Clearfield Progress (Newspaper) - June 2, 1966, Clearfield, Pennsylvania
TOMORROW ^ BY GEORG-E A.SCOTT, EDITOR OF THE PROGRESS^ Education in Focus The New District Plan (First of Three Articles) Friday, July 1, will be E-Doy for Pennsylvania's School District Reorganization Act of 1963, better known as Act 299. That's the effective date of legislation which mandates sweeping changes in the administrative setup for public school education in Pennsylvania. Except for 45 court appeals which will delay implementation of the act for 61 units in 22 counties, all systems are "go" for the changeover across the state. Area Units Unchanged The net result will be: Reduction of the present 2,056 districts to 466; reduction of the number of school directors from a 1963 total of 12,000 to slightly more than 4,200; elimination of the familiar designations of "Jointure or Joint System" and "Union or Merged Districts" of the past 15 years; a uniform tax levy replacing millages set on a borough or township basis; and, it is hoped, better educational opportunities for every school-age child in Pennsylvania. Under the Reorganization Act, the Clearfield Area will have eight insted of its present 36 individual, merged or union districts; instead of 209 school directors, there will be 72 or nine for each district. The Area's eight districts actually are the same administrative units now in operation - Clearfield, Curwensville, DuBois, Glendale, Harmony, Moshannon Valley, Philipsburg-Osceola and West Branch - but their operation after July 1 will be radically changed. Three Years Preparation Neighboring Centre County's reorganization likewise will follow its present administrative setup with Bald Eagle Area, Bellefonte, Penns Valley and State College as single units, but Mifflin County will become a single, one-county district. Clinton County eventually may move from its present four jointures into a single district unless a court appeal of its reorganization plan is upheld. The present Purchase Line Jointure, which includes five Clearfield County districts, has been set up as a single unit in the Indiana County reorganization. The State Department of Public Instruction, the offices of the County Superintendents and the school districts have had nearly three years since Governor William W. Scranton signed Act 299 on Aug. 8, 1963 to prepare for the July 1 changeover. Indeed, some 139 districts, including DuBois and Glendale, have voluntarily reorganized into single units one or two years in advance of the effective date of the legislation. Again excepting those whose appeals are pending, the remaining districts early this year elected nine-member Interim Operating Committees (IOC) from the membership of their individual boards. These lOCs have the legal authority to prepare budgets, levy taxes, hire teachers, advertise for bids, award contracts and to perform any and all functions necessary for the operation of the new districts. On July 1 each IOC automatically becomes the official school board of the newly-established district. DuBois, Glendale Ahead Thus, since early January and especially in recent weeks, Interim Operating Committees have been making preparations for the 1966-67 operation of the new districts while existing joint boards and those of individual districts have been conducting business as usual for the 1965-66 school year and making preparations to pass out of existence July 1. Confusing as that sounds, the phaseout of the existing administrative setup and the preparation for the new seems to be progressipg smoothly throughout the Clearfield Area. Act 299 sets a minimum of 4,000 pupils from kindergarten or first grade through grade 12 (high school) for an administrative unit. However, the law provided a loophole in that existing jointures or merged or union districts could be approved as single units under the reorganization program. It was this exception in the law that permitted continuance of the eight Clearfield Area jointures without change. The Act also provided for "advanced establishment" of new single districts on July 1, 1964 or July 1, 1965. Both the DuBois and the Glendale Districts were undergoing expansion and reorganization last year - DuBois with the addition of the Jefferson County districts of Reynoldsville, Sykesville and Winslow Township and Glendale through the merger of Clearfield County's Beccaria Township, Coalport and Irvona districts with Reade and White Townships of Combria County - and instead of waiting a year, both onetime jointures became single administrative units a year in advance. Better Program Is Goal One advantage of "advanced establishment" for both DuBois and Glendale was extra financial reimbursement from the state for this school year. Act 299 provides a supplemental payment of a maximum of $800 per teaching unit, $300 over that paid to jointure systems. Why does Act 299 confine itself to a revision of the administrative base and seemingly ignore the real mandate of the public schools - the education and training of each child within his capacity? In the words of the Act, "evidence demonstrates beyond reasonable dispute that the present administrative system of more than 2,000 school districts is incapable of providing adequate education and appropriate training for all children of the Commonwealth above the age of six." Dr. Herbert E. Bryan, acting deputy superintendent for school administration in the state Department of Public Instruction, noted in an address at Harrisburg in April that Act 299 was "confined to improvement of the administrative base, hoping that the larger district would rise to the occasion and improve its educational program through improvement of administrative functions." The "Era of the Jointures" (1949-65) provided ample evidence that schools could provide better and broader education under better conditions for their pupils if the districts pooled their resources under large single administrations. Still, with all of the advantages apparent, many districts in the state were slow to join with others. Retention of local school district identity also proved to be a weakness of the joint operation. Act 299 seeks to correct these deficiencies. Even so, Act 299 is not considered the final word In reorganization in Pennsylvania. As a matter of fact, the 1965 legislature provided that after July 1, 1966 any two or more school districts may petition the State Board of Education for permission to unite into a larger tingle district. The Progress Today's Chueklt The modern woman wears just as many clothes as her grandmother did - but not at the same time. Vol. 60 - No. 130 Our 56th Year Clearfield, Curwensville, Philipsburg, Moshannon Valley, Pa., Thursday, June 2, 1966 15,155 Copies Daily 20 PAGES TODAY inside The Progress Surveyor in Gentle Landing ... Classified Ads ....... 16, 17 _*-__ Hints From Heloise .... 20 ^ Moon Pictures Transmitted Hospital News .......... 18 Editorial, Columns ...... 4 By RALPH DIGHTON Social News .......3, 9, 20 AP Science Writer Today in History ......... 4 PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - School News 7,11,18 Surveyor 1, defying longshot Sunday School Lesson____6 odds against a first-try success, State News Briefs ....... 17 televised earthward today strik- Harrisburg News......... 2 ing photos of the lunar land- AP Spotlights ...... 5, 14 scape after a seemingly perfect Area Servicemen ....... 15 gentle landing on the moon. The pictures indicated to scientific viewers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory that the Sea of Storms target area has a relatively smooth, hard surface apparently suitable as a possible descent point for future astronauts. The successful touch-down, executed precisely as programmed, was viewed as a long stride forward for the United States' Apollo lunar exploration program. Surveyor's rocket braking system is similar to that on the craft astronauts will use for a landing later in the decade. A picture series beginning at 5:45 a.m. EDT, using a different TV screen system than that of two earlier batches, showed a broad plain devoid of major features, peppered with either pebbles or pits caused by meteorites. There were several small prominences, and some goug- ing, as if the surface had been struck by objects from space at an angle. The pictures showed no damage to the spidery, instrument-jammed, craft 10 feet high and 14 feet in diameter. They Please Turn to Page 2, Col. 1 At Highway Hearing ... Eight Projects Asked in County By WILLIAM 6. WILLIAMS Progress News Editor At least eight major highway projects in the Clearfield County-Moshannon Valley area were recommended for the State Highway Commission's continuing six-year program at an eight-county Commission hearing at Clearfield yesterday. State Highway Secretary Henry D. Harral was in charge. The eye-opener among'the eight was a suggestion by the Clearfield Chamber of Commerce that the state build a one-mile bypass of Curwensville, rebuild portions of Route 969 which were not included in the Curwensville Dam highway relocation, and use this as the main highway between the Keystone - Five Miners Die Near Punxsufawney SUGGESTED HIGHWAY PROJECTS - This map prepared by The Progress shows the eight major Clearfield County - Moshannon Valley highway projects recommended to the State Highway Commission yesterday at Clearfield. The circled letters are: A - a one-mile bypass of Curwensville on Route 453; B - early completion of relocated Route 219 between Luthersburg and the Keystone Shortway; C - an improved highway from Kyler- town to Philipsburg; D - reconstruction of proposed Route 219 from the southern end of the county to Luthersburg; E - an improved highway from Ky'ertown to Mid-State Airport; F - an improved Route 453 from Curwensville to Route 53; G - a New Water Route from the Shortway at Clearfield via Curwensville Dam to Route 219 near Mahaffey; H - reconstruction of the Crooked Sewer Road from Henderson to Route 869. Shortway at Clearfield and the proposed relocation of Route 219 near Mahaffey. The mile-long bypass of Curwensville on .Route 453 was also suggested in separate testimony offered by the County Planning Commission and the Curwensville Borough Planning Commission to alleviate congestion of Curwensville Dam traffic along Susquehanna Avenue in the borough. The Clearfield Chamber, said Executive Secretary Harris G. Breth at the six-hour hearing in the Army Reserve Center at Golden Rod. calls its suggestion the New Water Route since it runs along the Dam and then along the banks of the Susquehanna River. The Chamber's testimony noted that such a new main route would eliminate a great deal of traffic through Curwensville and by-pass Johnson's Hill and other hazardous sections of Routes Space Officials Optimistic About Third Attempt By RONALD THOMPSON AP Aerospace Writer CAPE KENNEDY, Fla. (AP) - Dramatically successful with the unmanned Surveyor moonship, but seemingly jinxed in getting men off the ground, space officials felt confident today that Gemini 9's two dismayed astronauts finally will rocket skyward Friday. Twice, Air Force Lt. Col. Thomas P. Stafford and Navy Lt. Cmdr. Eugene A. Cernan have donned their flashy space suits and climbed aboard their waiting spaceship; but, twice, they've gloomily taken the slow elevator ride back to the ground. They get another chance Friday at 9:39 a.m. (EDT) to set out on their 70-hour flight, including satellite rendezvous and 2',-i-hour space walk after a frustrating two-day delay. Engineers pinned the blame for the scrubbed Gemini 9 flight Wednesday on a faulty signal relay system. It kept a guidance command from reaching a Clearfield Poet OK'd... Water System Agreement Is An agreement has been worked out between the Clearfield Municipal and the Pennsylvania State Department of Highways over the former's claim age to its wafer system through highway construction in the area. The proposal, outlined in an engineering report prepared by James A. Romano of Gannett, Fleming, Corddry and Carpenter Inc. of Harrisburg, was approved by the Authority at its regular meeting this morning. The agreement, approved in all but minor points by Robert C. Rosser, counsel for the Highways Department, at a May 27 meeting will be reviewed one more time by .....' ' . I i I; 11_____I .... Damage Reached Authority of dam- Mr. Romano, Mr. Rosser, J. K. Hallenburg of Hill and Hill, Authority engineer, and W - T. Davis, Authority solicitor. - Settlement of the eight-point program comes after almost two years of discussion, proposals and counter-proposals, with INDIANA, Pa. (AP)-An Indi- attendant legal processes, that ana County jury awarded $136,- began when Moose Creek Res-520 Wednesday to Forrest Gnf- ervoir had to be taken out of fith of Homer City for injuries service in mid-summer of 1964. he claimed to have suffered in The Authority has claimed that Jury Rules Against Clearfield Firm BULLETIN HARRISBURG (AP) - Gov. William W. Scranton of Pennsylvania declared today that he would neyer again run for public office after his term expires next January. was Rentals, Inc. a truck crash. The verdict Clearfield Truck of Clearfield. Griffith contended in his suit that he was hurt wihile driving a tractor - trailer owned by Keystone Shortway and other against highway construction on the Please Turn to Page 8, Col. 6 Please Turn to Page 8, Col. 6 Students To Speak ... Clearfield High Will Graduate School 296 Moose Creek watershed was responsible for the damage to the dam. The Department of Highways now agrees. The provisions of the agreement are: Relief of low pressure conditions induced in the Hillsdale area by the loss of Moose Creek service. The Department of Highways has acknowledged its responsibility for these conditions. The Authority has expended $47,117.04 to construct a new pipeline and small hold- Please Turn to Page 8, Col. 7 The Clearfield Area Senior High School will graduate 296 seniors at its 90th annual commencement tomorrow at 8:30 p. m. in the school auditorium. Talks on the subject of "A Design for Purposeful Living" will be presented by members of the class with Roberta Karchner as moderator. Members of her committee are Jacqueline Barnes, Larry Diehl, Glenna Fledderman, Barbara Hubler and Edward---� Stella. Margo Caldwell will speak on "The Economic and Social Responsibility of The Individual." Her committee includes Kathy Baum, Carol Dillen, Eugene Feaster, Judy Hoffman and Cheryl Obleman. "A Plan for Self-Fulfillment" will be the topic of Bonnie Burns. Serving on her committee are Cathy Erhard, Martha Frantz, Gary Hasbrouck, Peggy Owens and Janice Rougeux. Floyd Casaday's topic will be "Government - Obligations for a New Generation." His committee includes Lynn Blowers, Catherine Dufton, Susan Fleming, Mary Ellen Read and Linda Viard. Speaking on "The Individual in Today's World" will be Thomas Eshelman. On his committee are Carol Crandell, Jere Gilmore, William A. Graham, Sarah Law and Janice Smith. Raymond M. Witherow, school board president, will present the diplomas. The invocation Please Turn to Page 8, Col. 2 Reserve Unit Ready For Summer Camp Company D of the 336th Military Police Battalion will leave Clearfield Saturday for two weeks of annua! active duly training at two locations. The main body of some 110 men will leave Saturday for Camp Pickett, Va. Ten other men will go to a missile unit at Oakdale, near Pittsburgh. A convoy of eight trucks and jeeps will leave for Pickett tomorrow morning. The company is commanded by Capt. Launce E. Soult Jr. of Clearfield. Lt. John K. Reilly Jr. of Clearfield is second in command. The Army Reserve unit is stationed at the Pfc. Melvin L. Brown Reserve Center at Golden Rod. Penelec Negotiations Continue; Strike Deadline Extended JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP)-Negotiations continue under a two-day extension today in efforts to work out a new contract for 1.450 line and production workers of the Pennsylvania Electric Co. The extension was agreed upon by both sides Wednesday, pushing back a possible strike deadline to tomorrow midnight. The old two-year contract ran out May 25, but extensions kept workers on the job while negotiations continued. The International Brotherhood of Electric Workers is negotiating the contract for workers at Please Turn to Page 8, Col. 4 Chamber Gains Two Directors At Philipsburg PHILIPSBURG-William Gin-ter of Brisbin and Robert Mitchell of Philipsburg were appointed to one-year terms on the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors by President Walter M. Swoope last night at the monthly meeting of the board. A third director is yet to be named to bring the board membership to 15. Action was taken during the meeting to officially welcome the new Widmann Discount Store to the community and to congratulate Shugarts Shoes on its grand opening at a new location. In other action, the chamber voted a $50 contribution to the Philipsburg Community Recreation Board and voted to have 5,000 small maps of the community printed for the convenience of salesmen and visitors. A vote of thanks was extended to the Reliance Fire Company. The firemen returned a check sent by the Chamber for the PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) -Five soft coal miners died Wednesday night when they drilled into an abandoned shaft containing dreaded "black damp" - suffocating carbon dioxide. Two escaped. "The crew was operating a continuous mining machine and inadvertently cut through into an old, abandoned working," said Earl Lamont, a state minsL inspector. He added: "A sudden liberation of 'black damp' engulfed and overcame them." Dr. Robert L. Shaffer, Jefferson County coroner, said five of the seven managed to get out of the area, but two apparently were overcome where they stood. Three of the five returned to help their companions - and died. "I don't know whether they came all the way out of the mine or just out of the affected areas," Lamont said. "I would rather think that they got out of the affected area and then Please Turn to Page 8, Col. 5 Osceola Mills Youth Is Struck by Car, Listed 'Fairly Good' A 14-year-old Osceola Mills youth, William H. Leforte of 100 Walker St., suffered bruises and brush burns when he was struck by a car near his home last night, The accident was one of two in the county investigated by state police. The other - a minor collision - occurred this morning on Mill Road just outside Clearfield. William was taken to the Philipsburg State General Hospital where his condition is listed as "fairly good." State police said the boy step- Please Turn to Page 8, Col. 3 Please Turn to Page 8, Col. 3 Please Turn to Page 8, Col. 8 Progress Lists Summer Hours The business and accounting offices and newsroom of The Progress at Clearfield will close at 4:15 p. m. starting Monday, June 6, and will continue to close at that time until Sept. 3, Mondays through Fridays. The regular Saturday closing time of 1 p. m. will remain in effect. Evidence Is Tentative... 2 New Findings Noted In Fight Against Cancer By ROBERT GOLDENSTEIN AP Science Writer CHICAGO (AP) - Two findings that open a new approach toward the elusive goal of finding the cause and prevention of cancer were disclosed today by a medical research team from Columbia University. The researchers presented the strongest tentative evidence yet that cancers may be started by viruses which then move on to repeat their de--- sfructive work in adjoining ordinary-light microscopes, ac- .....--- ----..:- ... ik. ilS. Dr. John K. Lattimer, co-chairman of the department of urology a Columbia Universiy in New York, said that virus- tually were growing at the "same tremendous rate" as cancer cells. "The discovery of cither condition was unusual, but when , l. \ �n Jf.nH the-v aPPear in combination it like particles have been found bccomcs excitiflg... h* ,.* i, an interview at he said in the annual meeting of the American Uro-logical Association Dr. Myron Tannenbaum, pathologist member of the re-He said his researchers also search leam wnitn made the discovered that these cells,-- which appeared normal under Please Turn to Page 8, Col. 7 for the first time in healthy looking cells lying adjacent to cancer cells in prostate glands. They were not found in the cancer cells.