Cedar Rapids Gazette, May 7, 1974, Page 5

Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette May 7, 1974

Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - May 7, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa slacks By Judy Raiihcnmirr .School officials may attempt another bond issue referendum of an undetermined amount for remodeling four junior high schools. John Songster, co-chairman of the citizen’s planning committee for the junior high h o ii d issue, recommended Monday night to the Cedar K a p i d s Community school board that such an election be held in early December. “We believe the board of ed- Tbe measure garnered nearly hit percent of approval wit Ii 5,604 yes votes, and 4,125 no votes, short of the fid percent, approval required by Iowa law for bond issues. Songster said be will recommend to the 1Jarent-Teacher-Studcnt Assn. council Tuesday night that it support another referendum. Ad just Costs Board President Norman Lipsky directed staff members to instruct archi- ueation ought to recommend the same proposition, altered for rising costs, in early December. The need has not diminished and will not diminish in the foreseeable future,” Songster said. Voters Reject Voters in the district last week turned down a $7.8 million bond issue to finance remodeling of McKinley, Franklin, Roosevelt, and Wilson junior high schools, all 50-year-old buildings. teds for the project to adjust cost estimates for inflation be fore tie* date and amount of another bond issue is fixed. By law, another bond issue may not be held until six months after tile first one is defeated, or Nov. I. At a 4 p.m. work session Monday, school officials said they preferred to wail until after the November general election because referendum workers indicated they would like to have additional time to prepare. A February date was also discussed. Surprised at Vote Board members said they were surprised at the low number of no votes, and said they expected the issue to receive 5,000 or 6,000. Board Member Ronald Moore recommended dropping Wilson from the list of those to be remodeled, saying that you almost win, you sharpen your tools, you don’t discard any,” Ramstad said. “It may take three times to pass it.” Staff members also cautioned against having too many bond issues in a short. time if a civic center bond issue or library bond issue is proposed. Levy Insufficient The $7.8 million bond issue would have completely remodeled the four junior high schools. The district’s other two junior high schools, Taft and Harding, were built in 1965. Remodeling of the locker room areas has begun at McKinley and Roosevelt junior high schools, financed with 2.5 mill schoolhouse funds. School officials have said that fund is not sufficient to finance the full remodeling because of the inflation rate. “in 1978 we really won’t need any more than five junior high schools. We might pick up more votes for prudence sake than we lose from the Wilson area. We* wouldn’t be hurting the students because they would be going to Taft or a remodeled Roosevelt.” Average junior high enroll merit in 1978 would be 964 students if the district used five schools. Moore noted that parents in the Wilson area gave the measure only about 50 percent approval anyway. ‘We Almost Won’ Asst. Supt. William Ramstad cautioned the board against a change in strategy. “The one thing we can’t lose sight of is, we almost won. We were practically there. We weren’t just deluged. We didn’t get 8,000 no votes. We only got 4,000. If $400,000 Budget Increase Sought by School District A $400,IMH) increase in the Cedar Rapids Community school district’s 1974-75 budget was requested by school officials Tuesday in a hearing before the state budget review committee. An additional $117,000 in state aid from tho committee was also sought by school difv-trict officials for 1974-75. Supt. Craig Currie said the committee’s decision would bt' made in about IO days. The district is asking $56,000 in state aid for pupils graduating early due to participation in summer school programs. About 141 students will graduate ahead of their class next year. The school district will lose state aid for those pupils be- $27,000 to establish extended day classes at all three high schools to meet from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. with dropouts or potential dropouts. $28,200 for voluntary outreach centers to provide remedial work, help part-time students or those working on high school completion certificates, or to offer individualized special courses which do not have large enough enrollment to be offered during the regular day. $52 .CHK) to allow IOO students to participate in the Kirkwood Community college satellite carcer education center offering agriculture, health occupations, trade and industry, and business. $89,000 for the increased salary costs from expanding the girls’ athletic program and improving the salaries of coaches in the girls’ program. $5,000 to finance a summer program for 30 trainable mentally retarded children from two to seven. The district is also seeking renewal of a $4 increase in per pupil costs. The budget review committee granted the increase for last year’s budget. The $400,000 raise in budget ceiling would mean about a $17 increase in per pupil spending for next year. Present per pupil cost is $1,063.New Head of Sertoma ClubKennedy Band Trip Approved The Kennedy senior high school band Monday night received permission from the Cedar Rapids Community school board to participate in a band contest at Virginia Beach, Va., in June. The band will compete in concert and marching band compotier! between June 15 and 23. Visits lo Williamsburg and Washington. DC., are also planned. Transportation will be by bus. Total cost of the trip will be $110 per student. Oil Slick in Sewer System At Stanwood STANWCKID - Oil from a ruptured bulk lank must br removed from the Stanwood sewage plant as soon as possible, according to the town employe, Mike Roy. Roy told the Stanwood city council Monday night he had bren in contact with slate offices on the problem. Various ways of removing the 2.000-gallon slick were mentioned, including possibly soaking it up with straw. Before any action will be taken, the council decided lo contact the manager of Conoco, owner of the ruptured tank. Roy said even when the oil is removed, state environmental isis said it could only be hauled to Illinois or Minnesota. Iii other business the council asked Fire Chief (Benn (iadke if several of the firemen could be responsible on a regular basis to flush city sewer mains The council reported several presently are clogged. The council also voted to till iii with rock, an area where un* dr rground cable bad been buried, which has settled Councilmen reported the city's 1944 fire truck had been sold for $644 They’ll take you everywhere And we can help you get there in Haggard* Country Roads. Doubleknits of lush, back-to-nature greens, earthy browns and sunshine golds. In striking plaids or checks. Fashion or regular pockets. Medium-flared legs. Cuffed or plain bottoms. In Expand-O-Matic® models, too. Machine washable and dryable. Waist sizes 30 to 42. ijawvj    in. MJC ARMSTRONG WOMEN S SHOES STREET FLOOR quality is economy 20 VLAUN ACO The Na lienal Labor Relations Board ruled that union-sponsored work slowdowns, partial strikes and refusal to work overtime are un tau- labor practices ARMSTRONG MEN S SPORTSWEAR STREET FLOOR quality is economyCR. School Board Ponders Second Bond Vote the Cedar Rapids Gazette: Tues., May 7. 1971 Variety of ActionTaken ;

  • Craig Currie
  • John Songster
  • Judy Raiihcnmirr
  • Mike Roy
  • Norman Lipsky
  • Ronald Moore
  • William Ramstad

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Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette

Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Issue Date: May 7, 1974

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