Clearfield Progress (Newspaper) - June 23, 1966, Clearfield, Pennsylvania
TOMORROW' | BY GEORGE A.SCOTT, EDITOR OF ThVpROGRESS~' ' Education in Focus The New District Plan (Last of Four Articles) Originally, it appeared that the various aspects and ramifications of Act 299 and its effect on the school district setup and education in the area could be covered in three articles. This we found impossible to accomplish and consequently this fourth and final article on school district reorganization is being added to the series today. Budgets Boosted No doubt about it, budgets of the newly-organized school districts that become effective July 1 under mandate of Legislative Act 299 represent an all-time high in the history of education in the Clearfield Area. Back in 1946-47, the combined budgets of 48 individual districts plus two jointure systems totaled $2,143,136; the combined budgets of eight of the Clearfield Area's nine districts (including Purchase Line of Indiana County) for the 1966-67 term comes to a whopping $9,076,349. On top of this figure will be the DuBois Area District budget which will be set next Wednesday night. The DuBois budget for this year totaled $2,870,529. Actually, such a comparison may be unfair for educational costs have risen just as everything else has in the 20 years since 1946-47. More importantly, the public schools today are providing a much broader, richer program for every youngster, and in modern school buildings, than they were 20 years ago. There are two big reasons why the budgets for the new single districts or administrative units are higher than those of the current year when the same units were operating as joint systems. One is that the new budgets reflect expenditures that up to now have been the responsibility of the member districts and did not appear in the jointure budgets. The other is an increase in teachers' salaries mandated by the 1965 Legislature. Absorb Former District Costs In eliminating the borough and township school districts in favor of one large district, Act 299 naturally also eliminated the financial operations of the present smaller districts. The new single administrative units - in our case Clearfield, Curwensville, DuBois, Glendale, Harmony, Moshannon Valley, Philipsburg-Osceola, Purchase Line and West Branch - thus take over the taxing and budgeting that has been handled up to now by the smaller districts. Their budgets, then, contain items which this year and in the past have been expenses of the member districts of the jointure. For example, the new Clearfield Area School District's 1966-67 budget totals $2,361,851, an increase of $179,713.25 over this year's Clearfield Area Jointure budget. However, the new budget includes $102,636.25 which heretofore was spent by the seven member districts and did not appear in the jointure budget. To cite another case, the five districts of the Curwensville Joint School System this year budgeted $56,578 more than they paid toward operation of the jointure and which they used for expenses that now become the responsibility of the unified Curwensville District. Such llj^j^j^oT^ftTrict expenses have included, in the case of the Clearfield Jointure members, assessments for the part of the county superintendent's salary not paid by the state; collection of taxes; enumeration of school children and taxables; crossing guards; new building rentals; and the districts' share of county-operated classes. Some savings in other borough and township district expenses, such as salaries of secretaries, treasurers, legal expenses, even postage and stationery, have been possible as a result of the reorganization. The DuBois Area District has found savings in consolidation of its insurance coverage formerly handled on an individual district basis. Salary Increases Mandated The teacher salary increases mandated by the 1965 legislature would have boosted the budgets under the jointure system just as it has for the reorganized school districts. The Clearfield Area School District puts the price tag on the salary increases (both mandated and for length of service) at $108,932. An official of the Curwensville District estimates that the mandated salary increases have added $80,000 to $85,000 to the District's 1966-67 budget, although he qualifies the estimate with the notation that some of the increase is due to the addition of some teachers to the faculty to comply with new state requirements or with the District's own program. The new districts received a break yesterday when Governor Scranton signed the $34 million school district bonus bill that had been enacted by the Legislature. The same amount as distributed last year to help ease the burden on school districts caused by the mandated teacher salary increase, the $34 million will help solve budget problems in more than one district. The Clearfield Area District received a little over $80,000 in last year's distribution. In the changeover from individual districts to a single unit, all property and monies in the treasuries of the districts as well as their indebtedness and building rental obligations become the property and obligation of the newly-established district. In some cases, the individual school districts have elected to use funds in their treasuries for improvements to their school properties or to purchase needed equipment rather than turn over all of such funds to the new district. Programs Expanded Lawrence Township's Board has purchased new furniture for 1 1 classrooms, made lawn and paving improvements at some schools, refinished the floor of the Hillsdale building and purchased encyclopedias, dictionaries and audio-visual aids for all of its buildings. The Osceola Mills Borough Board, anticipating the turnover of funds July 1, used surplus funds for its operations during the current school year and was able to lower the real estate tax rate for this year to five mills. The Clearfield Borough School District has among its assets $11,000 ;n Driving Park Authority bonds and has asked the interim operating committee that proceeds from these bonds, when they are sold or mature, be used for audio-visual equipment or other tools of learning that the new district might not otherwise purchase. Some of the newly organized districts face adjustments or expansion of some programs such as kindergarten, summer recreation and the like which heretofore have been operated on an individual district basis. The Clearfield District, for example, plans to put its kindergarten program, operated only in the Borough and Lawrence Township this past year, on a district-wide basis and is offering summer recreation programs to those areas which do not now have such programs. The latter, however, require local or area participation in furnish-Please Turn to Page 9, Col. 4 The Progress Today's Chuckle Gardening tip: To tell real plants from weeds, pull them out. If they come up again, they're weeds. Vol. 60 - No. 148 Our 56th Year Clearfield, Curwensville, Philipsburg, Moshannon Valley, Pa., Thursday, June 23, 1966 15,155 Copies Daily 20 PAGES TODAY inside The Progress State Lawmaker Says.. The second installment of "G.I. Guide" can be found on Page 17. Classified Ads ....... 16, 17 Hints From Heloise ..... 17 By WILBUR MARTIN Comics ................ 19 WASHINGTON (AP) - A News From Around World 18 member of a House committee examining the military draft Sports 1Z' 13 chaged today that methods Obituaries............... 18 uscd by the Selective Service Hospital News ........ 2, 18 System are as antiquated as a Editorial, Columns ....... 4 "horse and buggy in a jet age." Social News .......... 20 Th comments of Rep. Rich- _..,.. , ard S. Schweiker, R-Pa.. came Today in H.story ......... 2 afu>r u Gen Lewig B Hershey Sunday School Lesson .... 7 told the Armed Services Corn-Stale News Briefs ....... 6 mittee he opposes a centralized Draft System Is Antiquated computer system to select young men for induction. Schweiker described Hcr-shey's opposition as a "fetish." The committee member advocated "national standards and a national pool of registrants." claiming present procedures "are way behind times." "We have no national standards now." he said in an interview. "We have 4,000 individual boards, each determining its own policy of who will be drafted and who will be deferred." "We should have a national pool. Some boards are drafting fathers, and some are not," Schweiker said. He criticized as inadequate the 10 days given a registrant to appeal his classification and said "certainly this should be extended to at least 30 days." Hershey, draft director for 25 years, also told the committee Wednesday he opposes any lottery system for selecting draftees because it only substitutes "chance for judgment.*' "Selective Service operates a program critical to the nation's survival," the general said. "The criticism it receives reflects not only the nature of the system's mission, but its urgency and its pace." Hershey's testimony opened the hearings, called after congressional critics charged current procedures are inequitable. Hershey stoutly defended the system of local boards determining a man's classification. He said local boards "have more guidelines than they can read" to help determine deferments. Sellout Audience To Hear Harvey At Clearfield A sellout audience will hear ABC newscaster Paul Harvey when he addresses the Clearfield-Curwensville Industrial Salute dinner in the ballroom of the New Dimeling Hotel Monday night, the Clearfield Chamber of Commerce, which is sponsoring the dinner with the cooperation of the Curwensville Development Corporation, announced today. The more than 350 tickets available for the dinner were sold out several days ago, Chamber Secretary Harris G. Breth reported today, and many late requests have had to - be turned down with regret. Clearfielder To Leave For Air Academy Two Youths Hurt Destroy Red Battalion... In One of Two Accidents in Area Melvin Lynn Blowers, above, of 516 Elm Ave., Clearfield, departs for the U. S. Air Force Academy Monday on an appointment from U. S. Sen. Hugh Scott (R-Pa.). Young Blowers, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond L. Blowers, was one of six young men nominated by Sen. Scott last Octo- Planned by the Chamber as a tribute to new and longtime industry in the area and to the residents of the Clearfield-Cur-wensville area who aided in recent industrial fund drives conducted by the Clearfield Foundation and the Curwensville Development Corporation, the dinner will feature Mr. Harvey's talk but will include numerous other highlights to make it what promises to be one of the outstanding dinner programs ever held in Clearfield. Mr. Harvey, winner of innumerable awards as a newscaster, writer and commentator, will fly into Clearfield Monday for his appearance at the dinner. His newscasts are featured daily on radio station WCPA and hundreds of other American Broadcasting Company af-.fUiaied stations. W.'K. Ulerich, publisher of The Progress, will be toastmas-ter for Monday night's dinner and also will outline the industrial advances made by the area in a brief talk. Robert B. Myers, president of the Clearfield Chamber of Commerce, will introduce representatives of over 30 industries in the Clearfield - Curwensville area. A special feature of the program will be the introduction by J. Albert Dame, general manager of radio WCPA, of six high school students, selected by their schools to represent them at the dinner, Invited as guests because of Mr. Harvey's great interest in the youth of America, the students ?re William Two Morrisdale youths were injured in one of two accidents reported in the area yesterday. Damages in the accidents totalled $1,150. Lawrence J. Marince, 37. of Morrisdale, suffered a possible concussion when he was thrown from a truck bed at noon yesterday on Route 53 about one-half mile north of Morrisdale. He was taken to the Philipsburg State General Hospital by ambulance. He is listed in good condition. Marince was riding in the bed of a truck owned by the Robert Bailey estate. He was thrown from the truck, which was headed north toward Allport, when it ran off the right side of the road and collided with two large trees. Richard A. Hilliard, 17, of Morrisdale. who was operating the truck, suffered bruises about the face. Dennis Ray Hummel, of Morrisdale, who was riding in the cab, was uninjured. Damage to the truck was estimated at $400. No one was injured in a two-car accident at the intersection of Gulich Avenue and West Third Avenue in Clearfield at 4:55 p. m. yesterday. Borough police reported a car driven by Mary E. Novario, 19, 210 E. Sheridan Ave., DuBois, was traveling south on Please Turn to Page 18, Col. 7 South Viet Troops End Politicking, Join Fighting By ROBERT TUCKMAN SAIGON, South Viet Nam (AP) - Back in battle after four months of politicking, South Viet Nam's 1st Army Division ended three days of hard fighting against the Communists today with the destruction of one Red battalion and the crippling of another. The Vietnamese operation in South Viet Nam's northernmost province was the first major government operation since the Buddhist revolt virtually sidelined the 1st Division four months ago. Stirred up by Buddhist chaplains, many of the division's oHi- -.--- cers and men openly sup- _ . _ j ported the antigovernment IliniAF Mi?? Centre Man Killed rebellion in the northern JUIIIUl 1*11}} BELLEFONTE, PA. (AP) - provinces. John A. Reif, 41, Pine Grove After fierce fighting ended UimLIimLI Mills> was killed Wednesday almost in the shadow of the 10 niOnllOnT when he was struck by a motor- frontier with North Viet Nam, � V � lltjlllltjlll cycle while crossing Spur Route field commanders said their _ _ . 219, some six miles northwest troops counted 319 Communists llArnif DaranA of Bellef�nle' Ten'.v L- Park-16- killed'96 cap'urcd and 68 weaP- Unlllf I QlQUtl Snow Shoe, the driver of the ons seized. Their own losses � cycle, and James M. Koshko, were light, they said. Clarence, a passenger, escaped U.S. advisers with the 5,000 to Please Turn to Page 8, Col. 7 Please Turn to Page 8, Col. 1 $375,000 Budget, Tax Rate Okayed By Harmony Unit WESTOVER - A budget of $375,000 for the 1966-67 operation of the Harmony School District has been approved by the district's Interim Operating Committee, ActinE Supervising Principal Bert Williams announced today, The budget represents an increase of about $34,000 over the current school year's budget, Mr. Williams said. A tax rate of 40 mills, a one-half of one per cent wage tax and a total of $10 in per capita taxes also has been adopted by the Committee, Mr. Williams reported. without serious injury. With the appearance of Pennsylvania's Junior Miss, Miss Sally Simons, above, at the Soap Box Derby, Jaycee President Dave Daugherty announced plans for Clearfield County's Junior Miss Pageant. Miss Simons was a high school honor student and makes her home at Butler. Competing against 27 other girls, Miss Simons was crowned Pennsylvania's Junior Miss last November al Reading. Among her many awards, Sally received a Firemen Ready Annual Parade At Celebration PHILIPSBURG - Today is "Parade Day" in Philipsburg as the week-long celebration sponsored by the fire department moves toward its climax. But last night's program was not entirely according to tradition, as a faulty hose let loose during a pumping contest, spraying onlookers and bringing high tide to a Philipsburg store. Practically all fire companies from throughout Clearfield and Centre Counties, and several from nearby counties, are expected to participate in tonight's parade. The parade units will form on the side streets, facing Spruce, and will be in formation ready to move when the fire siren is sounded at 7 p.in. The parade will move east 6.000 Vietnamese troops hailed the battle as a major government victory. Said Marine Maj. N. E. Andersen of Cranston, R.I., "I think we have just about annihilated a full battalion." A Communist battalion has about 500 men. A captured North Vietnamese captain told interrogators the Communists were lured into the Please Turn to Page 18, Col. 6 Robert M. Hanak To Join Attorney At Philipsburg Please Turn to Page 8, Col. 2 Please Turn to Page 8, Col. 3 Will Head Parade �.. Patricia Eckberg New Fire Queen HOUTZDALE - Miss Patricia Eckberg, Houtzdale Fire Company queen, was last night named queen of the Clearfield County Volunteer Firemen's Association. As the county queen she will head the Saturday evening parade which will climax the association's convention here in her home town. Miss Eckberg was chosen queen from among six contestants who participated in the county queen contest held last evening at the Third Ward Hose company in Clearfield. --- The girls and their escorts were feted at a dinner. Miss Gloria Barrett, Mahaf-fey Fire Company queen, was designated first runner-up. and Miss Barbara Dixon, of Woodland, the Clearfield Fire Department queen, was the second runner-up. Other runners - up in last night's close-scoring contest were Miss Patti Kellar, queen HOUTZDALE - The Clear- of the Oklahoma Fire Company, DuBois; Miss Beverly Jean County Firemen To Convene At Houtzdale field County Volunteer Firemen's Association opens i t s annual convention here tomorrow. The two-day program will be capped by a parade Saturday night. The convention opens formal- Hoover, queen of the Karthaus Fire Company; and Miss Rebecca Jamison, queen of the Curwensville Fire Company. The new queen with the members of her court will be featured in the county convention ly tomorrow but most activities parade Saturday evening-rid- are geared for Saturday. Regis- jng at the head' of the parade tration is set from 8 a. m. to in open convertibles. 10 p. m. tomorrow and contin- ^ contestants were judged ues Saturday from 8 a. m. to on charm, poise and personality 10 a- m- and judges said only three points The annual convention busi- separated some of the con- ness meeting will be held in testants. the American Legion Home at Miss Diane Kenyon of Clear- 10:30 a. m. with a pumping con- field, representing Miss Nor- test to follow at 1:30 p. m. on ma Eckert of Curwensville, the Centennial Street instead of the 1965 queen, presented the new Brisbin Dam as previously queen with her tiara, sash, and planned. permanent award, an engraved Memorial services are slated golden queen trophy. Miss Eck- Please Turn to Page 18, Col. 1 Please Turn to Page 8, Col. 2 FH1L1PSBURG - Announcement was made today that Robert M. Hanak of Sharon will begin association July 10 with Clifford A. Johnston, Philipsburg attorney. Mr. Hanak was graduated with a juris doctor degree from Dickinson School of Law at Carlisle on June 3. He was a member of the Corpus Juris Society while at Dickinson and a member of the first graduating class to receive juris doctor degrees. Mr. Hanak graduated from Sharon High School in 1959 and from the University of Pittsburgh in 1963. He is currently at Philadelphia preparing to take Please Turn to Page 8, Col. 8 NEW FIREMEN'S QUEEN - Patricia Eckberg, at right in front row, was named queen of th� Clearfield County Volunteer Firemen'* Association in her hometown of Houtzdale last night. Shown here with Miss Eckberg are, left to right: Front row: Patti Kellar, Oklahoma Fire Co., DuBois; Diane Kenyon, representing incumbent queen Norma Eckert who was unable to attend; and Miss Eckberg, representing Houtzdale Fire Co. Back row: Rebecca Jamison, Curweniville Fire Co.; Gloria Barrett, Mahaffey Fire Co.; Barbara Dixon, Clearfield Fire Department; Beverly Hoover, Karthaus Fire Co. Low tonight in the 50s and low 60s. Fair and warm Friday. Sunrise 5:41-Sunset 8:48 Clearfield River Level Wednesday 7 p. m. - 5.10 feet (falling). Today 7 a. m. - 5.05 feet (falling). Clearfield Weather Wednesday I o w 54; High 104. Overnight low 54. Mid - State Airport Wednesday 1 o w 44; High 81. Overnight low 45.