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6 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, June 2 - June 8, 1995 Editorial A cautionary flag for Cape district David Baker recently lost his bid for re-election to Cape Henlopen School Board. Marshall Jones recently announced his retirement as assistant superintendent for the school district. Despite appearances, there is a relationship between these two events that should raise a cautionary flag for all of us concerned about the future of Cape Henlopen School District. Baker and Jones share finances as their area of expertise. Baker serves as chief financial officer for Sussex County which for years has worked with balanced budgets and which in recent years has ended its fiscal year with budget surpluses. Jones has served as chief financial officer for Cape Henlopen School District for years and likewise has worked with balanced budgets and closed most years with budget surpluses. Cape District is losing the services of both of these men simultane- ously. We don't have to go far beyond the borders of Cape Henlopen School District to find school districts that have found themselves in severe financial straits in recent years. Running a sound financial operation does not come without steady attention and work. Those charged with replacing Marshall Jones need to consider carefully the district's future financial needs. If a committee is formed to consider applicants, the presence of Jones and Baker on that committee would make good sense. Letters Alternative schools a good plan Delaware Gov. Tom Carper is moving forward with establishing alternative public schools where disruptive students could attend classes. The idea falls squarely in line with improving the educa- tional atmosphere of Delaware's schools. Teachers, universally, say that they spend far too much of their classroom time dealing with discipline problems. That emphasis comes, of course, at the expense of the students who go to school to learn. With an alternative school system in place, schools may act more swiftly on moving disruptive students out of the mainstream. The direct result will be less disruption and maybe, just maybe, stu- dents on the edge will shape up so they can stay among their friends. Weather Picture Angle Moon photo Two ducklings closely follow their mother on an outing on Lake Gerar in Rehoboth Beach. First Quarter Full Moon Last Quarter New Moon June 6 June 12 June 19 June 27 Yo, man. How 'bout signin' this unemployment form that I'm lookin' for work. A tribute to Tom Wilson On May 25, the light in the Lewes area lessened significantly by the passing of Tom Wilson, one of the better, if not best, artists in our area. Tom was well known in this area and more so in the art community, as a man whose talents sur- passed the norm in whatever media he worked. He often remarked that the light in our area matched most places noted for light and exceeded a great many of them. His work always glowed with his mastery of that light. It was a privilege to know Tom and to be privy to his execution of workman- ship. As an artist, I greatly admired his work. He was well-grounded in his knowledge and the execution of his work. He was, as artists in the past used to characterize such talent, a mechanic, a "can do" artisan in any media he chose to work. He will be missed by all who knew him as a friend, teacher, or fellow artist - he was a giant in his chosen field of endeavor. We are thankful that Tom was a prolif- ic artist and leaves a legacy of talent in homes over a widespread area. That light which Tom was such a master of capturing in his art will have to suffice to brighten the darkness left by his depar- ture. May he now find that perfect light in which to work. Willard Fitzgerald Rehoboth Beach Get involved! As the mother of a second grader and two pre-school age children, I'm very concerned about our public schools. This was my daughter's first year in public school. I decided I needed to get involved in the recent Cape Henlopen School Board election to find the person who stood for my family's values. I spoke with many of the candidates and voted for the two who I felt would repre- sent my family the best. I am disturbed by a lot of things I've seen over the past few weeks that I'd like to share with your readers. One is the lack of concern of parents and grandparents. I went to Meet the Candidates at the Milton Junior High School and there were approximately 20 parents and three teachers present. These people, when elected, will be making decisions regarding education for our children. Why weren't we all there? Second is the attitudes I perceived both at the candidate meeting and in one of our state senators on the Joint Finance Committee. I called to ask questions about the education budget and how they determined what they would fund. He was very accommodating and answered my questions. When I asked if he would vote to fund New Directions, the proposed education reform, his voice immediately turned from friendly to out- raged. He asked who had told me to call him, as if I wouldn't be asking questions for my information, as if I'm not intelligent enough to ask on my own. So what edu- cated person told me to call is what he was saying. He then proceeded to tell me I shouldn't believe everything that the Christian Coalition says and that I was wasting his time and money. When I hung up, I didn't know what to think. Did I overstep my boundaries by calling a state senator? No! He is an elected official. He was elected to serve the cit- izens of Delaware. I concluded that since he was elected, he feels that he needs to decide what is Continued on page 8 Volume 3 No. 2 Publisher Dennis Fomey Editor Trish Vernon News Editor Steve Hoenigmann Reporters Denise Marshall Kerry Kester Kristen Seal Sports Editor Dave Frederick Advertising Director Carol Mawyer Fehrenbach Advertising Cindy Roberts Nancy Tylecki Office Manager Kathy Emery Production Director Catherine Tanzer Rader Production Staff Susan Porter Deidre Sudimak Chds Wildt Contributors: Tim Bamforth Susan Frederick Nancy Katz Angle Moon Geoff Vernon The Cape Gazette (USPS 010294) is pub- ,shed by Cape Gazette Umited every Friday at the Shoppss of Camelot, 4375 High- way 1, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 19971. Second class postage paid at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Address all correspondence to: Cape Gazette, P.O. Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958. Tale- phone: 302-226-2273. FAX - 226-2277. Subscflptions are avail- able at $25 per year in Sussex County; $40 elsewhere. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Cape Gazette, P.O. Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958. "You should always believe all you read in newspapers, as this makes them more inter- esting." - Rose Macauley 6 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, June 2 - June 8, 1995 Editorial A cautionary flag for Cape district David Baker recently lost his bid for re-election to Cape Henlopen School Board. Marshall Jones recently announced his retirement as assistant superintendent for the school district. Despite appearances, there is a relationship between these two events that should raise a cautionary flag for all of us concerned about the future of Cape Henlopen School District. Baker and Jones share finances as their area of expertise. Baker serves as chief financial officer for Sussex County which for years has worked with balanced budgets and which in recent years has ended its fiscal year with budget surpluses. Jones has served as chief financial officer for Cape Henlopen School District for years and likewise has worked with balanced budgets and closed most years with budget surpluses. Cape District is losing the services of both of these men simultane- ously. We don't have to go far beyond the borders of Cape Henlopen School District to find school districts that have found themselves in severe financial straits in recent years. Running a sound financial operation does not come without steady attention and work. Those charged with replacing Marshall Jones need to consider carefully the district's future financial needs. If a committee is formed to consider applicants, the presence of Jones and Baker on that committee would make good sense. Letters Alternative schools a good plan Delaware Gov. Tom Carper is moving forward with establishing alternative public schools where disruptive students could attend classes. The idea falls squarely in line with improving the educa- tional atmosphere of Delaware's schools. Teachers, universally, say that they spend far too much of their classroom time dealing with discipline problems. That emphasis comes, of course, at the expense of the students who go to school to learn. With an alternative school system in place, schools may act more swiftly on moving disruptive students out of the mainstream. The direct result will be less disruption and maybe, just maybe, stu- dents on the edge will shape up so they can stay among their friends. Weather Picture Angle Moon photo Two ducklings closely follow their mother on an outing on Lake Gerar in Rehoboth Beach. First Quarter Full Moon Last Quarter New Moon June 6 June 12 June 19 June 27 Yo, man. How 'bout signin' this unemployment form that I'm lookin' for work. A tribute to Tom Wilson On May 25, the light in the Lewes area lessened significantly by the passing of Tom Wilson, one of the better, if not best, artists in our area. Tom was well known in this area and more so in the art community, as a man whose talents sur- passed the norm in whatever media he worked. He often remarked that the light in our area matched most places noted for light and exceeded a great many of them. His work always glowed with his mastery of that light. It was a privilege to know Tom and to be privy to his execution of workman- ship. As an artist, I greatly admired his work. He was well-grounded in his knowledge and the execution of his work. He was, as artists in the past used to characterize such talent, a mechanic, a "can do" artisan in any media he chose to work. He will be missed by all who knew him as a friend, teacher, or fellow artist - he was a giant in his chosen field of endeavor. We are thankful that Tom was a prolif- ic artist and leaves a legacy of talent in homes over a widespread area. That light which Tom was such a master of capturing in his art will have to suffice to brighten the darkness left by his depar- ture. May he now find that perfect light in which to work. Willard Fitzgerald Rehoboth Beach Get involved! As the mother of a second grader and two pre-school age children, I'm very concerned about our public schools. This was my daughter's first year in public school. I decided I needed to get involved in the recent Cape Henlopen School Board election to find the person who stood for my family's values. I spoke with many of the candidates and voted for the two who I felt would repre- sent my family the best. I am disturbed by a lot of things I've seen over the past few weeks that I'd like to share with your readers. One is the lack of concern of parents and grandparents. I went to Meet the Candidates at the Milton Junior High School and there were approximately 20 parents and three teachers present. These people, when elected, will be making decisions regarding education for our children. Why weren't we all there? Second is the attitudes I perceived both at the candidate meeting and in one of our state senators on the Joint Finance Committee. I called to ask questions about the education budget and how they determined what they would fund. He was very accommodating and answered my questions. When I asked if he would vote to fund New Directions, the proposed education reform, his voice immediately turned from friendly to out- raged. He asked who had told me to call him, as if I wouldn't be asking questions for my information, as if I'm not intelligent enough to ask on my own. So what edu- cated person told me to call is what he was saying. He then proceeded to tell me I shouldn't believe everything that the Christian Coalition says and that I was wasting his time and money. When I hung up, I didn't know what to think. Did I overstep my boundaries by calling a state senator? No! He is an elected official. He was elected to serve the cit- izens of Delaware. I concluded that since he was elected, he feels that he needs to decide what is Continued on page 8 Volume 3 No. 2 Publisher Dennis Fomey Editor Trish Vernon News Editor Steve Hoenigmann Reporters Denise Marshall Kerry Kester Kristen Seal Sports Editor Dave Frederick Advertising Director Carol Mawyer Fehrenbach Advertising Cindy Roberts Nancy Tylecki Office Manager Kathy Emery Production Director Catherine Tanzer Rader Production Staff Susan Porter Deidre Sudimak Chds Wildt Contributors: Tim Bamforth Susan Frederick Nancy Katz Angle Moon Geoff Vernon The Cape Gazette (USPS 010294) is pub- ,shed by Cape Gazette Umited every Friday at the Shoppss of Camelot, 4375 High- way 1, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 19971. Second class postage paid at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Address all correspondence to: Cape Gazette, P.O. Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958. Tale- phone: 302-226-2273. FAX - 226-2277. Subscflptions are avail- able at $25 per year in Sussex County; $40 elsewhere. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Cape Gazette, P.O. Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958. "You should always believe all you read in newspapers, as this makes them more inter- esting." - Rose Macauley