Tuesday, January 29, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - January 29, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa The Cedar Kupids Gazrtte: Tucs.. Jan. 29, 1974 ,Cost at Each Athletic Club Raffle, Director District Plan Bingo Denied Million A director district plan fea- turing one dktrict located en- tirely on the city's west side was recommended to the Cedar Rapids Community school board Monday night. The steps for choosing a new board if the plan meets voter approval, however, re- main unclear, the school board's attorney said, but nu clean sweep of members seems needed. John Liittschwager, Univer- sity of Iowa professor hired as a consultant to the board, rec- ommended Plan B, one of six possibilities lie devised for di- viding the school district into four director districts. Four Districts Actual adoption of the plan was delayed to give voters time to examine the plan be- fore board action at the Feb. 11 meeting. Last fall, the board agreed to set up four director dis- tricts and three at-large direc- torships. All voters in (he school district will be allowed to vole for all the board members. The four districts are residency requirements for candidates only. Liittschwager selected Plan B because the districts are all very nearly equal in popula- tion and are compact. Under the plan, district one would include the following east-side precincts: All Saints school, Monroe, Erskine, Grant Wood, Jane Boyd Com- munity House. Immaculate Conception school, Johnson and Squaw Creek schools, and west-side precincts Grant and Hayes. District two would include the following (all west-side) precincts: Wilson, Van liuren, Hoover. C'oolidge, Cleveland, L i n c o 1 n, Riverside Round- house, Roosevelt. Ellis YMCA, and Town hall in Covington. District three would include west-side precincts: Taft, Ma- dison, Harrison and Kennedy, which is half on each side of the river. Pierce, Nixon, Hia- watha city hall. Palo school, and city hall in Robins are the east-side precincts. District four would include east-side precincts: Polk. Gar- field, Arthur, Franklin, Wash- ington, Coe college, Harding school, and Kenwood school, plus city hall precinct which is partially on the west side. Population Spread District two has the smal- lest population with per- sons and district 4 has the largest with The popu- lation variance is not critical, board members pointed out, because voting is at-large. The plan must be approved by voters, but no date has been set for the election. Board Attorney David Good said the election could be the next general election and does not have (o be a special elec- tion. Board members residing in director districts would be al- lowed to finish out their terms on the board as representa- tives of their districts if they desired. Met Obligation If more than one board member lived in the same dis- trict, a lottery would be held to determine which one would represent the district. The others couH remain on the board as at-large represent- atives, according to Good's opinion. Board Okays 7.18% Salary Package A salary agreement giving teachers a 7.18 percent overall raise was adopted by the Cedar Rapids Community school board Monday night despite objections of a teach- ers organization and despite the lack of funds in next year's budget to cover the increase. The salary increase was ap- proved Friday by an 11-vote margin in a district-wide vote of all professional staff. Members of the Cedar Rapids Federation of Teach- ers objected to allowing ad- ministrators to vote on the salary package. The salary agreement included raises for administrators. Accepted Contract "Administrators in negotia- tions with themselves, accept- ed this contract more than two weeks Norman Hanson, CRFT president, said. "There is a moral issue involved here. It is certainly contrary to accepted labor management practices." He also charged voting pro- cedures were not strictly fol- lowed. Ken Pfile, president-elect of the Cedar Rapids Education Assn., also suggested the ad- ministrative staff should have exercised restraint and not voted on the salary package. do feel and election procedures should be more rigidly enforced. Rather than contest the he said, "we will try to make changes in the by-laws to pre- vent this." Present Rules By-laws presently allow ad- ministrators to vole on the salary package. The raises for teachers in- cluded in the agreement are a 5.26 percent increase on the base pay, plus their ?280 to longevity raise. Begin- ning pay will rise from to The average teacher will receive a raise, for an average salary next year of H. Johann Eschbach, pres- ident of Iowa Federation of Teachers and a teacher at Kennedy, objected to the merit pay proposal, Teachers on Professional Step included in the pay package. Designating teachers as master teachers will cause jealousy and friction, he said. The merit pay program allows a committee of elected teachers to review applica- tions from teachers who think 1 h e y deserve recognition. Those chosen will be ad- vanced an extra step on the Information on Math Program To Be Presented Information on the mathe- matics program and on Proj- ect BASIC math in the Cedar Rapids Community schools will be presented at a meeting at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the board room of the Educational Service Center, 346 Second av enue SW. Parents of children in Proj- ect BASIC math classes an other parents interested in the mathematics program are in- vited to attend. Members of the Project BASIC math staff will explain programs and answer ques- tions. salary schedule, about a annual raise. Board members indicated if TOPS is as evil aa feared, teachers will reject it when it comes up for a vote after a three-year trial period. Supt. Craig Currie told the board adoption of the salary package means the 1974-75 budget is currently out of balance. The total sala- ry package increases salary expenditures million next year. He urged the legislature to allow increases in funding for school districts under the state's foundation plan for fi- nancing education. Otherwise, adjustments in programs will have (o be made. If Plan li is turned down by the voters, Good said, it is the opinion of the Linn county at- torney's office that "you've fulfilled the mandate of the voters. You've come up with a plan and put it to the vote. You would not have to do any- thing further." Good will continue confer- ring with the county attor- ney's office and may request an attorney general's opinion on the correct procedure to be followed to elect the new board. He said it appears no clean sweep of all board members is required by Iowa law. The terms of two hoard members, Robert Barber and Norman l.ipsky, expire in the fall. Buchanan School Review Slated Use of the former Buchanan school as a neighborhood rec- reation center will be dis- cussed at the Feb. 11 meeting of the Cedar Rapids Commu- nity school board. John Nichols, director of recreation for Cedar Rapids, requested a meeting of the recreation commission and the school board to discuss possible arrangements. Site of the Feb. 11 meeting will be the Kennedy high school auditorium, since the board meeting will include a concert by the Lincoln univer- sity concert choir as part of the district-wide observance of Afro-American Heritage week. A work session is set for 4 p.m. Feb. 11 at Kennedy to discuss topics of interest to the board members. Kirkwood Board Opposes Collective Bargaining Law By Kevin Kane The Kirkwood Community college board of directors, meeting in special session Monday night at the college, unanimously adopted a resolu- tion opposing collective bar- gaining legislation currently before the Iowa legislature. The Iowa Public Employ- ment Relations Act (SF 531) passed the senate last session and is scheduled for debate in the house Feb. 20. The bill basically sets forth collective bargaining rights for all public employes (with stated requires mandatory third-party arbi- tration in case of an impasse, prohibits strikes and es- tablishes a public employment relations board to administer the act. Controversy Primary controversy over the measure has stemmed from the fact it includes teachers as public employes. School boards and administra- tors have generally opposed the legislation, while teachers' organizations (including the Iowa State Education Assn.) have supported it. The Kirkwood resolution contends the bill "would not be in the best interest of edu- cation for students" and en- courages members of the Iowa legislature to vote it down. Copies of the resolution which take issue with the wide range of school policies which may be subjected to bargaining and also object to the mandatory third-party ar- bitration were to be sent to all state legislators in Area 10. Concern Voiced Board Chairman B. A. Jen- sen said after the meeting that the resolution was drawn up after concern over the measure was voiced at a meeting of the Iowa Assn. of _____________Advertisement_____________ Do This If FALSE TEETH Drop At The Wrong Time .Afraid false teeth drop at tho time? A-donlnre ftdhc.'jlvft CAH Jiclp, FASTEETW Towdcr n longer, firmer, steadier ]ioM. Why be nmbnmumod? For ftoro and comfort, uao TEETII Dnnluro Adhoslvo Powdnr. DcnlutcB tbnt lit ire cjwnUnl to health. See your ilonlut rosulnrly. .Area School Boards earlier this month. In opening Monday's meet- ing, Jensen read a statement which he explained was his own impression of the feelings of Kirkwood board members. The statement, quickly en- dorsed by individual board members, scored the Iowa legislation on three specific points for being "more re- strictive than most of the laws passed by the several states which presently have this type of legislation in effect. Bargaining Scope "It fails to limit the scope of bargaining to wages, salary, hours, and fringe benefits, and in this failure invites the usurpation of policy-making decisions by the union. "It creates another new stale agency which is not real- ly necessary for the continual well-being and effective operation of public agencies in Iowa. "It creates a 'final bind- ing arbitration' which will vir- tually place the operational duties and responsibilities of the elected board in the hands of a three-man arbitrational panel which has no responsi- bility for the maintenance of 9 school budget, nor worry about the levy. "In fact, (panelists) will probably not even live in the district where they will make their final binding decisions. The term 'final binding arbi- tration' should be renamed 'final binding strangulation'." The special board meeting was attended by about 25 school superintendents and board members invited from throughout Area 10 as well as several members of the Kirk- wood faculty and staff. Scott Nicol, president of the Kirkwood Faculty Assn. told the board he "ap- preciated the stand it had to take" but cautioned members not to think teachers will sud- denly become "anti-educa- tional" if the bill is enacted. No Attitude Change "I know a lot of concerned educators trying to solve problems that we all he pointed out, adding that mere enactment of a collec- tive bargaining bill will not change that attitude. The guest superintendents and visiting board members generally agreed with the po- sition of the Kirkwood board, and also criticized the Iowa legislature for coming up with more and more restrictions (including the already con- troversial ceiling on on local school hoards. "45 Years Of Advertising This Apartment Thru Gazette Want Ads and It's Only Been Vacant 2 Days In All That Time" ROOMS, everything lur'nlVheZ close InS. E. Artultt. 363-1160. RENTED FIRST DAY "I think the Gazette is said Mary M. Hoy of 1259 7th Ave. Si. TO ORDER YOUR ACTION-AD DIAL 398-8234 8 AH to 5 PM Mon, Thru Fri. Until Noon Sat. "You don't need a sports car for driving excitement these days! For sheer breathless suspense, you can't beat driving with an' almost empty tank on days gas stations are iContinued from I'age I.) the healing plants and air- conditioning. Cost By School A total of would be spent on F r a n k I i n, on McKinlcy, mil- lion on Roosevelt and on Wilson. "They're old buildings, but good Norman l.ipsky, board president, told the group. "The board is pledged to equal educational opportunity for our young people regard- less of where they Supt. Craig Currie said. "It became apparent that great discrepancies exist de- pending on where you live. Basically they're very good buildings and they tend to be located in the right parts of our community. "This community can use- fully use six junior highs and three senior highs for a good long period of time. To re- place any one of those build- ings would cost very near ?9 million." Several parents at the meet- ing questioned advisability of including air-conditioning in the bond issue. Parents suggested a strong educational effort to show people the difference between facilities at the four old junior highs and at the two new ones, and to explain the small increase in taxes the mil- lion bond issue would require. 1974 Millage Rate ..The 1974 millage rate for existing bond is 7.627. Passage of the million bond, issue would increase the 1975-76 mil- lage to 8.748, but after that the rate would decline because previous bonds will be paid off in a few years. In addition, the general fund millage rate declined five mills this year. Plans are being made for a delegation of parents to appear at the board's Feb. 11 meeting to ask for petitions to circu- late for a bond issue referen- dum. About signatures are needed. The request of the Washing- Ion high school athletic dull lo conduct a car raffle and bingo games to make up a delicil in its current year's budget was denied by the C e d a r Rapids Community school board Monday night. A committee of board members, administrators and representatives from all the secondary schools was set up lo study the problem of li- n a n c i n g athletics at the schools. Members of the Washington club said (he deficit was the result of expansion of the ath- letic programs, sagging atten- dance of adults and fewer purchases of activity tickets by students. Such as volleyball, softball, girls' basketball and gymnastics have produced a drain on the budget. Last fall the school board agreed lo secure a gaining license for traditional games, of skill and chance conducted previously in the district, but did not allow bingo games or large raffles. Supt. Craig Currie suggest- ed the group find other means of funding for the rest of the year. Staff Reduction Leave Policy Okayed by Board Oelwein Teachers Ask 10.3 Percent Pay Hike OELWEIN Teachers in the Oelwein Community school dis- :rict Monday night presented he board of education with for a 10.3 percent salary ncrease. The board took the request under advisement, citing that he request would cost the dis- rict an additional if ipproved. A special meeting was set lor next Monday between the board, .eachers and representatives to discuss the matter. Also on the agenda to be dis- :ussed are possible cutbacks in he districts and school closings. A policy allowing the school district to place teachers on staff reduction leave was adopted Monday night by the Cedar Rapids Community school board. Teachers may be placed on staff reduction leave in in- verse order of their original contract dates, but exceptions to the seniority list may be made when the district's affir- mative action program for minority employment would be adversely affected. Teachers in the district ear- lier requested a vote on the policy and approved it by an 833 to 224 vote. Those Opposed Those opposed claimed the affirmative action clause was too vague. Wording of the clause was clarified when pre- sented to the board for first reading two weeks ago. Given first reading was a policy classifying substitute teachers in three categories depending on how long they are assigned lo the same va- cancy. Cent Increase In Extra Milk Milk prices for extra car- tons of milk purchased by .children in Cedar Rapids Community schools will in- crease one cent Friday. Gladys Wathan, food service director, informed the board Monday night the increase is necessary because Land 0' Lakes, the supplier, informed the district its price will go up that date. Milk prices arc bid on an escalator basis, allowing the price charged to the district to go up or down with market conditions. Children will pay four cents per half-pint of milk beginning Friday. Those in the same job more than 21 days will be placed on the appropriate step on the salary schedule, rather than paid a day. Leave Policy Also given first reading was a policy on personal leave for teachers taken during the first two weeks of school, at the end of t-chool or before or. after holidays. Personal leaves taken those, days will rcsull in a loss of one day's pay. A prescription and emer- gency care for students policy: was revised to allow medica- tion to be administered by the school nurse or other author- ized personnel. Written authorization from parents is required if a stu- dent must lake medication during the school day. Credit Union Officers Named Paul Jones was president of the Cedar Rapids School Employes Credit Union at the organization's annual meeting Monday night. Helen McFarland was named: vice-president; Lloyd secretary; and Dorothy Bishop, treasurer. Howard McKnight was elected' chairman of the credit commit- tee, and Charles Cooling, was named chairman of the audit committee. Elected to the board for the first time were Jerry Cuffell and Paul Wilcox. C.R. Drug Numbers To.report a violation: Michael Dooley 377-8081 If you heed help: Foundation II... 362-2174 [4 p.m. ID midnight) Closer to You Home Loans where your SAVINGS earn the highest bank savings rates available 5.00 INSTANT INTEREST REGULAR SAVINGS No minimum balance. 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