Bruce Kimball, the new diving coach at New Trier High School in Winnetka, Ill., appears in the school's education video to promote "don't drink and drive" messages. He will be teaching from experience.
Mr. Kimball, who won a silver medal in diving in the 1984 Olympics, was sentenced in 1988 to 17 years in prison for a Florida drunken-driving incident that killed two teenagers and injured six others. He served five years.
Bob Naughton, New Trier's athletic director, said Mr. Kimball has paid his debt to society and was the most qualified person for the coaching job.
Mayor Richard M. Daley of Chicago riled union leaders and several fellow Democrats this month when he told reporters that he is thinking of giving for-profit firms a crack at running the city's troubled schools. His comments got a warm reception from the city's school board president, D. Sharon Grant, who has already asked administrators to devise a plan to entrust a dozen or more of the city's schools to private management. ... Television ratings for Roseanne may be going up, but her poster promoting reading is coming down. A poster in the Manitowoc, Wis., public library featuring the popular television comedian lost its spot after a resident complained that Roseanne is "a terrible role model." The library's board of trustees voted 5 to 3 to remove the poster. The poster is part of a celebrity series put out by the American Library Association featuring such well-known personalities as the author Stephen King, the film director Spike Lee, the actress Whoopi Goldberg, and John Goodman, a co-star of the "Roseanne" show.
Students at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va., may not be getting a lesson in responsibility, but they are certainly learning about dedication. James E. McClure, a guidance counselor, has continued his job despite the fact that he is serving a 60-day jail term for tax fraud. Mr. McClure, a medium-security inmate, is allowed unlimited phone privileges, so he has been able to fulfill many of his duties over the phone. Some school officials who believe Mr. McClure should have been fired for committing a crime say the situation is embarrassing. "I don't want him back in the school," said Patricia Hennig, a school board member. ... Darlene Robles has been selected as the superintendent of the Salt Lake City Unified School District, making her the second woman to hold the job.
--Adrienne D. Coles
Vol. 14, Issue 07