UOVVil again Tuesday. Wednesday's supposed to be another "on" day. Complete___________________ HIGH; 24 LOW: 11 SAVE WITH COUPONS IN TODAY'S NEWSPAPER mmm CHAMP David Lassman Staff photographer MICHAEL CHRISTIE, a seventh-grader at Bishop Grimes, won Saturday's spelling bee with the word "stupefadent." ON TO NATIONALS I flirty-four children competed Saturday in The Post WCNY Spelling Bee. LOCAL, PAGE B-9 CAR DRAGS OFFICER Syracuse police officer pulled along for 190 feet. LOCAL, PAGE B-1 LYSANDER WOMAN KILLED Truck hits car. Woman's husband in critical condition. LOCAL, PAGE B-1 SU SLAMS YILLANOVA Hakim Warrick collects a career- high 32 points in men's basketball. Syracuse won 90-75. SPORTS, PAGE D-1 TESTING, TESTING QwrorMiOd ic riOtirvn'c S market. Think Birds Eye frozen foods, Quisp cereal, Zima beverage and McGriddles. POSTSCRIPT, PAGE C-5 GRAMMY AWARDS TONIGHT Kanye West leads the list of nominees. STARS PRIVATE ACCOUNTS Five key questions on Social Security proposal. PERSONAL FINANCE, PAGE E-5 BUCK HISTORY IN CNY The Rowland Stone Store in Sherwood, Cayuga is today's installment in Stops on the Road to Freedom series. LOCAL, PAGE B-3 BROOKS AND DUNN Turning Stone crowd of treated to songs from patriotic to honky-tonk. REVIEW, PAGE B-2 Corrections Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to discuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index Auto ____ Did: Cose _____ QossiTied 1-1 _H _ H-l Estate. Washington VfJUtmut nmnnaa fWi School Superintendents' POII Dpncinno Pantos Rico j m nvv __M M.S. A _H A-1M5 ___H-5 By Mark Weiner and Ngoc Huynh Staff writers When Fayetteville-Manlius Super- intendent Philip Martin retires this summer, he will receive a bonus of A review of 50 contracts of public school superintendents in Central New York found six receive some kind of retirement bonus. That wasn't the only perk local su- perintendents received. Others re- ceived use of district-owned cars; free Ufe insurance; free health insurance for hie; free health insurance for su- perintendents' families; free tuition; and unlimited accumulation of sick days, which can later be turned in for cash. Some perks locally wiii add up to a comfortable retirement. Unlike any other superintendent in Central New York, Skaneateles Super- intendent Walter J. Sullivan ex- changed most of his benefits for a higher salary. That will give him a bigger pension when he retires now estimated to be about per year and growing. Those approving the perks for su- perintendents say they are needed to keep good administrators. "When you have a good leader, you want 10 keep a good said school board President Susan Ryan. School districts nationwide face a shortage of superintendents, according to the American Association of School Administrators. Paul Houston, the association's ex- ecutive director, said districts also have a hard time keeping their super- intendents. To encourage them to stay, districts offer various types of com- pensation upon retirement. "It's what we call a golden hand- Houston said. "If you leave Some superintendents don't have to v. ait ior retirement to receive a uonus. Central Square's superintendent, Wal- ter Doherty, is eligible for a perform- ance bonus in addition to his annual salary. EXPERT, PAGE A-I6 HOW MUCH DOES YOUR DISTRICT PAY ITS SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT IN MONEY, NEW YORK STATE SPECIAL OLYMPICS WINTER GAMES DRAW MORE THAN 900 ATHLETES MEGAN BRAZELL, of Syracuse, and her mother, Lisa VanAlstyne, are all smiles Saturday after Brazell won two bronze medals, one each in sla- lom and giant slalom skiing, at Toggenburg in Fabius during the New York State Special Olympics Winter Games. Brazell, 20, has been skiing Pamela Chen photographer only four years, her mother said. "It's been a great VanAlstyne said. "Megan was happy with whatever." Brazel! is a freshman at Syra- cuse University and graduated from Henninger High School. Athletes from across the state competed in 20 events around the Doctors go home to help M TOT-STANDARD DR. DANIEL RATNARAJAH Group's goals for CNY: Clubs, training a voice DR. RENZA SAMAD Nora photographer DR. RENZA SAMAD, of Oneida, holds 6-month-old Sanda, Kumar Midusa, who lost her parents in the tsunami that struck Sri Lanka on Dec. 26. Sanda had a congested chest. IV> wo doctors from Oneida Daniel Ratnarajah and Renza ISamad returned to their native Sri Lanka lor two weeks to help the survivors of the Dec. 26 tsunami. They were amazed by the number of people seeking their help and touched by the spirit they found in the survivors, especially the children. And they were awed by the numbers of dead, in- jured and missing. "It's so tough to think about it, but both of us realized that if you stop to analyze things, you'll become very Rat- narajah said. It's veiy sad." Photographs, A-7 How to By James T. Mulder Staff writer i Finding new uses for empty downtown buildings and training a new generation of entrepre- neurs are among the top priori- ties identified by a young profes- sionals group seeking to improve Central New York. Organizers of No- vember's 40 Below Summit have issued an action agenda after sifting through about suggestions from more than 630 young professionals who attended the sum- mit at the Onondaga County Convention Center. After the summit, organizers analyzed the com- ments and attached a value to each one. "We based the action agenda around the five themes that we felt were the five most pervasive themes throughout the entire said Robert Simpson, assistant to the president of the Metropolitan Development As- sociation. Here are the top five priori- ties: Create a task force of young professionals and artists to transform vacant buildings into jazz clubs, small theaters, artists' lofts and other creative uses. The goal: Get at least one re- development proj- ect off the ground within a year. Find schol- arship money for young people who want to attend en- trepreneurial train- ing programs. The goal: Send 25 or more young entrepreneurs to training programs over the next year. Start a Web site that serves as an information clearinghouse for the region, and expand a guerrilla marketing campaign to Empowering the Next Generation msmLPMEA-17 Ttw report: The details C-1 Have MI MM to improve CNY?