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36 - CAPE G ZETrE, Friday, January 30 - February 5, 1998 Cape board seeks input before schc00ol.naming-policy vote The Cape Henlopen School Dis- tricl Board of Education is seek- ing public input on its draft policy for naming school facilities, prior to voting on a final policy during its February meeting. The district has no immediate plans to build any new facilities, but current enrollment projections indicate the district will need-new buildings or major expansion pro- jects within the next several years. The draft policy reads as follows: "A. Purpose - To establish an equitable process by which the board of education can assume its responsibility for naming or re- naming school facilities. "B. Process and Content - 1. It is the responsibility of the board of education to adopt official names for district public school facilities. In fulfilling this responsibility, the board will make every effort to respect community preferences. "2. When the board receives a request to change the name or add a name of an existing school, or any part of it, the board of educa- tion will consider the request. If its review is favorable, the super- intendent will establish a commit- tee to review the request and make recommendations. A committee so constituted will seek communi- ty input into the process through a variety of means, including sur- veys, questionnaires and public comment. In the event of renam- ing a facility or any part of it, in- cluding athletic fields, the board of education may not act sooner than one year after the first recom- mendation is made. "3. Committee recommenda- tions for a school name will be presented to the board for its con- sideration. However, the final re- sponsibility for officially naming a school facility rests with the board of education. "4. When a new school site is purchased, or a planning project for a new school is initiated, the superintendent will establish a temporary, generic name to desig- nate the site or building for plan- ning purposes. As a new school nears completion, the superinten- dent shall establish a process through which interested groups in the community which the school will serve may choose to retain the school's planning name or may recommend in priority or- der, as many as three preferences, for a new name. "5. Geographic names are pre- ferred for new schools, especially elementary schools. These names should he clearly identifying, widely known and recognized. "6. If a geographic name is not appropriate, schools may be named for distinguished persons, no longer active in their careers, who have made an outstanding contribution to the community, county, state or nation. The per- son's name should be widely known and easily recognized. The board will give active consid- eration to women and minorities so that these are equitably repre- Delores Jean sented among district school names." Anyone who would like to com- ment may sign up for time during citizen participation at the Thurs- day, Feb. 12, or Thursday, Feb. 26, board meetings. The vote is expected at the Feb. 26 meeting. To contact Andy Brandenberg- er, director of business operations, or Greg Weer, supervisor of build- ings and grounds, call 645-6686, or fax 645-6684. The Professional Touch Rounne Pack photos First-graders and their families camp out in the cafeteria of Rehoboth Elementary School as they participate in a "Cuddle Up with a Good Book" pajama party to kick off the Reading is Fundamental program. At left, Treasa Bush reads "Franklin's Blanket  to her son, Jake, while his cousin, Christina Martin, right, gets into her own book. At right, Franklin the Turtle proved popular with the Rehoboth first-graders. Jessica Resenberg finds "Franklin's Bad Day" a good book to stretch out with. BRUCE W. CHILCOAT Account Executive, Investments Certified Financial Planner Call for "50 FINANCIAL PLANNING MISTAKES AND HOW TO RES reading prolg'a00a no sleeper; AVOID THEM." kids cuddle with buddies (302) 226-5100 (800) 258-3131 Fax (302) 226-5200 By Rosanne Pack Fashions in flannel and soft slippers were in vogue at Re- hoboth Elementary School as first- graders and their families came equipped with pillows and favorite blankies one evening last week. The occasion was the "Cud- dle Up with a Good Book" pajama party scheduled to celebrate the opening of the annual "Reading Is Fundamental" program. First- graders, family members, school staff members and several com- munity members pulled on their most comfortable robes and scuffs and shared favorite books and sto- ries before closing out the evening with refreshments. By the time students, parents, visitors from the community and an assortment of teddy bears and other sleeping buddies got togeth- er, the cafeteria was filled with more than 150 people. After hear- ing books read and stories told by community members, each stu- dent got to choose his or her own book from a large collection of paperbacks donated by Scholastic Publishing Inc. Most wasted no time curling up on the floor with their books and a snack. Some said that they wmted to get a start on reaching the goal of earning another new book. Geri Williams, first-grade teacher and team leader, explained that the national Reading is Fundamental program encourages all participants to read at least 21 books during the eight- to-10 week program. Students al- so get credit for having that many books read to them. All who reach the goal receive another newbook at the end of the program. Williams said students keep records of which books they have read and what the subject matter is. Reading is Fundamental in- eludes rewards throughout the program. Four Rehoboth elemen- tary first grades and an ILC class participated in last week's pj par- ty.'Among the school district offi- cials and community members who also joined in the fun by read- ing or telling stories were Tony Streett, school board president; Jay Pearson, Rehoboth Beach po- lice officer; Win Rosenberg, Re- hoboth Beach Library children's librarian; and Dr. Suellen Skeen, superintendent of schools. SSU seeks high school chemistry students High schools are invited to send teams of chemistry students to com- pete in the fourth Salisbury State University ChemComp on Saturday, May 9, at the Salisbury State campus on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Each chemistry teacher at the school may send a first- and second- year team. A team may have one to three members. At ChemComp, teams will test their chemistry skills and compete for prizes. Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of Salisbury is the prime sponsor. 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