FROM THE PAST
from a committee of teachers, parents and a grandmother, the new school is designed to house up to 500 students from prekindergarten to the fifth grade.
••• A lesson in democracy was taught as students at the former Kent Island Elementar y School “B” and their families voted for their choice for a new name for their school.
The votes were cast as follows: Julius Grollman Elementary – 20 votes; William Claiborne Elementary – 40 votes; Stevensville Elementary – 103 votes; Chesapeake Bay Elementary – 112 votes; and the winner, Bayside Elementary – 141 votes.
The decision to rename the school coincided with the decision for Kent Island Elementary “A” and “B” to each have their own principal and identity.
••• Town commissioners shut down a project to dump tons of contaminated soil here twice in one week before Southern States could finish it.
Commissioners first halted the project Tuesday, after learning that Southern States had dumped petroleum soaked soil for almost a week without their consent, according to Commissioner Gayland Clark.
By then, most of the 2,000 tons of diesel soaked soil had already been dumped on a lot behind Souther States. The soil is sealed in a plastic-lined cell to aerate the petroleum within six months, said Tony Parnell, Souther States manager of Environmental Projects.
••• Several tons worth of outdated textbooks, used furniture and other old school supplies once just collecting dust in Queen Anne’s County Board of Education warehouse should soon make a lot of difference in one of Alabama’s poorest school district.
Certified teachers, new school buildings, current textbooks and computers are a rarity in Sumter County, Alabama, a rural district which struggles along with about 3,400 students. Teachers sometimes must buy the most basic of supplies with their own money, or watch their students go without.
••• A record-breaking number of students attended Chesapeake College’s 1992 summer session. The largest gain was an increase of 33 percent in the 40-59 year age group, leading college officials to speculate that many people were coming to the college for retraining caused by tight economic conditions.