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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - October 18, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Broader State Aid Base Is Sought lly Harrison Weber The Cedar Kaplds Gazelle: Frl., Oct. 18, 1974 5 lly Harrison Weber DKS M01NKS (IDI'A) The Inwa State Kducatlon Assn. wants to broaden the base of the stale's sdiool aid formula to more weight to inflationary increases. Walter L. Galvin, president of (he teacher organization, suggested Thursday that the next legislature change the formula of the slate's school aid foundation plan to mure nearly reflect economic condi- tions. Galvin said lliis can lie done by tying the formula to the consumer price index. Since implementation of the foundation program in 1971, Galvin said, the growth rale of the general fund expenditures for education have not kept pace with the growth rate of inflation as reflected in the consumer price index. "We estimate it would re- quire an additional mil- lion, or per pupil, to make up the loss in funding from the 1970-71 school year to to- he said. Growth Factor Galvin proposed changing the "allowable growth" factor in the foundation plan from the present eight percent to a minimum of 14 percent. The allowable growth factor represents Hie maximum amount of expenditures that can be raised by slate aid and local property taxes for sup- port of local schools. Calvin's comments set the lone for Ibe annual meeting of Hie Iowa State Education Assn. at Des Moines. The H percent figure, Galvin said, would be continu- ed from (he current slate av- erage cost per pupil, prcently "If the inflation rate as determined by (he change in the consumer price index did not reach 14 percent, the dif- ference between (bat and the inflation rale would be con- sidered a credit to reduce Ihe million already lost to inflation. If the rale of infla- tion becomes be said, "we will propose that the allowable growth rale be increased to match the infla- tion rate." Fund Source Galvin did not suggest where the money would come from to cover the increased costs; the stale presently spends million a year in support of the school founda- tion program. "The cumulative effects of using an unrealistic method of determining allowable growth and ignoring the rale of infla- Harrison Weber lion has bad a negative impact on the type of educational program Iowa schools have been able to Galvin charged. The 1SEA officials said he thinks most legislators agree and will be responsive to this proposed change. The declining enrollment provision of the school aid plan, Galvin continued, is an- other area where the ISEA be- lieves additional changes are needed. Increasing costs, inflationary Irends and declining cnroll- menls present a serious problem for most Iowa schools, Galvin related, be- cause "school expenditures cannot be reduced in propor- tion to the decline in student enrollment." Determine Aid To deal with this problem, the ISEA will propose that in a district with a declining enrollment the enrollment fig- ure used for determining fu- ture state aid would be (he current enrollment figure for (he 1974-75 school year. A school with an Increasing enrollment would be allowed to use its actual enrollment to determine its stale aid. The ISEA president also suggested the legislature should modify the complex school aid formula by using a weighed index to more accur- alely reflecl Ihc variations in costs of educating students than the present method of simply counting the number of students enrolled in each school. "Another proposal we will suggest to the Galvin said, "is a local effort option that would allow a school hoard to raise addition- al funding for education be- yond the amount provided for in the foundation plan. "We will propose that a lo- cal school board be allowed to levy a tax either income, properly, or a combination of both up to three percent of the total school district's ex- penditures. "We believe this limited amount of local control could help school officials meel pressing educational needs, implement innovative pro- grams or to enrich present programs." Bids Received For School Buses At Allamakee WAUKON Allamakee Community school board re- ceived bids for school bus bodies and chasses recently. Low bids were for one Id passenger body, two 48-pas scnger, one 54-passenger, and one 66-passenger bodies. Ford had low bid for all cbassts with a total bid Transportation arrange- ments for special education students to (he TMR center in Dceorah were approved. The children, who have been rid- ing in a bus wilh children from Lansing, will now be transported separately, ena- bling the Lansing group also to go directly to the center. The schedule for North Central Assn. evaluation Nov. 4-6 will include a dinner meet- ing for the hoard, faculty and NCA committee at (he senior high lunchroom Nov. 4 at 6 30 p.m. A committee report and recommendations will be presented lo the board and faculty Nov. 6 at p.m. in the senior high library at the end of the evaluation project One of those times is when there's a gas leak. Natural gas itself has no odor. For safety reasons, we add a strong smell to it before it is put into service... so it can be easily detected. Even though natural gas has an excellent safety record, it is still possible, through misuse or accident to have a gas leak. you smell the strong odor of gas, please follow these precautions: Open windows and doors to dilute the gas to a safe level, the odor is extremely strong, evacuate the building. Call Iowa-Illinois and your fire department for aid and advice. Shut off the main gas valve if you know where it is.and you can do it safely and easily. Avoid the use of flames and electrical equipment. Never light a gas-fired appliance if a strong odor of gas is present. o Have only qualified Iowa-Illinois personnel turn gas back on and relight appliances. Here are some other suggestions to follow to keep natural gas working for you safely: Have your appliances and equipment properly installed. adjusted, vented, inspected and repaired. Remember, these are jobs for experts. Follow the manufacturers' instructions for operation and care of your appliances. Use your appliances to perform the tasks for which they are designed. An oven, for example, should not be used to heat a room. Teach children that they are not to turn on or light gas appliances. Keep combustibles, like curtains, papers and flammable fluids, away from open flames. Keep burners clean and free of dirt, match ends and grease. If the flame on your appliance goes out, allow time for accumulated gas lo escape. Always light the match first and hold it at the point of lighting before you turn on the gas. If the trouble occurs again, call a serviceman. o Have approved fire extinguishers and know how to use them. In emergencies. soda and salt can be used to put out a grease fire or a large pot lid may be used to smother the flames. you discover or suspect a gas leak, please call us immediately! Killian's Lindale Plaza, Cedar Rapids and Mall Shopping Center, Iowa City OPEN SUNDAY TO 5: Join the jean scene with our best selling jeans! 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