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Burlington Hawk Eye (Newspaper) - May 15, 1986, Burlington, Iowa Gop approves Ryan departure/5a a Syria Israel rift reported Loa thursday May 15, 1986 the Hawk Eye forecast 40% Chance of showers Low 60 Friday High 76 Page 14riowa s oldest newspaper 149th year a. No. 263burlington, Iowa 52601 92 pages a 35 cent Middletown has say before Dpi by John Easley the Hawk Eye Des Moines a Middletown school will be closed for the economic Good of the entire Burlington school District school Board president Ellen Fuller told a state panel wednesday. Fuller s testimony came As she defended the school boards feb. 20 decision to close Middletown school. A three member panel from the Iowa department of Public instruction completed the eight hour hearing shortly after 5 . A a you have to make the most efficient use of the Money available a she gave As her reason for voting to shut the schools doors. Fuller said that although she believed the District a is not in financial Straits a the future of the states ability to fund schools is Uncertain. The estimated $160,000 savings to be realized from closing Middletown will improve the Quality of education for All students in Burlington she said. A i have no doubt these students will be served just As Well if not better if they were relocated from Middletown Fuller added. The plodding Day Long hearing saw Middletown supporters continue their attempt to attack enrolment and financial figures supp lied by superintendent Jim Smith. They claimed the school Board should have investigated More thoroughly when Smith s figures did no to match those supplied by the opposition. A they failed to even ask us for justification of anything we said a said Ron ellerhoff a Middletown Parent. A i feel their study was not the hearing was conducted in a Dpi con Ference room with opponents facing each other across a wide table. Except for relaxed rules on evidence it resembled a formal courtroom trial. The Dpi decision on the Appeal May come As Early As june 12, according to commissioner Robert Benton who presided at the hearing. But the verdict also May not be announced until the july 17 Dpi Board meeting he said. Benton a panel heard Middletown sup porters fight the school boards decision from a number of angles. Among their arguments a Grade school enrolment will grow a not decrease a next year in Burlington and classrooms will be crowded because of the closing. A the Middletown task Force a group appointed to study the proposed closing was not Given enough time to prepare their defense. A the school Board held Public meetings about the Issue but members did not discuss the Issue with opponents. A we talked at each other instead of with each other a said Don Maccormack. Who led the Middletown Appeal committee. But the school Board represented by at Torney Terry Loeschen. Said their decision was supported by facts was within the Law and was made in Good Faith a a you be heard a very emotional Appeal by or Maccormack and that a understandable a Loeschen said in his closing statement. A a they re fighting for their children and for their school and that a understandable. A but sympathy is not what its about a he continued. A mrs. Fuller has sympathy for 5,100 children not just the 44 in the Middletown Community proper or the 114 in the Middletown school both sides based their Case on a list of seven Dpi guidelines that instruct school boards on How to close school buildings. Middletown supporters tried to prove the school Board violated the spirit if not the letter of the guidelines. Loeschen attempted to prove that the Board exceeded the guidelines. A i take vigorous Issue with any statement or inference that the Board of education viol ated any Law a Loeschen turn to Page 3 la we i Usu a a the Hawk Eye Tony Miller Geraldine Richenberger leans into her Windup in the softball throw then winces at the results. Seniors compete for fun of it by Dena Bennett the Hawk Eye the event May have been termed a olympics a but the athletes weren to muscle bound the events weren to grueling and the rivalries far less than fierce. For the participants adults older than 55, the two Day Iowa Homecoming 86 senior olympics event was Good natured Competition in fun sporting events a a Way for seniors to stretch their Muscles and enjoy the Sunshine. More than 200 senior olympians Many decked in jogging shoes and sweatsuits met Early wednesday at Bracewell stadium to compete in football and softball throws and shoot free throws. They also Rode bicycles walked in relay races and battled each other in Tennis. Then after a noon luncheon they found time for chess checkers and a number of card games. Fortunately for today a participants most olympic events were indoors unaffected by the morning rainfall. Events included swimming Bowling darts billiards table Tennis putting Golf balls and foosball. King was among participants from Des Moines Lee Henry and Louisa counties. The seniors were helped in some events by Burlington Community school students from Salter elementary Horace Mann Middle and Burlington alternative schools. The students were Given class credit for helping the seniors with relays and other events. A a it a a Good idea to get the Young ones out with the older folks a said Jane Gustafson a member of the senior olympics steering planning committee. The Competition sent olympians through out Burlington the wednesday events were at Bracewell stadium Clark Field House Crapo Park and the Steamboat senior Center today competitors flocked to the Myca Owca Steamboat senior Center bowl inn and hooligans. Board returns Ball to City court att Gallo Ink Eye officially up to the City of i ton to decide whether to be its part of a contract with a yes Moines county Board of h. Health Board approved its let with the City wednesday sent it to Burlington City Ger w g. Lawley who re a announced that the City pull out of the county health alleys announcement to re the City a $74,500 cont by of the $339,340 county health it came As a Surprise to the h Board which had been told it Drew up the 1986-8/ budget in january to count on City funding. Lawley said if the City decides to withdraw its funding it would hire its own sanitarian. If the City pulls out of the contract which is effective beginning july i state rules would require the City to form its own five member municipal health Board to oversee the City health department. A decision by the City to withdraw from the contract would also Force the health department to revamp its budget and could result in the layoffs of two sanitarians. Sanitarians Jerry Smyth and Bob Adolphson have the least seniority of the four affected employees. Lawley said hell make his recommendation to the City Council by the end of May. Under the contract approved wednesday Burlington would continue to receive several services from the county including septic system inspections rat and vermin control and specialized environmental inspections. A doing this i think will Force the City a hand a health administrator or. . Cowles who is retiring june 30, said. While the City cuts would Force health department layoffs the Board is moving Forward with its plan to hire a full time administrator to succeed Cowles. Newly the Dpi guidelines at the Center of Middletown a Appeal is whether the Burlington school Board while making its decision to close Middletown school followed seven guidelines published by the Iowa depart ment of Public instruction Here Are the guidelines a a time line should be established in Advance for the carrying out of procedures involved in making an important decision. All aspects of such timelines would naturally focus upon the anticipated Date that the Board of directors would make its final decision in the matter. A All segments of the Community in the school District should be informed that a particular important decision is under consideration by the Board of directors. A the Public should be involved in providing sufficient input into the study and planning involved in important decision making. A sufficient research study and planning should be carried out by the Board and groups and individuals selected by the Board such things As student enrolment statistics transportation costs financial gains and losses program offerings Plant facilities and stall assignment need to be considered carefully. A there should be an open and Frank Public discussion of the facts and issues involved. A a proper record should be made of All the Steps taken in the making of the decision a the final decision must be made in an open Public meeting and a record of the process must be made. Main Street Board names its manager by Susan Fisher the Hawk Eye a Burlington native will promote the development of downtown As project manager for main Street of Burlington chairman Bill Mertens said thursday. Goehrig Alicia Goehrig 25, a graduate student at Ball state University in Muncie ind., will become project manager june 2. The main Street Board selected Goehring Aller interviews with the three candidate finalists this week the main Street Board received 40 applications for the Job Goehring was selected because of her knowledge of the main Street program and her Back ground in business administration and historic preservation. Morton said. Goehring graduated from Coe College in Cedar rapids in 1981 with a bachelors degree in Busi Ness administration and history she is working on her master s degree in Urban and regional planning with a minor in historic preservation. Her masters degree thesis is focused on the main Street program. Mertens said the Board Mem hers also considered Goehring s Burlington roots when they Selee Ted her. Goehring is the daughter of Alice and Jack Naylor 2709 Clearview and graduated from Burlington High school Goehring will attend a training session in Des Moines on May 22 she will move to Burlington in june with her husband Jerry the Burlington main Street of Tice 506 Jefferson will open june 2. Goehring will also become involved with a training session for the Iowa main Street projects held in Burlington june 3-5. Goehring said she wants to improve the appearance of Down town. She said she will promote greater use of the downtown for recreational activities and residential facilities and organize special events to bring More pen pie downtown. Spokesman claims hostages Are dead elected Board chairman or Steve Peterson said the Board will conduct interviews in a closed session beginning at 7 pm wednesday. The five finalists for the Job which will pay Between $22-26,000 per year include Barbara Baker a registered nurse at the health facility Nancy Huppenbauer a registered nurse at Burlington medical Center Ted Roberts an administrator at Keokuk area Hospital Lowell Honson an administrator at americana healthcare Center in Davenport and John Debiak health facilities officer at the Iowa department of health in Des Moines. Beirut Lebanon up a Man claiming to be a spokesman for the islamic jihad organization said today the group has executed More of its american and French hostages and that the rest will pay the Price if there is any pressure on Syria to secure their release. In a statement read to a Western news Agency office in moslem West Beirut the Man did not say How Many of the five american and four French hostages the islamic jihad has killed or when the men were executed the statement which could not be authenticated coincided with reports from Washington that Syria was engaged in intensive efforts to free the american and French hostages in Lebanon Syria has made no comment a Spring Buffalo by Fuji Campus police at the state University of new York at Buffalo Are on the Lookout for panty raid ers who filched hundreds of pieces of women a underwear from Dor Mitory laundry rooms. A a we la get to the Bottom of this a one Campus Security officer vowed tuesday. Students have complained that about 400 panties and bras have disappeared from the laundry rooms Over the past three months University officials said the problem peaked during final exams last week when 91 panties and 19 bras vanished from dorm dryers. But political sources in Lebanon said the Washington reports were being treated As a a form of pres sure on Syria to act and Clear its name which has recently been linked to International terrorism Reading from an arabic text of what the Telephone caller said was a statement from the islamic jihad organization the Man said a we denounce and condemn the pressures on Syria. To free the american and French hostages we Are holding and whose numbers have greatly decreased because we have executed some of them a in Case of pressure on Syria and us the remaining american and French hostages will be the first to pay the the Man refused to say How Many hostages were killed and How Many were still being held Index classified 7b comics 13b crossword 13b dear Abby 7a deaths 14b entertainment 7a for the record 14b happenings 7b living 6a opinions 4a sports 1b

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