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Clearfield Progress (Newspaper) - August 11, 1966, Clearfield, Pennsylvania TODAY TOMORROW BY GEORGE A.SCOTT, EDITOR OF THE PROGRESS Education in Focus The County Office Special Education - Part I Special Education is the one area, at the present time, in which the Clearfield County Superintendent's Office and the County School Board is directly engaged in public school education with its own staff of teachers and its own program of instruction. The Area Technical School, still a year or more away from realization, will provide a second area of such instruction since it, too, will be in charge of the County Office. County Office Delegated This is because the Legislature, since it passed the first law authorizing Special Education back in 1929, has, over the years, generally delegated operation and supervision of such instruction to the County Office. Individual school districts can conduct their own Special Education program, but beginning in 1929 it was apparently obvious to state education officials and the legislators that even with some financial inducements that were offered only the larger, richer school districts were in position to undertake such classes. Thus, in 1941, the Legislature made funds available for every county to hire Supervisors of Special Education - a pioneer move in the United States, by the way - and in 1956 County Boards were empowered to start and finance Special Education classes at the request of any school district. Special Education in the Clearfield Area dates back to 1941 when James H. "Harry" Blackwell was hired by the County Board as'Supervisor of Special Education. Until 1950, his services were shared with Elk County schools. Today, the County Office's staff for Special Education in the eight-district area it supervises includes Mr. Black-well; Miss Mildred Rorabaugh, assistant supervisor; a sight conservationist whose services will be shared with Centre County in the coming school year; eight speech therapists; and 38 teachers working in classrooms throughout the area. In addition there are four teachers in the Curwensville Area Schools, which operates its own Special Education program under the supervision of the County office. All told, more than 2,000 pupils of grades 1 through 12 are receiving instruction under the Special Education program in the school districts of Clearfield, Curwensville, DuBois, Glendale, Harmony, Moshannon Valley, Philips-burg-Osceola and West Branch. This represents roughly about 10 per cent of the children enrolled in the eight districts last year. Who Are The Pupils? Who are these youngsters? They are those who are totally or partially (legally) blind; physically handicapped because they are epileptics, cerebral palsied, post-polio victims, have club feet or other gross handicaps, cardiac or malnutrition cases; have speech defects; are emotionally and socially disturbed; are mentally retarded but educable; and those who are mentally advanced beyond the capabilities of their fellow pupils. A 1965 law mandated that "every exceptional child must be educated" and defined the "exceptional child" as those who deviate from the normal to a degree that they need special services. if\-.-\ Special Education classes now in operation (last year and scheduled for the coming 1966-67 school term) are: Clearfield Area Schools - four elementary, three junior high and two senior high, plus a day care training center for children of elementary age at the Community Building in the Driving Park. DuBois Area: three elementary, three junior high and two senior high. Curwensville: two elementary and two junior-senior high school. Glendale- one elementary and one junior-senior high school. Harmony: one elementary and one junior-senior high school. Moshannon Valley: one elementary and one junior-senior high. Philipsburg-Osceola: three elementary, three junior high, two senior high and a day care center at the Kiwanis Chalet in South Philipsburg. West Branch: two elementary and two secondary. Co. Board Hires Teachers Teachers in the individual districts are hired by the County Board and include 15 elementary, 21 secondary and two in charge of the day care centers. Last year there were 237 pupils in the elementary classes, 438 in the junior high classes, 21 in day care centers, 14 receiving blind education and 1,350 receiving speech therapy. For the last half of the year, special seminar classes were conducted for 90 students in the academically accelerated category. As far as local taxes are concerned, Special Education costs the taxpayer no more than the education of those in regular classes. The State picks up the tab for any excess of expense over the normal pupil cost in each school district, pays the salaries, through the County Board, of the entire staff of the Special Education department, and buys all of the equipment, including furniture if necessary, for the school rooms. It also pays rental to the school districts for the use of school rooms. The Special Education budget for the 1966-67 school year is in the neighborhood of $537,000. (The statewide budget runs around $20 million annually.) Individual school districts are charged by the state on the basis of average per pupil cost with the total sum being deducted from the district's state appropriation. Costs over and above such per pupil tuition, as noted earlier, are paid by the state. The County School Board regulates the program in keeping with the needs of the area, hires and pays the supervisory and instructional staff, and controls the entire program in every way, following of course, guidelines set forth by the State Department of Public Instruction. A Legal, Moral Obligation The point to be made, in our opinion, is that this is a program of necessary and legitimate education of our young people that would be extremely difficult and costly for the local districts, even under the July 1 reorganization, to carry out their own. Few, if any, of our Clearfield County districts could afford the services of a psychologist, speech and hearing therapists, a sight conservationist, nor could they justify such a program on the basis of total pupil need. The present program, operated through the County Superintendent's Office and serving a wide area with the specialists needed for such instruction, can provide the services needed by each individual school district at a far lower cost. And don't discount the need or the moral obligation to provide education in keeping with their capabilities of the physically and/or mentally handicapped children in our midst. The State Legislature has mandated or ordered such education and morally it is our obligation to see that the physically-handicapped, the deaf, the blind, the mentally-retarded, those with speech handicaps receive education, again within the range of their capabilities. By the same token, we must provide the opportunity for those fortunate youngsters to advance in keeping with their mental capabilities. THE ROGRESS Today's Chuckle Said the young miss. "I'm sure he'll love me even more after we're married - he's just orazy about married women. Vol. 60 - No. 189 Our 56th Year Clearfield, Curwensville, Philipsburg, Moshannon Valley, Pa., Thursday, August 11, 1966 15,155 Copies Daily 28 PAGES TODAY congress Marines Pursue Enemy Gropes In ' Air Strike Union, Management Blame Each Other As Talks Collapse By NEIL GILBRIDE WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress groped through the wreckage today after airlines strike negotiators exploded its "last" hope to duck back-to-work legislation. Union and management chiefs blamed each other for the latest collapse of negotiations in the five-week strike of 35.000 mechanics against five airlines. But the legislative mills continued creaking slowly on the issue. It is the year's hottest home-grown political potato confronting election minded congressmen. "Do not pass legislation that you will regret the rest of your lives," warned AFL-CIO President George Meany in behalf of 17 million union members. Chairman Harley O. Staggers of the House Commerce Committee, who raised faint hopes by briefly cajoling negotiators into trying arbitration, hinted no strike-stopping bill will reach the House floor until next week. The West Virginia Democrat said his arbitration suggestion was "the last thing we could possibly do" short of legislation. But the plan blew up a few hours later in a sharp exchange of statements between chief airlines negotiator William J. Cur-tin and P.L. (Roy) Siemiller, president of the AFL-CIO International Association of Machinists. Siemiller predicted that any By GEORGE McARTIIUR SAIGON (AP) - U.S. Marines pursued an estimated 6,000 North Vietnamese troops in bloodied rice paddies near Da Nang today after some 750 Leathernecks fought off encirclement by twice their number through the night. The Marines killed at least 121 Communists while their own casualties were moderate, a spokesman said. Off South Viet Nam's northern coast, three American planes mistakenly attacked an 82-foot U.S. Coast Guard patrol boat, killing two Coast Guardmen and injuring five men, including a British correspondent. The attack occurred less than 36 hours after two American jets bombed and strafed a friendly Mekong Delta village from which, the American command said, the Viet Cong were firing on a U.S. spotter plane. The attack killed 24 Vietnamese and wounded 82, most of them villagers. While jets supported the Marine drive near Da Nang. Air Force B52s and other American planes pounded the Central Highland area west of Pleiku where outnumbered South Korean infantrymen helped by five U.S. tanks killed 170 North Vietnamese Wednesday in their bloodiest action of the war. Scattered firefights were reported today in the plateau area where thousands of U.S., Korean and Vietnamese troops are in action to forestall a possible late monsoon season sweep by the North Vietnamese across the highlands to the sea. Bad flying weather limited U.S. air operations over North Viet Nam to 98 missions Wednesday and kept the American fliers clear of the hotly defended Haiphong-Hanoi industrial bell. Instead, the Air Force, Navy and Marine pilots worked over coastal targets in the southern panhandle, hitting fuel dumps, bridges, barges and a 30-car train, a U.S. spokesman said. For the second day in a row, no American aircraft were reported lost after a total of 10 planes were downed on Sunday and Monday. U.S. Air Force and Marine pilots flew 358 single-plane sorties in the south Wednesday and were out in force again today - hitting hard in support of the infantrymen in the Pleiku area and the Marines southwest of Da Nang. Please Turn to Page 8, Col. 1 AND THEN THERE WERE TEN - Four of the 14 towering blue spruce trees pictured here near the Clearfield fire tower were felled by Tuesday night's fierce wind and rainstorm. In all, 13 trees were uprooted. Each of the trees was about 40 feet high. See other pictures on Page 8. (Progress Photo by Jack Zipf) Inside The Progress Classified Ads 16, 17 Hints From Ilcloise 20 Comics 19 News From Around World 8 Sports ............. 12, 13 Obituaries ............ 7 Hospital News ........ 3, 18 Columns ............ 4 Social News ............ 5 Today in History ....... 4 Sunday School Lesson .. 10 Stale News Briefs ....... 6 Area Servicemen ........ 2 411 Pictures .......17 More on Viet Nam ...... 18 CANDIDATES ALL - Raymond Broderick, center, Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, is joined at Moshannon Val ley Republican Club's annual corn boil by State Sen. Daniel Bailey, left, seeking re-election, and Austin M. Harrier, former state assemblyman who is seeking a new term. (Progress Photo) Plans Completed for firemen's District Meeting Final plans have been completed for the 74th annual convention of the Central District Volunteer Firemen's Association to be held at Bellefonte Aug. 18, 19 and 20. Convention officials expect to play host to seveYal thousand volunteer firemen. Philip P. Saylor of Bellefonte, association president, will preside over the convention program. Bellefonte's Logan Fire Co. No. 1 is serving as host. The Central District Association covers 22 Central Pennsylvania Maryland Motorist Slightly Injured In Crash Near Clearfield An out-of-state driver was slightly injured in one of three traffic accidents yesterday in the area. Property damage was estimated at $1,600. Samuel T. Grassmyer, 30, of Aberdeen, Md., was slightly injured when his car struck the rear of an auto driven by Mohammed Chaudri, 32, of Newton, Conn., at 6:45 p. m. on Route 153, six miles north of Clearfield. State police from Ihe Clearfield substation said both vehicles were traveling north at the time. Damage was set at $600 to the Grassmyer car and New Post Office Scheduled for West Decatur West Decatur is scheduled to get a new post office. In a telegram to The Progress late yesterday, U. S. Sen. Joseph S. Clark announced that the Post Office Department will advertise for bids on Aug. 22 for construction of a new post office. Sen. Clark safd specifications call for any suitable site within the village limits with the building to have an interior of 800 square feet, a platform of 80 square feel and a parking area of 3.500 square feet. At Houtzdale Event... Broderick Blasts Democratic Foes By WILLIAM B. McFEETERS --Progress Staff Writer HOUTZDALE - Raymond J. Broderick, Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, blasted the Democratic ticket last night at the Moshannon Valley Republican Club's 10th annual corn boil here before some 3,500 persons. Mr. Broderick said there are separate Democratic and Milton Shapp (Democratic candidate for governor) tickets but that regardless of their efforts "there are things money cannot buy." He declared that even if the opposition should "spend ten times $10 million, the choice of Pennsylvania voters on Nov. 8 will be Ray Shafer, John Tabor, Senator Daniel Bailey, Representative Eugene Fulmer, Austin M. Harrier and the other Re- - Calendar OK'd For Schools At Amesville AMESVILLE - The school calendar for the 1966-67 term was adopted Tuesday evening at a long session of the Moshannon Valley School Board. A wide variety of other business was transacted including: * The election of Mrs. Tressa Kniss as a full-time substitute teacher for one year. v The election of Michael Fember of Janesville as janitor in the Madera Elementary Building. v The appointment of Robert Sinclair as assistant to Football Coach James Reese. f The hiring of Mrs. Helen Rusnak of Ramey as cafeteria cook. *^ The appointment of Walter S. Granlun, supervising principal, as the federal surplus rep- publican candidates and Ray Broderick will go in on their coattails." The speaker said that no amount of money can buy the experience of Ray Shafer or the progress achieved by the Scranton-Shafer administration. Money, he declared, cannot buy the honor, character, integrity, and reputation of the Republican slate of officers. The people of Pennsylvania, he continued, will not trade the progress, performance and prosperity of the Scranton-Shafer administration Pro Player Testifies At Shapp Hearing HARRISBURG (AP) - The Milton J. Shapp audit hearing turned to testimony today about athletic celebrities who posed for pictures in Shapp's successful Democratic primary campaign for governor. Timmy Brown, a star halfback with the 'Philadelphia Eagles professional football team, came over from the club's Hershey training camp to testify on the fourth day of an audit hearing into Shapp's prim-arey election campaign spending. Brown said he was paid $450 to pose for a picture with Shapp, but stoutly denied the money was in return for his endorsement of the candidate. "As an athlete," the witness said, "I'm often asked to take pictures with people." Supporters of the Republican nominee for governor, Lt. Gov. Raymond P. Shafer, asked for the audit hearing after Shapp reported he spent $1.4 million in defeating the Democratic state organization for his party's nomination last May. An earlier hearing on Shafer's expenses was completed last week in Dauphin County Court. Brown said that he never was asked for permission to use the picture, which also included Philadelphia track star Ira Davis and basketball celebrity Wilt Chamberlain, on Shapp's campaign literature. "I think it was taken for granted that they were going to use it (the picture) for something, or else I wouldn't have '.aken it," Brown said. Brown testified that after he was approached about the pic-Please Turn to Page 8, Col. 3 Please Turn to Page 8, Col. 4 Please Turn to Page 8, Col. 6 Please Turn to Page 8, Col. 7 Please Turn to Page 7, Col. 2 Mahaffey Man Injured In Mine Accident MAHAFFEY - A Mahaffey R. D. 1 miner was scheduled to undergo surgery in the Adrian Hospital t Punxsutawney following an accident Tuesday in which he suffered severe injuries of the hand. Stanley M. Wright, an employe of the Arcadia Coal Company, reportedly caught his hand in the shaker screen machine at the company's coal tipple. $2 Billion Paid In Miner Benefits WASHINGTON (AP) - The United Mine Workers welfare and retirement fund, celebrating its 20th anniversary, said today it has paid more than $2 billion in benefits to coal miners and their families since 1946. In its simultaneously issued annual financial report, the fund said $143.3 million was paid out last fiscal year in pensions, medical and hospital care and other benefits. Over the 20-year period of the fund, the report said today pension payments of $1.1 billion Please Turn to Page 8, Col. 2 Please Turn to Page 8, Col. 7 Children Are Ready... Almost 400 Benefit In Head Start Program Almost 400 Clearfield County children will start school this year with a better understanding of what's going on, thanks to the anti-poverty Head Start program. That was the concensus of discussion groups at a dutch treat dinner held last night in the New Dimeling Hotel at Clearfield for workers in the - program. A total of 395 Clearfield County - Moshannon Valley youngsters scheduled to enter either kindergarten or first grade this term were enrolled in the summer program sponsored by Community Action in Clearfield County Inc. And, just as the name implies, they'll have a head start on the sometimes difficult adjustment to formal schooling. Some of the Head Start schools have completed their sessions; others will be finished by the end of this month. For the teachers, aides, advisors, cooks, dietitians, volunteer helpers, social workers, nurses, doctors and most important, the children, it was a valuable experience. Last night's four-hour program, attended by 65 persons, touched on the highlights of that Please Turn to Page 7, Col. 1 SET FOR TOUR - These Morris Township area youngsters in the Head Start program are pictured as they arrived late this morning for a tour of Clear Haven. Later in the day, they planned to visit Clearfield's new community swimming pool. (Progress Photo)
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