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m WEELE the analysis State Universi- Sidney School discussed the more than an hour The analysis two bond elec- High School of the meeting, they wanted from the com- of don't tell us trustee Gall t't want to go bond until we know community Bill Ackley discussed surveys as possible more informa- COmmunity. One ) have people list lat projects they Completed first. itself didn't fea- according PHOTO BY ELLEN ROBINSON Falrvlew High School Juniors Cole Lelninger, right, and Marcus Weber am designing the plans for the reconstruction of the dilapidated west entrance of the Fsirvlew Lift Bridge and Cartwrlght Tunnel using a computer program. ana e The following is the report apparent deliberate undermin- made by Montana State Univer- ing of the board initiative, the sity professors Dr. Larry Baker silence of the staff and teachers and Dr. Richard Howard of why clearly had an impact on the past Sidney High School build- results. ing bond requests failed. 4. The move of central office The sequence of the listing to the newly closed school and doesn't reflect any priority or "associated costs" seemed to be strength of importance, in conflict with asking for addi- Timing tional funding for school main- 1. The second vote was too tenance and renovation. Staff close to the first vote. Some in and the community didn't see the community felt that the these as non-related issues. school system was not listening 5. Administrative and teacher to them. In addition, there reorganization within the appears to have been a percep- school district at the time of the tion that requiring the voters in election was not seen positively the second election to vote at by all those being reorganized. the school instead of their gen- 6. Potential for consolidation erar election voting location - some recognize that there is a was an attempt on the district's need to explore it - "when will part to "fix" the election by it happen?" and "why should making it more difficult to vote. we pay for facilities for students They did not understand that from other districts?" are ques- statute required the voting to tions being asked by some in take place at the school. Sidney. 2. There was significant Communication uncertainty about the economy 1. Between the central admin- in the community, istration and the board - Per- 3. Staff issues- The closure ception is that the board is of a school, the potential rift of "working for the superintend- teachers and the reassigning of ent" rather than the other way teachers arid administrators to around. other schools, generated inse- 2. Between the board and the curity and a certain amount of administration and the commu- negativity among the staff nity - Perception is that the toward the administration at the board and the administration do time the bond levy was put up not engage the community in for vote. While there was no See Report, page 11A BY ELLEN ROBINSON Herald-Leader Applying skills learned in school to practical use, Fairview High School juniors Cole Leininger and Marcus Weber are wasn't any- designing plans for the recon- nothing struction of the dilapidated west before," entrance of the Fairview Lift said. Bridge and Cartwright Tunnel. SSed the analysis "It brings school to the real of only quality education," Peterson we need to come up with some world," Jim Fink, agricultural members, said. better ideas than what we have education teacher at Fairview it's not sci- Later in the meeting, trustee been doing," Ackley said about High School, said. Larry Riggs said, "I'm not so obtaining public input. "I don't Ray Trumpower of the Friends do, how- sure this is the time to continue want to go into another bond of Fairview Bridge approached trustees wonderthis thing.' ..... election until we know what the Fink before the dedication of the success of After Pd e o'6"h'-'and Riggs community wants, bridge this summer about having election. In April agreed their top concern was the As far as a timetable, trustees students design the plans for the request for $6.9 education of the students, Peter- realize one of the reasons the reconstruction of the tunnel. down by a son then said, "After saying that, second election failed was"They went out and measured !16 to 835. That trustees should do what's best because it was too soon after the it and took pictures of it to apply an auditorium for them. Does that mean we first failed bond. in the computer program, which iary gym. In should run and hide? .... I honestly don't think they will help them electronically a bond request Riggs said trustees aren't run- looked at the second one too design the plans," Fink said. a mar- ning and hiding, but maybe pri- closely," Riggs said. "There was The students are looking for- 848. That pro- orities should change, backlash to vote no to anything." ward to the challenge. the auditori- "I think they would get a better Trustee Lori Norby said it's "One entrance to the tunnel is gym. education if they have better still too soon now to look at in bad shape. We are going to trying to throwfacilities, especially in the sci- another bond election, measure and photograph the their throats,"ence lab," Peterson said. Trustees would appreciate good side so that we can ~on- "We're looking Trustee Jay Sissel said the additional public comment struct plans for the other for the students board needs to find out what the regarding the high school build- entrance," Weber said. community wants. "We know ing concerns. "We are not constructing the he disagrees you don't want this (the first pro- "It's not any more our school new entrance, we are using a that schools inposal) or want that (the second than anybody else's in the com- design program on the computer Condition were proposal), what do you want?" munity," Riggs said. to make the detailed plans," the past, so they Trustees then discussed a few "More input is the key," Peter- Leininger said. now. ideas of how to receive commu- son said. "We definitely need Fink is confident in his stu- to the past, wenity input, more people to tell us what to dents' abilities. the future for "I don't know how. Obviously, do." "When Ray approached me in reco "~~- PHOTO BY ELLEN ROBINSON Felrvlew ool Juniors Cole Leininger and Marcue Weber measure and photograph an entrance to the Cartwrlght Tunnel. the summer about the project, I horse and mule-drawn scrapers needed to wait and see if I had and blasting powder were used kids in the class that had the in building the approaches. skills to do this. These boys took In 1991, the state began a sur- drafting last year and have the vey of historic bridges. The skills to do the project. The plans Fairview Lift Bridge was on the need to be done by the spring, so list of 127 found eligible for the we are using this as a class proj- National Register. It was among ect," Fink said. 30 chosen for nomination. The The Fairview Lift Bridge, con- bridge qualifies both for its his- structed by Gerrick & Gerrick, torical significance and its stretches 1,320 feet across the unique engineering. Yellowstone River. In its earlier In 1997, the bridge was listed days, the Falrview Lift Bridge on the National Register of His- not only accommodated rail traf- toric Places. Being that both the tic, but also vehicular traffic. Cartwright Tunnel and Fairview The 1,458-foot long Lift Bridge remain structurally Cartwright Tunnel was built in sound, the Friends of Fairview 1912 and 1913. Most of the dig- Bridge has developed them into ging was done by hand, although a walking trail. ~iii!i !@i : i5 //! i!i! i' , ii 51; BY BILL VANDER WEELE Herald-Leader Sidney High School senior Kayla Block has accomplished something that no other Sidney student has before - she is the president of the state's USA- V.I.C.A. organization. Block said to earn the honor for V.I.C.A., the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America, she was required to fill out an application, go through an interviewing process, answer questions from past officers and make two speecl-c s. Once the board was appointed, members then voted for officers, and Block was elected president. "It's really an honor," the daughter of Marlin and Kelly Block said. "I hope people in Sidney follow the example. There are state officers from smaller towns, we need more from Sidney." Although the six-member state board consists of three boys and three girls, Block said ther~ are quite a few more members that are male. "I think people perceive it more as a shop class, but there's a lot more to it," Block said of why there are fewer female members. Some lesser-known opportuni- ties V.I.C.A. offers, that may attract more students, include job interviewing, hairdressing and cosmetology. 'q'hat's not to say that girls can't | SUBMITTED PHOTO Sidney High School senior Kayla Block works on her state chsmpionehlp architectural drawing. do the other things," Block said. "l age, Glendive, Great Falls, munity project is being planned do drafting, and many other girls Billings, Missoula and Bozeman in October during the National do real well in welding." as some schools that don't have Skills Competition Week. One of the state organization's V.I.C.A. programs. "We want every club to do the goals for the year is for other "We want a lot more mem- same type of community service schools to add V.I.C.A. Block bers," Block said. project," Block said. lists Glendive, Fairview, Sav- In addition, a state-wide com- At the state leadership and nors skills conference in April, the Sidney student was the architec- tural drawing champion and placed third in the job interview contest. "I really like architectural drawing a lot," Block said. For a few hours each day, Block serves as a computer aide design and drafting drafter at Interstate Engineering. She said the job has provided her with great experience. Back at Sidney High School, Block is the student council vice president, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America treasurer, Business Professional of America historian and National Honor Society treasur- er. The senior also belongs to Leo Club. Outside of school, Block attends Tae Kwon Do classes twice a week. She's currently a green belt and will test for a blue belt soon. She also enjoys ballet and pointe dancing. She's been active in dance since the third grade. In addition, three times a week she needs to be at the school by 7 a.m. to work at the Morning Grind Eagle Espresso. So, does Block have any time when she's not busy? "I don't know," she said. "I guess through the years at high school, I've learned to manage my time."