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Oak Park World (Newspaper) - August 31, 1977, Oak Park, Illinois Bargains galore See today s classified ads Metal work on Page 5, section 1 Huskies N. "prepare vfor grid opener f' • /"v < Y '/'••. - ' Page 1, section 2 uuu VOL. 9 NO. 53 WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31,1977 Single Copy 25« Out and about Girl follows music study to Islands By JEAN GUARINO The very mention of the exotic South Sea Island of Tahiti conjured up visions of lithe dark-haired native girls swaying to the lively 'ote'a' or "hula" dances or the beautiful 'aparima' song-dances. ... m Dist. 97 tells contingency plans By JULIANN R. NEURAUTER In case District 97 schools undergoing life-safety construction are not in operating condition by Tuesday, Sept. 6, plans are being made to reassign the students to facilities outside those schools. t Relocation was the main thrust of the contingency plan for Beye, Mann and Hatch students discussed by the District 97 Board of Education at a special meeting Monday in the Emerson Junior High School auditorium. The contingency plan for the student reassignment was presented to the board by District 97 Superintendent Martin McCullough. According to the plan, as it now tentatively stands, the Beye kindergarteners would attend classes in Faith United Methodist Church if their classrooms are not ready for use, Beye first to fourth graders would be using available rooms in Whittier, School. The fifth and sixth graders would be going to class in the Oak Park-River Forest High School fieldhouse, which has vacant classroom space. • The majority of the Hatch students, grades K through 5, would be attending classes at Holmes School if their building is not available. The Hatch sixth graders would be setting up class in the Emerson School mini-gym. The learning disability and behavior disorder students, who in the past attended Hatch School would be moving into a Whitti-er School room. Mann School students, according to Supt. McCullough, are unlikely to be relocated. If the school is deemed unsafe, however, they would be bused outside the district, according to the contingency plan. The Mann kindergarten through second grades would be bused to available classrooms in River Forest District 90 schools. Grades three, four and five of Mann School- would temporarily be using classrooms in the Priory of St. Dominic and St. Thomas, 7200 W. Di vision St., River Forest. The Mann sixth graders would be sent to Oak Park district classrooms at Hawthorne Junior High School. The student reassingment plan, Supt. McCullough said, represents the worst that could happen if all three schools are unavailable for students. "The plan is collapsible in the sense that any lesser contingency would be dealt with' by collapsing the plan accordingly." For example, he said, if a portion of the buildings could be used, then fewer requirements would be m^de in the areas assigned to each school. No discussion was made as to whether the schools or even parts of the schools would be ready for occupancy on Sept. 7. "The purpose of this meeting is to work on a contingency plan, to look at what our best options will be in the event the schools are not ready on time," Board President J. Philip O'Hara frequently reminded the group. The auditorium was filled to capacity by 300 school district parents and teachers, who attended the meeting to express their concern for the school children. Beye, Hatch and Mann Schools have been under life-safety construction work to bring the buildings up to state and county safety regulations since last fall. This summer, the work has not progressed as expected making it questionable that the buildings will be operable in time to open school. Although there was little discussion of other options, it was generally agreed by both the board and the parents that reassignment of the students would be the best plan. "We are trying to work out a plan that will cause the least amount of disruption to the' greatest number," Supt. McCullough said. "Split shifts involving other schools would be a plan that would cause too much trauma for everyone, except the administration." Reassignment is only a tentative plan. The board will be voting at a special meeting this morning to approve or reject it. At this time are also voting on when the plan will be implemented. In the meantime, construction work continues at the schools, Supt. McCullough said, to make them a safe and clean environment by Sept. 6 when state and county inspectors will make the final decision. Vandals leave shattered trail j JANE FREEMAN MOULIN So how did a nice Oak Park girl like Jane Freeman Moulin become the only American who ever danced as a regular member of two Tahitian performing groups? "Generally Americans aren't allowed to work in Tahiti, but, since I speak Japanese and there is a large Japanese population on the island and there is often a need for someone * to translate, I was allowed to stay," she said. "Also, my graduate work in Ethnomusi-cology (study of nonwestern music) had government approval," said Jane, who is the daughter of the James Freemans of North Euclid Avenue in Oak Park. "And it didn't hurt that I had long black hair," she laughed. During her student days at Oak Park-River Forest High School, Jane played the violin. After graduation in 1964 she attended the University of Hawaii where she continued to play the violin with Don Ho. She received her bachelors degree in music from the University of Hawaii and went on to study for a master's degree in Eth-nomusicology from U.C.L.A. "After living in Hawaii for four years I was drawn to different cultures," Jane said. "I became especially fascinated with Japanese music and lived In Japan for a year studying and learning the language." It was not until she began studying for her Ph.D., that Jane began her love affair with Tahiti. "I needed a second area of study for the degree so I chose Polynesia," she said. "I went to Tahiti Intending to stay a year but remained for three and a half years." While she lived on the island, Jane met her husband Jacques Moulin, a Frenchman engaged in the tourism industry. CwtlHed oa page 4, secUoa J. A rash of broken motor vehicle windows were reported in Oak Park Thursday morning. Unknown vandals broke five windows in the early morning, while the description of a possible suspect was given police after a sixth window breaking. At least four of the incidents may be related, police said. The window breakings were reported to have occurred sometime between 4:30 and 7 a.m. to vehicles parked on side streets near Oak Park Avenue. The drivers' windows of two trucks, one parked on front of a residence at 719 W. Erie St. and the other parked on Superior Street at Oak Park AVe-nue, were reported broken. Also reported was a broken driver's window on an automobile in front of 206 S. Kenilworth Ave. and a broken rear window on an automobile parked at 845 W. Pleasant St. Sometime between 8:10 a.m. and 9; 10 a.m., a rear window of an automobile parked on the side of a house at 1210 N. Edmer Ave! was reportedly broken. At 11:30 a.m. an Oak Park resident at 615 W. Jackson Blvd. said he thought he heard a shot. Going outside to investigate, he said, he found the rear windown of his automobile parked in front of the house shattered and a youth riding away on a bicycle. He described the boy to police as about 15 years old, a-foot-6, with dark hair, wearing a white T-shirt and dark pants. According to the man, the boy rode off on a blue bicycle holding what he believed to be either a BB or pellet gun in his hand. On Saturday, Aug. 27, another pellet gun window-breaking incident was reported. Sometime between 6 and 9 p.m., the left rear window of an automobile parked at 530 S. East Ave. and the front storm window of the residence were reportedly shattered. A pellet was discovered among the broken glass in the home. Inside^ Bulletin Boardra 2, I Classified advertising 5-9, II Dimensions 5, I Editorial page 6, I Letters from our readers 6, I Sports 1. H World of Oak Park , 12, I World of River Forest 7, I Last kiss Pupperteer Robert Bourke and friend give an Oak Park miss a farewell kiss at his puppet troupe's final performance last Friday at the Fox Recreation Center in Oak Park. Bourke and his puppet company will be moving to a new home in Alabama. Village to provide property value insurance By H.A. HILAND An unprecedented equity assurance program to be made public at Tuesday's Oak Park Board . of Trustees meeting will be ready for enrollment by single-family home owners by October, according to Trustee John Phil bin. After nearly five years of consideration, Village Manager Jack Gruber will present a final plan of a voluntary insurance system that .would repay home owners 80 per cent of money they may lose when selling their homes due to general deterioration of their neighborhood. The equity assurance model ordinance will authorize the village to start the program for all homeowners who wish to enroll. The only fee for the insurance is the cost of a home appraisal, which is .done when the homeowner enters the program. The price of the appraisal will be worked out between the village and real estate appraisers, Philbin said. Coverage for 80 per cent of loss based on the enrollment appraisal cannot be recovered until the fifth year after entering the program, according to the proposal. The village plan estijnates it will cost $300,000 annually to support the program, Philbin said. The current budget allocates $150,000 for the sec ond half of this year for the program, he said. The annual cost figure is based on figures obtained in prior studies of the local real estate market and home values. The program cost is based on a 25 per cent enrollment per year, a 6 per cent turnover in the local real estate market with an added cushion of 15 per cent and minimal or nonexistent losses based on today's market. The plan figures a maximum of 375 homes would be sold in the fifth year with a payout figured at $800 each or a theoretical loss of $1,000 at the time of sale. The equity assurance program, first suggested by community groups in 1973 as a way to combat homeowners' fears of declining property values, is the first known program of its kind. Its novelty Is one reason why insurance companies were not willing to provide coverage, said Philbin. The city of Toledo, Ohio, is considering starting an equity assurance program based on the model of Oak Park, Philbin said. Months of research and planning preceded the drafting of a an ordinance to be presented Tuesday. Preliminary financing of $29,050 for the program came from the Ford Foundation, and a $75,000 federal Neighborhood Preservation Program in the Beye School area was tagged as preliminary work for equity assurance. In addition, the village ha* sought consulting advice from Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, and Northwestern University, Evanston. The monies funded administrative work for the program and will take care of legal preparation for challenges to the program, Philbin said. Legal challenges could result on the question of whether the plan was a constitutional function of government. The village may file a "friendly" lawsuit to work out potential legal entanglements, he said. Philbin said he personally would estimate that initial enrollment in the program will be about 10 per cent of Oak Park homeowners. Either low or high enrollment is a healthy sign, he explained. High en rollment indicates that people are in terested in protecting their property, and low enrollment indicates that there is no fear of neighborhood deterioration, he said. "But it's best to get it when the „ community is prospering, not deelin-• ing," he added, referring to the fact that payout is based on initial appraisal. , Philbin served on a citizens Equity Assurance Task Force that studied the idea in 1976.
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