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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - March 8, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 143 No 184 Kokomo Ind Tuesday March Board approves two resignations Horner Mitschelen end 24 years at school By TRISHA TURNER Tribune staff writer The resignations of a former superintendent of KokomoCenter School Corp and his assistant were accepted by the school board Monday night Unanimously approved without discussion were the resignations of Larry Horner KokomoCenter superintendent from 1986 to 1993 and Lyle Mitschelen his former assistant Horners last job at Kokomo Center was alternative school principal while Mitschelen was director of facilities and grounds before resigning Horners resignation was sub mitted Feb 15 Mitschelen did not notify administrators he wanted to quit until Monday afternoon and his resignation was not listed on the board meetings original agenda Related stories Another KokomoCenter resignation is accepted by the board Page 2 The official acceptance of Horners and Mitschelens resig nations ends more than 24 years of employment for each of them at KokomoCenter School Corp Together they currently face a total of 20 theftand conflict of interestrelated charges in Howard Circuit Court Horner 49 1223 Gleneagles Drive on Feb 17 pleaded guilty to one Class D felony conflict of interest charge in Circuit Court Sentencing on a plea bargain filed in Horners case is 8 Thurs day Horners resignation is part of that plea bargain He also agreed not to teach or hold any other position of authority for any school corporation in Howard County The conflict of interest count to which Horner pleaded guilty is one of 11 the former superinten dent faces It is connected with the June 1990 purchase of a boat with two KokomoCenter administra tors one of them Mitschelen and two representatives of Jostens Learning Corp 16 days after the school board approved a mil lion purchase from Jostens During the Feb 17 change of plea hearing Horner admitted his role in the boat deal He said he did not file a conflict of interest statement with the school corpo ration an action required by law Horner is also accused of involvement in school administra tors receipt of extra nonschool boardapproved pay while he was superintendent His plea bargain calls for him to pay more than received by those officials including Mitschelen Please see Page School board member offers residency plan By TRISHA TURNER Tribune staff writer An appointed KokomoCenter School Board member on Monday proposed adding residency requirements to the one already in place in the boards election plan But audience reaction to Phoebe Carters idea indicated that the road to implementing that exact plan should the board choose to follow it may not be a smooth one This community does not know how lucky they are to have the current elected Phil Stavroff who worked to develop the plan approved by the State Board of Education in 1990 told the board Carter read a written statement outlining her idea for providing all areas with representation on the school board The school dis trict would be divided into four quadrants and the maximum number of board members from any one district would be three The election that will take place in May 1996 will consist of four members each to reside in one of four districts to be voted on by all eligible voters in KokomoCenter school district The election that will take place in May 1998 will consist of three members at large to be voted on by all eligible voters in Koko moCenter school The quadrants could be divided by Markland Avenue and Wash ington Street Carter said Under the current election plan all Koko moCenter School Board members are elected atlarge and must be residents of any part of the dis trict The first elected KokomoCenter School Board members were picked in 1992 But Carter opened her remarks with the statement that I am not presenting a resolution and no formal board action will be taken She asked that William Nolan school attorney review the legality of the proposal and that the board ana public provide input on her idea Audience member Kathleen Stavroff who also worked on the current elected plan immediately took Carter up on her request for public opinion Im sorry Mrs Carter but I dont know that Markland and Washington is going to cut it We were concerned about the community But it does not have balanced districts for she said pausing to stare at Carter What Kokomo has now is what theyve never had And thats the right to she said again pausing to look at Carter Her comments drew applause from Phil Stavroff Kathleen Stavroff also said Indi ana statute indicates no changes on election plans can be made within six years of implementa tion but Nolan said there are exceptions and a residency requirement change is one of them If the school board decides to go ahead with the plan it could adopt a resolution at a public meeting or get 20 percent of dis trict voters signatures on a peti tion to make the change Ten days later then notice of the proposed change would have to be published in the newspaper and voters would have 120 days to file petitions of protest or listing alternative plans with the Howard Circuit Court clerk If such peti tions were received the issue go to a referendum The State Board of Education has the final vote on the matter Nolan said The attorney said he did not know if having a new plan in place is feasible before the 1996 election Inside Local Tipton commissioners con sider day care center proposal Page 2 Style Local allstar fighting cancer Page 9 Sports Kokomos Sean Cameron takes his shot at making it in the NFL Page 11 Also inside Business Classified Local News of Mush Harry Caldwell of Knik Alaska takes time to grab a bite to eat while his dogs rest in the background during the second day of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race from Anchorage to Nome Monday Defending champion Jeff King was the first musher to reach the checkpoint at Rainy Pass Lodge on the second day of the race AP photo On the road to selfsufficiency Kokomo Housing Authoritys superintendent of buildings Elmer Winkler explains some basic principles to the first class of public housing residents who signed up for a train ing program that will help them secure employment and selfsufficiency The 12 week program began Monday and runs from 8 through 4 Mondays through Thursdays Another program will be conduct ed in the fall Tribune photo by Tim Bath Clinton defends wife There will not be a he WASHINGTON AP Buffet ed by suspicion and innuendo President Clinton passionately defended his wife against grow ing criticism over the Whitewater affair and promised no Watergate like shenanigans in his White House There will not be a he declared And the president confidently predicted federal prosecutors will rind no wrongdoing hoping his stiffbacked performance Monday would temper the cry from Republicans and stave off con gressional hearings If I did something wrong it will come out in the investiga tion by special prosecutor Robert Fiske Clinton said They will find the truth Let them do it And let the rest of us go on with our He moved quickly to replace Bernard Nussbaum the chief White House lawyer who resigned Saturday a victim of the controversy Clinton said he is seeking someone of unques tioned A senior administration official speaking on condition of anonymity said late Monday the president would name Lloyd Cut ler who was President Carters White House counsel Clinton Clinton sternly defended his wife against unconfirmed reports that she had ordered the shredding of documents at an Arkansas law firm The Ameri can people can worry about something Clinton said Her moral compass is as strong as anybodys in this The presidents feisty defense notwithstanding the White House was threatened with paral ysis as glum aides scoured trash bins burn bags and files for docu ments sought under a grand jury subpoena All day today some 400 people in the White have signed certificates of deposits saying Ive gone through all my files my trash bags my phone logs and everything else And here are the contacts I presidential counselor David Gergan said on ABCTVs Nightline program Monday night Gergan Clintons chief image maker acknowledged that we White House staff were forthcoming on some they should have been and assert ed that White House meerirjgs with Treasury officials regarding an investigation involving Clintbni were improper but not Ten administration officials including six at the White were given individual subpoenas ordering them to appear federal grant jury Tnursday if not all have hired private after neys White House officials expected Chief of Staff Mack McLarty tp3e subpoenaed too because he helped arrange one of three ings in which federal regulators discussed Whitewater with ton aides Clinton said Monday he had been unaware of two of those meetings He did not directly address the third meeting but said he did find out somehow that federal regula tors were confidentially investi gating a failed Arkansas thrift and its ties to him Hillary Rodham Clinton also did not know about the meetings or the investigation until she read about them in news accounts deputy press secretary Neel Latti more said