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Canton ©tertor Volume 4 Number 46

Thursday, January 23,1979

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Board considers Sheldon School purchase A vacant elementary school on Geddes near Sheldon may be converted into a Canton Township recreational facility. The township board is toying with the idea of purchasing the recentlyclosed Sheldon School from the WayneWestland School District. But according to township Supervisor Noel Culbert, the idea may be quickly dropped if finance director Mike Gorman and recreation superintendent Mike Gouin find the building structurally unsound.

On Tuesday, the board directed the two officials to investigate the condition of the school building and the availability of land Canton could buy for additional parks. CULBERT SAID the Wayne-Westland School District is asking $200,000 for the school that is located on 10 acres of land. The school, which accommodated lower elementary grades, was closed about two weeks ago, according to Richard Keilhacker, the Wayne-Westland Schools' assistant superintendent

for business and operations. Keilhacker said Sheldon students were transferred to Walker School on Michigan near Haggerty where they will come in contact with pupils in higher elementary grades. The planning commission proposed rezoning the land to light industrial, and the township board accepted the recommendation last year. According to Carroll, administrators of the federal community block grant program have already allocated $80,500 to Canton Township for the

purchase of the Dye Brothers land. Carroll hopes the township will receive an additional $360,000 in federal funds for the project over the next three years. The entire cost of buying the land is estimated at $612,000. Canton would have to pay about $172,000 of the cost. At this point, Canton officials do not know if they will sell or lease the land to industrial developers. Carroll hopes to receive federal funds to finance the construction of roads and water and sewer main exten-

Fire, police staff face residency A modified residency policy that would require new police officers and firefighters to live within five miles of Canton Township's borders may be included in the township's new hiring procedures. The residency requirement was recommended by the Canton board Tuesday night for all police officers and firefighters who are hired in the future. But the township merit commission,

School hours changed Elementary and high school students in the Plymouth Canton district will be getting Wit of school a little later each day begmnijig Jan. $9. That's the eventual compromise reached by the district's teachers' union (Plymouth-Canton Education Association) following a disagreement that went all the way to arbitration. As of Monday, the elementary schools will be dismissed 10 minutes later than the normally scheduled time. Elementary lunch hours will also be extended by 10 minutes. At the district's high schools, first class of the day will begin five minutes later and dismiss five minutes later. The change in dismissal and starting times results from a grievance filed by the teachers' union when the administration began a schedule of staggered school hours at the beginning of the school year Union president John Ryder charged that the administration did not have the right to change school hours without negotiating the item with the union. The complaint went to Wayne County Circuit Court, but the judge who heard it told both sides to go back take the matter before an impartial arbitrator. The arbitrator failed to resolve tbe dispute at first, but a compromise was eventually reached last week. Norman Kee, personnel director for the district, said having to go back to the old hours would have cost the district the price of extra busses and teachers. Ryder was unavailable for comment.

Supervisor Noel Culbert admitted that the township board's recommendation discriminates against police officers and firefighters because the residency rule would no{ be applicable to other township employees. But he said such discrimination is legal on health, safety and welfare grounds. Trustee Lynne Goldsmith said officials of most surrounding communities require police and fire employees to live within or just outside their municipalities to cut down on response time to emergencies. ANY NOTION of establishing a strict residency policy that would require police and fire employees to live within the township was quickly dropped Tuesday night because of the high cost of housing in Canton. Patrol officers and firefighters currently earn about $13,000 a year. Board members said they could not expect (Continued on page 4A)

Three stop to help, rob man instead


A Wayne man who accidently drove his car into a ditch was robbed early Mooday morning by a trio of men who offered the man their assistance. According to Canton police, Brian Vogh, 22, of Wayne, was forced to give the men $46 after they drove him to a deserted area near Lilley and North at 2:10 a.m. Vogh told police that one of the men stuck his hand in his pocket as though he had a gun. The incident occurred after Vogh accidently drove his car into a ditch near Newburgh and Cherry Hill in Westland. Vogh said three white males, about 26-years-old, stopped at the accident site in a green Dodge pickup to offer their help. Vogh told police that be voluntarily entered the truck after the men promised to drive him to a gasoline station where he could receive help. Canton Police Sgt. Larry Stewart believes the incident may be related to three other robberies that have occurred in the area since Dec. 26. In a case Dec. 26, a Westland juvenile was robbed $250 and knocked unconscious by three men who offered the youth a ride. The men drove tbe youth to a deserted area in Canton. Stewart said the other two cases occurred in Washtenaw County. Although the victims have given differing descriptions of the men who robbed them, Stewart believes the same group of people may be involved.

It will probably take years before all the paperwork and planning needed to convert one of Canton's oldest subdivisions into an industrial park are complete. But steps are being taken now to begin the process that will transform the 50-year-old Dye Brothers Subdivision near Michigan and Sheldon into an area of light industrial plants. Grajnt coordinator Terry Carroll, who was appointed director of the Dye Brothers project Tuesday night, expects to begin notifying landowners of the township's intent to purchase their land sometime next month. Appraisals of the land and steps to relocate the 18 families who live in the subdivision will eventually follow.

S c r e a m i n g to avoid h e a r i n g m e n t a l blocks is the t h e o r y behind the yelling that a c c o m p a n i e s the kind of e x e r t i o n n e c e s s a r y to shrug your s h o u l d e r s while lifting a 205-pound b a r b e l l . A red f a c e , h o w e v e r , is a n o t h e r sideline f o r Ron G r o l l m u s , who f r e q u e n t l y w o r k s out at Silver's G y m in P l y m o u t h , f e a t u r e d on p a g e 3A. (Staff photo by Bob Woodring)

He said subdivision residents failed to attend public hearings the planning commission held on the proposed industrial park Residents have not telephoned the township to complain about the proposal

THE DECISION to transform the subdivision into an industrial area was made more than a year ago following a petition of Dye Brothers landowners to extend water and sewer lines to their property. Township planners denied the request pn the grounds that public water and sewer availability would spur residential development in the predominately vacant, 40-acre subdivision. Planners maintained at the time that the area was more suitable for industrial development because of the close proximity of Michigan Avenue, Willow Run Airport and railroad lines. Culbert said township officials are investigating the condition of the school because Canton needs more indoor space for recreational activities. Senior citizens and civic organiza-

tions currently meet in the recreation hall at Michigan and Sheldon But Culbert maintains that the one-rooijn building is not large enough to accomodate expansion of the township's recreation program The former township boatd purchased the recreation building last year for $105,000. Prior to t| chase, the township rented the Trustee Lynne Goldsmith wh< sat on the former township board heves Canton officials may have ecidcd against purchasing the recreation hall if they had known at the time that Sheldon School would be put on the«market Culbert claims he possessed correspondence between former Supervisor Harold Stem and Wayne-Westland officials about the availability of Sheldon School But Mrs. Goldsmith said Stein told the board when the recreation hall was purchased tfeat the school was not available i "I don't like digging up old1 news." said Mrs. Goldsmith. "But (Rowing that Sheldon School was available) would have made a difference We would have made a choice between the two buildings. We wouldn't have bought both." If Sheldon School is purchased, Culbert says he has no idea if the township will sell or retain the current recreation building. BESIDES INVESTIGATING the con dition of Sheldon School, Gorman and Gouin will also investigate the availability of potential park land.

Gifted children get TAGged in school district's program They may not compose a symphony by the time they are seven. They may not discover a cure for cancer before they reach their 12th birthday. They may not even have astonishing I.Q.s. Nevertheless, roughly 500 children in the Talented and Gifted (TAG) program sponsored by the Plymouth-Canton school district do have unique abilities that might never be developed without a little help. TAG, which has been operating about a year, is a program to identify and develop children's talents. Children who are identified as talented or gifted are given such options as taking minicourses revolving around specialized subjects, making individual contracts with teachers to do advanced study, taking advanced placement courses and working with community aides or mentors who are experts in subjects of interest to TAG students. TAG children have made movies at Allen school, creative music at Miller, published a newspaper at Starkweather and started a Junior Achievement business at Pioneer Middle School. TAG's coordinator is Richard Olenchak, who works with a committee of teachers, administrators and parents to impliment the program. Olenchak presented the program's first annual report to members of the Plymouth Canton school board last Monday. The report was well received by most board members, but drew some criticism from board vice-president Richard Arlen. "I've had some comments from individuals that what the young people are doing is nice, but they didn't see how it prepared them for anything," Arlen said. According to Olenchak, the idea is


ALTHOUGH 18 FAMILIES who cur rently live in the subdivision will have to move to be relocated, Carroll says the families will not have to make the move for sometime. The land acquisition program is divided into four phases. Occupied homes will not be purchased until the end of the second phase.

By law, the township must piy a fair market price for residents' homes and help the families find a new f)lace to live. | ; Carroll does not expect Dye Brothers residents will object to the industrial park plan.

First step taken to prepare sub for new industry

which is responsible for establishing hiring, disciplinary and dismissal policies, is not obligated to adopt the township board's recommendation. Larry Bowerman, chairman of the three-person commission, said he informally asked the township board to deliver its opinion on the residency question because the commission's feelings on the matter are mixed. BOWERMAN SAID the commission, which was established by an ordinance approved by voters last August, would like to establish a uniform residency policy for all police officers and firefighters. Currently, fire department employees are not bound by any residency requirement. But police officers are required to live within three miles of the township borders, under a set of police rules adopted by the township board last year. "Personally, I'm opposed to residency requirements," Bowerman told the board. "But I do favor requiring members of the police and fire departments to live within X miles of the township so they could get here quickly in an emergency." If the township board's recommendation is adopted, new police officers and firefighters would be required to move within five miles of the township's borders within six months of completing their probationary period. Current employees of the police and fire departments would not be bound by the rules.

sions in the industrial park. The complex will include the 40-acre subdivision and an adjacent 60-acre parcel already owned by the township.

more to give students as much individualized instruction as possible. "TAG is not an attempt at creation of an elite, nor is it an attempt at segregation," his report says. "It is, however, a program which offers students, parents and teachers an opportunity to achieve the elusive commodity of personalized curriculum." Olenchak says the program tends to

have "spillover" effect in which other children also become involved in individualized programs. TAG is not without its problems. Olenchak admits that not all teachers are capable of dealing with gifted children. He believes there is more of a problem with parents who don't want to admit their child is gifted, than with par-

Special meeting set Canton's township board and planning commission will meet in a joint session Monday Jan. 29 to decide whether the farmland preservation concept should be pursued. The special joint session is scheduled for 7 p.m at the township hall. A proposal to levy four mills over a period of years to pay for the purchase of development rights to many acres of Canton farmland failed at the general election in November. However, the narrow margin of defeat, even in a year of taxpayer revolt, has led many Canton officials to believe the issue should not be allowed to die. The township board is meeting in conjunction with the planning commission because a new master plan is in the works. A resolution to either support or not support the d*" o , opment rights plan act on tbe proposed would have an master plan. nship supervisor, is Noel Culbert, sue will get a posiconfident that tt tive reception 1 \ the rest of the lieves more cornboard. He said h munity education about the proposal is

necessary before it goes to the polling place once again. Culbert added, "another vote on the issue be taken until the end of this year."

ents who insist their child belongs in a TAG program. The decision whether a student is TAG material comes fror^i a number of sources. The child may be recommended by a parent or teacher, do well on intelligence and achievement tests or show demonstrated ability. TAG students have to satisfy at least three of the seven screening elements. JVo one element is weighted above another. Olenchak says the reason for tbe variety of screening devices is because a child can be gifted in a variety of ways "A high I.Q. may show academic ability, but it wouldn't show whether a child is talented in art," he says. Since the program officially began last November (although it was being organized almost a year before that) the TAG program has cost $16,205.

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Hearings are set

Students question A group of students challenging the scheduling program at the Plymouth Centennial Educational Park (CEP) is about to take its first official action. The Student Advocates for the Philosophy of Education, organized last fall, will hold a series of public heari n p at the end of this month to gather information about the effectiveness of traditional scheduling at Plymouth Salem High and Plymouth Canton High. The hearings will be held 2:15-4 p.m. in the Little Theatre of Canton High on Jan. 31, Feb. 1 and Feb. 2. The Student Advocates also will hold open hearings for CEP students during the fourth hour (the period when lunch hours are scheduled on a rotating basis) on the same days.

system in favor of the traditional six one-hour class day schedule. The decision was made earlier by the Plymouth-Canton Board of Education based on an administrative report that high school population had reached the point where modular scheduling no longer could be accommodated. Under modular scheduling, students schedule classes over a six-day period which allows more time blocks for independent study and research. Modular scheduling had come under a lot of criticism, however, from some parents who felt the students —particularly freshmen and sophomores — weren't mature enough to handle the freedom and flexibility offered by the system. Foes of modular scheduling cited as abuses the mingling of large numbers of students in the cafetorium, hallways

LAST FALL, the high schools at the C E P dropped the modular scheduling

traditional and other areas and the poor attendance record as reasons for favoring a more traditional schedule. Adoption of the traditional schedule this fall, however, resulted in a number of electives being eliminated because they could not be retained under a traditional schedule. THE STUDENT group hopes to obtain views from students, parents, teachers and administrators regarding the effectiveness of the scheduling change.


The group also has invited a number of educational experts to speak at the hearings. The Student Advocates hope these representatives from philosophy, curriculum, administration and alternative programs will give them the best information available regarding program goals and options available within a traditional structure, explain student leaders Anne Harrington and Chris Johnson. After the hearings, the Student Advo-

waiting lists), one of four in public service and 12 of 14 in technical careers, including culinary arts, which also has a waiting list. A limited quantity of Employment Outlook is available at the admissions office, which has distributed copies to area high schools and employment offices as well as to other offices on campus.

The latest edition of Employment Outlook, published yearly by the college s admissions office, rates 20 job areas as having "excellent" opportunity. Of the remainder, eight were rated "moderate" and two just "fair." Two career programs rated fair last year moved up to moderate in the latest ratings. Occupational therapy assistant, with entry level wages ranging from $4.35 to $5.36 an hour, is one of those upgraded. Employment opportunities out-of-state were rated excellent for OTA. Law enforcement, with entry level salaries ranging from $11,500 to $15,000 a year, also moved up from a fair to moderate rating Two new programs at Schoolcraft earned excellent opportunity ratings. They are child care teacher's aide, with a wage range of $2 65 to $6.80 an hour, and manufacturing-production planning, which offers a beginning salary of $1,000 a month. Tool design technology, another area with excellent opportunity, also ranks high in remuneration. Entry level detailers can expect to earn $4.50 to $5 an hour, layout personnel to $8, designers to $10 and checkers to $12 an hour. Overall, four of Schoolcraft's seven programs in business offer excellent employment opportunity, four of the five health careers (most of which have

Ice seating is

postponed Sorry, kids, but liability problems mean Plymouth Township won't be able to offer ice skating this winter at the recreational park. "We're sorry we can't have any skating because construction is going on," apologized Supv. Tom Notebaert, who's received a number of phone calls about skating on the pond in the new park at Ann Arbor Trail and McClumpha. Because construction is not completed at the park, the township would be liable for skaters at the park, Notebaert explained. However he's assuring those skating fans in the area that the pond will be cleared of snow as soon as possible during next winter's skating season.



The group hopes to share this data with others and use it as a base for recommendations to improve the schooling process at the CEP. "We have about 25 students who have regularly been attending," explained Harrington, "and these students are quite representative of all grade levels, and from both high schools."

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