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Serving Sheridan, Willamina and Grand Ronde VOLUME 94, NO. 42 WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 1994 50 CENTS PER COPY Spartans may be forced to use Chapman School for season liy Travis Moore Staff Writer, The &m What do the Seattle Kingdome ~cl the Sheridan High School gym have in cummon? Falling roof ti!e,,,. 8heridan's gym was locked up last week after substantial cracks Nre found in wooden trusses hold- up the ceiling. Mike Higginson, head custodian, ~0ticed a tile coming off the gym :iling early last week. Loose tiles been a common occurrence in gym for years. district head custodian Hostetler was called in to ate. He discovered the tile ddn't go back flat on the ceiling. when I knew we had a jor problem," Hostetler said. we went up to the attic to take a The custodians tbund large cracks the upper and lower cords of two One bottom cord was cracked all the way through had dropped about an inch. are located near tile of the general seating area the student cheering sec- Two of the four trusses over the floor are damaged. gym was immediately may remain locked for blOstetler said the first order of is shoring up tile tresses so can be safely inspected. "We won't know \,,hat czm~ed it type re need to be at least Thurs or ty, the quake," he said. "These cracks look fairly new. We have no idea what might have caused them." There are no signs of dry rot or termites in the boards and beams, he added. Athletic Director Larry Samples said the two remaining home volley- ball games have been moved to Chapman Grade School. Tile Chapman gym may be used lbr basketball season if necessary, Samples said. "We don't know how hmg this is going to go on," Samples said. "Right now we are just trying to work out practice schedules for volleyball and the upcoming basket- ball season." Samples said he hopes the basket- ball teams don't have to play at Chaplnan because of the floor. The Chapman gym has a rubberized floor instead of hardwood. The boys and girls basketball season starts in less than a month. P.E. classes in the gym were cancelled last week. Some classes have been moved to the cafeteria. Hostetler told the school board last week he is not sure what caused the bottom cord of one truss to split about 3 inches above the scorer's table. Although he couldn't predict how long it might take to repair the damage, Hostetler said it might take months. "I can envision we may ha,,e to remove some of the beams and take off a good of the ceiling and even take up the roof to Willamina High School students navigate crowded hallways between classes. Enrollment is at record high this year. By Phil Hodgen Special Writer, The Sun Willamina High School students and staff are patiently dealing with pressures accompanying the largest enrollment in the school's history. Principal Don Yates admits that there is considerable jostling in the high traffic areas of the school, but so far everyone is taking it in stride. "There is more crowding with 330 studems and it is difficult to walk from one end of the building at times," concedes Yates. "Everyone needs to keep their heads about them for sure." In the early 1970s, enmllinent reached 325. While the net increase this year is 30, it is obvious to a first time observer the high school does not easily accommodate an enroll- ment anywhere close to current numbers. "We've seen this current bulge coming," explains Yams. "So it is not a crisis." In anticipation of the growth, new lockers were installed during the summer and some fresh- men are doubling up on lockers. While class sizes am up, Yates readily puts on a good face on some of the results. "Some of our advanced elective classes, tbr example anatomy and physiology, have experienced a wel- come increase in enrollment." The "double-edged sword," as Yates prefers to call the impact of larger enrollment, has also resulted in higher numbers in all of the science and art classes, including a 30 percent jump in choir. Some of the largest classes have more than 30 students in them. "llae crowding sometimes leads to stress, Yates noted. "At the start of homecoming week it seemed like everybody was on edge," Yates recalled. Most students seem to be taking the crowding in stride. As one senior coed laughed as she rushed to her next class: "You should be here right after lunch when everyone is at their Iockem heR)re going to class. It's interesting to watch the little freshmen get trampled."