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Archive for Wednesday, April 25, 2001

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April 25, 2001

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Spiritual guidance LMH adds chaplain

The Rev. John Polk, who is ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, has joined Lawrence Memorial Hospital as chaplain.

His duties include providing pastoral care for patients, their families and LMH staff. He also serves as a link between LMH and the clergy in the community.

Polk serves on the LMH Bioethics Committee and the Palliative Care Team. He takes part in Little Angels, a support group for parents who have experienced the loss of a baby or fetus.

Polk has 15 years of pastoral experience in churches in Hoboken, N.J., and in the Kansas City metropolitan area. He completed clinical pastoral education at Trinity Lutheran Hospital, Kansas City, Mo.

Education: Superintendent heads to Topeka for lobbying

Lawrence schools Supt. Randy Weseman will join other Kansas education leaders today in Topeka for a lobbying session on behalf of public schools.

He said Gov. Bill Graves' call for tax increases made sense given budget problems facing districts throughout the state. Monday, the governor was in Lawrence to reiterate support for a higher state sales tax and taxes paid on gas, cigarettes and liquor. These would close an anticipated $205 million budget shortfall.

"I thought he spoke very eloquently ... why that's necessary," Weseman said.

The superintendent said the Lawrence district was having difficulty earmarking money for employee pay raises and keeping pace with rising costs.

Fitness: City to celebrate new aquatic center

The city will celebrate the grand opening of the new Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center on June 2.

Ceremonies start with a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m., followed by tours and demonstrations until 2 p.m. The center's doors will then open at 4 p.m. for a free public swim until 9 p.m.

The center is at 4706 Overland Drive, adjacent to Free State High School.

Infrastructure: Sewer construction to begin near school

Expansion of a sanitary sewer pumping station in southeast Lawrence begins Thursday near Prairie Park School.

The sidewalk on the south side of 27th Street from Mayfair Drive to Harper Street will be closed and pedestrian traffic will be rerouted. Vehicle traffic will not be affected. Extra school crossing guards will be hired during the construction.

The $1.5 million project will expand two sanitary sewer stations to increase their capabilities to better handle peak wastewater flows. A new sanitary sewer force main also will be built.

No disruptions in water, sewer or other utility services are expected. For more information, contact Chuck Adcock, wastewater master plan project coordinator, 832-7831.

School board invests money in science books, equipment

The Lawrence school board agreed to invest $144,000 in science textbooks and equipment for elementary and junior high school students.

The board voted Monday to spend $133,497 for life science books for sixth-graders, earth science books for seventh-graders and physical science books for eighth-graders.

At the same time, the board agreed to allocate $10,736 for acquisition of 100 microscopes and 100 school balances.

Lynda Allen, coordinator of science in the district, said the equipment was being sold by Nebraska Scientific of Omaha, Neb., at bargain-basement prices.

The price worried board members Jack Davidson and James Hilliard. Both questioned whether the equipment could stand up to prolonged use by sixth-grade students.

The board approved purchase of the equipment on the condition that a sample sent to district science staff passed an inspection.

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