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10 - CAPE GAZETI'E, Friday, January 17 - January 23, 1997 Cannon accepts job as Caesar Rodney District personnel director By Kerry Kester Karen Cannon, Cape Henlopen School District supervisor of personnel and infor- mation services, learned Monday, Jan. 13 that she will serve as the personnel director at Caesar Rodney School District. Cannon, who has been with the Cape district for morethan 12 years, will begin working part time at Caesar Rodney at the beginning of February. "I just wanted a change, and it's an ad- vancement for me," said Cannon. "And I've always admired the Caesar Rodney School District." Although the duties will be very similar, being a director requires different credentials and certification. Ad- ditionally, Cannon will occasionally serve as a hearing officer for attendance hearings. "I feel very sad about leaving the district because about 65 percent of the employees we have now I've hired," said Cannon. Her sadness is tempered, however, with joy at beginning another step in her career, she said. Leaving her colleagues and friends in the district, she said, will be difficult, although "some will be friends as long as I live." She also said she was fortu- nate to have worked with excellent staffs, administrations and school boards. "I've had good working memories CANNON here, but the other thing is that all three of my girls have gone through this school system. I feel very proud that they graduated from Cape schools," said Cannon. Cannon said she will have to move to the Caesar Rodney School District within a graduate program at Wilmington College, year, but she and her husband intend to Georgetown campus. keep their home in Millsboro for their re- Cannon has been active in the Mid-At- tirement years, lantic Association for School, College and Cannon is presently working on her doc- University Staffing, serving as a member, torate in educational leadership at the Uni- director and president. She is also a mem- versity of Delaware. She has her master's degree in administration and supervision from Austin Peay State University and her bachelor's degree in English from Trevecca University. Prior to her employment in the Cape dis- trict, Cannon served as a principal from 1979 to 1984 at East Cheatham Elementary School in Ashland City, Tenn. From 1968 to 1979 she taught English, journalism and speech at a high school in the same district. From 1966 to 1968, she was employed by the Prince George's County Board of Edu- cation, serving as an English teacher. She is presently an adjunct professor in the ber of the Delaware Association for School Administrators and the Professional Stan- dards Council. She has also served on sev- eral other state-level councils and commit- tees as well as held a governor-appointed position. "After 12 years, you get to the point where you need a new challenge," Cannon said. In early February, she will begin working three days a week in her new posi- tion and the other two days per week for the Cape Henlopen School District. The Cape district opened her job for applications on Wednesday, Jan. 15, and it will close appli- cations on Feb. 14. Cape District narrows criteria for long range .planning committee By Kerry Kester The Cape Henlopen Board of Education is nearing a decision on the criteria desired for a long range facilities planning commit- tee. During the board meeting on Thursday, Jan. 9, the board re- viewed a proposal from Andy Brandenberger, director of busi- ness operations. His proposal outlines potential needs for the task force that will develop a plan for how best to use existing school facilities or what would be needed to remodel or build any new facilities. Branden- berger sug- gested the board consid- er the follow- ing six areas when deter- mining who should be asked to join the task force: nnJamnmma Members should have specific areas of ex- pertise or experience. The task force size should be manageable to avoid difficult de- liberations; 11 members might be a good size committee. A sub-committee comprised of district staff members to pro- vide advice on instructional pro- gramming, as well as other sub- committees, might be important. The board should consider how task force members are se- lected. Options may include, but are not limited to each board member making an appointment, providing applications for the po- sitions and accepting nominations from either the school community or general community. The board should also consider appointing a task force chairperson. The task force should be in place for approximately.a year to a year and a half and would serve at the board's pleasure. The duties of the task force would be defined by the superin- tendent but could include the fol- lowing: space needs based on en- rollment projections, specifics pertaining to physical needs such as temporary or permanent con- struction projects, possible needs for attendance boundary changes, timelines, serviceability and func- tionality evaluation as it pertains to current and projected needs and developing a list for updating any school sites. "These are not rec- ommenda.tions," said Branden- berger. "The purpose was to start discussion." The board is sched- uled to revisit the issue during its Thursday, Jan. 23 meeting,at 7:30 p.m. in the Milton Middle School. Cape District adopts stricter promotion/retention policy By Kerry Kester As a result of what appeared to be an increasing number of stu- dents who refused to perform in school because of loopholes in the promotion/retention policy, the Cape Henlopen Board of Educa- tion passed a new policy that al- ters the district's stance on admin- istrative transfers. During its Jan. 9 meeting, the board adopted Poli- cy 215, which calls for the district to evaluate students at benchmark years to ensure they are progress- ing adequately toward fulfilling graduation requirements. The former policy set time lim- its for how long students could re- main in a particular grade. For ex- ample, it called for students to complete first through sixth grade in eight years or fewer, and stu- dents would not spend more than two years each in grades seven and eight. Students were required to earn only four credits in the core subject areas in order to be promoted to tenth grade, have l0 credits for promotion to eleventh grade and 14 to gain senior status. "There is a growing number of children who are learning to ma- nipulate that and are not work- ing," said Sue Shupard, board member. Jane Myers, a teacher at Lewes Middle School, confirmed what Shupard believed to be a problem. "As the policy stands now, they know they're going to the high school the next year," said Myers. She said that in this year's eighth grade class, approximately 30 students had been administra- tively transferred. "They're not doing any homework. They're not learning anything," she said. "They continue the same thing at the high school," said Sue Dub ton, assistant principal at Cape Henlopen High School. She said approximately one-sixth of the current freshman class were stu- dents who had been administra- Henlopen Acres dashes skateboard/rollerblade ban request By Jen Ellingsworth Commissioners for the Town of Henlopen Acres chose not to adopt an ordinance prohibiting skateboarding, roller-skating and roller-blading on the town's streets. Commissioners discussed the issue at the Acres' quarterly meeting on Friday, Jan. 10, but no motion or vote occurred. Mayor Thomas Lewis cited safety as the main reason for con- sidering the ordinance. Skate- boarding and roller-blading in the town has also caused residents to register complaints, said Lewis. "We've received many com- plaints," said Lewis. "Most of these people (who blade and skate) are from outside of town. They come here because they like our streets." The issue was brought up to him at the end of last year, he said, at which point Town Solicitor Tempe Steen drew up an ordinance and the item was placed on the agenda. Many resi- dents were on hand at the Jan. I0 meeting to show their displeasure with the proposed ordinance. "I understand it's a problem," said Kathy Kramedas, who owns Rehoboth Pharmacy. "My issue is that this is a town, and people should have patience. I wouldn't want people in Rehoboth telling me that I can't go on their streets." If it had been adopted, the ordi- nance would not only have banned the activities from public streets, but it would have also in- stilled a fine for violators. Mayor Lewis said the town may want to consider a seasonal prohi- bition - a three-month period of time - during which the ordinance would be in effect. "It's an issue of patience," said Acres resident Diane Thompson. "It is a pain in the summer be- cause people come here to do that. I don't think that it's the residents that are posing a problem. It's un- fair to be penalized in our commu- nity because other people like to enjoy our roads and the outside." Henlopen Acres Town Manager Jennifer Burton said the town's primary concern is the safety of its residents and visitors. tively transferred. Nancy Feichtl, supervisor of in- struction, said the new policy at- tempts to address the time limit is- sue. Time, she said, is only one factor in determining who should be promoted or retained. Two safeguards in the policy prevent students from being re- tained inappropriately: first, a pro- fessional team, not an individual, will make a retention decision; second, a retention decision is de- termined based on depth of data - not a single grade or test result. The new policy calls for evalu- ating struggling students during benchmark years: grades two, four and seven. However, struggling students in other grades may also be retained if the safeguard crite- ria is met. Although teachers, par- ents, administrators and board members supported the new poli- cy, inherent weaknesses in the system prompted dialogue on the topic of developing an alternative school within the district. "We have to find some place for students who are 16 and 17 but who have not met the require- ments to go on to the ninth grade," said Myers. "What are we going to do with them?" Feichfl said that the district currently engages in an early school intervention pro- gram. "We're giving extra schooling in there that we didn't have before," said Feichfl. Board members agreed to discuss an al- ternative school plan with legisla- tors to determine whether any funding could be made available to the district. At-large seats Contlnucd from page 1 carry it - to show our commitment to the communities. We're all here - no matter where we come from - we're all here for all 400 kids." District Superintendent Suellen Skeen said she believed the time frame for developing a plan and getting it passed through the legis- lature might be too tight for this year's election. "I don't know if we have time to educate the com- munity," she said. "There's a chance that the community would J ii | feel the board's trying to slip something by." Andy Brandenberger, director of business operations, said that when some districts in the north- ern part of the state attempted to convert to all at-large seats, "bru- tal arguments" ensued. He said there were portions of the popula- tion who believed the change would "stack the deck" for partic- ular areas within the district. The board will further discuss the issue duringits Thursday, Jan. 23 meeting. The meeting is open to the public and will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Milton Middle School auditorium.