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Blue Island Sun-Standard (Newspaper) - August 22, 1976, Blue Island, IllinoisBlue Island Sun Standard published by the Southtown economist phones news or ads 388-2020 circulation 422-1212 vol. 100 no. 20 cents. Per copy sunday August 22, 1976 65 cents monthly by Carrier in dist. 132 summer fun this group of youngsters made a big splash at memorial Park Pool for the Sun Standard photographer. Summer fun will soon draw to a close and they la be trading their swim suits for school clothes and then it s Back to the memorial Park Pool will close monday septem Berc so there s still time to enjoy a few More Cooling dips. Dist. 130 embarking on Kerr renovation by Carol Jouzaitis with construction at Lincoln school and Nathan Hale Middle school near ing completion Blue Island school District 130 is about to embark o a new renovation project. Plans Are Well underway to replace the 1895-1915 Greenwood Wing at Ken Junior High school. When completed Kerr will become a Middle school of Fering a More modern program for sixth seventh and eight eighth Grade students on wednesday the state s capital development Board recommended that governor Dan Walker release in state funds for the prefect. The funds coming from a state Grant approved last year will provide slightly More than half the Cost of the construction project. Construction documents Are expected to be Complete by october with bidding scheduled for november. Construction work will begin in Janu Ary and completion is slated for february 1978. Total project Cost is estimated at with school District 130 providing twelve classrooms in the Green Wood addition at Kerr will be re placed by construction of a new me Dia Center Industrial arts Home arts and classroom space. The project also includes renovations to the remaining 17 classrooms in the building which will modernize the facility and bring it into compliance with and safety guidelines. In february 1975, the capital development Board was notified by county and state officials that the Greenwood addition like the old Lin Coln school had failed to comply with the state s safety code standards. After Long studies by the school Board and its architects it was decided that it would be More economical to replace the Greenwood Wing rather than repair it. The old Wing was constructed with wooden joists Wood laths and Lime Stone foundations All of which Are deteriorating. The heating and ventilating systems Are also considered antiquated. Through a Grant the state last year agreed to pay half the costs of the Kerr project and the construction of the new Lincoln school. Approval of the Grant was finalized in june 1975 when Blue Island voters okayed a million Bond referendum to finance the school District s share of the construction projects. The school District s architects Fields Goldman and Magee of Oak Brook Are designing the new Addi Tion to Kerr. Fam also Drew plans for Lincoln school. For the duration of construction at Kerr some Junior High school Stu dents will be transferred to Nathan Hale Middle school. City policeman seeks dist. 130 Back pay in dispute okays tax Levy by Jim Tinen a running dispute Between the Blue Island City government and a Blue is land policeman flared up again this week. Policeman James j. O Brien is going to court aug. 26 to try and get the Back pay he says the City owes him. City officials were unavailable for comment conflict Between o Brien and the City began last december when o Brien was fired the Day after Fin Ishing his six month probationary period As an officer. The police chief can dismiss any probationary officer without giving cause. A March circuit court decision or dered o Brien reinstated on the Force saying that because he had passed 1he probationary period the firing Vio lated civil service procedure. Judge Artl Rar Dunn also ordered the City to pay o Brien pay due him for the period Between the firing and his reinstatement o Brien s Back pay is equal to the salary he would have gotten minus any Mages he earned in that time. O Brien is also asking for Back Vaca Tion Lime is uniform allowance for that time and reimbursement for police Academy schooling. However so far o Brien has not received Back pay. Although City officials were not available for comment now. They Are on record As saying that o Brien s re cords of the pay he got working at an electronics Supply store during his suspension Are inadequate. O Brien says he has submitted to the City a w-2 tax form time cards pay stubs and pay checks which he says should be enough for the City to be sure of his wages during his sus pension. At one Point acting police chief Man in o Lena said he had four charges of misconduct against o Brien during the probationary period. The charges have not been brought up again and when asked about them. O Brien Only commented what a when asked Why he was still inter ested in the Job when others might have been discouraged o Brien said this is my Job. I be almost finished my police schooling i passed the test for it and i want it i can t see taking a walk for no he said. O Brien added. If 1 get fired. I d never get a police Job he stressed that the conflict caused him no problems on the Job and that he is Happy to working for the Blue Island police Force. "1 work with the greatest people in the he said. He says he Hopes 1o continue working with the depart ment and is confident he will win his he adds that he feels that this is Money due to me. Just because i m a policeman does t mean i m a second class citizen by Carol Jouzaitis Blue Island school District Iso s Board of education thursday night approved a Levy for 1976 taxes. The Board also adopted a Resolution providing for an 8 per cent increase in the Levy to pay for interest and principal on outstanding Bonds. The Levy increase is necessary because of shortages in tax collections said an Kent assistant superintendent for business services. The Board approved the Levy after adopting the District s 1976-77 annual budget which has been on display in the administration office. A Short Public hearing on the budget Mas held just before the Board s meeting. During the hearing Kent told the Board that although the budget is technically in the the educational fund is budgeted for More than anticipated reve nue will provide. The school District s current bal Ance is Large enough to absorb the deficit Kent said. But unless the school District receives a teaser portion of state it May be in the position to have to Bor Row Money in the next two years he said. The budget was reduced As. Much As possible and the staff was kept to a minimum. Kent said but in funds from general Revenue had to be transferred to the Tough rules sought no assessment help by Jim Tinen questions on discipline policy and county assessment practices remain unanswered following tuesday s school District Board meeting Dave Carlson principal of Burr Oak school reported that a Survey on discipline had not yielded enough response. Only 12 of the teachers and residents who took the Survey replied to it he said too few for the Board to draw any judgments from the Survey. Carlson said that because of this poor response the Board May not be Able to write its new discipline policy by the first Day of school but the schools must have a discipline policy by then Board president Roy Delorenzo said because both teachers and students must know the new rules at the very beginning for them to be effective but whatever the policy is it will be a very Strong policy and we won t be taking some of the things we have taken in the Delorenzo said. All aspects of discipline including expulsion and Corporal punishment were topics of the Survey and May be considered by the Board. Delorenzo said that Carlson and his committee should formulate a policy and present it to the teachers and ask them what they think and Clear it with our lawyers of the Board can change the policy later if necessary it must make the policy before school starts he said. The Board voted unanimously to direct Carlson to draw up a discipline policy before the Start of school. The policy will probably have to be Dis cussed at a special meeting before then Delorenzo said. Delorenzo reported that the Board had received no help help so far in its attempt to fight the reassessment of Calumet Park. Delorenzo summing up a Contro Versy that stretches Back to the Spring said that the single family assessments East of Ashland Avenue de creased an average of 10 per cent and increased 10 per cent West of Ashland Avenue. " Only single family dwellings went Down in assessed he said according to the school District s study of the situation a study confirmed in a letter by the Cook county asses Sor s office. This reassessment will Cost the school District an estimated in Revenue he said. The assessor s office has replied that Ashland Avenue is the office s Boundary in determining values. The letter from administrative assistant Dennis Dunne goes on to say that a five to 10 per cent leeway is generally acceptable in the assessment practices. At tuesday s meeting Delorenzo reiterated his charge that the assess ment was and As such was discrimination against the school District. Redlining usually refers to a Bank s policy of denying mortgages to poor or racially changing areas. So far the assessor has not replied to the latest correspondence by the school Board in conjunction with the Calumet Park Village Board de Lorenzo said. Samuel k. Skinner . Attorney said in a letter that assessment problems Are completely out of the jurisdiction of this senator Charles Percy in a letter. Also replied that the matter was not in his jurisdiction. The Illinois association of school boards sent a letter saying that the Board should Appeal the assessment to the county Board of appeals. But the letter added the deadline for such appeals for this year probably already has been passed. In other business Board member John Rangel submitted his Resigna Tion. As of aug. 23 he will be moving his family to Matteson. In the letter he said that it was in deed a privilege to work with dedicated people on the Board the Board also accepted a Low bid of 091 dollars per half pint for milk service for the next year Dixie Dairy co. Won the contract. The Board also accepted resignations from four teachers. Maxine Sullivan teacher aide at Burr Oak school cited personal Rea sons for her resignation Rosemary Rohan teacher aide at Burr Oak school resigned to take a teaching Job elsewhere. Darlene Vogt teacher aide at Burr Oak school quit to go Back to school full me. Robert Paetow teacher at Calumet school resigned to take a Job As manager at a retail store. The Board reconvened from executive session at about Midnight. Dur ing the session it discussed negotiations with teachers but took no action upon reconvening supt. Milton George later said negotiations will be discussed along with the discipline proposals at a special meeting aug. 30, at 7 . At the Board room in Calumet school. After executive session the Board approved the hiring of four first year probationary teachers and three Sec Ond year probationary teachers George said. The Board approved Stephen Stern As the teacher for the upper level behavioural disorders class at Calumet school. It also approved Diana Salto Novitz As the general music teacher for both schools. Karen gum Toli was hired to teach the primary behavioural disorders class at Burr Oak school and Linda Lentz was hired to teach Home economics. The Board approved second year teacher Linda Daukas As teacher of the intermediate behavioural disorders class at Burr Oak school and of Sec Ond year teacher Linda Bukatko As the teacher of the non graded primary learning disabilities class. It also approved Kathleen Beyer As the upper Grade French and Spanish teacher George also said that the District had not yet received the first install ment of its state Aid Check and that he could not yet say How the volatile state Aid situation might affect the District dist. 218 studies custodians Union by Carol Jouzaitis school District 218 is continuing its efforts to Settle problems with its custodial help by working around the custodians Union. At a special Board meeting thurs Day night Board president Ruth Seyfarth appointed Board members George Benck and Carol Abel to serve on a committee to investigate custodial salaries and representation in other area schools the Board also directed school superintendent William Webb to Issue a memorandum to All custodial and maintenance employees regarding negotiations. The memorandum says that the school administration will continue its policy of meeting and conferring with the custodians to negotiate a fair and reasonable the memo however does not men Tion negotiations with the Union. The school District wants to provide competitive and Good working wages for All its employees it says. The custodians who presently have no contract Are seeking recognition of their Union teamsters local 761, As a bargaining agent for custodial help at Eisenhower Richards and Shepard High schools. The memorandum Given to All building principals Friday morning for dist Button. Was issued in response to the Union s request for recognition. The memo also says there have been rumours floating around which Are not True. The administration wants to continue to develop a Posi Tive working relationship with the custodians it says. More than 50 Union custodians accompanied by a Union representative and attorney attended the school Board s aug 16 meeting to show sup port for their recognition request and prompt and answer from the Board. During the summer 90 of the 114 custodians employed by District 218 joined teamsters local 761. The Union members Are prepared to conduct an election on the pattern of the National labor relations Board to choose representatives to bargain with the school Board according to Union attorney William Widner. The school Board however being a Public body is not covered by the National labor relations act but Allen Yurgil. Secretary treasurer of teamsters local 761, said the custodians want higher wages and better benefits and will strike if the school Board refuses to bargain with the Union. School superintendent Webb also sent a letter to Yurgil Friday saying he will continue his policy of meeting with custodians to reach an agreement. What next it be called a game cars. above Driver seems slightly confined by the whole work on Western ave me has Drivers Pes Shig each Day mess after a new Block set up recently on what new a closes will be set ipas Road signs and Western at erne near Grove Street arrows Point the tit Nudi a Maze arms we spa Fri spa Peri

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