The Jamestown School District saw a drop in last Spring's 3rd through 8th-grade test results close to the 30-percent drop predicted by state Education Commissioner John King education officials. However... new School Superindent Tim Mains admits they were hoping for better proficiency numbers in the wake of new, tougher Common Core Learning standards. During a press conference at the school Administration Offices Thursday afternoon... Mains said people -- especially parents -- should not evaluate where students are by these numbers.
Mains adds it will certainly take more than a year to get to the "top of that mountain..." but, he says the district is implementing a plan to teach students the new curriculm so they understand it. He says that's more important than doing more testing. Director of Schools Tina Sandstrom says there's been a "steep learning" curve... but, teachers will have the new instructional material well before the start of classes on September 4th. In general... Mains says between 20 and 30-percent of their students showed proficiency in both English and Math. Prior to the testing... the numbers were between 50 and 60-percent.
The chairman of the Chautauqua County Legislature has gotten a preliminary look at Richard Platschek's proposal to buy the county home... and, likes what he sees. Ashville Republican Jay Gould says the 16.5-million dollar offer not only pays the county what it would have received from the failed Altitude Health Services proposal... it addresses legislator's concerns. There were 14 stipulations lawmakers put into the county's request for proposals... which Gould says this plan addresses. He adds it also goes a couple of steps further on county home employee safeguards. Gould later said he's now called for that special meeting on August 21st... beginning at 6:30 PM. A couple of legislative committees... including Human Services... meet earlier in the day. Part of the reason some lawmakers opposed Altitude Health Services because they were concerned about selling to an out-of-state entity with no local connections. Gould feels this buyer knows and understands nursing home care in Western New York... and, he likes that. Personally... he still feels the home needs to be sold because it's losing several thousand dollars daily.
Two Jamestown brothers have been arrested -- and one remains jailed -- for allegedly assaulting another city man... and, stealing his backpack. Jamestown police were called to an apartment house at 207 Spring Street just after 10 PM Tuesday on the report of an assault. Officers say they found the 32 year-old victim had been punched by the two men... identified as 50 year-old Robert Majak, Junior, and 48 year-old Michael Majak... and, pushed down a stairwell. Police say the Majak's also allegedly stole his backpack. The victim had to be treated for his injuries. Both suspects were arrested for second-degree robbery and third-degree assault. Michael Majak is jailed without bail... while his brother was released after posting one-thousand dollars bail.
State Senator Cathy Young has been tapped for a key political assignment. The Olean Republican has been appointed to chair the Senate Republican Campaign Committee. Young says she is very honored to take over the duties from State Senator Thomas Libous. Libous... who's from the Binghampton-area... is stepping down to fight a recent diagnosis of Cancer. Young spoke about her new duties with the party earlier this week in Dunkirk. Young... who has been a member of the Senate since 2005... says she wants to grow the Senate Republican Conference. The State Senate is the only branch in State government that is under GOP control... but, it's very tenuous. All 63 State Senate seats will be up for election in 2014.
A New York Air National Guard unit is set to stage a disaster drill that will include simulated medical evacuation flights. The 109th Airlift Wing at the Stratton Air National Guard Base in Scotia will take part in the exercise through TODAY. It will also involve the Stratton Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Albany, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Civil Air Patrol, and a local volunteer fire department.
The final two days are on tap for the 83rd annual Warren County Fair in Pittsfield, Pennsylvania... and, there's still plenty on tap. Fair Board member Judy Peterson says the pay-one-price ticket remains 9-dollars... and, that's good for all events -- except for tonight's Modified Tractor Pull in the Motor Sports Arena. It's been a good week on the midway... with Bates Brothers Amusements back providing the rides for this year's fair. Bates Brothers recently wrapped up it's first year as the ride vendor for the Chautauqua County Fair. Peterson says the Ohio outfit has always done a good job. Peterson says they've had lots of 4-H activities at the fair during the week... and, there's a Livestock auction taking place tonight at 7 PM. The final day Saturday includes Stock Car Football... and, concludes with fireworks. For more information... call (814) 563-9386... or go on-line to Warrencountyfair-dot-NET.