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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - March 5, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                The Cedar Rapids Gazette: 'rues., Mar. S, 1974 S. Tama School Bond Vote Asked 'Springy' Courfs Photo bv Steve Helle The season may officially be winter, but don't that to Ann Hirsch, 19, (fore- ground) or Sharon Fisher, 17, both Oubuque. The two girls wanted to be the first on the University of Iowa tennis courts in Iowa City Sunday morning even though the nets haven't been put up yet and the ball splashed each time it bounced. Solons Study Cut in Hours For School, Town Elections By Staff Writer DES MOINES Hours ol school elections and those in towns of less than 500 population could be reduced by the county elections commissioner to save costs under a bill being studiet by a. house state governmen subcommittee. School election costs could be cut even more if school district secretaries line up volunteer help as election officials. State Rep, Richard Drake subcommittee chairman, said these are two of the changes being con- templated in a bill revising some of the election reform laws passed by the 1973 legis- lature. The new law requires polls to be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at all elections but voter turnout is so light at many school elections that, school officials say the cost isn't justified. Noon Opening Drake said it is estimated that school election costs and those in smaller towns could be cut about per voting unit if polls in those places opened at noon instead of 7 a.m. The county elections commis- sioner (county would have the option to reduce the hours the polls are to be open based on two criteria: Patchett Seeks Re-election in 25th District Rep. John Patchetf NORTH LIBERTY State Rep. John Patchett (D-North Liberty) announced Tuesday he will seek re-election to the Iowa house from the 25th district. Patchett, 25, and completing his first term, charged the Re- publican leadership in the legis- lature with refusing to consider "meaningful and comprehen- sive tax reform." He said people who need tax relief most those in the mid- dle income brackets won't get any until Democrats control at least one house of the legisla- ture. Patchett said he has kept his pledge of two years ago to be a full-time legislator "although it has been somewhat difficult fin- ancially He promised to serve on the same basis if re-elected. Rep. and Mrs. Patchelt arc expecting their first child in Oc- tober. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa, the North Liberty Optimist club, Johnson county I-club, Iowa Women's Political Caucus, Common Cause, Sierra club, Iowa Civil Liberties Union, Iowa Friends of Educational Television, environ- mental defense fund and State Historical Society. He serves on the house educa- tion, natural resources, and slaie government committees. 1. Voter-turnout at the last school election in the case ol schools and at the last town election in the case of smaller communities. 2. Anticipated turnout at the upcoming election. Example: If a bond issue were at stake it would be assumed the turnout would be greater than if there were no contests for openings on the school board. The bill is replete with revi- sions in the elections reform law passed last year. .Other proposed changes in- clude: 1. Giving commissioners the option' to use either paper bal- lots or voting machines in pre- cincts, depending on the antici- pated voter turnout and the past voter turnout record. 2.. Merging, small, precincts with adjoining larger precincts so long as they do not contain more than people. 3. Permitting school bonds to be registered and recorded in the office of the school district secretary instead of offices of county auditors hi which the district lies. 4. Updating the language deal- ing with elections hi old laws governing cities and towns due to the invalidation of the newly passed cities-towns laws in conformance with the "home rule" amendment. The Polk county district court decision invalidating the new laws, giv- ing cities and towns more con- trol of their own affairs, is on appeal to the Iowa supreme court. Petitions Urge Addition to High School By Alice Witosky TAMA Petitions will presented to the South Tama Community board of education Tuesday night by voters of the district asking that the board call a bond election for the pur pose of issuing bonds for school was built, the bonding to carry out a building program. The program would consist o building and furnishing an addi tion to the South Tama county high school building for combi- nation trades and industry classes, vocational agriculture classes and general classrooms. Also included is the building and furnishing of an addition to the South Tama junior high school building located in Tole- do to be used for an industrial arts shop and one classroom. Additions To Match The addition to the senior high school would be of construction to match the brick building. The addition to the junior high school would be a metal pre-fab ouilding which would be located just east of the main building and south of the Toledo gym. The career education plan is :he result of a study by a com- mittee and two sub-committees; one in the area of vocational ag- riculture and the other in trades and industry. They feel' career education is for all youth but particularly for those youth mrolled in trades and industry, juilding trades, agriculture and job experience programs. The present high school and junior high facilities are inade- quate for the .successful opera- tion of these programs. The new additions would be completed in the summer of 1975. The additions would provide an agricultural classroom and laboratory; a drafting classroom; a trades and in- dustry classroom; additional shop space to include power mechanics and metals areas; and an industrial arts shop at the junior high school. The present shop for building trades would be remodeled. The present heating system would take care of the new addition. A temporary portable building at the rear of the high school is now used for vocational agricul- ture. Junior high students are transported from the Toledo building to the senior high school in Tama for certain classes. At the time the present high capacity was not available to complete adequate industrial arts and vocational agriculture facilities. The west wall of the building, consequently, was con- structed of metal rather than brick to allow for an addition. Enrollment in the industrial arts classes has increased from 103 students in the 1969-70 school year to 170 this year; and from 35 students in vocational agri- culture in 1967-68 to 91 this year. It has been necessary to turn students away from the indus- trial arts program each se- mester because of limited space and facilities. Estimate Costs The cost of transporting jun- ior high students to the high school mainly for music and vocational agriculture classes By Harrison Weber costs per year. With the construction of a metal pre-fab wilding for industrial arts at he junior high school, the iresent industrial arts facility would become a vocal music The pre-fab building would cost approximately to The estimated cost of the ad- ditions pei' foot is The re- tirement of the bonds, plus inter- est over a 19-year period, will reflect a 1.5 mill increase in the schoolhouse fund, representing an increase o! for each of assessed property.' The millage in the general 'und is decreasing each year at he rate of one to two mills. The the 1.5 mills is placed on he tax persons.will not see a decrease in their millage hat year but in all probability here be no increase that (articular year either, Supt. ferry Nichols explained. According to Nichols, the ap- proval of the building project will not cause an overall school millage increase because the after the millage assess- ment has' been placed on the tax: oils, the millage of. the district! vill continue to decrease. No Smoking in ISU Classrooms AMES Students returning for spring quarter classes at Iowa State university this week found s m o k e y classrooms t h e exception rather than the rule. "No smoking" signs are being posted in areas of aca- demic activity class rooms, laboratories and lecture rooms. Instructors at a general fac- ulty meeting, prompted by recommendations from the Government of the Student Body, and the All-University Community Council, soundly endorsed a curb-classroom- smoking motion. President W. Robert Parks directed the no smoking poli- cy be adopted this week. By the end of the week all areas are expected to be posted. Legisfafive Notes Nye Selden Uses Chalkboard To Avoid Paper Airplanes DBS MOINES State Comptroller Marvin Selden walked to a chalkboard in an appropriation subcommittee meet- ing room recently to write some figures. "I've got these figures in some handouts he explain- ed to committee members, "but I learned as a Sunday school teacher not to distribute handouts before making your presenta- tion or you'll have airplanes flying around the room." I "That means you were a poor I twitted Rep. Richard Norpel D O D Instant Opinions AT LEAST one stale official is marveling at I the speed with which Ally. Gen. Richard I Turner wrote opinions on the long truck bill I and a mobile home property tax relief bill. I Turner had the opinions ready almost S before there were requests for them. The state official who's doing the marvel- ing requested an opinion more than two years ago and is still awaiting the attorney general's answer. Annual Education Program For Iowa Lawyers Charted Dally Press Assn. DES MOINES As a condi- :ion to continuing membership in the bar, the Iowa supreme court may soon'require all Iowa awyers to participate annually in a legal education program. The court announced its inten- :ions in a resolution which has jeen filed with the clerk of the Iowa supreme court. Tie resolution, adopted last month, states that within a reasonable time the supreme court will adopt rules for a continuing legal education Commission comprised of five lawyers to be appointed by the court. This commission, operating under the court's supervision, will be responsible for the ad- Harrison Weber ministration of egal education a continuing program for .awyers licensed in Iowa. 'The resolution states that it may formulate its own educa- ion program, or certify seminar and workshops as viable activi- ies to increase the professional cnowledge and skill of lawyers. Further Action In addition, the resolution Regents Want Wage, Not Tuition Hike DES MOINES The pres- idents of Iowa's three state- supported universities Mon- day warned they will lose top quality faculty members due to low salaries and asked law- makers for an 8.5 percent wage increase for all academ- ic employes. Appearing before a joint ap- propriations subcommittee, University of Iowa President Willard Boyd said his institu- tion, was at a "competitive disadvantage" because the salaries offered are the lowest among the Big Ten schools. Loss of 70 He said that unless wages are increased this year "more top faculty members" will be lured away, and noted that 70 tenured faculty members left the U. of I. because of low salaries during the last year. Regents President Mrs. H. Rand Peterson of Harlan said the board had established the 8.5 percent wage increase as a top priority. The request, which would cost million, was about million above Gov. Robert D. Ray's budget proposal to provide a 6.5 per- cent pay hike. Dr. W. Robert Parks, Iowa State university president, said his school has suffered a "gradual deterioration of ex- cellence" because of the un- competitive wages which lag as much as 10 percent behind salaries at comparable uni- versities. "We are losing more key people than we have in 'the past, and we are having more difficulty in recruiting people because we simply cannot offer competitive said Parks. "Off Chart" President John Kamerick of the University of Northern Iowa said the salary increases have crept up at only a 1 or 2 percent rate compared with 11 percent at other institutions. He said UNI has "dropped completely off the chart" of the other institutions with which it is compared. One member of the appro- priations subcommittee, Rep. Richard Norpel called for a tuition increase at all three schools to raise the funds for the salary increases. He said the state is current- ly "giving away education" and should raise its fees to be more competitive with the to currently charged at private institutions in Iowa. Hits Needy Students The regents, however, were generally cool to the idea, saying it would work a hard- ship on needy students at a time when they are caught in a squeeze between inflated costs and limited financial aid available to them. Rep. Glenn Brockett (R- Marshalltown) said tuition was proportionately higher in the 1930s in proportion to in- comes of that day than it is now. "It took me longer to pay back the cost of 'my education then, when it was S105 a se- mester, than it takes now (S600 at ISU and UNI and 0 at Iowa Brockett said. The regents presented fig- ures which they said showed Iowa costs of education al- ready are higher than at most other Big Ten institutions. It costs around a year to educate a student, and at Iowa tuition covers only about a fourth of that, Norpel said. Speaking of his own area of the state, Norpel said less than a third of the students who graduated from Maquo- keta high school last year went on to college. "That suggests to me we should be encouraging more of them to go to vocational- technical he said. states the commission will be expected to make recommen- dations to the supreme court relating to further action the court might take "to assure that the Iowa public is served by competent, qualified lawyers capable of delivering legal ser- vices at a reasonable cost. "As a condition to continu- ing membership in the bar of this court, including the right to practice law before Iowa courts, every bar member practicing in Iowa shall par- ticipate annually in the con- tinuing legal education pro- the resolution stales. In the preamble of the resolu- tion the court acknowledged that law and the administration of justice is in a state of accel- erating change. Practicing law- yers, the court said, must keep abreast of substantive and pro- cedural law developments and of innovative office procedures and practices tending to de- crease the cost of legal services to the public. The supreme court requested the Iowa State Bar Assn. to research and study the imple- mentation of the court's plan. Through the years, said.Chief Justice C. Edwin Moore, the Iowa State Bar Assn. has been one of the leaders in the country in providing legal education to its members. Supplement Program Judge Moore said he came to this -conclusion after visiting with experts at various legal seminars that he has attended throughout the United States. The intention of the resolu- tion, Judge Moore added, is not to detract from the present legal education program of the Iowa State Bar Assn., but to build and supplement the pro- gram. This latest action by the su- preme court appears to be the second step in a program to improve upon the quality and image of the lawyers prac- ticing in Iowa. The first step was to set up a client security trust fund as" a protection for clients. Under this program full-tune practic- ing lawyers must pay a year for two years into .the fund. Delaware Board Takes Action on Hook Park Deed MANCHESTER Two minor items appeared on the agenda of the regular monthly meeting of the Delaware county board of supervisors Monday after- .oon. quit claim deed was ac- cepted from Harold Russell Hook by the board for the nom- minal sum of clearing the title to the small area known as Hook Park located between Edgewood and Colesburg. Questions had arisen as to ac- tual ownership of the property even though records show it had been deeded for conservation purposes at the time highway 3 was built over 30 years ago ac- cording to the supervisors. In other action, the board ap- proved a tax suspension notice to be issued to old-age assis- tance recipient, Martha Chet- tinger, because ownership of her property had been transfered 'to the state. Many styles. Genuine hand cut 24% lead crystal, all clear and in colors. From Ireland and West Germany. 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