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Albert Lea Sunday Tribune (Newspaper) - April 11, 1979, Albert Lea, Minnesota The evening Tribune volume 82, no. 86 single copy 20 cents Albert Leo Minnesota wednesday april la 1979 uses 181-580 34 pages figures show smaller school budget deficit by Mahy Brown Tribune Blaff writer it May not be necessary after All to Transfer funds from one school District fund to another in order to meet next year s District budget according to a budget report presented to the Albert Lea school Board tuesday director of support services Robert Moreau told the Board that after he and superintendent of schools Curtis Mccamy reviewed the preliminary budget for the 1979-80 school year they found that a the District should be realizing a lit tie More Revenue than it did last year. And it looks like we re going to be just about on at a March 14 meeting of the Board it was suggested that it May be necessary to get voter approval at the May is. School Board election to Transfer funds from the District s capital operating fund to the general fund to meet budget demands however after reviewing the budget Moreau told the Board that total receipts in the general maintenance fund would be around $10,962, 532, rather than $10,786,sob As indicated in the preliminary 1979-80 budget a an increase of $176,024 the updated budget shows revisions that indicate the District will receive additional funds in the following areas the Sale of material the Sale of school lunches an increase in foundation Aid and transportation Aid from the state legislature and increases in state allotments for secondary vocational Aid special education Aid and adult vocational Aid the revised budget also indicates possible increases in Federal Aid to schools. According to the revised figures for the same fund expenditures Are estimated at about $10,471,437 for the upcoming school year a not $10,630,963 As indicated in the preliminary figures according to the estimated budget figures the District will take in $491,096 More than it will spend in 1979-80 school year. Although the budget picture is improved with the revised figures the District is still carrying a $192,000 debt from this school year according to estimated expenditures. That deficit coupled with an anticipated seven percent increase in teacher salaries for the upcoming school year Means that the District could be even further in debt next year if District teachers receive the seven percent salary increase according to guidelines rec commended by president Carter it would mean an additional expenditure of $493,000 for the school District a a figure that has not yet been included into next year s budget All in All the budget estimates show that the District could still be As much As $194,000 in debt next year with that kind of a debt the local District would still be Well below the 22 percent deficit level that would place it in statutory operating debt it would take a deficit of $268,730 to put the District in statutory operating debt following Moreau s presentation on the budget review. Board member Arthur Gutknecht said that even though the District is not in danger of going into statutory operating debt be takes Quot Little Comfort Quot in the budget findings a i Don t find a debt of $192,000 Alt that said Gutknecht a i just Don t take a great Deal of Comfort in Board member Ralph Olson said he s a a Little hesitant Quot about transferring the Money from one fund to another to cover the debt because a we Don t know yet what the legislature is going to do about state Aid to schools. Moreau said today that a number of factors could change the 1979 80 preliminary budget figures in addition to the uncertainty about what the state legislature will do this year in terms of funding for education there Are also local factors that could change the budget for example if proposed cuts in some District educational programs Are not made expenditures could increase significantly said Moreau another hearing set on school use plan county representative by Mary Brown Tribune staff writer the Board room at Albert Lea High school was swamped tuesday with people ready to discuss alternatives to a proposed educational plan for District 241. The turnout was so heavy that the Albert Lea Board of education has scheduled another meeting for 7 pm tuesday. April 24. At Southwest Junior High school Little theatre to discuss a alternatives to a plan proposed by Henry guse director of curriculum for the school District the Board of education auditorium was filled at 5 p m. As the Board began to near proposals by District personnel who have concerns about guse s plan on the Agenda were James Stoltz who introduced a plea for the consideration of a Middle school Merrill Mielke who asked for fewer cuts in the districts music program Richard Hart representing the science department and Albert Lea High school librarian Roger Lonning who told the Board of space problems that could result in the Library if ninth graders Are transferred to the senior High school building As the plan indicates Stoltz presented the Board with a report to show the advantages of a Middle school which would probably House fifth sixth seventh and eighth graders. The Middle school proposal would be an alternative to closing one Junior High school As was suggested in the news highlights interest rate Bill approved St. Paul Minn. Apr the annual interest rate on unpaid charge accounts would increase from 12 to 18 percent under a Bill approved by the House Commerce committee tuesday. The Bill had once been tabled but was approved on a vote of 14 to to All but one Independent Republican on the committee voted for it and All but three Deflers voted against it. Safety corrections needed Washington apr the nuclear regulatory commission said today the three mile Island nuclear Power Plant Accident shows a need for urgent safety corrections on nearly All of nations nuclear plants. The Agency did not spell out the actions needed but said a design flaw was found in some Power plants designed by Westinghouse corp. Uganda capital Falls Kampala Uganda apr Kampala president Idi amines capital fell to an invasion Force of tanzanians and ugandan exiles Early today and by morning Only scattered pockets of ugandan troops were resisting in the City. Amin was reported to have left Kampala tuesday for his new Headquarters in Jinja 50 Miles to the East. It was not known yet whether the invaders would pursue him. 11 Mora executed in Iran Tehran Iran apr revolutionary firing squads executed la More leaders of the Shah a regime today including former Cabinet ministers secret police chiefs the speaker of parliament for 15 years and the commander of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi a Imperial guard. Six generals were among those who died. The executions were carried out before Dawn Tehran radio said and brought to 101 the number of men put to death since the forces of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini ousted the last Royal government two months ago. Fighting reported in Nicaragua san Isidro Nicaragua apr fighting was reported in half a dozen cities in Northern Nicaragua As the sandinista guerrillas stepped up their War against president Anastasio Somoza. Among the cities were Esteli Al sauce Leon and con Dega. Welder started fatal fire Bucharest Romania apr investigators say a welder at work in an elevator started the fire that damaged Bucharest a oldest department store killed three persons and injured a number of others the official news Agency age press reported. Inside the Tribune District s school planning task Force report last year Stoltz told the Hoard that the purpose of a Junior High school was to serve As a Bridge Between elementary and senior High school something that it has failed to do Stoltz stated in his report that according to studies the Quot most dramatic role change in going from a Junior High school to a Middle school is the role of the teacher Quot and that a Middle school would mean More team efforts on the part of teachers and less department ligation. Board chairman Gerald Rasmusson said the Quot obvious drawback Quot of a Middle school is that it would probably mean the closing of All but four elementary schools in the District. Quot of we found anything out from the task Force report and the Public meetings held in planning the report it is that most people wanted to retain grades kindergarten through six in the elementary schools. Stoltz told the Board that research shows no significant difference in academic achievement Between Junior High school students and students in a Middle school but it does show that students in a Middle school have better attitudes towards school. Also addressing the Board at the special meeting were Merrill Mielke music coordinator for the District and Richard Hart representing the science staff of the District. Both Mielke and Hart expressed concern about the future of their programs if the new educational plan is adopted. Mielke told the Board that cutting portions of the music program As the plan indicates would limit some students from becoming involved in music in a written report Mielke stated that one negative Factor in guse s curriculum proposal is that it would involve reducing the music program by 50 percent in some grades Mielke said however that it was incorrect opinion Page. Bridge. 18 markets. .19 18 deaths. .19 4 sports. To 23 to guide. .18 19 Horoscope. .16 5 area weather forecast Windy with rain tonight and thursday with Chance of a few thundershowers. Lows tonight in the upper 30s and Low 40s. Highs thursday in the Low to mid 40s. Chance of precipitation 90 percent tonight and 80 percent thursday. High temperature tuesday 39. Low temperature tuesday 26. That the District s instrumental program would be Cut in half As stated in a Story in mondays evening Tribune in defense of the District s science program. Hart told the Hoard that he Quot finds it very difficult to understand Why any changes Are being made or Are even being considered because we have a very Fine Hart referred to the possibility of one subject being Cut from the science curriculum and later added that uses plan was proposed to the school Board with Quot absolutely no input from anyone in our department a now that the Board has scheduled a second meeting to discuss the proposed educational plan the science department will have another Opportunity to Challenge or discuss the plan and How it will affect the science program in the Junior and senior High schools Roger Lonning. High school librarian also expressed concern to the Board about the plan a particularly concerning the Transfer of the ninth graders to the senior High school Lonning said last week that he is optimistic about the ninth graders being moved to the High school but is concerned about a Lack of space in the Library Lonning asked the Board to consider the space problems that would result from bringing the ninth graders into the building. Since the Library was built 17 years ago there has been a loss in seating capacity for about so students because of the need for additional shelving for books said Lonning if the two resource rooms near the Library Are closed As has been proposed the space will be Cut Down even further. In closing Lonning asked the Board to consider the space problem so that when the ninth graders come to the High school in 1982 83 As proposed in Gusey a plan the Library will be ready for them the skit Quot the Story Toller Quot Wos chosen to represent the Freeborn county 4-h club at the Minnesota state fair in August tuesday night during the county s share the fun a contest held at the Albert Lea High school. Quot the Story Teller Quot presented by from agreement reached left Paul Thompson. Burton Thompson Nathan Petersen and Kim Peterson of the Bancroft 4 h club Wos selected of the top skit in that category More pictures on Page 13. Trucks expected to be rolling Washington a the teamsters Union and trucking companies Are getting ready to Roll again ending a nationwide shutdown after reaching a tentative contract agreement that reportedly meets president Carter s anti inflation guidelines Quot the strike and defensive shutdown by the Industry Are being terminated Quot chief Federal mediator Wayne l Horvitz said shortly before Midnight tuesday As he announced a settlement in the 10-Day work stoppage a procedures for return to work will be made within 24 hours a he said Hie new package would provide increases in wages cos of living and fringe benefits estimated at 26 to 30 percent Over three years Anion president Frank Fitzsimmons said he would recommend ratification by the soo.-000-member rank and file covered by the pact. Quot in a sure they la be satisfied with this agreement at least i Hope so a he said. The Union said it would take four to six weeks to Complete the ratification vote the two sides reached their agreement under the prodding of Federal mediators in a final Marathon round of bargaining that stretched Over two Days. The settlement spelled an end to the longest Industry wide shutdown in history a dispute that forced mass layoffs in the Auto Industry but otherwise caused Little damage to the nations Economy. The dispute began at Midnight March 31, when the two sides failed to meet a deadline for agreeing to a new contract. The teamsters launched strikes against 73 companies and trucking management inc., the Industry bargaining Arm that represents about 500 firms responded with a lockout that prevented Union members from working at any of their companies sources who asked not to be identified say the tentative set Dement gives teamsters wage increases of is so an hour Over three years plus Semi annual Cost of living adjustments increased fringe benefits Are Worth another 75 cents an hour the sources said teamsters now average $9 75 an hour in pay fringe benefits bring total hourly compensation to$12 65 Fitzsimmons declined to say whether the agreement meets Carters voluntary anti inflation guideline Horvitz also Side Stepp Ltd Rha the subject saying a that matter must await the decision of the ratification proc Ess Quot but a Curtis counts chief Industry Bargainer told reporters he believed the settlement Falls within the president s guideline and several administration off i vials being kept abreast of the talks concurred that the agree ment complied with the guideline Quie dissatisfied with tax panel s vote St. Paul. Minn a gov Ai Quie has expressed disappointment with the Minnesota House tax committee s approval of a $177 million Del plan to provide property tax Relief. The committee voted 16-13 in favor of the plan tuesday Over Independent Republican objections that property tax of should be part of an omnibus tax Bill which also includes income tax cuts. The House which has an even number of in and Del lawmakers tackles the Issue thursday and in lawmakers Are expected to Block passage of the tax Relief plan a the Only Way this tax cutting Effort is going to work this year is to get both income tax and property tax Quot Quie told a news conference following the House committee action a if you Send out the property tax Bill first income tax has to take what s left a said Quie. A they Are both important Quot their governor said that his $416 million personal income tax Cut proposal remains Quot the no i priority for me Quot however Quie said he would support some property tax Relief As part of an Overall tax package a i think they ought to put together an omnibus Bill and put it All through Quot Quie said he would announce his property tax proposals thursday hut was not sure if they would be available before the full House takes up the Del property tax proposal Iii mid afternoon he said he was not willing to reduce his personal income tax cuts to make More state funds available for property tax Relief a commissioner gets Quie s support killer Tornado strike four cities in Texas and Oklahoma by the associated press tornadoes smashed into four communities in North Texas and Oklahoma sucking up people and property tossing cars about and leveling Homes and businesses. Authorities said at least 49 persons were killed and More than 800 were i injured in Wichita Falls site of the worst damage. National guard troops patrolled debris strewn streets today to Ward off any looters who might want to take advantage of the disaster that struck tuesday afternoon vandals smashed plate Glass windows in downtown stores and scooped up Booty after a twister Tore through the City of 96,000 one red Cross worker reported seeing armed homeowners guarding damaged Homes. In Lawton okla., where at least three died in a twister gov. George nigh activated too National guard troops to Aid in search and Rescue efforts and police patrols. There were reports of looting there too but no arrests. Texas gov. Bill Clements who activated 150 National 3 Oklahoma Oklahoma City Altus a Lawton Vernon a Lockett Wichita Falls Dallas fort Worth it Texas so too Miles guardsmen in Wichita Falls was to tour the stricken areas today Quot As the storm started you could see the Clouds being sucked into the Center of the storm a the debris and huge pieces of House roofs and tree limbs Quot said Wichita Falls record news reporter Rocky Scott who watched the Tornado f of the county courthouse. Quot All of a sudden there was a tremendous Roar and the storm appeared to move very quickly. It seemed like it lasted about five or six minutes and it looked like a huge Snow the first major twister at 3 50 p m. Killed at least 12 persons and injured More than 60 in Vernon a town of 11,500 about 75 Miles Northwest of Wichita Falls. Quot it looks like we have been bombed Quot one resident there said. The National guard armory was blown Down. Two hours later Wichita Falls was hit with the path of destruction eight Miles Long and up to 12 Miles wide. Red Cross officials said at least 33 were killed and More than 700 injured a Many of them seriously enough to require surgery. About 2,000 Homes were destroyed or seriously damaged and two shopping centers were heavily damaged. Quot the Only thing left of my House is the closet i was lying in a said one woman who asked not to be identified. A i got so scared i just Laid there and prayed. In be been through five hurricanes but hurricanes Are nothing compared to this. Take me Back to some of those injured in Vernon had been taken to Wichita Falls hospitals. Quot we were taking injured in from Vernon when this one hit Here a said or. James Lee medical coordinator for the red Cross in Wichita Falls. Another Tornado later struck Harrold a Small town nine Miles West of Vernon killing one person. Across the red River in Oklahoma a twister killed at least three persons and injured at least 70 in Lawton. A the destruction is going to be in the millions of dollars. We got hit hard a said police capt. Bob Edmonson. The Tornado struck there about 5.15 p.m., 12 minutes after a warning Siren had sounded. A it sounded like jets going Over Quot said Karen Lanham 34 Quot it happened so fast it was Over before i could hide a said mrs e a. Hansen peering out from the stairs of her roofless House. At least 25 houses were destroyed other tornadoes were reported about the same time in outlying areas of Texas but authorities could not say How Many touched Down there was some damage at Lockett six Miles Southwest of Vernon the cities Are in an area of the Southwest commonly known As a Tornado Alley Quot because twisters frequently Thunder Over the rolling Hills covered with Sagebrush. Lost cause a this couple looks for anything of value to Salvage from their demolished Home in Wichita Falls Texas tuesday night after a Tornado ripped through the City leaving death and destruction in its Wake. St. Paul Minn. A the Senate agriculture and natural resources committee looked into the Job performance tuesday evening of Minnesota agriculture commissioner Mark Seetin and a top aide during a recent far Eastern Trade Mission. All the witnesses said the Trade show was a Success and some credited Seetin and e Barrett Schlenk an inter National Trade specialist for the agriculture department sen Gerald Willet Del Park rapids said the panel would not delve into seeting a personal conduct during the trip Appleton businessman Burton Johnson president of sol King corp., told the House agriculture committee last week that Seetin acted improperly and was an embarrassment to the Minnesota delegation Johnson did not go into details. Seetin has denied the allegations gov. Al Quie has said he will ask an Independent third party to look into the charges about seeting a personal conduct How Ever Quie told a news conference earlier in the Day that he has been unable to find anyone to handle the investigation and his own staff was looking into the matter a my own feeling is that Mark Seetin did a Good Job on that trip a said Quie the governor said it Quot was not e Roper a for Schlenk to drink easily on the plane trip to Japan Quie said he was pleased that Schlenk was seeking professional help for a drinking problem. Willet told newsmen that seeting a personal conduct during the trip was a problem for Quie to handle a it was a complaint on conduct let the governor take care of that. He a the gov Bailey pleads not guilty Northwood Iowa a Clark Bailey 26, pleaded innocent in Worth county District court tuesday to an open charge of murder in connection with the death of a Minneapolis min teenager no Date was immediately set for the trial. The body of Loann Erickson 13, was found in Fertile Iowa in december 1976. Bailey has been sentenced to 60 years in prison in Minnesota for kidnapping and first degree sexual misconduct in the same Case. Error s representative Over there a a i did t want to Goon a Witch Hunt Quot Willet added Willet said his primary concern was whether the agriculture departments Trade promotion program is being administered properly he noted that his committee had previously approved a $1 million increase in the departments promotion budget Johnson told lawmakers he was Quot very pleased with the additional business secured at the Tokyo and Hong Kong Trade shows a i done to know if i can credit any of that Success to the Minnesota department of agriculture a Johnson said Quot it took a whole lot of hustling and hard work by individuals to sell that Minnesota said Johnson who operates a potato processing Plant Johnson was asked by sen de sch rpm Del Albany if agriculture department officials did everything they could to help the Minnesota exhibitors Quot absolutely not Quot replied Johnson Quot my main concern was Minnesota agriculture being represented properly and i done to think it was Quot said Johnson Quot i could have done very Well w without the Norman Birn president of International Trade administrators told lawmakers. Quot we did a lot of business at that show we hustled the department can t sell for us Quot Elliot Belzer St Cloud president of Robel beef packers said his firm has similar results. Quot i attribute a lot of the Success to or Schlenk himself Quot said Belzer Quot i think he a doing a great Job i think you ought to commend him father than degrade Farmer uses and to sell cattle this Farmer Hod no trouble Selling Angus cattle by placing an and in the Low Cost Tribune want and Section for Sale Angus cattle one steer and one Heifer weight 750 la Corn ted Farmers prices Call xxxix this and ran under the Farmer s Market livestock for Sale for four Days it was scheduled to run in the paper for six Days. You too. Con get Quick results with wont ads Telephone your and in today before 5 pm and have it appear in tomorrow s paper dial 373-1411 ask for want ads

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