Ottawa The first session of negotiations between the Ottawa school board and members of its teachers union for 1998-99 contracts are set for today.
The meeting will be at 9 a.m. at Eisenhower Elementary School.
An agreement on contracts for the current school year was not reached last year, and many of the same issues remain, board president Sam Sheldon said.
The school board this week also approved the hiring of Rebecca Allen and Patrice Peoples as first-grade teachers at Hawthorn Elementary School.
Wendy Geschwentner also was hired as a second-grade teacher at Garfield Elementary School.
Hall of fame announces
science fiction inductees
Four noted science fiction writers will be inducted into the Science Fiction & Fantasy Hall of Fame at Kansas University in July.
The inductees were announced at ConQuesT 29, a science fiction convention, on Saturday. Hal Clement and Frederik Pohl will receive the honor, along with Catherine Lucille Moore and Robert Heinlein, who will be inducted into the hall of fame posthumously.
Pohl plans to attend the induction ceremony, which is being held in conjunction with the Campbell Conference at the Kansas University Alumni Center on July 10.
The Science Fiction & Fantasy Hall of Fame was founded in 1996 by the Kansas City Science Fiction and Fantasy Society and the J. Wayne and Elsie M. Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction at Kansas University.
Relay for Life set
for this weekend
The fourth annual Relay for Life, a fund-raising event for the American Cancer Society, will be held from 2 p.m. Saturday through 8 a.m. Sunday at Haskell Stadium.
Team members will take turns walking a track for the 18-hour event.
Cancer survivors will be honored at 2 p.m., and luminaries will be lit and the names of those being honored will be read at dusk Saturday.
There are about 17 teams registered for this year's event, said organizer Carol Wallace. Anyone interested can make donations during the event, she said.
Relays for life are being conducted in 2,200 locations around the country.
For more information, call 843-5077.