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2 The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder March 18, 1976 / ./ // i // // / / "You'll get yours laterl" CALENDAR OF EVENTS There will be a W. Va. State FoLk FesflvM Committee meelin I Wednesday March 24, 1976 at 7:30 at City Hall. Everyone is invited. The Plauger Family will be appearing at Stout Chapel at Hyers Run, April 3. 1976, Saturday night at 7:30. There will be a Horse Clinic at Dawson Farm at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 20, 1976. John Spiker, D.V.M. will be available for coggins testing. The public is invited to attend. This clinic is sponsored by the Glenville Shooting Stars 4-H club. Thursday, March 18 - Glenville Branch of the Americu Association of University Women will meet at 7 p.m. in the annex of the First Baptist Church [[ormerly Dr. Smith's heroin] at 215 East Main. Members please note the change of date and location.  There will be singing at the association building at White Pine every third Saturday night starting at 7:30. Everyone welcome. { No charge. & OURANCESTORS ? Y. Published Every Thumdy By GILMER COUNTY PUBLISHING, INC. At 109 E. Main St. Olenville, WV 26351 Phone 462-7309 Second-Cless postage paid at Glenville and at additional mailing offices Subscription price $5.50 tax included in Gtlmer County;, other West Virginia residents $6.00 tax included. Out of state, subscriptions $7.00. Cannot accept subscriptions for less than 6 months. (ALL PRICES EFFECTIVE FEB. 1st, 1976.) ROBERT D. ARNOLD PRESIDENT/PUBLIsHER CHUCK CAVALLO EDITOR 'NE OFFICE MANAGER Are we selling ourselves short by Chuck Cavallo As the richest country on this earth, it is clearly our duty to aid those who are less fortunate or incapable of helping themselves. We, as Americans, have a moral obligation to this...or be hypocrites to the ideals our forefathers used to build this nation. A ;dle back when I was spinning records for my college radio station, I came across a record by a Canadian (whose name escapes me) appropriately called "America." It was by far not the tune we all so readily think of. It was instead, a condensed chronicle of the many times this country has given so freely of itself, with never so much as a thank you in return. It told of the times we, as a country, rushed to the aid of disaster victims...stepped in when a country's democratic government was threa- tened...fed those when they had no food of their own...provided medical treatment whenever and wherever it was needed...and on, and on. It then went on to tell, moreso, to ask, where were our "friends" during our great disasters, our earthquakes, our floods, our fires and our wars? What other country gives so much of its' money, time and human resources? The questionable point is, are we being used? Are we so big that nothing can hurt us? By far we have passed the point of total isolationism but are we in so deep, as to not be able to stop and consider our plight as well? Has the world got us by the throat? A case in point. Recently a in congress to limit the sale certain mid-east country. release of the proposal, the threatened an oil embargo if the Another case in point. Henry Kissinger blasted limit the sale of nuclear governments. He called it a form the action would undermine progress of detente. My point is simply this, stop running our aid programs, foreign policy like a big, When will we close the store? To the Editor: The Attendance Policy Committee at Gilmer County High school feels it is necessary to reply to a letter that appeared in the February 26, 1976 issue of the Glenville Democrat. The letter expressed a dislike for the "new laws" we have at Gilmer County High School. The letter implies that children "are being deprived of their right as a citizen of this country to get the education they need to get along in this country 'without the help of Welfare'." On the contrary, the attendance policy was adopted at GCHS because we. as educators, feel the environment of the original learning or doing situation can never be recreated. Regular. punctual attendance is important to everyone involved in an educational or work process. When a student misses, regardless of reasons, that time can never be made up. Therefore, a student should miss as few times as possible. At the beginning of the 1975-76 school term, the new attendance policy appeared in the Student Handbook and every student was given a copy of this new policy as well as verbal explanations by the Principal and faculty. Because of the "new laws" at the school, the student in question was affected by the Attendance Policy. Prior to November 12. 1975, that student had missed 27 full days of school and 10 partial days. As stated in the attendance policy, the student had four options to choose from. The parents and their child chose to appeal their case before the attendance policy committee. Their case was heard on the evening of November 12, 1975 at the high school. The results of that appeal follow: It was the decision of the attendance policy committee that the student be permitted to remain in class without loss of credit. At the time of the bearing, 38 days of school remained in the first semester. The further stipulated that for the remaining days of the student should be absent from school, it slould be for and the absences should be substantiated by a student missed an additional 18 full days and 5 remaining days of school in the first semester. Yet, the opportunity to earn credit in his classes. However, on student withdrew from school, saying he would return Second semester began an January 27, 1976. When second semester began, students were again before being affected by the absence policy. The student in to school second semester, and prior to his withdrawal missed 8 full days of school. He had not yet been affected policy. We want to say that this policy is not just some Each case is dealt with individually. The staff of Gilmer has a deep concern for each student and these "rights" of an education they will be job market. We feel they will also need habits of dependability. The 1975-76 Attendance Policy, which was passed by Board of Education, has reduced our absence rate by 50/e. speaks for itself. 11m i Central school bus purchasing saves County money County boards of education have made by comparing their state prices saved more than $1,750,000 by with those of the four counties which participating in the central purchasing chose to hid individually. In all cases, of school buses since the bidding the state bids were much less. The practice was implemented in late 1974. total savings reflected for 519 buses State SuperintendentofSchools Daniel  bought since the program began in, B. Taylor said today. November, 1974, exceeds $1,750,000, The State Department of Educa- tion has just finalized another order for 290 school buses and was able to purchase them at reductions from last year's prices in spite of three price increases since then. Actual savings now can be determined on the purchase of 275 of the 290 buses just ordered by comparing the cost of similar vehicles bought under central purchasing last year. The actual savings amount to $295.335.37, Dr. Taylor said. There are no comparative figures available for the additional units in this year's purchase since most of these units are specially equipped for transporting special education stu- dents. Fifty-one counties are now participating in central purchasing. A projection of savings to them can be when compared to the prices paid by the individual counties. For example, Pend[eton County paid $384.46 more per unit for a 36 passenger unit than the same bus on the state bid. Cabal County purchased the 66 passenger unit for $4,859.10 more than the state price for a similar unit, although the county did have some additional options which exceed the state minimum standards. Grant County paid $2,458.09 more for the 72 passenger unit than the state's bid price for essentially the same vehicle. Harrison County's price for the 66 passenger vehicle exceeded the state's bid price by $2.259.26 per unit. Feasibility of having the major manufacturers of school bus chassis submit bids directly from the factory rather than from local dealers is being buses sold in tbeit explored by the State Department of This would Education. more receptive If this procedure is implemented, dealers in all local dealers throughout the state, purchasing, Dr. repress the successful bid, definitely result will be given credit for the numbelt of 'the cost of schooli Harshbarger visits Glenville Sam Harshbarger, Democrat active in candidate for the West Virginia causes. Supreme Court of Appeals took his During his people-to-people campaign to Gilmer Harshbarger said, county, West Virignia on Friday, elected judiciary March 12th. He called at The Glenville people to Democrat and The Glanville Pathfinder Judges who and visited with officials at the important courthouse, have always A native of Milton, Harshbarger people, not large i has practiced law since 1956 and has know their been a strong advocate of less He is a technical procedure in the court unexpired term system. A graudate of West Virginia Sprouse University, and Geroge Washington twelve year terms University Law School, he has served election. in the U.S. Air Force and has been Byrd's-Eye View By U.8. Senator Bobert C. Byrd Dr. Gray announces convention speakers Dr. Theresa Gray, Program Chairman of the West Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Convention to be held at Glenville State College on Friday and Saturday. March 26 and 27, announces that several additional speakers and workshops have been added to the program. Dr. D. Banks Wilburn. president of GSC, will give the official greeting message at the banquet on Friday evening. Dean William Simmons will initiate the opening proceedings on Friday morning. Dr. John Chisler. Chairman of the Science and Math Division,'will preside at the concluding workshop on Saturday afternoon. A team of junior and senior students will operate a Mathematics Game Room to demonstrate and instruct teachers in the use of games for enrichment in mathematics classes." Other speakers include: Mr. Richard Wilkes. Asb,stant Director of the Division of Instructional Learning Systems of the West Virignia Department of Education - "Trends and Issues in Mathematics Education" Dr. Carl Johnson. Marshall University - "'Geometric Fun with C.Jioa rds" Dr. William Heft, Concord University - "One Aspect of the Pre-Service Training of Mathematics Teachers" Ms. Jeraldine Dailey, West Liberty State College - "Don't be Petrified of Being Metrified." Ms. Ernestine Capahart, DuPont High in Belle - "Calculators for  Secondary Schools - Help or Hindrance?" Mr. Robert Mason and a team of Mineral County teachers - "Outdoor Mathematics" including the use of the clinometer, hypsometer, sextant, range finder, transit, and trundle wheel. Ms. Shirley Bowen and a Title I Math Resource Team from Cabell County - "Rods, Bones. Beards. and Box". an in-service workshop for elementary teachers. Dr. David Cusick, Marshall University - "Careers in Mathema- tics" Miss Judy Bensall. School Mathe- matics Project in London - "In-Service Workshops for Middle. Junior and Senior High School Teachers." Mrs, Elizabeth Schmitt. Captain. Aerospace Education Officer - "Aerospace Fxlucalion in Schools/" Mixed Ba R For Economists in the con- more struction industry have fin- 1976. ished their studies of 1975 But and their evaluations, of lic the first two months of 1976--and their predic- ished tions for the rest of this of year contain both good and bad news. lion, Overall, the construction industry is expected to grow by about 12 percent. with the dollar volume of is all work estimated to ex- the cced the $100 billion mark. it has Yet, when the anticipated past 7-percent inflation factor is works taken into consideration, by 6 the actual growth rate is reduced to just 5 percent, this The largest increase in perts. the construction industry there this year will be in hous- ing--the bellweather of the building trades--where the from growth is expected to be A 30 percent over 1975. More than 1 million new houses tance will be built by the end of of oor i this year, and construction in of new apartments is ex- pected to reach 500.000. That is a significant in- ercasc over the combined houses-apartments total of 1.150.000 built in 1.075. al- into though it falls far short of the ncedcd 2 million new units this year. Public utilities are also thc schcdulcd for an otlstand- in ing year, according to the try. econorists v'ho l)rcdict a out 10 i,rceni r,nl growth ille rlkC in lhal area (if conslruc- lrol. lion. Tolal Cxlndilures for iiul)lic ulililh eon- sl rllci ion .h(iul(I i,(,d