By Jean Clark
Near to the closing of the school year, the Pleasant Hill Town Council honored outstanding students and staff from the Pleasant Hill Elementary School. Laney Barnwell, a student in Julie Mahaney’s third-grade class was selected for grades K-4. Brianna Kolhepp, a student in Brian Conatser’s homeroom class, was chosen for grades 5-8. Anita Turner has been teaching third grade for 22 years. Ann Webb has been part of the support staff at PHS for 36 years and retired at the end of school year. They were selected by PHS and honored by the town with certificates and gift cards. This summer all teachers are required to spend two or three days in Continuing Education courses in Core Education as part of their in-service training.
At the June Pleasant Hill Town Council meeting, Roger Dixon, who coordinates the youth program during the summer and winter at Pleasant Hill Elementary School, explained the program. It has been in existence since the early 1990s. Dixon tries to vary the activities with games, tournaments, sports, interesting speakers, movies, etc. It is very much student-directed according to their interests.
An average of 50 to 60 young people from fifth through eighth grades and sometimes high school attend. It is available to students from other schools — not just Pleasant Hill. This year, the program will last from July 8 through the end of July, Mondays through Thursdays, usually from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. with occasional evening programs. The parents are invited on the last day to see what their children have been doing.
The town council supports both programs, with $1500 for summer and $425 for winter.
Councilman Ox McDermet asked about the greenhouse, which used to be located at the front of the school. Councilwoman Savage explained that it is fully functional, located behind the new addition. Ashton Hayes teaches agriscience in Pleasant Hill, Crab Orchard and South elementary schools. She makes good use of the greenhouse.
Ordinances were passed by the town council adopting the 2013-'14 budget, funding the paving of Church St. and Yonside Dr. Six roads have been improved in Pleasant Hill this year. The new turn lane from Hwy. 70 onto Main St. has greatly improved the safety at that dangerous intersection. Other streets that have been repaired are North Sycamore, Cottage and Pine Trail.
A lengthy discussion of changes in state requirements for building inspectors and what that means for Pleasant Hill led to the formation of a committee to divide building permits into several categories of electrical, mechanical, plumbing and building. The committee will also look at the present fee structure to be sure it covers the costs of the inspectors.
A preliminary discussion of a town sponsored fall craft show resulted in further exploration approval. Mayor Al Dwenger announced that Pleasant Hill’s resident sculptor Polly Page will be honored at a reception Saturday, June 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Pleasant Hill Community House. This will be in recognition of Page’s Governor’s Award for Folklife Heritage and her upcoming 95th birthday. The town will present a certificate of appreciation as well.
The Earth Heart Center for Healing and Growth in Pleasant Hill will be holding a Women’s Healing Retreat June 21-23. It is billed as “a weekend of rest, relaxation and rejuvenation.” For information contact Rebecca at (501) 366-9995.