Record Observer - - Opinion -

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.

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