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14 - CAPE GAZETTE - Tuesday, August 21 - Thursday, August 23, 2007 Testing Continued from page 10 in 1990. At the time he was dis- cussing AP matters with the dis- trict, he also operated a Southern Delaware training facility for AP teachers on behalf of the College Board - the national entity that certifies AP courses and adminis- ters national AP tests. Frampton was hired Jan. 3, 2006 - not as a teacher but as AP coordinator. According to records provided by the district, his annu- al salary would have been $45,000 for a three-day workweek - an amount equivalent to $75,000 per year for a full-time, five-day-per-week teacher. Five months later, he said Stone noti- fied him that his position was being terminated because of budg- etary constraints. During his employment Frampton said he persuaded the district to place its AP testing off- site at the Virden Center in Lewes, reviewed and suggested revisions of AP course descriptions, researched and submitted a grant for AP teachers and suggested the district increase the weighted grade scale for AP courses. Frampton also submitted public relations articles to the media, communicated with principals, suggested additional AP courses, tried to help identify possible AP students, observed meetings and encouraged a practice test day prior to the AP exam. Though he was not teaching, Frampton was paid under a for- mula for teacher's salaries. A doc- torate and 33 years experience placed him in the highest pay bracket - but the equivalent of $75,000 exceeded that by more than $3,000. Personnel Director Alfred Best said the superintend- ent has the power to pay more than allowed on the chart if he considers it necessary to do so to retain or keep a valued employee, and it was the superintendent's decision. Questioned regarding the expenditures made to promote AP testing as the district neared a threatened budgetary deficit of $3.3 million, Stone wrote the fol- lowing in an email to the Cape Gazette Jurie 28: "Our desire to expand our Advanced Placement program, just like AVID and our research into International Baccalaureate, were all designed with the same thing in mind: getting more and more students into accelerated courses and programs. Research clearly shows this greatly improves their options for the future. Dr. Bud Frampton is a recognized leader in these areas, and he clearly defined a vision and direction for this district to take in terms of advanced place- ment and acceleration. "He was hired early on ter I arrived, when program improve- ment was our primary focus. Once we were able to fully under- stand the weight of a long-devel- oping budget crisis, a lot of inno- vative ideas for people who could take us where we wanted to go had to be scrapped. In hindsight, if we could not afford Bud Frampton, I take the blame. Like everyone else across this state, I believed 'Cape has the resources and always will.' The reality unfortunately is much different. The good news now is that we have finances well under control, and anything new we add has to comewith an identified funding source and stream." With encouragement, test fees paid for and a new testing loca- tion, Cape made the Newsweek list for having a high percentage of students take the AP exam in 2006. The cost, according to the district, was $49,453.33. Only 33 percent of its students taking the exam received a quali- fying score, compared to a state average of 50 percent. Contact Georgia Leonhart at g.l.leonhart@ comcast.net. Henry J. Evans Jr. photo DeVries Circle residents last week received reassurance from the Lewes Mayor and Council that the street's reconstruction is moving ahead according to approved plans. The city approved homeowners' requests to rebuild traffic-calming islands on the street. Project gen- eral contractor Dixie Construction will also post signs informing motorists DeVries Circle is closed to through traffic during construction. DeVries Continued from page 1 median. "Why can't we just leave it like it is and just get the job done?" asked E.C. Morosoff, a DeVries Circle homeowner, toward the end of the discussion "Quite frankly, ma'am, I could- n't agree with you more," said Mayor Jim Ford. Ford said he hadnrt heard any- thing during the more than hour- long discussion that would have required significant alterations to project plans. Ford said everything planned for the DeVries project had been discussed and approved in a series of public meetings and public hearings long before construction started this spring. The mayor and council instruct- ed project engineer George, Miles & Buhr (GMB) to design a replacement for traffic-calming triangles, similar to ones removed' from the Savannah Road entr. Point and Kings Highway entry point. Ford asked Lewes Fire Department officials and GMB engineers .to again look at access for emergency vehicles, possibly including driving a piece of fire- fighting equipment onto the street and setting it up to simulate use. Dropped from the design are raised lane dividers originally intended to direct traffic at the entry points. Mayor and council will also examine a request to combine with city property tax bills the cost of sidewalk replacement, which homeowners pay. The city will work with Dixie Construction to ensure that signs informing motorists that DeVries Circle is closed to through traffic are posted at both the Savannah Road and Kings Highway entrances. GMB will also develop a draw- ing detailing the widths of various Devries Circle elements. Amanda Pollack, a GMB engi- neer, Said that when the project is finished the roadway's total width, as well as that of the side- walks, would change minimilly - varying by only 6 inches to 8 inches, on average, for the entire project. A new, larger water main has already been installed beneath the street and sanitary sewer and stormwater drainage system work is wrapping up. The project is slated for completion in late Cape Continued from page 11 poses of admission. The Nadigs' primary argument is that students and parents should have the right to determine what is best for a student without being penalized. 'qne board and its strategic plan keeps calling for parental involvement and making respon- sible choices, yet they would jeopardize that to have more stu- dents take an exam, so they can get on a list based on how many take that exam. It is not right," Paul Nadig said at the conclusion of the Aug. 9 meeting. During the meeting he ques- tioned some of the data Kelley presented in support of giving greater grade weight for students who take the exam. The district cannot change numbers but it can change how they are used, he said, adding that much of the data comes from the College Board - the entity that sponsors and is paid to give and grade the AP exanls. Contact Georgia Leonhart at g. 1. leonhart @ comast, net. November. Contact Henry J. Evans Jr. at hevans @ capegazette, com. i Ken Denbow, CMT 00tistic now accepting appointments for Swedish ,.signs massage, hot stone and reflexology. raisingwolves@comcast.net CALL FOR APPOINTMENT 302-644-2009 20361 JOHN J. WILLIAMS HWY. 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