Cedar Rapids Gazette, August 9, 1974, Page 7

Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette August 9, 1974

Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - August 9, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa • hr Cedar Rapids Gazette: FrL, Auk. 9, 1^74 anim New Reduction In Millage Seen lf Marion Figures Correct By l^irry Tanner A 7 844 mill drop in taxes for Marion Independent school district property owners is in the offing if the board or education’s budget figures from the 1974-75 year are correct Last year’s millage rate of 7ti 889 mills will tie lowered to 89 245 if board estimates are correct The board approved the budget Thursday night following a hearing. No objectors appeared. Total budget adopted was $3,587,879 which included the' general and schoolhouse funds. General funn expen-ditutes were estimated at $3,-188,838 Amount to be raised by taxation is $1,329,500. This includes $989,438 for the general fund and $340,070 in the schoolhouse fund. Second Half -John G. Vernon, board president, said the decrease in millage will not show up until the second half of 1975 at the earliest and possibly not until 1978. Dr. .John Cordes and .Jan Vos Johnson of Joint County school system gave a detailed report on the changes necessary in the legislative mandate that 15 Area Education Agencies be set up. The 15 AKA units will replace the county and Joint County systems. Boundary lnes for the AKAs will be the same as for the present area schools. Cordes said since this Joint County system is one of the two systems used as a model for AKRA, the change will be less noticeable here. Jones county will be added to the present Joint County system for the new AF.A. No Bids Dr. Clark Stevens, superintendent, told the board bid specifications have been sent out to contractors for the Vernon junior high school roof repair job. In a previous bid letting, no bids were received. Contractors had indicated they were too busy to meet the Oct. 31 deadline. Bids for the roofing work will be opened Monday at 4 p in. in the board offices at Starry school. Bids, if any are received, will Ik* opened at the board meeting on Thursday at 7 p.m. Duane Dousman, busines manager, presented a report on the effect of HF-147H, trans- * * * See Women’s World in Classified Patterns. Needlecraft. Sewing Machines, etc. It happens every day! — Adv. * * * Estate Sale of Viola Vantage Saturday — Sunday 9 a rn.-8 p.m. Household Hems — pitcher collection. 3138 Westwood Dr. N.W. (edar Rapids. Conducted by House of Antiques. — Adv ★ * * N alce: All advertisements of this type (Mahon Locals) must be in The Gazette Classified Office by 10:45 A M. day of publication (ll A.M. Sat. for Sunday. Dial 398-8430 or 398 8234. - Adv. ★ ★ * Eire Call — Marion firemen were called to Met iowa ii boulevard and Twenty-fourth street Friday at 8:20 a in for a pickup truck blaze. Firemen said the flames erupted iii the truck, owned by Darwin Hopper of rural Springville after it backfired through the carburator. The truck had extensive damage to the engine compartment, dash board and outside paint * * * Back to school sale Tremendous buys on school supplies Also 10% off on fabrics Thursday through Saturday only Orphean Umited-Variety — Adv potation of non-public school students, in the district. Final Decision He said 33 high school students planning to attend Regis and 58 elementary students are involved at St. Joseph’s The hoard decided to make a final decision on how to handle the transportation of the non-public school students at the meeting next Thursday Due to scheduling problems and the small number of buses owned by the district, tin' board indicated some form of parent reimbursement would have to Ik* worked out Stevens recommended the hiring of Roger Hutchinson as principal at tin' Longfellow and Washington elementary buildings. Hutchison was a principal at the North Linn elementary school for six years Larry Twachtmann. who has been serving as principal of the two schools, has been tranferrcd to Mentzer school He replaces Richard Benz who resigned to accept a post with the Iowa Department of Public Instruction Bourd policy was changed on meeting day The regular monthly meeting will be held on the second Thursday of each month beginning in October. The change permits the treasurer time to reconsile the books and allow bills received en the firt of the month to Im* paid in the current month The September meeting will be held on Sept 18, following the Sept. Ill board election This meeting will serve both as a regular and a re-organ* izational meeting which is required by law following an election. The board approved contract modifications for 28 teachers. Following the regular meeting, the board went into executive session to discuss personnel matters State Office Enters Contract For Health Plan DFS MOIN KS (UPI) -Gov. Robert 1). Ray’s office announced Thursday that the state Office for Planning and Programming (OPP) has entered into a two-year $185.-578 contract with the U. S. department of health, education and welfare’s public health service. Officials said the $165,578 in federal funds will provide the financial assistance necessary to develop a health manpower plan for Iowa, with the plan aimed at reducing the physician shortage plaguing parts of the state. Lyle Krewson, acting project director, said the goal is to develop a “prioritized health manpower plan’’ that will improve existing health services and medical care delivery system in the state and identify area health needs. The final step of the plan will he to integrate resources to meet the identified health needs, said Krewson, who will hire an additional health manpower planner to direct the project. An advisory committee also will be named to coordinate the program. Krewson said the contract is effective retroactively to July 1. Grant Doubles Iowa Freshmen Receiving Aid DFS MOINES (UPI) - A $237,372 federal grant will double the number of Iowa college freshmen who will receive state of Iowa Scholarship aid next year, the state higher education facilities commission announced Friday. Mrs. Willis Ann Wolff, the commission’s acting executive director, said the I . S. office of education grant was awarded under the State Student Incentive grant program “For the first time suite tile program began iii 1955.’ Mrs Wolff said, “the commission has been able to offer monetary aid to all applicant!) who qualify both from an academic ami financial need standpoint.'' Sin* said in past years less than 58 percent of the applicants received financial assistance. Under the program, the maximum grant is $818. which may Im* used toward tuition at any Iowa state university, area school, private college or hospital school of nursing os THIS DATE 111 1942. the British ar sted the Indian na* i Iona list Mohandas Gandhi He was interned until 1944 Number of Iowa Doctors On Increase IOWA CITY (UPI) - Rural Iowans are going to get better medical care and will have plenty of doctors available to them, University of Iowa officials predict. U. of I. studies show that the number of physicians in Iowa has increased instead of declined in the past IO years. In addition, the studies revealed that more medical students are becoming family doctors and plan to locate in small rural communities. During the past decade, rural Iowans have suffered from a lack of general practitioners and specialists in their communities. However, from 1973 to 1974 the number of physicians in Iowa increased by 88 Dr. John Eckstein, dean of medicine at the U. of I. attributed the doctors to a new family practice department established in 1978 and a statewide program began in 1973 to train resident physicians at hospitals around the state The U. of I. medical school and the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines both supply doctors to the state. The Osteopathic college recently received a state grant based on the number of students it can recruit from the state and then establish practice in Iowa. LEMON OH,a op*» •v#fwn8i LII 7 00 PM , Sundog afternoon 2 5 Molt. pl* luting book! uvoilabl* 8 thmk.ng of buymg Of wiling, Cop in at JOI 3 C*n»*« Po*"* DdNf A quoits »al**mon will b« on doty to d.»co»» financing Of omw.rmy qo#it.om on payment*, Of how you qualify fat a loan LEMON & CO., REALTORS 393-4851 Rites Are Saturday For Terry L. Dennis SHELLSBURG—Funeral services will be Saturday for Terry U»c Dennis, 25, Shellsburg. w ho died in early Thursday as a result of a traffic accident near ('edar Rapids Wednesday. Born April 8, !949, in Cedar Rapids, he had lived in the Palo and Shellsburg ureas most of his life. He and the former Sue Etten were married April 6, 1974. in Shellsburg. A veteran of the Vietnam conflict, he was an employe of Iowa Steel and Iron. Surviving in addition to his wife are a stepson, Paul; his parents, Mr. and Mrs Earl Dennis; a sister. Mrs. Gordon Bull, and a brother. Gary Dennis, all of Palo, and his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. William Thompson, Troy Mills. Services Saturday ai 3 at Turner chapel west in Cedar Rapids Burial in Palo cemetery. with military services at graveside by the Palo American Legion post. Kirkwood Board Approves Beef Testing Program Plans for a $98,888 beef production testing facility were endorsed by the Kirkwood Community college board of directors Thursday night The facility, expected to be ready lor occupancy by Get 15, would have a capacity of 258 head of cattle, according to Larry Statler, agriculture department head ll would be constructed under a three-year lease-purchase arrangement. Breeders would be charged about 58 cents per pound of gain Statler emphasized the facility would allow teaching animal health and nutrition and money management, but would take some of the “gamble’’ for Kirkwood out of raising beef. The present beef program at the college has been losing money Director B A. Jensen supported the concept, saying, “We’ve had to put out cash to put animals on our lot This facility lets someone else underwrite that operation while reducing the peril tit our cash ” Supt Selby Ballantyne emphasized the staff would not go ahead with the facility unless contracts can be consummated with breeders to support it. Other changes planned by the agriculture department include moving the farm supply warehouse; renting or buying a bin dryer, beam scales, and a stationary mill for $9.-888 to $13,808 a year for three years. Statler said the changes would allow the farm to feed hack it’s own crops, rather than having to purchase feed. "Our feed will be guaranteed for the production year That s much safer than being at the mercy of the middleman. Alxmt $1(81.888 has left our midst this year because we have had to buy corn,” he said Other changes planned are re-conditioning of the present cow lots at a cost of about $12,888 and purchase of a pole building for an agri-service center, for about $5.(88) to $8.-<881 yearly under a three-year lease purchase arrangement. Campus May Be Museum Site The Linn county Historial Museum Assn intends to make a presentation to the Kirkwood Community college board of directors regarding the possible construction of a museum on the Kirkwood campus. Supt. Selby Ballantyne told the board Thursday night the association is searching for a site for a permanent building In a letter to the association, Ballantyne cited advantages of a Kirkwood location for the museum, including proximity to highways, closed circuit television production facilities, use of the grants office, and facilities of Iowa hall to lie completed this year. Roger Donnelly, immediate past president of the association. said the Kirkwood location is “purely a proposition” at this time. He said plans for fundraising have not been formed yet and emphasized the project is only in “the talking stages”. Oelwein Council Votes Fund Request OELWEIN—The Oelwein city council voted unanimously at its regular meeting ti* apply for a contract with the Iowa employment security com-misssion for funds that would go towards hiring a city engineer and sewage treatment operator. Prior to the vote. Mayor Iz'wis Hull said that engineering costs for the city had totalled $1(81.898. and that it would he more economical to hire a city engineer Funding, if received, would amount to $1.(88) for six months which the city could apply to the engineer’s salary. DRIVE SAFELY! “Fabrics and Sewing" A "SPECIAL INTEREST" Section In The Cedar Rapids Gazette Wednesday, August 14 Of interest to all who fashion their own clothes or do • Knitting • Needlepoint • Crewel • Upholstering • Draperies etc. A complete do it yourself guide you ll want to . SAVE for the long winter evenings ahead. ..    . .    :    ii $5.8 Million Budget Wins Approval By Dale Fueler The Linn-Mar school district hoard of directors Thurs day night approved a $5 8 million budget for the 1974-75 school year, and received a request for transportation of private school students on a contractual basis. The proposed budget, which received no comments from patrons during a public hearing session, will vary with enrollment changes in the coming month and final action by the state comptroller. Linn-Mar officials said the budget is tied to an enrollment projection of 3,218 pupils, up 83 from actual enrollment last year This would put the Linn-Mar per pupil cost for the coming year at $1,118 compared to $1,042 for the past school year The amount of budget increase is controlled by the state. Bus Service Bal Van Nest, president of the St Joseph’s Bus Assn , formally presented a request to the district for contracting bus service instead of using public school buses. A recent attorney general’s opinion said Iowa's new law providing for transportation of nonpublic students prohibits public school buses    from crossing district lines, but authorized such students to tic transported across district lines by other types of transportation Last year, Van Nest said. 128 St Joseph s students were bused, and an additional HO were transported from Marion to Regis high school. St. Joseph s is in the Marion school district and Regis is in the ( edar Rapids school district Tom Heifer, of the St Pius X Bus Assn said he was interested in a similar arrangement for St Pius students who live in the Linn-Mar district. Ruling The attorney general ruling also held that public school districts must Tully contract for transportation services for nonpublic students However, the opinion said, if the state reimbursement is prorated, then the public school districts must collect the unpaid transportation cost from the nun-public students’ parents Linn-Mar Supt. Dr. Le Roy Kruskop expressed apprehension about collection of costs which may not be not covered by state funds. “How do you feel about collecting such fees ahead of time?’ he asked Van Nest Van Nest said he would anticipate no payment problems based on his oxpeence with the St. Joseph’s Bus Assn. The attorney general’s office also ruled that parents of nonpublic high school students can be reimbursed up to $80 a year for transportation costs, with $40 reimbursement ceiling for transportation of nonpublic elementary students. Dr Kruskop said be expects the board to act on the busing request at the Aug 22 meeting The proposed general fund budget (operations) is $3.9 million while the schoolhouse fund (capital improvements) is $1 9 million. No Contingencies Kruskop said “There are no contingencies in this budget He said every dollar of income to the district is budgeted. The superintendent said the financial squeeze on school districts is especially acute for growing districts such as Linn-Mar. The district is one of about PMI in Iowa which has steady or growing enrollment. More than 388 public school districts have declining enrollment. Kruskop provided the board with the following per pupil cost breakdown that went into the budget formulation. Administratieve costs. $33 HO per pupil, up $1.39 over last year; instructional costs, $785.57, up $54.88; tran sportation, $58 48, up $18 88. fixed charges, $115.35, up $15 89; operation and maintenance, $117.41. up $3 58 Other school services, $18 44, up $3 41, community services, $18.87, down 38 cents; capital outlay, $21 51, up $11 18, debts service. $4 38, down 48 cents, transfers, $2.80, down $1 87; and federal programs, $28 39, up $14.33. Is Deceiving While* the new budget calls for an estimated millage rate of 83.407 based on projected assessed valuation in the' district of $40.5 million, the 3.3 mill drop from last year is deceiving. Kruskop explained that due to the 18-month budgeting procedure forced by a statewide change in budgeting from a calendar to fiscal basis, the millage drop won't be noticeable to taxpayers until October of 1975. Advertisement HEW! 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  • A. Jensen
  • Clark Stevens
  • Dale Fueler
  • Darwin Hopper
  • Duane Dousman
  • Gary Dennis
  • Gordon Bull
  • John Cordes
  • John Eckstein
  • John G. Vernon
  • Larry Statler
  • Larry Twachtmann
  • Le Roy Kruskop
  • Lyle Krewson
  • Mohandas Gandhi
  • Mrs Earl Dennis
  • Richard Benz
  • Roger Donnelly
  • Roger Hutchinson
  • Selby Ballantyne
  • Supt Selby Ballantyne
  • Tom Heifer
  • Troy Mills
  • William Thompson
  • Willis Ann Wolff

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Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette

Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Issue Date: August 9, 1974

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