Thursday, May 20, 2004

Classroom briefs

Kings soon will see end of soil cleanup

DEERFIELD TWP. - Cleanup of lead-contaminated soil at the Kings Local Schools' junior/senior high school campus should be finished in about five weeks.

The contaminated soil at the baseball field has been removed and replaced, and the field has been seeded for erosion control. Pockets of contamination on the softball field also have been excavated, filled and will be seeded, school officials said.

The hillside behind the bus compound has been excavated, filled and seeded. Work at the stadium - where the most concentrated and extensive contamination was found - is almost finished.

Only two areas of the field are left to excavate, and all but the home side of the track has been excavated. Once they are completed, the field surface will be graded and seeded.

Once the stadium excavation is finished, work will begin on the two practice fields, one of which is significantly contaminated.

Proposed school site out of consideration

MIDDLETOWN - The Middletown Schools have withdrawn a proposal to build a replacement school for Roosevelt and Wilson elementary schools at the Sunset Pool site.

"We didn't get into this to get people angry," said Debbie Alberico, district spokeswoman. "We heard what the community said."

Alberico said district officials are looking at other sites for the school.

But school leaders did get the go-ahead this week from council to work with city staff to swap land for construction of the replacement McKinley/Taft, Rosedale and Wildwood schools.

Teachers and police play in charity game

FAIRFIELD - The Fairfield City Schools are teaming with the city's Fraternal Order of Police to sponsor a charity basketball game.

The tipoff between police officers and district teachers is 7 p.m. Saturday in the senior high school gym, 8800 Holden Blvd.

Advance tickets can be purchased at the school and are $3 for students and $5 for adults. Tickets at the door are $2 higher.

Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society's Southwest Ohio unit.

Carnival a project of athletics booster

FRANKLIN - The Concerned Parents for Future Franklin Athletes is sponsoring a festival Friday and Saturday at the grounds of the Hampton Bennett building, 150 E. Sixth St.

The carnival runs from 5-10 p.m. Friday and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. The carnival will feature children's and adult rides, food, entertainment and games.

A donkey drop with a $3,000 cash prize is 4 p.m. Saturday. Plots are $5 and can be purchased by calling 743-8665. Fairgoers can also buy $10 raffle tickets for trips to Las Vegas, Florida's Marco Islands or two plane tickets to the destination of the winner's choosing.

Proceeds will be used to defer the pay-to-participate fees.

Students and staff perform in show

FAIRFIELD - A variety show featuring students and staff at Fairfield Senior High School will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the performing arts center, 8800 Holden Blvd. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door.

Cost of school lunch will rise for all grades

MADISON TWP. - Lunch prices will increase 15 cents per meal this fall for students in the Madison Local Schools. Students in Grades 1-6 will pay $2 per meal and those in Grades 7-12 will pay $2.25.

Sue Kiesewetter

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