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   Estherville Daily News (Newspaper) - February 6, 1976, Estherville, Iowa                                Ulster***- air.UiR8�..'^ Sail* 3a-pis ?W  . Supervisors Table Action, Eye County Levy Estherville S Dispatch Aid � ESTHERVILLE - The Emmet County Board of Supervisors refused to make a decision Thursday in regard to the City of Estherville's request for $15,660.75 in county funds to help pay operating expenses for police dispatch services. Also tabled was the city's request that the county pay $350 per month rental for jail facilities as compared to the present charge of $300 ppr month. THE COUNTY board met Thursday with Estherville Mayor Elmer Jacob, Armstrong Mayor LeRoy Opsal, Rihgsted Mayor Arnold Jensen, and Gruver Mayor Clyde Hall and other city officials from Estherville. Representatives from Dolliver were invited but not present. City Planning and Construction Engineer Steve Woodley, Estherville, told the county board that it would not be "practical" for each city to run its own jail and the county to run a county jail. He said the city is requesting a dispatch service fee from the county for the first time in order to discuss efficiency and to help the city cut down its budget. Woodley said the $15,660.75 fee is based on the 125 hours per week that the city currently must operate a dispatch service for the county when the sheriff's office is closed. ROBERT SEYLAR, Estherville chief of police, said a policeman must be on duty to run the dispatch service during evening hours because the dispatch equipment is in the jail area. He said Students Suffer Cites Deficiencies Of Lincoln School ESTHERVILLE - "The classrooms themselves are adequate," said Carla Ridout about the Lincoln Elementary School, "but there are'a lot of extra things that the Lincoln students just do not have." Mrs. Ridout taught in the Lincoln School for two years and currently serves as a substitute teacher in Lincoln, Demoney and McKinley Elementary Schools. "For instance, there is no lunchroom, students have to eat in rooms on the main floor. If those rooms get too full, some students sit on the floor to eat their lunch. Eating in the rooms causes odor and a mess because the janitor has only a limited time in which to clean up after lunch. Can you imagine the smell in a classroom all afternoon where maybe 40 students had a lunch of sauerkraut and wieners?" Mrs. Ridout asked. ANOTHER DRAWBACK is the 'multi-purpose' room in the basement of the school. "During bad weather, the students have physical education on the cement floor of that room. During the spring and the fall the cement floor sweats, but that room and outside are the only two physical education areas the students have. "In addition to physical education, the room is used for music and as far as accoustics go, there are none. To make things worse, students in the kindergarten room, right next door to this room, must go through the multipurpose room to go to the restroom. It must be disrupting for a music teacher or physical education teacher to have to put up with the constant interruptions of students walking through a class. "WHENEVER THERE IS ANY kind of assembly, the students all crowd onto the cement floor in the room. There are wall-to-wall students, leaving almost no room for a speaker. "Students are now bused to another school to see programs during the year, but that is an additional cost to the district," Mrs. Ridout pointed out. She added that the kindergarten teacher must compete all day with the noises from physical education classes and from music classes. ANOTHER DRAWBACK IS THAT the restrooms are all in the basement, "If any child is at all handicapped, or if someone breaks a leg or sprains an ankle during rhe school year, they have a lot of stair steps to face," she commented. Lincoln does not have any kind of room which can be used by teacher's aides or by professional personnel. There is one room on the top floor that is used as a central storage room, art supply room, teacher's lounge, sick room, and it is used by the psychologist and speech therapist. The room is heated only by an electric space heater. "The remedial reading and learning disability students meet in another small room on the top floor, and that seems to work out pretty well." MRS. RIDOUT CONTINUED, "Because the art teacher has to store her supplies in the storage room on the top floor, there are certain things that students at Lincoln just cannot do for art. The teacher has a limited storage space and there are just certain things you can not do when she has to haul all the supplies for every art class. With a new school, art could be held in one room with all supplies in that room. Another item that Lincoln lacks but McKinley and Demoney do not is a central library. "Each room has its library corner, but that takes up a whole corner of the room which could be used for perhaps a science display." HEATING AT THE SCHOOL is not uniform, commented Mrs. Ridout. "With the kind of furnace that Lincoln has, heating is just not uniform. One room may be very comfortable while another is 60 degrees, and that gets kind of chilly for students trying to study." She added that students rarely get to wash their hands in hot water. The classrooms themselves have recently been painted and wallpapered to make them more cheery, she commented, and added again that the rooms are adequate and do serve their purpose. "It is just that a new school would give us the extras that the other two elementary schools have. Students would not be forced to eat in the classrooms and forced to put up with the food smell all afternoon. Music and art classes could be held without constant interruptions, and restrooms could all be on the same floor." - By CONNIE DAVIS dispatch operator considerably more because he might have to help policeman subdue a prisoner. Seylar said if the county were to try to run its own dispatch service the additional 125 hours per week the sheriff's office is presently closed, it would cost the county a minimum of $17,337.27. This is considering minimum wage of $2.30 per hour plus social security and retirement benefits. This would not include the cost of hospitalization and accident coverage. Seylar said tn^ county would need a minimum of four fulltime employees and one parttime employee for such an operation. ARMSTRONG MAYOR LeRoy Opsal told the board that it is his personal opinion that towns in the county have been getting by "very easily" for law enforcement costs from the county. "The service has always been tremendous," said Opsal. "I would say Armstrong does get benefit from the county sheriff's department and from the dispatch service operated by Estherville." He said he personally feels all cities in the county might want to consider helping fund the dispatch service. Opsal also pointed out that his city frequently makes use of Estherville's jail facilities. "All our prisoners are bought to Estherville," said Opsal. "The problem that we have is most of the prisoners are not from Armstrong, and many are from out of state. We have always received cooperation." RINGSTED MAYOR Arnold Jensen commented his community also receives benefits from the dispatch service but said Ringsted rarely brings any prisoners to Estherville for detention. Supervisor Ralph Rouse questioned how much longer the city's jail facilities will continue to pass inspection and noted that the last grand jury report was not favorable. "We have budgeted $1,100 to remodel the jail," noted Woodley. "The repairs we are going to make exceed the grand jury's recommendations." County Auditor Mildred Danielson reported the money for the dispatch Official Newspaper For All Emmet County service may have to come out of the general county fund. She noted the county is presently levying 81 cents per $1,000 of valuation for the general county fund, the maximum allowed by law. She also said an emergency fund may be levied, if needed, but noted the county has avoided this for the last several years. WOODLEY ALSO told the board the city's budget has already been prepared assuming the county will go along with the dispatch service fee and the increased jail rental. "If you do not agree to this," said Woodley, "we will have to figure out something else. The city needs the revenue." - By RON BALDWIN AILY NEWS 105th YEAR; NO. 86 ESTHERVILLE,.IOWA 51334 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 1976 COPY 15* Ford Proposes Cut in Program School Lunch Crisis ESTHERVILLE - Increased prices or empty plates face over 2,300 Emmejt County students who eat hot lunches at school if President Ford's latest budget proposals are approved. Included in the President's proposed $28-billion cut in federal spending is an $800 million reduction in funds for child nutrition programs, sayB Bern Carpenter, ':lbv^'-i)teipalrtmeht'- 1jf^#uKij&., Instruction's director of child nutrition programs. ESTHERVILLE COMMUNITY School District serves an average of 1,500 meals daily in its hot lunch program at a cost of 40-cents to the student, Armstrong Community Schools serve an average of 400 daily, also for 40-cents. Ringsted Community School District serves an average of 180 meals daily, Terril Community Schools an average of 340 meals daily, and Graettinger an average of 460 meals daily, all at a cost of 45-cents per meal. Lincoln Central Community School serves an average of 250 meals daily at a cost of 50-cents. "THE SALE PRICES of children's lunches would need to increase at least 23.5 percent to offset the loss of federal ^j^feimbursement and commodities," says Carpenter. "As volume decreases, the sale price would necessarily go up higher. The question is whether parents would pay from 75 cents to $1 per lunch for their children." The average price of school lunches for the 460,000 students using the program in Iowa is 45-cents. The maximum that can be charged is 50 cents. "BEFORE INFLATION got out of hand, whenever lunch prices were raised five cents the participation would drop five percent," Carpenter states. "I don't know what they would do with an increase of 25 cents at one time." Participation in the school lunch program includes 75 percent of the students at Estherville, 90 percent at Lincoln Central and. Graettinger, 80 percent at Armstrong and Ringsted, and 95 percent at Terril. - By CHUCK OSTHEIMER. Master TecieKer Cen>tr    

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