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6A The Mountain Messenger, Tuesday, February 27, 1990 By ANDREA GAINER WVU Extension Agent, Home Economics, Greenbrter County What's healthy for mom and dad isn't always best for their baby. Low- fat diets are one example. Researchers agree that most adults are healthier when they re- duce their fat intake. However, suffi- cient fat in the diet of the developing infant is vital. A baby needs fat for proper brain development and nervous system growth. Both breast milk and com- mercial infant formulas are good sources of nutrients and contain sub ficient fat, Because whole milk is an impor- tant source of fat, babies should not drink skim milk until at least t8 months old, and then only if sug- gested by a doctor. But young children should not be allowed to become overweight. There appears to be a relationship between how fat a child is at 3 years old and how fat the child will be as an adult. Nutritionists recommend that by the age of 3 children should be started on good nutritional habits that emphasize low.fat foods. Then these early habits need to become part of a lifetime pattern. (That would mean eating a variety of nutri- tious foods from each of the major food groups and limiting fats to about 30 per cent of daily caloric in- take. Choose low-fat meats such as fish, chicken, and lear~ beef, and limit fried snack foods such as chips.) Nutritionists also suggest that parents encourage their children to get plenty of physical activity, setting in motion the beginning of good ex- ercise habits. Remember, It is important not to severely limit your children's intake of fat. Several children have become severely ill because they were fol- lowing low-fat diets. Before you put your children on a low-fat diet, consult with your physi- cian or registered dietician. TODAY'S CHUCKLE: A small boy purchased a ticket for the after- noon show at the theater. The man- ager followed him and asked, "Son, aren't you supposed to be in school today?" "1 don't have to go to school to- day," the little boy replied. "1 have the measles." One of West Virginia's F,nest Newspapers ountain essenger Enter Your Subscription Today 52 ISSUES: $14.00 - IN STATE, $15.00- OUT OF STATE AddRM: City: State: Z~p:., Send, with your remittance, to: THE MOUNTAIN MESSENGER 122 North Court Street - Lew~burg, W. Va. 24901 The Dandelion Festival commit- tee will meet Wednesday, February 28, at 7 p.m., in Council Chambers of the White Sulphur Springs City Building. The fifth annual "DANDE- LION FESTIVAL" wilt be held me- morial Day weekend, May 25-28. New activities added to the festi- val this year will be a "Bummers" Parade; a Bed Race; and a Para- chute Jump under the direction of Chris Bowling and the Nationa Guard. The Dandelion Festival is co-ordi- nated by Kenny Bryant of Seneca Broadcasting. Assisting Mr Bryant will be Ralph Hanna of C. W. Lewis, Inc. The festival is sponsored by the White Sulphur Springs Chamber of Commerce and is a community proj- ect. East Pie Baking Classes for Adults A community education course in pie baking and cake decorating will be taught at Greenbrier East High School beginning Tuesday, March 6 at 6 p.m, in building C. Basic techniques will be demon- strated as well as proven, success- ful tips given, Classroom teaching methods will consist of lecture, dem- onstration, and "hands-on" participa- tion by students. The class is 30 hours, and the cost is $45. All required materials wilt be purchased by the student, Enrollment is limited to the first 15 paid registrants. Any class with- - out sufficient class enrollment will be cancelled. Monroe Summer Garden Program Monroe County Community Serv- ices Council, Inc., will accept appli- cations for their 1990 Summer Gar- den Program starting February 26. Community Services will accept 200 income eligible applications. You may apply for the free gar- den supplies by stopping at MCCSC office located below Dr Guy's office in Union, Monday thru Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A representa- t=ve from the office will be in Peter- stown at the Monroe Health Center Building March 13 from 11:30 a.m. til 12:45 p.m. taking applications for the garden program. Also. on March 13, applications will be taken at the 8allard Food Center from 1 to 2 p.m.; on March 15 at the Senior Center in Alderson from 10:30 a.m. 1o noon,. If you are a citizen of Monroe County you may apply for the garden program at this time. You must take proof of your in- come at the time of application. If you have any extra bags, please take them in before the distribution. If you have any questions, or need more information, please con- tact 772-3381 and ask for Brenda, Jill or Ann. Red X Blood Mobile The Red Cross blood mobile will be at the Old Stone Presbyterian Church in Lewisburg, March 2 from noon till 6 p.m. with a quota of 90 pints. The sponsors of this blood mobile are the ladies of the Lewis- burg United Methodist Church, as- sisted by the local Lions Club, and the local Nurses assisting for the medical history of prospective do- nors. WRON % Ms O'Conner and Mr Darnl Selected as Valentine Ro, Virginia Faber and Larry Darnell Jody O'Connor (left) and daughter Kelly Jody O'Connor of Lewisburg, a third year intern at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine was named the WRON Valentine Queen. She lives in Lewisburg with her twelve year old daughter, Kelly and her ten year old son Jonathan. When Ms O'Conner checked the messages on her answering ma- chine and heard she had been Creek Gallery in Lewisburg. WRON's Valentine King~ is Larry H. Darnell of White Springs. Mr Darnell is the and Mrs Murle H. Darne teaches math and a com at White Sulphur Springs High School. While he said no idea who registered his where, he said he was very,~ chosen WRON's Valentine Queen. to win!!! She didn't believe it," she thought a friend was playing a ioke. Ms O'Conner's daughter went to the station to help her mother take home her gifts! Ms O'Conner regis- tered in the contest once at Wolf Ms O'Conner and Mr shared over $1500 in would like to thank the ness, who made this year's possible, and all the registered. The best things in the Greater Greenbrier Valley are free... Including The Mountain Me,, LETTER TO COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION GREENBRIER COUNTY Dear Friends, Officials, and Fellow Citizens: We must act immediately if we wish to protect the jobs of our teachers and preserve our comm~/nity junior high schools! ~kC~KXmD Our Board of Education is advocating two proposals which, if implemented, will eliminate 27 teacher positions and will close the junior high schools at Lewisburg, Rx~nceverte, Whine Sulphur, Alderson, Renick, Smoot, Willamsburg, and Crichton. A total of three junior highs will remain: i) a new, 1100-student facility to be constructed in Eastern Greenbrier County, located on or near the Greenbrier East High School campus, 2} Ruper~ (i~clud~.'ng students previously at Smoot), and 3) Rainelle (including students previously at Crichton).Only minirm/mmodifioations are planned at Rupert and Ralnelle. The proposal to close Lewisburg, Ronceverte, White Sulphur, Alderson, Renick, and Wil- liamsburg has already been subn%itted to the regional school building authority (RESA) for approval with a funding request for $8 million. If approved, construction cogld begin as early as June on the new consolidated junior high. This proposal was submitted in December 1989, but as of February 17, 1990, there have been NO PUBLIC HEARINGS on this matter and none are yet scheduled. The second proposal, which is a first step in the ~master plan", immediately closes Wil- liamsburg (consolidated with Renick and Lewisburg), Smoot (consolidated with Rupert) and Crichton (consolidated with Rainelle) tO prOduce cost savings in the next year. Public hearings on this proposal were held at Smoot, Williamsburg, and Crichton during the week of February 12, 1990. There were over 100 presentations by parents, teachers, and community residents. Each and every speaker OPPOSED the Board's proposal. A number of alternatives were advanced, which appear superior to the the Board's recommendations. For example, why not complete the partially constructed classrooms at West and add additional classrooms ~s required to form a new 3unior high for the western region? The virtually ~u~animous onclu- slot was that the Board has not done an adequate job of planning and analysis. Many, n~ny, of the presentations in the public hearings focused on the importance of commu- nity involvement and extracurricular activities in an effective junior high program. The deep heartfelt belief is that the learning process in junior high demands continuing inteI- action between the students, teachers, and parents both in the classroom and outside. Extra- curricular activities like sports teams, drama groups, public speaking programs, and band/ choir activities are CRITICAL to educational success. These are the activities that form a positive self-image. The proposed consolidation plans, which isolate the junior high schools from the parents, and which inhibit a wide- range of extracurricular activities, WILL NOT provide the qud~lty of education which our children requlre to build a foundation for the complex and competitive high school environment. For our smaller coRwmJnities, the high schools are vital to the very survival of the comnnlnity. We are being TOLD that totally unreasonable for a rura[county like Greenbrier. Given modern insulation heat p~np heating/cooling equipment and modular construction designs, there are no cant construction cost savings for facilities beyond the 200 to 300 student range. the shared staff opportunities in a combined el~tary/junior high or a combined high/high school can realize most of the savings associatedwith an independent juni0~ school of similar total size. Any State mandate requirlng an 850 student limit junior high construction should legally be challenged! Particularly, when this studen~ would be comprised of students as young as 12 years of age. The 3unior high schools have much in common with the elementary schools including a curriculum. Many states combine K-8 in elementary schools and 9-12 in high school. condition of a junior high requires new construction, why not consider a j~nior high tact on the can~ous of an existing elementary school? For example, if replacement of Junior High were required for safety reasons, why not add a new building to the Elementary campus? If the White Sulphur Junior High School cannot he cost effectively rated, why not add classrooms to White Sulphur Elementary? Very few of our exlsting junlor high schools have an adequate ntunber of computers comprehenszve collection of educational software. On a pilot program basis, anstruction could be added to the junior high curriculum through the use of a mobile which moves from school to school providing access to the computer qUired mobile unit could be leased from private industry with no longer-Cerm Compliance with the State guidelines for student/teacher ratio will reduce the required junior high teachers. Therefore, to assure the continued full-time our teachers, an aggressive adult education initiative in the basics of English, science is proposed for implementation at the cormm/nity junior high schools. private foundation funds will be used for this program. An overview of the ~electronic consolidation" concept has been presented to a ma the Greenbrier County Board of Education on both an individual basis and in a joint meeting. Representatives of con%oanaes which can design and implement the proposed were present at the working meeting. These companies, and likely many others, will ately respond to a request by the Board for specific plans and cost estimates for electronic system. Neither funding nor a firm promlse to let a contract is required. Sg~GEST~IONPLAN I) The Board of Education should undertake, and make available for public revlew, a evaluation of the varlous consolidation options and consolidation alternatives, including "electronic consolidation" and cos~s associated with combined junior hi, tary schools and 3unior high/West High School combinations. Proposals for electroniG solidation should be formally invited WITHOUT any assurance that a contract will be sarily let. The objective is to gather relevant detailed data regarding all options. 2) Public hearings should be promptly scheduled for Lewisburg, Ronceverte, White we must sacrificeithe education of our children ~d jeopardize the very existence of soma of Alderson, Renick, Rupert, and Rainelle to explain the various options and our communities td balance the Board of Education's budget. These communities have a RIGHT to express their views in open forum as soon as The Board's projection of a continuing decline in enrollment at county schools Ignores the 3) When the public hearings are completed and an evaluation of the various economic growth possibilities associated with the'completion of 1-64. State projections show substantial growth in Greenbrier County population over the next decade. Further, an eco- nomic development team, led by a full-timedirector, has been formed by local businesses to stimulate economic growth in this county. The quality of our school system and the vitality of our local communities are primary factors in drawing business investment to the county. An alternative, tern~d "electronic consolidation', was ~ntroduced at all three recent public hearings. Thls i~ simply the use of available, relatively inexpensive, teleco~x, unication electronics ~o "link" all of our junior high schools into a local network, The purpose is to provide live, two-way television between selected classrooms in all of the junior high schools such that critical teacher resources can be shared without violating State require- ments relatave to student/teacher ratios and teacher qualifications. In addition, using satellite links, certain specialized subjects, like foreign languages, coul~ be taught by instructors located in other regions of the state, or other states. The links between the schools could be created either through the use of fiber optic cables currently being in- stalled by C~9 Telephone throughout much of the county or entirely through satellite-based paths. All of our junior high students could have equal access to a substantially improved curricu- lum. All of our 3unior high classes would have a local instructor physically present in the classroom and participating in the teaching team. Is it unreasonable to ask a teacher quali- fied in mathematics (K-8) to assist a fully-qualified algebra instructor in teaching ninth grade algebra? This ks typical of the compromise necessary to meet State guidelines for student/teacher ratios with a mixuure of small and large schools. The lead or master teacher in every class would be fully qualified to teach the gaven subject and the assistant in- structor would be at least qualified K-8. It is important to remember that the junior hiqh ~rriculum is narrow and focused on the basics of English, math, and science. ~Electronic consolidation" can achieve four ms]or objectives: I) continued productive employment of all our teachers; 2) Dramatic in~provem~|nt in educational opportunities for our junior high students. ~) Compliance with all state guidelines regarding student/teacher ratios and teacher quali- fications, and hence, 4) The elimination of the requlrement to physically consolidate our existing ]unior high school=. These goals can be achieved with a capital inve~mmnt of significantly less t/~an $8 million, the majority of the proposed new funds for ~he renovatioa of our existin~ schools where appropriate, the construction of new Schools in the local ~m~unities. The else- be used to great advantage whether there are E~n junior high schools or number. The nua~er of junior high schools should be se~ by the community needs economic development plans of the county. statements that any new junior high school must have at least 850 students is published, an election-like poll should be conducted to provide specific guidance Board. This consolidation issue is exceptionally controversial and, although the the authority, there is no reason for it to shoulder the total responsibility in ter. 4) Once the final decisions are made, multiple funding paths should be pursued Federal funds, private foundations, and State funds. Our objectives should include employment of our teachers, a substantial improvement in educational opportunity junior high school students, and new opportunities for effective adult continuing at our local schools. 5) The plan selected by Greenbrier County through a detailed comparison of (whether including physical consolidation, "electronic consolidation," or some different approach) should be submitted to RESA with the full expectation of consideration. We do not believe that Governor Caperton or the West Virglnla intends for bond funds to be used to "blackmail" a rural county like Greenbrier consolidation plan which does not treat all of the students (East and West) in aD fashion and which does not make the best use of available funds for maximum ~he quality of education. Further, we do not believe that the present, unbalanced tion plan, even if approved by RESA, will withstand legal review. 6) Finally, in the search for new funding sources to partially support our believe that the Board of Education should ask the Governor's Office of Community nomic Development to extend the deadline (currently February 23, 1990) for Title posals under the Job Training Partnership Act. Greenbrier County in conjunction with industry and our local "partners-in-education", should develop a proposal to offer aided instruction for both junior high students and adults based on a mobile unit move from school to school. This can represent a significant source of new funds coming year to help resolve the existing budget deficit. The educational program with this m~bile unit would be conduced by our existing junior high teachers. No in~stlt would be required. THERE IS A BETTER WAY! WRITE MR GARY WILSON, PRESIDENT, GREENBRIER COUNTY BOAgD EDUCATION, 202 CHESTNUT STREET, LEWISBURG, WV 24901. SIMPLY SAY ~I WANT TO INFORMED ABOUT THE VARIOUS CONSOLIDATION ALTERNATIVES, AND I WANT TO VOTE! I DO DELEGATE MY AUTHORITY TO THE BOARD ON THIS MATTER!" (signed) E. Sterling "Tod" Hanger, Jr. - Alderson Tom E. Housby - Alderson Carl C. (Pete) Piercy - Clintonville Virginia B. Blake - Ronceverte Keith Eo Morgan - Ronceverte M. M. Casdorph - Ronceverte T. Lindy Hodges- Ronceverte Vivian R. Pranulis - Lewisburg Charles W. M~ndy - Rupert Eugene W. Walker - Rainelle John A. Hill - Rainelle C. R. Walkup - ~nite Sulphur SpriS9~ PAID FOR BY WILLIAMSBuRG coMMUNITY ACTION. DAVID SMITH, TREASURER