Cedar Rapids Gazette, January 29, 1974, Page 4

Cedar Rapids Gazette

January 29, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - January 29, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa The Cedar Rapids Gazelle: Tues., Jan. ?9. 1971 Director District Plan A director district plan featuring one district located entirely 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, remain unclear, the school board’s attorney said, but no clean sweep of members seems needed. John Liittischwager, University of Iowa professor hired as a consultant to the board, recommended Plan B, one of six |x)ssibilities he devised for dividing the school district into four director districts. Four Districts Actual adoption of the plan was delayed to give voters time to examine the plan before board action at the Fob ll meeting Last fall, the board agreed to set up four director districts and three at-large directorships. All voters in the school district will be allowed to vote for all the board members. The four districts are residency requirements for candidates only. Liittschwager .selected Plan R because the districts are all very nearly equal in population and are compact. Under the plan, district one would include the following east-side precincts: All Saints school, Monroe, Erskine, (’.rant Wood. Jane Boyd Community 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 Buren, Hoover, Coolidge. Cleveland, Lincoln. Riverside Roundhouse. Roosevelt, Filius YMCA, and Town hall in Covington District three would include West side precincts: Taft. Madison. Harrison and Kennedy. which is half on each side of the river. Pierce. Nixon, Hiawatha city hall. Palo school, and city hall in Robins are the eastride precincts District four would include east-side precincts: Polk. Garfield, Arthur, Franklin. Washington, Coe college. Harding school, and Kenwood school, plus city hall precinct which is partially on the west side. Population Spread District two has the smallest population with 28.149 persons and district 4 has the largest with 28.597. The population variance is not critical. Recommended B:;ld^i?ver $ Million Cost at Each Athletic Club Raffle, Bingo Pleas Denied board members [Hunted 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 to be a special election Board members residing in director districts would be allowed to finish out their terms on the board as representatives of their districts if they desired Met Obligation lf more than one board member lived in the same district. a lottery would be held to determine which one would represent the district. The others could remain on the board as at-large representatives. 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 teachers organization and despite the lack of funds in next year's budget to cover the increase. The salary increase was approved Friday by an 11-vote margin in a district-wide vote of all professional staff. Members of the Cedar Rapids Federation of Teachers objected to allowing administrators to vote on the salary package. The salary agreement included raises for administrators Accepted Contract “Administrators in negotiations with themselves, accepted this contract more than two weeks ago.” 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 procedures were not strictly followed. Ken Pfile, president-elect of the Cedar Rapids Education Assn., also suggested the administrative staff should have exercised restraint and not voted on the salary package. “We do feel the by-laws and election procedures should be more rigidly enforced. Rather than contest the election." he said, “we will try to make changes in the by-laws to prevent this.” Present Rules By-laws presently allow administrators to vote on the salary package The raises for teachers included in the agreement are a 5.26 percent increase on the base pay, plus their $280 to $320 longevity raise. Beginning pay will rise from $7,600 to $8,000 The average teacher will receive a $770 raise, for an average salary next year of $11,497 H. Johann Eschbach, president of Iowa Federation of Teachers and a teacher at Kennedy, objected to the merit pay proposal, Teachers on Professional Step (TOPS), 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 applications from teachers who think t h e y deserve recognition. Those chosen will be advanced an extra step on the Information on Math Program To Be Presented Information on the mathematics program and on Project BASIC math in the Cedar Rapids Community schools will be presented at a meeting at I p in Wednesday in the board room of the Educational Service Center, 346 Second avenue SW. Parents of children in Project BASIC math classes and other parents interested in the mathematics program are invited to attend Members of the Project BASIC math staff will explain programs and answer questions Kirkwood Collective Board Opposes Bargaining Law By Kevin Kane The Kirkwood Community college board of directors, meeting in special session Monday night at the college, unanimously adopted a resolution opposing collective bargaining legislation currently before the Iowa legislature. The Iowa Public Employment 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 exceptions!, requires mandatory third-party arbitration in case of an impasse, prohibits strikes and establishes 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 administrators have generally opposed the legislation, while teachers’ organizations i including the Iowa State Education Assn » have supported it. The Kirkwood resolution contends the bill “would not be in the best interest of education for students” and encourages 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 IO Concern Voiced Board Chairman B A Jensen 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 lf FALSE TEETH Drop At The Wrong Time .Afraid f»l«* te^th will drop et live *vron* time? A denture adhesivn ten help. FASTKETH* Powder fivwi denture* a lonu*r, Armor, ateadier hold. Why I* oiobnrmmnd? Eof more security and comfort, u»c FAS-TEETlI Ponton* Adhesive Powder. "Denture* that At ere eeecntUl t* bilith, bee your dentist regularly. Area School Boards earlier this month In opening Monday’s meeting, Jensen read a statement which he explained was his own impression of the feelings of Kirkwood board members. The statement, quickly endorsed by individual board members, scored the Iowa legislation on three specific points for being “more restrictive 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 state agency which is not really necessary for the continual well-being and effective operation of public agencies in Iowa “It creates a final binding arbitration’ which wilt virtually place the operational duties and responsibilities of the elected board in the hands of a three-man arbitrational panel which has no responsibility for the maintenance of a school budget, nor worry about the levy. “In fact, ipanelists) will probably not even live in the district where they will make their final binding decisions. The term ‘final binding arbitration’ should be renamed ‘final binding strangulation’.’’ The special board meeting was attended by about 25 school superintendents and board members invited from throughout Area IO as well as several members of the Kirkwood faculty and staff. Scott Nicol, president of the Kirkwood Faculty Assn. (RFA), told the board he “appreciated the stand it had to take” but cautioned members not to think teachers will suddenly 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 have,” he pointed out, adding that mere enactment of a collective bargaining bill will not change that attitude. The guest superintendents and visiting board members generally agreed with the position of the Kirkwood board, and also criticized the Iowa legislature for coming up with more ami more restrictions (including the already controversial ceiling on budgets) on local school boards. “45 Years Of Advertising This Apartment Thru Gazette Want Ads and Ifs Only Been Vacant 2 Days In All That Time” J »OOWV ever /thir d furnish#*!, riot# rn S t Adults I* A 11 AO RENTED FIRST DAY “I think the Gazette it wonderful," said Mary M. Hoy of 1259 7th Ave. SI. TO ORDER YOUR ACTION-AD DIAL 398-8234 8 AM to 5 PM Mon. Thru Fri. - Until Noon Sat. salary .schedule, about a $300 annual raise. Board members indicated if TOPS is as evil ak 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 $394,000 out of balance. The total salary package increases salary expenditures $1.2 million next year. He urged the legislature to allow increases in funding for school districts under the state's foundation plan for financing education. Otherwise, adjustments in programs will have to he made. It Plan B is turned down by the voters, Good said, it is the opinion of the Linn county attorney’s office that “you’ve fulfilled the mandate of the Noters You’ve come up with a plan and put it to the vote. You would not have to do anything further.” Good will continue conferring with the county attorney’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 board members, Robert Barber and Norman Lipsky. expire in the fall. Buchanan School Review Slated Use of the former Buchanan school as a neighborhood recreation center will be discussed at the Feb. ll meeting of the Cedar Rapids Community 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. ll meeting will be the Kennedy high school auditorium, since the board meeting will include a concert by the Lincoln university concert choir as part of the district-wide observance of Afro-American Heritage week A work session is set for 4 pm. Feb. ll at Kennedy to discuss topics of interest to the board members. I.) air- (Continued from Page the heating plants and conditioning. Cost By School A total of $2.390,(KHI would be spent on F r a ii k I i ii , $2,175,000 on McKinley. $2 million on Roosevelt and $2,435,000 on Wilson. “They’re old buildings, hut good buildings,” Norman Lipsky, board president, told the group “The board is pledged to equal educational opportunity for our young people regardless of where they reside,’’ Supt, Craig Currie said. "It became apparent that great discrepancies exist depending 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 usefully use six junior highs and three senior highs for a good long period of time. To replace any one of those buildings would cost very near $9 million.” Several parents at the meeting 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 $9 million bond issue would require. 1974 Millage Rate . The 1974 millage rate for existing bond is 7.627. Passage of the $9 million bond issue would increase the 1975-76 millage 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. ll meeting to ask for petitions to circulate for a bond issue referee durn. About 2.000 signatures are needed. Jhe request of (lie Washington high school athletic chil) to conduct a car raffle and bingo games to make up a $5,HOO deficit rn its current year s budget was denied by tin* Cedar Rapids Community school board Monday night A committee of board members, administrators and representatives from all the secondary schools was set up to study the problem of Ii n anc i rig athletics at the schools. Members of the Washington club said the deficit was the result of expansion of the atli let ie programs, sagging atten dance of adults and fewer purchases of activity tickets by students Such sports as volleyball, softball, girls’ basketball and gymnast ICS have produced a drain on the budget Last fall the school board agreed to secure a gaining license for traditional games of skill and chance conducted previously in the district, bul did not allow bingo games or large raffles. Supt. Craig Currie suggested the group find other means of funding for the rest of the year. Staff Reduction Leave Policy Okayed by Board 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 inverse order of their original contract dates, but exceptions to the seniority list may be made when the district’s affirmative action program for minority employment would be adversely affected Teachers in the district earlier requested a vote on the policy arui 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 presented 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 to the same vacancy. Cent Increase In Extra Milk Milk prices for extra cartons of milk purchased by children in Cedar Rapids Community schools will increase one cent Friday. Gladys Wathan, food service OELWEIN — Teachers in the director, informed the board Oelwein Teachers Ask 10.3 Percent Pay Hike d> 1974 t>y Chicog1* Tribune N V N?*lS,nd lr* I jTJ World BtgM* Rtttrvcd    I    ' •/7 "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 closed!" Oelwein Community school district Monday night presented the board of education with a request for a 10.3 percent salary increase. The board took the request under advisement, citing that the request would cost the dis trict an additional $124,(HK) if approved. A special meeting was set for next Monday between the board, teachers and representatives to I discuss the matter. Also on the agenda to be discussed are possible cutbacks in the districts and school closings. Monday night the increase is necessary because Land O’ Lakes, the supplier, informed the district its price will go up that date. Milk prices are 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 $26 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 school or before or after holidays. Personal leaves taken those days will result in a loss of one day’s pay. A prescription and emergency care for students policy was revised to allow medication to be administered by the school nurse or other authorized personnel Written authorization from parents is required if a student must take medication during the school day. Credit Union Officers Named Paul Jones was re-elected president of the Cedar Rapids School Employes Credit Union at the organization’s annual meeting Monday night. Helen McFarland was named vice-president; Lloyd Baird, secretary; and Dorothy Bishop, treasurer. Howard McKnight was elected chairman of the credit committee. and Charles Cooling, was named chairman of the audit committee Elected to the board for the first time were Jerry Cuffel! and Paul Wilcox. C.R. 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