Thursday, February 4, 1993 -THE KINGS MOUNTAIN HERALD-Page 3A
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my former students," he said.
The elementary students love
him too. They hug him openly.
Toney has a good rapport with
his staff and rewards them with
"I cant say enough about my
dedicated staff and the kids," said
Toney, who said that West has car-
ried the academic banner for two
years. West third graders scored
the highest of any students in the
system on California Achievement
Tests. West students are at the top
in testing and attendance and over-
all place in the 86 percentile of the
CAT where the system average is
70 plus percentile. In Social
Studies and Science West students
scored in the 92 and 93 percentile.
"When I came to West School I
had heard of the tradition of the
school for excellence and I have
seen the results of dedication of
teachers, parents and students,”
said Toney. He says that PTO
meetings and awards day programs
are standing-room only events
which attest to the interest of par-
ents in the school.
It was a homecoming for Toney
when he returned to Central School
with West students last year while
the new West School was under
construction. He had spent nearly
18 years there and had taught on
Moving to the new West School
building in the summer of 1992
was thrilling for him and the staff.
The new facility has plenty of
room to grow and for storage.
Walls have been put up for four
major classes and six offices in the
old building. That wing houses the
art, music and PE programs.
Participation is the norm for
West parents who are helping with
an accelerated reading program
and a parent center open to the en-
tire system. Parents are going back
to school and learning computers
and also earning their high school
A native of Ellenboro, Toney
was educated at East Rutherford
High School and Appalachian
University and earned his master's
and principal certification from
UNC at Charlotte, He has been
married for 14 years to Ann Pettit
and they have two children,
Matthew, 5, and Andrew, 8
months. They reside in Shelby and
are active in First Baptist Church
where he is a former deacon and
active in the Sunday School. His
hobbies are fishing, hunting and
sports of all kinds.
Toney finds teaching exciting.
His goal is for all students to excel.
At West School he has found his
niche. He plans to stay.
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the school policies.
Reynolds said when a weapon is
discovered on campus that school
officials call police and they ques-
tion the student and witnesses, take
statements and collect evidence.
Parents of suspects are also inter-
viewed and documents are turned
over to juvenile officers who re-
view each case before juvenile pe-
titions are obtained. It is a general
misdemeanor under General
Statues 14269.2 to carry a weapon
on school property, concealed or
"We are dedicated to making the
schools a weapon free zone," said
Goforth, who distributed pam-
phlcts on weapon safety, giving
helpful suggestions to parents
about where weapons should be
kept in the home and away from
Rob Williams of Cleveland
County Juvenile Services pointed
out that the increase over the past
year of firearms and weapons in
schools rose to 18 in Cleveland
County. "One gun is too many," he
Reynolds said that parents of all
students were notified by telephone
of the informational meeting. He
estimated the crowd, including
all cases of firearms are prosecut-
ed. Some cases involving other
weapons, such as knives, are not.
District Court Judge Jim
Morgan said that it is hard to prove
that parents contribute to the delin-
quency of minors when their chil-
dren take guns to school.
The stiffest penalty that a school
can hand out is suspension and
McRae and KMMS Principal John
Goforth went over the details.
Long term suspensions are turned
over to juvenile authorities. A stu-
dent can't be expelled unless he or’
she is 14 years of age, presents a
clear recognizable danger to the
school and commits a felony.
Hawkins said that kids who have
number of panelists and school of-
ficials, at 40. Less than half of the
crowd were parents.
Court officials emphasized that
knowledge of a gun at school and
try to conceal it are not guilty of a
crime but may face suspension,
particularly if they attempt to hide
contraband in lockers, big coats or
book satchels. "Your child may just
put something in a locker for a
friend but he would be suspended
whether it's his gun or not," said
Principal Goforth said that kids
can't take book bags into the class-
room. The book bags must be kept
in lockers. The policy may be
widened to stress that no big coats
be carried into classrooms. Police
say guns found in two incidents
were concealed by students under
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other residents of the community to
use the facility.
David Hancock, director of
parks and recreation, will make a
recommendation to the board on
the policy and also on fees sched-
Other items on the agenda in-
clude consideration of a request
from Keith D. Wherry for a boat
slip and retaining wall; from Life
Enrichment Center to hold their
their annual benefit bass tourna-
ment; and from Eric Smith to
schedule a barefoot water skiing
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support a county wide sewage poli-
cy with the stipulation that the city
can withdraw at any time. The plan
would stipulate that the city be re-
imbursed for all expenses and that
only septic tank waste from
Cleveland County haulers be ac-
cepted and deposits per load re-
quired from haulers.
The commission heard a report
that the city's water and sewer line
extension project to serve the new
Firestone Plant is proceeding on
schedule and the water line project
is 80 percent complete. Gas lines
will soon be run under the
Interstate to serve the new plant.
Howard said the city's work on the
project would be completed by
The board discussed the water
line and sewer line extension poli-
cy on Sterling Drive off Waco
Road but made no decision.
Howard said no formal request has
been made for extensions to serve
City workers are continuing to
check into reports of a high mer-
cury level at Pilot Creek Waste
Water Treatment Plant. The mer-
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of the North Carolina School
Boards Association. She encour-
aged local people to start lobbying
legislators by writing letters to
elected officials asking them to pri-
oritize education and not make cuts
in spending for education. She said
she met with local Congressman
Alex McMillan who noted that
President Clinton's first priority
~ now is working with the deficit.
Political analysts and government
officials led the seminars.
"It was very upbeat,” said Miller,
who attended the conference with
Susan Burgess of Mecklenburg
County Schools. They were among
a dozen people from North
Carolina in the nation's capitol and
represented the 9th Congressional
The board endorsed the upcom-
ing performance by the KMHS
Chorus and Drama Departments of
"Sound of Music," on March 5-7 at
Barnes Auditorium and the April
performance of the North Carolina
Symphony. The board was invited
to a symphony kick-off breakfast
February 18 at 8:30 a.m. at
Holiday Inn and a kickoff breakfast
for the Adopt a School Program of
the Chamber of Commerce
Education Committee February 11
at 7:30 a.m.
The board hired Margaret
Keenan of Charlotte as interim for
Annette Parker, English teacher at
KMHS, and five substitute teach-
ers, including Isaac Alexander, cer-
tified; and Julia Clore, Sarah
Davidson Miller, Ronald Stalcup
and Bryant Wells, all non-certified.
The board approved short term dis-
ability for Jeanne Beam, Home
Economics teacher, and Annette
Parker, English teacher, both at
Kings Mountain High School.
Student transfers were approved.
Matthew G. Hesley, Kindergarten
student, will attend Cleveland
County Schools and Irwin Garcia,
7th grade student, will attend Crest
Middle School. Chris Rider,
whose family has moved to Gaston
County, will finish the 12th grade
at KMHS. Gaston County has also
released Emanuel and Nicole
Humphries, who are living here
with their grandmother.
Prior to the board meeting, Patsy
Rountree's Commercial Foods
Class served dinner in the Home
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about $4 per month for water and
$8 per month for sewer. Grover
pays Kings Mountain $1.22 per
1,000 gallons for water and has
been selling water to customers for
$1.10 per 1,000 gallons. Before the
rate increase, customers paid $4
per month for up to 3,000 gallons
of water. The new rate is $4 for up
to 2,000 gallons of water.
The new rates were effective
February 1. Customers received
notification of the hike in a letter
Ann McCarter Traugh said that
citizens were not notified of the
workshop meeting. Traugh
charged that the board was violat-
ing the open meetings law by dis-
cussing the water rates in closed
session when it should have been
discussing only personnel and legal
matters in closed session.” ©
Queen said the board advertised
the meeting by notifying the local
media and by posting the meeting
notice on the front door of Town
Queen said the board also voted
in open session to amend the bud-
get after the new rates were set. He
said two citizens were present
when the vote was taken.
In his letter to citizens notifying
them of the new water rates, Queen
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encouraged residents to recycle so
that the town won't have to start
charging a tipping fee if more trash
goes to the county landfill but resi-
dents said at Monday's meeting
they misunderstood. "The board
doesn't want to start’ charging a tip-
ping fee and the best way to avoid
it is for everyone to recycle," he
Queen promised to check on
possible water leaks after one citi-
zen complained her water bill had
doubled. He said the new rates re-
flect a slight increase but he pro-
rated every utility customer's bill
cury level is higher than what the
city's state permit calls for and
Howard said that finding the cause
is like looking for a needle in a
haystack. "It's unusual and could
have come from a vandal dump-
ing something in a manhole," he
City crews, slowed by cold and
wet weather, are making pot hole
repairs this week and the gas de-
partment is beginning construction
of new gas lines on Canterbury
Road in the vicinity of the new
Employees of the electric de-
partment passed a groundsman test
administered by Electri Cities re-
cently and now are taking the re-
quired Lineman I tests.
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