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VOL. 102 NO. 28
Thursday, July 12, 1990
KINGS MOUNTAIN, N.C. 28086
Toney West Principal
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KM CAT SPRING 1990 CAT TEST SUMMARY
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_ Kings Mountain students in grades three through
eight made considerable improvement in this spring's iy
California Achievement Test (CAT), SCOFNg at OF gL... ...cccoiuuuumuenumemninnermveniniernisssennnrscernsssros [lo Four administrators were pro-
above grade level in every grade and scoring at or
above state and national averages in most grades. :
Kings Mountain has made steady improvement over Br ii
the past several years, Asst. Supt. Larry Allen told the 4 ferrin i Lo RL EE 5 EL
Board of Education at Monday night's meeting. i :
This year's eighth grade scored at the 9.7 grade lev- 3
el after scoring 8.0 as seventh graders and 71 as sixth 2 Bea sass ann enbanasvarsdese ahd i .. B...... i...
graders. A 9.7 score indicates that the eighth graders i
were achieving at a level of ninth graders in the sev-
enth month of the school year. 0
"That's really a substantial gain," Supt. Bob McRae
said. "A one year and seven month gain deserves spe-
cial recognition, It's evident that the students and facul-
moted at Monday night's monthly
meeting of the Kings Mountain
Board of Education at the
Sherrill Toney, who has served
the past two years as assistant prin-
cipal at Kings Mountain High
School, was named principal of
West Elementary School; Carolyn
Roark, formerly Educational
Diagnostician, was named Director
of the Exceptional Children's
os <3 Program; Jane King, formerly
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rt hve doe Tote had BB Kings Mountain Region VI State National Dirotor of Tostmetion wes named
See Tests, 3-A Assistant Superintendent for
At Pilot Creek Plant
Groundbreaking for Kings
Mountain's 2 MGD expansion and
sludge dewatering facilities at Pilot
Creek Waste Water Treatment
Plant will be held Monday morning
at 9:30 amp
Mayor Kyle Smith, city council
members, members of the county
board of coinmigsioners, Senator J.
Ollie Harris, and other guests will
participate in the brief ceremonies
which signals the start of construc-
tion of one of the major improve-
ments projects funded by bond
Thamer Construction Company
is general contractor for the pro-
City Engineer Tom Howard said
the public is invited to attend the
Howard said that emergency
beam repairs at the T. J. Ellison
Waste Treatment Plant were com-
pleted during the week of July 4.
A& L Underground workers be-
gan work Tuesday on the I-85 gas
line project on the feeder road at
the south side of I-85 on York
Howard said the city is nearing
completion of the gas line con-
struction at Bridges Drive/Beason
Creek area and he said the only
construction problem workers en-
countered was on the western end
with a seam of very dense rock.
A waier line break at the comer
of Landing and Bridges Drive was
also corrected last week. Howard
wrote, in his letter to property own-
ers in that area that he hoped in-
conveniences were slight.
Bid opening is slated July 26 at
2 p.m. at City Hall for installation
of water and sewer lines on
Bridges Drive and a portion of
Landing Street. On July 26, bids
will also be opened for drainage
work from Crescent Hill Road west
to Bridges Drive. This portion of
Beason Creek work will solve the
erosion and alignment problems in
the area, Howard said.
Bridges Drive area property
owners are also encouraged to at-
tend a meeting Thursday, July 12,
at 4 p.m. with Howard and city
staffer Gene White at City Hall for
a presentation of the project. They
will display project drawings and
respond to any questions of proper-
KM Citizens Are Urged
To Cut Back On Power
Overloaded electrical circuits
due to hotter-than-average temper-
atures are bringing a plea from
City Manager George Wood to all
Kings Mountain citizens to volun-
tarily conserve electricity-at least
for the remainder of this week.
"Move thermostats up a few de-
grees and try to use electrical ap-
pliances later in the evening when
the peak demand is down rather
than at mid-day," says Wood. Peak
time when the substations are run-
ning full capacity is from noon to
about 7 or 8 p.m.
"Once the new substation is in
we'll be able to manage the load
but with 98-100 degree heat city
crews are working feverishly to cut
the outages but all citizens should
try to reduce the demand on the
system," said Wood.
Wood said that city crews are
continuing to trim trees this week
but that tree trimming won't prove
to be the answer to the city electri-
cal outages. "Our electrical engi-
See Conserve, 2-A ;
About the only way anyone in Kings Mountain has found to stay cool
lately was in the watermeion eating contest in last week's Fourth of
July celebration at Jake Early Park. Temperatures are supposed to re-
main in the 90s the rest of the week but there is a 50 percent chance of
KM People :
Paul Is A Good Ham
STAYING COOL ON A HOT DAY.
Instructional Services; and Ronnie
Wilson, formerly Personnel
Director, was named Assistant
Superintendent for Personnel.
Supt. Boh McRae said all but
Toney will work out of the Central
Office. In addition to filling key po-
sitions which expand their current
duties, the new appointees will al-
eighth grades before serving as
principal of West and North
low McRae to have more contact Schools. She was later named
with the individual schools. Director of the Exceptional
"With these promotions come Children's Program and was a con-
expanded responsibilities in the sultant with the State Department of
school system which, in turn, will Public Instruction!) Southwest
“allow a Beller delivary of services to Regional Education Center in
our schools," McRae said. "Their Albemarle, She has been Director
expanded roles in particular should of Instruction for two years.
provide increased opportunities for Wilson is in his 22and year in
myself to be in the schools working education and has been in Kings
with the personnel there in a more Mountain the past seven years. He
effective relationship." taught and coached one year in
Combined, the four administra- Latta, S.C., before getting into ad-
tors have close to 100 years of ex- ministration, He served five years
perience in public education, and ag principal of KMHS before be-
most of them in the Kings Mountain coming Director of Personnel two
district. : Ly years ago.
Toney began his career in Kings Monday night's action left open
Mountain in 1969 as a science just one administrative position, the
teacher at Central School. He also assistant principal's post at KMHS.
taught science at KMHS before be- Candidates from inside the system
ing named assistant principal two will be interviewed within the next
years ago. several days.
“He has given a long number of "Certainly, these promotions are
quality years of service to the recognition of quality service these
school system,” McRae said. "He is four people have given to the school
well thought of by colleagues and system, and the respect that is held
students alike, and I think that his for them by the entire Kings
tenure at West School will be very Mountain school community,"
productive in that under his leader- McRae said. !
ship we can expect that school to
continue its long tradition of excel- The board approved several oth-
lence." : er personnel matters Monday night,
Roark has 33 years of experience including:
in the Kings Mountain, Cleveland * Approved teaching contracts of
County and Cherokee County, S.C., Johann Sherrill, Grover School; Pat
systems. She was an elementary Regan, North; Julie Rikard, English,
teacher in Kings Mountain in 1956- KMHS; Judy Hancock, art, KM
57 and then joined the Cleveland Middle School; and Anne Futterer,
County System as an elementary Chapter I Reading, North.
teacher at Grover School. She later * Approved employment of Paul
worked in Cherokee County and re- Travis Weldon, maintenance; and
turned to Kings Mountain in 1967. ~~ Mary A. Grant, After School Care,
“Carolyn Roark brings to the North School.
Director of Exceptional Children's *Approved family leave for Lisa
position a broad preparation for the Healey, Middle School art; and Lou
position,” McRae said. "In fact, she Ann Davis, KMHS English.
served as interim director last year *Approved the transfer of teach-
when Jean Thrift was away due to ers Grace Costner, Middle School to
medical reasons. She has proven to KMHS to teach math; David
be a dedicated, efficient employee Greene, KMHS to Middle School to
and I am confident that she will be teach math; Debbie Patterson,
quite successful in this new role."
King taught in the fourth through
KM School Lunch Prices
To Increase By 15 Cents
See Schools, 3-A
Family, Boyce Memorial ARP Church and Kings
Mountain Kiwanis Club are top priorities of Paul Ham
Although his activity and good humor belie his
years, the popular Kings Mountain native probably
will celebrate his 65th birthday July 16 by going to
work as usual and by attending his 1300th meeting of
the Kiwanis Club, over 24 years of which has been
with perfect attendance.
The civic club meets each Thursday night at the
Country Club and you can set your watches by Paul.
He's punctual and never misses a meeting.
Paul will celebrate his 40th year of marriage to Dot
McCarter Ham in December and 40 years membership
in Boyce Memorial ARP Church, which he joined just
after the couple married. He is also celebrating years
of blood giving at bloodmobile visits. At the recent
bloodmobile visit to Kings Mountain, Paul donated his
129th pint of blood. He's probably the community's
top blood donor.
Ham grew up on the Sadie Mill Village and his first
job was at the Sadie Mill working for the late L.
Amold Kiser. "I went in one day and told Mr. Kiser I
was planning to drop out of school at 16. He told me I
wouldn't have a job if I did. You can believe I was
back in school the next day," said Paul. Kiser allowed
Ham to work part-time, so he could attend school and
play football and baseball.
When Paul turned 18, he knew he'd be drafted and
See Ham, 8-A
PAUL HAM JR.
Kings Mountain school lunches
will increase by 15 cents to make up
for projected increases in salaries’
and operating costs during the
1990-91 school year.
~The Board of Education ap-
proved new prices at Monday
night's meeting at the
Lunch prices will increase from
$1 to $1.15 in the elementary
schools and $1.10 to $1.25 in the
middle school and high school.
Adult lunches will increase from
$1.45 to $1.75 and breakfast will in-
crease from 60 to 65 cents in all
Supt. Bob McRae said another
price increase may be necessary lat-
er in the year or at the beginning of
the 1991-92 school year.
The school system's nutrition
program operated at a loss of about
$10,000 last school year.
"We raised our prices last year
and we'd like not to have to raise
them every year," McRae said, "but
we have to make ends meet."
McRae said salaries will increase
about six percent during the next
school year, requiring an additional
$27,000. Items such as milk and
See Lunches, 3-A