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!!i!i i) !ii 2A The Mountain Messenger, Tuesday, January 16, 1990 Schools... ficlures in mind, the county lost an equivalent of 375 students last year and 300 this year, Mr Baldwin says. State funding for the county has been reduced by nearly $2 million in the past four years, he says. Mr Baldwin explains the state funds 55 professional personnel for every 1,000 students enrolled (ad- justed for special education enrol- lees). "Next year because of our de- crease in students, we will have 30 professional positions not funded. That amounts to $600,000 we have to come up with ourselves." "It's not my desire to go out and see how many small schools we can close. There's no debate the kids at Williamsburg, Crichlon, and Smoot have excellent teachers and fine schools. The reason we have to ex- amine them, though, is that if we don't do someth!ng about small schools we will go. bankrupt. We can't afford to k.~p so many small schools open--we just don't have the money. "About 45 other counties in our state are faced with the same situ- ation. My heart goes out to these local communities which are af- fected. I wish we had hundreds of thousands of dollars to keep their schools open." In responding to the news of the School Board's proposal last week, six randomly selected parents of students in the three affected schools shared their feelings in tele- phone interviews with the Mountain Messenger. Sue Kessinger, president of the Williamsburg Parent-Teacher Asso- ciation, said, '1 would rather not see the consolidation. I d#n't know if we have that option, however, under the circumstances. If consolidation is in our future, I would much rather see our kids go to the completely new school in the original plan than go through two changes. I would hope we could just hold off until the two new consolidated schools are built." Debbie Hedrick, Williamsburg parent, said, '1 don't like the thought of it at all, I can't see that consolida- tion is beneficial to children. I don't like the idea of splitting Williamsburg students between Renick and Le- wisburg if the Board insists on our junior high moving out. Quite a few parents who have the option of sending their students to either Le- Monroe County Community Services Used Clothing Store, 50 per bag sale. Take a bag (any size) fill it with clothing. Sale ends February 2. The store is located below Doctor Guy's office in Union. Hours, Monday through Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 4.'30 p.m. Bethel Pentecostal Holiness church Evangefist James Hillard, January 23 through 28, 7.'30 p.m. nightly Ministry and song. Bethel Church is located at Organ Cave. Good Grief Group Saint Thomas Episcopal Church, White Sulphur Springs, January 18, 7 p.m. VFW Post 3116 & AuxiliaxT Special meeting, 7 p.m. Monday, January 22, Caldwell Presbyterian Church. To finalize plans for the department mid-wirfter conference which will be at Brier Inn January 26 through 28. Hosted by the Caldwell post. Greenbrier River Planning Council Meeting Tuesday, January 16, Greenbrier Center Conference Room, 7 p.m. Greenbrier County Library Friends Meeting at the Library Annex, January 16, 1:30p.m. Carnegie Hall, Lewisburg Norman and Nancy Blake performing traditional music, 8 p.m., January 27, $8 admission. Greenbrier Folk Dance Association Square dance with Blacksburg caller, Tina Hicks, January 19, 8 p.m., Carnegie Hall, Lewisburg, "pot luck" music, all dances taught. i i i Beginning end of January. l[n lividual Consult reauirg{l, SHERI HANSHAW, M.A., C.S. 14/. (304) 645-4638 l ! 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Many of them don't get along together well at all, even up into high school. Also, I'm concerned with winter weather. So often they don't call off school when there are bad roads in this Smoot parent Brenda Tuckwi!ler said, "What happens the next few months'.at Smoot affects my family immediately and in the years to come, since we have three daugh- ters at the school. I realize the need to streamline the school system for cost effectiveness. There are plusses and minuses for each of the various approaches. The quality of education students receive at Smoot is second to none. There are so the Regional Educahon Servlc( Agency (RESA), a proposal still pending a decision by the Authority. That plan calls for the consolidation of all ten of the county's junior high schools into two schools serving the east and west halves of the county. The eastern school has a price tag of $8.5 million; the western school would cost $4.5 million; According to Greenbrier County Superintendent of Schools Steve Baldwin, RESA di- many advantages of having the jun- vided the plan into the eastern and ior high near the elementary. Stu- western proposals and gave the dents are integrated much easier $8.5 million plan second priority into junior high than they would be among those submitted by the end of the county. There may be a otherwise. The teachers and admin- RESA Region 4 counties of Braxton, The Greenbder County ! tee on Aging, Inc., is conti{ accept applications for the come Energy Assistance Anyone interested in a go to the Rupert office through Fridays between 4p.m. The maximum allowabl~ levels are: 1 Person Household 2 Person Household 3 Person Household 4 Person Household 5 Person Household 6 Person Household half-inch of snow in Lewisburg when istrators at Smoot are excellent and Webster, Nicholas, Pocahontas,Anyone may apply, we have nearly a foot out here. A lot show their concern. I would hate to Fayette, and Greenbrier. First prior- age. To apply, a person of parents worry about their kids lose this quality through consolida- ity was given to Braxton County, vide verification of income traveling down Charmco Mountain tion." whose plan is to consolidate three month in which he or she o .............. junior high schools and Soc a Security hum . Patricia Harris also a Crichton Kara Grist, another Smoot par-Mr Baldwin said the plan geared heads of households. If the~d dul ~-,~-,-,,,,t .~,,,~,==;'4 ,~, ~,,.,,,a"n'~, hr,~'u~ ,.~'~'" =,~,~.',4,,.~ ent, said, "1 may be one of the few to the eastern half of Greenbrier heated wth electr cry or nat ' ~s '"mr1' One reason is that it would take who is in favor of the consolidation County was considered by RESA a copy of the bill must be pr~i~nts , away from sports A lot of kids who plan. I look at tt from the standpoint separately from that of the western Further information is a~rolim don't play all that well have a that a better education will come half because of cost effectiveness, by phonng 392-5138. chance at a small school like ours from it. We have lots of fine teachers "It would enable us to abandon five I and that's good for them At a larqe'r at Smoot now, and our students re- old buildings [Lewisburg, Renick I c ~ ,~, ,,~,-, ,4 , h=' .... ,.,-~, ceive a great education there I see White Su phur Springs Alderson ~ _ s..hool .h..~ -..ul..n t ,...v .......... .... , ' ....... ~'n '" of an o~.~....r...nnr, o t. it,,~. Hvw.....r,', ,~,,,~ ...... ~ ,~=,~ more advantages to a larger school and Greenbr er jun or high schools]. .I what you_ do ls ,-, ........ .~ ........ c...: ....... though " This would elim nate the need to | 4~ 4h~ l~usr~,T~-~}~:.~uur -. ~ ....... ~....-. ,,... ~..;....,, ..... , The smal',er-scale consolidation remove asoestos ;rom these build- .... .~ gh fer more varlet,, in academics and plan comes two months after an ear- ings and wou d help meet the crite- I ......... .~"=" _r'"~'o have more proZnrams for nifted stu- tie, proposal submitted to the state's ria for the number of students re- I 647-5724 in dents " ~' = School Building Authority throuclh quired for a new school." s ar~ ea s~ rougt Sweet Waters . . . i Summer time and the feelin's easy.. continued from pg. 1-A rules -- swim at your own risk (be- cause I don't have a full-time life- guard here) and no alcohol." In addition to the pools, Mr Pier- son runs a small concession stand and occasionally rents out space in the log cabin located near the spring itself. SPECIRA or CUSTOM PETITE Trillium Cla Rings by Gold Lance Regular $99.95 BRING THIS AD TO OUR STORE TODAY! LANDCO CATALOG SHOWROOM FAIRLF..~, W.VA. (Behind Hardee's) 304-645-2710 Ask 10r del~ll~ Sale II~S March 2 199~ ~ Gt~i0 Lance Inc When he is not actually working around the pools, Mr Pierson is busy cutting grass on the 8 acres of land he owns. "1 work from sun-up to sun- down -- if the grass is dry. And that is with a heavy-duty commercial lawn tractor. Of course I still have time for fun too. One day last sum- mer a friend brought in a bushel of Maryland crabs, Everyone at the pool that evening had fresh steamed crab. Talk about class." Hurricane Hugo last year caused a great deal of damage all through the Sweet Springs Valley. Mr Pier- son is still cleaning up limbs from giant sycamore, locust and osage orange trees. An ancient elm crashed into the old South Bay hotel building which Mr Pierson also owns. Huge limbs still hang precari- ously from the almost demolished front porch, chimneys were shat- tered. Amazingly, the interior of the 150-year-old structure was un- scathed and windows were not bro- ken. "This is one of my next priori- ties. I'll need to obtain a grant in or- der to help me fix the building up though." Mr Pierson looks wistfully at the old 18-room structure and shakes his head in silent thought. As Mr Pierson turns to saunter back to his house, three cats come Recycle used bottles: 1 each or 2 per lb. II Bring your used bottles and jars to: GREENBRIER RECYCLING CENTER US RT. 219 N., FAIRLEA A Division Of SR.W. Hours: 9:00-5:00 Mon.-Fri. PHONE: 645-4232 PLASTIC COMPUTER PAPER WE ALSO BUY ALUMINUM CANS AND OTHER SCRAP METALS South Bay of the old Sweet Chalybeate Hotel. scampering across the lawn. Khan (short for Genghis Khan), Leo and Rascal wrap themselves about his legs. "Sure beats being a lawyer in Atlanta doesn't it? The Water The mineral waters of the Virgin- ins have long been known for their medicinal properties. Every ailment ieo~ khnovWb~o:aunk:nd has beenJ a e d by either~ ,~-' or bathing in spring water. Sweet Chalybeate has I~.dent' exceotion to the claims of~, " inI OL properties. A fading hand'[',~,. ~ sign lists the various mine~.M) t,' Stul tained in the water. It iS~r.~h;.." Sweet Chalybeate spr ng ~'4'E;''~'~ , MD among the highest m mln~.., #~,arp tent in this country.IVSoI~ HOI~F CENTFR HOME DECORATING NEW SHIPMENT! starting at I See Us For All Your Decorating Needs. 209 W, Washington Street Monday thru Saturday Lewisburg, W.Va. 645-6348 8 am to 5 pm your Mountain M( ? If so, please 647-5724 Weekdays bet# 8:30 a.m. and 5 p. 'i strive to bring best newspaper timely fashion. Th