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May 20, 1994 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1994-05-20

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10 SIVAN 5754/MAY' 20, 1994

Police, Governor Thrill Students

State police post brings Engler to Beth Jacob and police presence to Oak Park.


ova Shapiro,
Ishakis and
Kraus are
about the
prospects of their school's new
These students think
Wednesday's announcement of
the proposed Michigan State
Police Post across the street
from Sally Allen Alexander Beth
Jacob School for Girls will pre-
vent people from bothering
them on their way to school.
They also think it will help cut
down on the vandalism in near-
by Rothstein Park.
Shani Greenfield, also a stu-
dent at Beth Jacob, was excited
about meeting Gov. John Engler
on Wednesday. Before the an-
nouncement, he spoke briefly to
11th- and 12th-grade students.
Shani had been to the State
Capitol twice, but never met the
Several students attended
the dedication. All of the class-
es went outside to catch a
glimpse of the festivities. Even
though the eighth-graders did
not get to meet with Gov.
Engler, they were excited that

he used their classroom for a lunch and dinner, will certain-
pre-dedication briefing.
ly slow traffic and deter crime,"
"You represent a special rea- he said.
son for this post," the governor
John Truscott, Gov. Engler's
told the 11th- and 12th-grade press secretary, said the gover-
nor typically drops in on schools.
The police post will occupy a "We thought a visit to a Jewish
vacant plot of land owned by the school would definitely be
state on the corner of 10 Mile worthwhile."
and Kenosha.
After his remarks, Gov.
Oak Park was chosen as the Engler offered to answer ques-
site because of its centralized lo- tions. Only one student raised
cation in Oakland County and her hand and asked the gover-
easy expressway access.
nor about charter schools. The
The post is a consolidation of governor voiced his support for
all of the officers from the charter schools, saying they
Northville post and some from would allow parents and stu-
Pontiac, according to the dents more choices and allow
Michigan State Police.
schools to specialize
Although the officers will be
Afterward, many students
patrolling Oakland County free- who were too nervous to raise
ways, not Oak Park, residents their hands said they wished
are excited about the prospects they would have asked the gov-
of having additional police pres- ernor their questions. ❑
ence in the area.
"Let's just say one of the
best neighbors you can
have is the Michigan State
Police. Department," said
Faige Sperka, a principal
at Beth Jacob. "We are
very happy about it."
Oak Park Mayor Gerald
Naftaly echoed her senti-
he democratic process is
alive and well at Hillel Day
"The presence of troop-
ers, who will be driving
As executive officer and
around the main streets of
board of director elections
Oak Park and surround-
approach on May 24, a,
ing areas for breakfast,
group of parents are pre-
senting their own slate of candi-
dates to run against the
nominating committee's proposed
Hillel parent Robert Schostak,
slated for president, runs unop-
posed. However, positions like
vice-president, treasurer and
board member at large are being
A letter signed by seven Hillel
parents, dated May 2, was sent to
the day school's families an-
nouncing candidacies. It included
a listing of candidates' involve-

With the death of a 6-year-old classmate,
Hillel students learn about life,

Hillel Slate Challenged

Some parents want new voices on the school's board.



ments and qualifications in addi-
tion to an explanation for the al-
ternative slate.
"The magnitude of this year's
tuition increase, and those of the
past several years, threatens
Hillel's existence as a school for
the entire community," the let-
ter read.
Mandy Garver, Hartley Harris,
John Levin, Sharon Levine and
Joe Lewis are running on the par-
ent-slate for board at large posi-
tions. Sharona Shapiro is trying
for the vice president slot and
Gordon Leff is hoping for trea-
Earlier this year, Hillel
President Marty Gene held two
open meetings to discuss the
school's new tuition system.
Tuition, $5,700 for the 1993-94



school year, will jump to $6,700
for 1994-95 and a $300 give-or-get
responsibility will be put into
A $1,000 minimum-tuition pay-
ment was instituted. At the re-
cent annual dinner, $24,000 in
gifts were collected to cover those
minimum-tuition costs for the
1994-'95 school year for those fam-
ilies unable to pay them.
In addition, middle-income fam-
ilies, determined by Princeton
Educational Testing Service as
those earning between $80,000
and $120,000, may fill out finan-
cial-aid forms to lower student tu-
ition to a subsidized $6,100.
Many parents were shocked by
the tuition hike and what they
perceive as a lack of information

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