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    Parents and teachers at the Life Force Arts and Technology Academy shouted down charter school leaders on Saturday for deceit and mismanagement they say has led to the school’s demise.

    A dozen parents and faculty members, including the principal, slammed the school’s former management company at a meeting of the board of directors. They alleged questionable spending, suspect leadership and the sly introduction of Scientology study methods.

    The furious group won a small victory Saturday when board members voted to keep the school open until June, when the Pinellas County School District’s 90-day notice of termination comes due.

    But the school that Art of Management leader Hanan Islam pledged she would rescue from bankruptcy remains troubled and deeply in debt. Parents worry the school’s dramatic last days and their children’s sudden move could cause their education to suffer.

    Steve Hayes, a longtime Scientology attorney representing the school’s board, told the group the school’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy is set to end early next month. Without that protection, creditors could aggressively seek repayment of $400,000 in debt. At a meeting Friday, Hayes and school district leaders said they would seek the board’s approval to close the school April 6.

    But the closure would have sent Life Force’s 60 remaining students scrambling to new classrooms with only two weeks’ notice, and just 10 days before the crucial first day of FCAT testing. Shari Encke, a recently hired teacher for exceptional student education, said that was “like guaranteeing their failure.”

    Teachers and volunteers said their devotion to the children trumped their desire for pay. Board chairman Louis Muhammad and members Annie Tyrell and Fatima Talbird voted unanimously to keep the school open.

    Class will stay in session without Islam, the executive director of the Scientology-tied World Literacy Crusade, who ended her management of Life Force this month.

    Muhammad said Islam felt the school would be treated unfairly if she remained involved. But faculty of the school, pointing to its March budget, said her company left a day after receiving its last payment of nearly $7,000.

    “Light was shone on their mismanagement, and now they’re throwing us under the bus,” said Nikki Mathis, a mother of three Life Force students.

    Perhaps the strongest criticism of Islam’s management came in a letter from principal Lenor Johnson, who wrote that decisions by school leaders “were made solely for the personal gain of outside interests.”

    Islam demanded hundreds of books on “study technology,” a methodology devised by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, be purchased from the Church of Scientology at the school’s expense, Johnson wrote. A rewrite of the school’s charter led by Islam cost $18,000, and failed. Her company hired unqualified employees, implemented unapproved techniques in the classroom, held secret meetings with teachers and pressured faculty to write letters supporting her company’s management.


  • It’s true that hotels, motels and inns have made efforts to lessen their impact.

    Rare is the bathroom these days that doesn’t have a little sign telling guests to hang up their towels if they don’t want them replaced. The environmental cost of washing and drying all that terrycloth is huge.

    But I’m not seeing much else of significance.

    I stayed in a Virginia hotel over the weekend that I was pretty sure was new. The place sure looked like it. And smelled like it. So one might think they had incorporated some of the latest thinking.

    But on a cold night, the room was roasting. I finally wound up turning the heating/cooling unit to air conditioning and set the thermostat at 64. There wasn’t much improvement.

    The room had a small refrigerator humming away. Nice convenience! But I had maybe two cans of juice and an extra sandwich to put in it. Someone ought to make smaller “motel” fridges that would be more efficient.

    The fixtures has CFL bulbs, to be sure. But my big beef is nightlights.

    Consider: Hotel rooms are pretty dark. If you get up at night to use the bathroom, you don’t want to stub your toe in unfamiliar surroundings, so you need some small degree of illumination. I usually achieve this by opening the curtain a bit.

    When it comes to the bathroom, however, you have to turn on the light to see. And then you’re blinded by the brightness.

    And I’m sure most people do what I sometimes do if the curtain trick doesn’t work: You leave the light on in the bathroom, and then close the door most of the way so the light doesn’t keep you awake, but do you can find the door.

    Which means there’s 100-200 or more watts of lighting burning all night.

    An LED nightlight would consume less than a watt. Big difference! I usually bring my own, but I can’t imagine many other people do.

    Some chains are finding that if they install nightlights, energy use dips impressively.

    Theft would be a problem if they were plug-ins, but I’m sure these things could be permanently installed.

    Is anyone other than me upset by the myriad tiny plastic bottles they provide the shampoo in? Ugh. I’d love to know the policies at hotels: Is it like food? If the guest doesn’t use the product, does it have to be tossed?

    One new ray of hope in the hotel world: the Clean the World Foundation. Its mission is to collect the soaps and shampoos discarded by the hospitality industry, sanitize them and redistribute them to homeless shelters and impoverished people worldwide.

    Cradle to grave, I’m not sure if there’s a significant eco-benefit. Saving soap instead of tossing it clearly reduces waste, but then there’s the matter of transporting it …

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  • Franklin Elementary School principal Dr. Rhonda Dunham has many memories in the building facing Louisiana Street. She was a student there years before she became the school’s leader.

    “I will be very sad to see it torn down,” she said. “It’s not only my history, but the community’s history.”

    From the outside, Dunham said, Franklin is very beautiful. But on the inside, she admits, students and teachers have many needs the old building just can’t meet.

    Work on the new two-story, 50,000-square-foot Franklin is ahead of schedule, according to Neil Glass, the district’s director of administrative services. The building is being constructed just west of the current school, which will be torn down after school gets out in May. The $10 million project is the most costly in a long list of construction and improvement projects throughout the Cape Girardeau School District, funded through a $40 million bond issue approved by voters in April 2010.

    Ribbon-cuttings to celebrate expansion and improvement projects were recently held at Alma Schrader, Clippard and Jefferson elementaries. Work is underway on a 22-classroom addition and 1,000-seat performing arts center at Central High School and a new 8,300-square-foot library at the junior high.

    Glass said good weather this fall has allowed projects in progress to be slightly ahead of or right on schedule.

    The overall budget for the projects is also on track, Glass said. As of last week, the amounts bid out for completed and ongoing projects and bids that are scheduled to be awarded Nov. 21 for a new breezeway to connect the main building at the middle school to the gym are about 1 percent under budget at about $31.2 million. Work on the middle school breezeway will begin after Thanksgiving, he said.

    Glass said the budget will be re-evaluated after the first of the year to determine if there is funding available for alternate projects. At the high school, the district is adding 22 classrooms instead of the originally planned 16 because bids for the addition came in low enough. The junior high cafeteria and kitchen will also be remodeled and receive upgraded equipment. Other projects the district could take on if there is room in the budget are upgrades to the middle school’s boiler system and improved bus lanes and parking at Clippard Elementary School.

    However, before determining any alternate projects, the district wants to bid out the demolition of the old Franklin school, he said.

    According to the district’s 2009 master plan covering programs, facilities and finances that addressed long-terms needs of the district, the classrooms and school buildings have had to change dramatically as modern teaching methods and equipment have come into use and as nutritional requirements have been updated.

    Utility, security and maintenance costs also place demands on the district, the plan said. In 2009, a facilities steering committee was formed to assess the district’s needs. The committee found a need for increased security throughout the district, additional facilities for preschool, more classroom space, libraries, an auditorium and a high school stadium. The committee also found need for energy-efficient lighting and fixes to many buildings suffering from neglect and age.

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  • The Member of Parliament for Sekondi, Papa Owusu Ankomah has criticized the manner in which the ban on light fishing is being implemented by Government.

    According to him, Government failed to carry out adequate education on the practices before introducing those highhanded measures.

    His comment comes in the wake of severe criticism against Government by fishermen along the country’s coast, particularly those in Sekondi and Shama in the Western Region.

    The ban on light fishing came into force following the passage of the Fisheries LI 1958 in 2010. Some fishermen say they were not adequately consulted before the LI was passed.

    The LI prohibits the use of lighting systems for fishing as well as the use of unapproved nets among other orthodox fishing practices.

    Government has a Naval Task Force in place to implement the LI, but the fishermen are demanding a review of that legislation. They want Government to regulate light for fishing instead of an outright ban.

    In recent times, the naval taskforce in Sekondi has invaded the homes of fishermen to seize generators used to power fishing lights. The confrontation nearly led to a clash as the fishermen in Sekondi, Abuesi and Shama, protested the approach, used by the task force.

    They have since threatened to face the task force members head-on in their next attempt. Hon. Papa Owusu Ankomah, MP for Sekondi, told Maxx News the approach by government is not the best. He wants the LI to be reassessed.

    “The NDC in its manifesto said they were going to ban the use of light for fishing. So I believe that every Government must stand by what it believes in. If in the implementation of what you otherwise think is a good policy, problems arise, step back and consider it to see how you can move forward. I believe that the whole implementation of the fisheries regulations was not the best.

    If people have cultivated some practices that you think are not right and so you need to wean them of it, you must first engage them, educate them and provide alternatives; otherwise a well-intended policy will pose problems and that is exactly what is happening today” he noted.

    Some fishermen in Sekondi have read political meanings into the task force’s operations but Papa Owusu Ankomah says the exercise must not be politicised.

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