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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - July 26, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                The Cedar Kapids Gazette: Fii.. July State Auditor: Need Verification DKS .MOI.NES i API-Better auditing and verification of school districts, claims for stale foundation aid was rec- ommended by State Auditor Lloyd Smith Thursday. An audit of the stale de- partment of public instruction (DPD showed foundation school aid totaling was paid by the state in the fiscal year ended Juno :iO. 1973. Smith said (he aid is paid by Iho state comptroller based on information provided to the DPI by the various school districts, and it is forwarded in the comptroller without audit or verification. Independent Audii "It is strongly recommend- ed that all the criteria for a disbursement as material as foundation school aid he in- dependently audited and veri- fied by the department of public instruction." the audit said. Tile auditors also urged a review of county superintend- ents' methods of obtaining compliance with teacher cer- tification laws. The law says teacher diplo- mas and certificates must be Construction Workers Top Wage Earners DBS MOINES lUPIl The general manager of the Master Builders of lowa says construction workers are the top wage earners in the state, with wages averaging an hour. Kenneth R. Lewis, writing in the Iowa Development Commission Digest, also re- ports that the value of con- lowa Demos Are Planning Whistle Stop DES MOINES (AP) Iowa Democrats are planning to tour the state by rail this fall in the first statewide "whistle stop" political campaign in Iowa in more than two decades. Party officials have yet to give formal approval for the venture pending a total cost estimate. But party sources said it received a crucial boost this week when the Rock Island railroad gave permission io use its tracks. The tentative plan is to use a five-car train put together by a Moline, 111., tour company. The last full scale "whistle stop" campaign in Iowa was by President Harry Truman in 194S, though Dwight Eisen- hower made some train stops in Iowa in his first campaign in 1952. The Democratic plan is for statewide candidates, particu- larly governor nominee James Schaben and U.S. senate hopeful John Culver, to re- main aboard for the entire three-day tour, while con- gressional and legislative can- didates would jump on and off with appropriate fanfare in their districts. Robert Bart Rule, an aide to Schaben, has done most of .the legwork on the project. "I'm excited as punch." said Rule. "I'm so excited I'm al- most afraid something will go wrong. It's a dream z lot of people would like to see come true." Rule ssid the tentative route wouM 'K trom Davenport to1 Wer. Liber.y. Rapids. strueiion contracts awarded in the state since 1960 has nearly tripled. L e i s says construction workers "have the biggest paychecks in the state to adding that their average wage tops the list reported in labor statistics. He said midsummer construction payrolls at many projects around the state run mil- lion a day. Lewis also says statistics dispute the widely held im- press i o n that construction workers' annual incomes are modest because of seasonal layoffs. 1 He says a national study shows that since 1947, con- struction employes have had the fourth highest annual earnings in the nation after transportation, utilities and mining. Lewis says construc- tion incomes always have ex- ceeded manufacturing, trade, finance, services and govern- ment. The registered with the superinten- dent and no teacher can teach in anv public school unless this is done. The law also requires the county superintendent to close any public school or school- room taught by a teacher who is not certified. Certified Teachers The audit said, however, that as of last January there were 239 schools in of ihem public one or more teachers carry- ing out teaching assignments for which they were not ap- proved for the 1973-74 school year, as reported by the coun- ty superintendents. "A further investigation in- dicated that a few teachers not only failed to register their certificates, but were not even the audit said. The audit report also called for development by the DPI of written audit procedures to help its personnel in com- pliance audits of school lunch programs administered by local schools. Federal guidelines are "very specific" in spelling out the conditions under which a local school is eligible to participate in the program and it is the DPI's responsibility to see that they comply, the report added. construction official says the value of contracts awarded in Iowa totaled more than billion for last year. That compared with mil- lion in 1960 and million in 1972. He also reports that employ- ment in the construction in- dustry is on the increase. "Despite continuing mech- anization, employment in construction has risen about 50 percent since Lewis wrote. "Currently, it is run- ning about above last year, largely due to commer- cial and industrial work." Lewis says workers were employed in the con- struction trades in Iowa in February, usually the low point of the season. That fig- ure is expected to reach in August, the usual peak Coupal Awaits Nixon Signing Of Appointment AMES (AP) Joseph Coupal was serving his last day as Iowa director of highways Friday. He is scheduled to become deputy director of the Federal Highway Administration (FHA) in Wash ington Monday. Coupal, 51, director of the state's highways about eight years, has been nominated as No. 2 man under Director Nor- bert Tiemann, a former Nebras- ka governor. Although his appointment to the federal post is scheduled to be effective Monday, it has not yet been signed by President Nixon. "The appointment has cleared everyone but the President, and I'm told that it's on his desk at San Coupal said. If the President fails to sign the appointment before Monday, Coupal said he will work as a consultant with the FHA until the appointment is signed. The new position pays a year, compared to the Repertory Players Face New Challenges theater. They spend the late afternoons building sets ami IOWA CITY "Playing a turnip on a skateboard with a weird voice four octaves lower j making costumes, than mine" has been Carolyn j For U. of I. graduate student Chrvst's biggest challenge e PtlOi'S, the biggest CM. the 'lowa Junior Repertory The-1 was to design sets for ater. 'two plays which would fit on Carolyn, from Vienna. Va., roofs of two station wagons among "the 18 high school junior- _ the company's touring vehi- and seniors participating in thisjcles. Peters, Iowa City, is shar- Junior Repertory i ing the costume and scene de- Theater program at the Univer-jsign duties with Leon Martell, sityoflowa. :Pownall, Vt., graduate student. The turnip is one of several Other Performances siant vegetables in ''Mrs. Old j ]n to the U. of I. per- and the an original the companies are play by U. of I. graduate Stu- for Hampton, Mil- dent Brendan Ward. This year m )ne okoboji area, the students have been divid- t'oralville and Des i.Moines appearances. Of the course work. Kitty !Sheehan. Carroll, says the voice >and movement classes are some ;of the most strenuous activity she has ever experienced. C'reighton Welsey Sloan, U. of i graduate student from Coun- The four plays have been prc- cil wno is business man- sented in ihe Old Costume and yam in ..Mrs Theater on the lower level ofiold and th'c has University Theater. 'pITOf o{ ,lle intensity of the Carolyn says she has also work "The other day to get used to being knocked an audiovisual technician who from the skateboard by the was working in the next room Ticklingbug, a caterpillar who to the noises for a wants to become a butterfly. u-njie and then asked if we had The Soft Shoe ia football workout going on in Bryce Bielmaier, '______________ City, has had to learn to dance i the soft shoe, tango and jitter- ScHOOl DetlClt ed into two acting companies, each preparing two children's plays. "The Magic Picture" by Beth Simon will also be presented, and the other com- pany is preparing "Snow Queen" by Merle Kesslcr and "Wind in the Coupal receives as Iowa director high- THE EFFECTS OF MIGHTY Monster Machine on Ticklingbugs Is demonstrat- ed in "Mrs. Old and the an original children's play by University of lowa grad- uate student Brendan Ward. Bryce Bleimaier, Webster City, and Teresa Kennedy, Moline, III., are members of the lowa Junior Repertory Theater company, which is presenting the play. The high school students are presenting four children's plays on an alternating sched- ule through July 20 in the Old Costume Shop theater on the lower level of University the- ater. The companies also will tour the state performing the plays written by U. of I. grad- uate students. bug, all while wearing size 11 boots. "The two shows our company is working on are very differ- Megan Merker says. "While Mrs. Old has the giant vegetables and the Ticklingbug, The Magic Picture' is more re- alistic with only a talking picture and a vampire who eats oranges." Megan, Iowa City, spends the first half of "The Magic Picture" in a coffin, contrib- uting only an occasional howl to the performance. The howl has been a problem, because she can't tell how much the coffin muffles her cries, she says. Ruled Grounds For Dismissal DUBUQUE (AP) The Uni- versity of Dubuque had the right to fire a tenured professor be- cause of the university's finan- cial state, District Judge T. J. Nelson had ruled. The decision was made in a case filed by Rolf Lumpert, a professor of German at the uni- versity for 'ten years. Lumpert's lawyer, James Reynolds of Dubuque, said he has filed a motion seeking an- other jury trial. He said the ruling throws out the whole concept of tenure. In addition to preparing thei Academic tenure is a guaran- plays, the students attend daily tee dismissal except for classes in acting, voice and movement, design and technical Action Delayed on Vinton Work By Jane LaGrange VINTON The Vinton city: council held a bid opening Thursday night for a package waste treatment plant for the Hillside subdivision in southwest Vinton. Only one bid was submitted, by Wendler Engineering and The council deferred accep-iprime coat, stone or rock base, tance of the bid for one week pending evaluation of the pro- posal by the sanitary commit- tee. Sept. 5 was set as the date to open bids for construction of and seal coat. The airport commission was granted an advance on its De- cember quarterly payment from the city of A discussion also was held on UkK.ll U1U.J lul UV.UU11 VI storm sewer and water line the wl" Participate Construction, Inc., Amana, for a 'he Hillside subdivision. Jin future airport expansion. opposed, for the city attorney to draw up such an ordinance. Mayor Win Watson recom- mended that the city participate in housing for the low-income and elderly, either through FHA or HUD. The council agreed the project extraordinary cause. It is usu-- ally extended after a proba- tionary period of several years. Judge Nelson said Thursday he based his ruling on some re- lated Iowa supreme court rul- ings. He said he agreed with the university's attorneys that a state of financial exigency ex- isted. The university's lawyers said the school has an annual deficit of S100.0CO or more. (tftlitr total of The council reviewed the air-j had been lowa May Face Alert; Ozone Levels Increase Estimated cost of the work port commission bid opening of to'al cost :july 18 for grading and surfac- ?30s-000- Fnrther dlscussion ing of the terminal area at the and a decision were Postponed until the Aug. 8 council meeting. was from Juddi Tne Planning and zoning com- The city would have to supply is needed in Vinton and that the airport. The low bid Brown Construction, North Man- jkato, Minn., for The me iairport commission accepted tion granted under state code to; the bid after deleting several the city zoning ordinance mission recommended to the council that it exercise the op- mayor should appoint a housing authority committee to study the matter. Harold Bogert of Green Engi- neering Co., Cedar Rapids, re- ported the city's new well isj ready for use. The Goieffe Co. and DUbllsned flallv and Sunday tit 500 Third ove. SE.'Cedor Rapids, lowa Raoids, lowa. Subscription rotes by carrier 95 cents o. week. By moil: Night Edition and Sunday 6" issues S3.75 d month, 539.00 a year: At- ternoon Editions and Sunday 7 issues S3.B5 o month, o vedr. Other states and U.S. territories 5SO.OO a year. No Moil Subsci Gnielte exclusively to the use for republicalion of all the local news printed in this news- paper as well as all AP news dispatches. By Harrison Weber DES MOINES i IDPA) En- vironmentalists are worried about Iowa's hot and dry weather inducing air pollution Ciiv. Waterloo. Desi over metropolitan areas. and "Council Bluffs, with! Specifically, they are con- stops along the way. cerned about the levels of HU.-S said details such as thel ozone which are approaching KZ'.'. dale, scheduling, work legal complications and "he availability of seat space for the general public are still baL" worked out. the warning stage in Des Moines. Interaction of sunlight with automobile exhaust fumes is the principle cause of ozone. Dr. Edward Stanek. acting director of Iowa's air quality management division in the Judge: Iowa's Lewdness Statute! Unconstitutional i Des Moines during the last i week have approached 100 DAVENPORT lAPi The section of Iowa prohibiting lo'.vd and lascivious acts with a child is unconstitutional. Scott cfjur.ty District Judge Nathan Grant has ruled. The ruling came when Judge G r is n t dismissed a charge against Theodore Wickham, 44, a former teacher at Pleasant Valley high school. Wickham was charged last December v.ith committing lewd and las- civious acts with a 12-year-old toy. Judge Grant said the .statuto- ry terms challenged by the de- fendant are "so indefinite and uncertain that persons of ordi- nary intelligence are given inad- equate notice as to what con- duct is thereby prohibited." The lowa legislature has re- pealed and rewritten the section setting out the acts that constitute a lascivious act. Wickham was charged under the previous law, before the rewritten law became effective. parts per billion. If ozone levels reach 100 parts per billion, the state would be required to call an air pollution alert for DCS Moines. a first for the state Respiratory Disorders. Even if this happens, Dr. Stanek said there is no cause for any general alarm. "What it means is that people with respiratory or heart problems could be subject to some res- piratory disorders he ox- plained. "In particular people with asthma, bronchitis, and em- physema might find their con- dition aggravated, or an at- tack could be precipitated by these Dr. Stanek said. August, he added, will have the greatest potential for at- mospheric stagnation. "Air near the ground tends to stay there more than any time dur- ing the year. We can expect I ho (cone concentrations to go Harrison Weber up even higher if we continue to have noncloudy days. Our department will be watching this very closely." Stanek said. "Photochemical oxidization is a complicated process which takes a certain amount of time. It's not completely underwood. We do know that it takes a certain period of time before those auto exhaust fumes are oxidized by Ihe sunlight. Exhaust Fumes "That means even though the exhaust fumes are emitted at the freeway or in downtown Des Moines. they could blow several miles from the city and be over a place such as Bondurant before they oxidize and become potentially dan- gerous. If we have stagnation and the fumes don't blow out of Des Moines, our problem is here. The department of en- vironmcntal quality will worry about the problem no matter where it .Stan- ek commented. Chicago has been mirier an alert Ihe last two weeks, he said, with the highest levels in Ihe city's history. The state agency checks Ihe air quality standards in ap- proximately 25 lowa commu- nities on a regular basis. Officials Discuss The problem of controlling indirect sources of air pollu- tion wll be discussed by city- officials at a meeting being scheduled for Aug. 7 in the Des Moines area. Peter Hamlin. environ- mental coordinator for the slate office of planning and programming, said officials of the environmental protection agency's (EPA) regional of- fice in Kansas City will be present to explain the current laws on this subject. Officials from cities over population are being in- vited to attend the session. Beginning Jan. 1. the EPA will be taking over the indi- rect source program in lowa because the last Legislature failed to pass Ihe necessary legislation giving the DEQ au- thority to oversee Ihe pro- gram. Indirect sources covers shopping centers, highways, amusement parks, airports, stadiums, parking lol.s and other developments which do not emit air pollution themsel- ves but could cause congestion of auto traffic. After Ihe first of the year, builders, develop- ers and others falling in this category will need Io secure a permit from tho HI'A in cer- tain instances. items listed, thus reducing the total cost to i The project will now include i grading, placing two-inch as- two miles outside the corporate limits. 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