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Lansing Star (Newspaper) - May 6, 1990, Lansing, Illinois A junk Art fashioning collectibles from what some reject Home guide dining see our Spring restaurant guide wanted nurses dimensions reviews problem in health care delivery system the Star your Community newspaper Lansing a Lynwood edition 52 pages�?6 sections sunday May 6, 1990 25 cents per copy vol. 3�?no. 75 deficit prompts tuition increase by Gilda Williams come fall students at South suburban College Are going to have to dig deeper into their pockets to help the College out of a financial bind. The College is projecting a $3.5 million deficit at the end of the current fiscal year which ends june 30. In order to Cope with the deficit College trustees voted thursday to restructure the colleges debt and authorized the issuance of $3.5 million in general obligation Bonds. The debt is to be spread out Over a five year period. In addition trustees also voted to increase tuition $5 to $37 per credit hour for in District students. The tuition increase is expected to bring in an additional $600,000 in revenues. To ease the financial Burden somewhat trustees also voted to implement a sliding scale Cap on student activity fees. Explaining the tuition increase or. Richard Fonte president of the College said the increase will bring tuition up to the level of neighbouring colleges. A the $37 fee will now make us tied with Moraine Valley and we Are still below Prairie state at $41 per credit hour a Fonte said. A with this increase it makes us sixth or seventh in the state. We Are moving to the Point where students will have to share some of the costs a he added. Fonte explained that the College has been operating under a tuition freeze for the last three years but it must now raise its tuition in an Effort to comply with the commitment it made to the North Central association accrediting review team. The team visited last Spring. A we received five year accreditation from the inca but with that accreditation came a requirement to file an annual financial report because inca was concerned about our financial status a Fonte said. A the purpose of the annual filing is to demonstrate that we Are moving toward a balanced budget a he added. When asked Why the College has such a Large deficit Fonte said revenues have not kept up with expenditures. He said this is the situation in which most South suburban school districts find themselves. Moreover he said while the College is garnering More revenues due to an increased foundation tax rate and additional state Aid based on increased enrolment the first instalment on those revenues wont be received until july 1990. It is because of those increased revenues that the College Isnit in a bigger financial bind Fonte said. In the fall of 1988, the College was Able to increase its foundation tax rate from 15 cents to 23 cents without voter approval. College officials were Able to get state legislation passed by the general Assembly to allow the increased rate. College officials Felt this step was necessary after voters had turned Down to ref please turn to Page a-2 area schools reap benefits of movie tax m scouting for a baseball bargain Star photo by to Swisher Kris Killion and Cliff Purnell of Lansing scout for a dealers attended the show exhibiting cards and other bargain during the recent baseball card show at St. Sports items. Highlight of the Day was the auction of Andrew the apostle school in Calumet City. About 40 a signed Michael Jordan basketball. Opt com emergency traffic system set for Lansing streets by Dan Culloton imagine being Able to push a Button to change a traffic Light from red to Green from the Comfort of your own car. The Drivers of Lansing a emergency vehicles will be Able to do this and race safely through three of the villages busiest intersections whenever necessary after a traffic control system approved by Lansing trustees last week is installed. The Lansing Village Board tuesday agreed to use $10,000 in Village motor fuel tax met Revenue to help pay for the opt com traffic control system. Three of Lansing a 18 intersections controlled by lights and All of the villages paramedic and police patrol vehicles will be equipped with the opt com system said trustee Marvin Lyzenga chairman of the Public works and buildings committee. The system equips emergency vehicles and traffic signals with radio transmitters and receivers that enable the cars and trucks to change the lights from red to Green As they approach. A it helps get emergency vehicles to the scene quicker a said Village Engineer Jerry Rice. The system will be installed at the intersections of Torrence and Ber please turn to Page a-2 by Dan Culloton if you have paid to see a movie at River run Heaters in Lansing during the last year you May have helped pay for a new swing set. Money raised by the villages theater tax has been used to buy new playground equipment for Lansing Parks and to fund improvements to Village schools. The 10-cent surcharge on tickets sold at them amp a theater Complex at 16621 Torrence ave. Was imposed by the Village Board in january of 1989 to tap for the Community Money generated by the landings tax increment financing District said Lansing treasurer Lyle Kooy. All of the property taxes collected from the area Are used to support the Tif District Kooy said. The theater tax allows Lansing residents to Benefit from funds they normally would never see. The Money raised by the movie tax is divided among three school districts serving Lansing and the Lan Oak Park District. The Park District receives 40 percent of the funds while Lansing school District 158 is Given 25 percent Thornton fractional High school District 215 is allocated 20 percent and Sunnybrook school District 171 is allotted 15 percent. The checks Are distributed to the Park and school districts on a quarterly basis. The amount of Money each school District receives depends on the number of Lansing students enrolled. Between january 1989 and March 1990 the tax garnered $61,557.60 for those Lansing government units. The Park District used the $24,623.04 it received to pay for improvements to its Parks said director Jeff Boubelik. The District installed picnic shelters and fortress like gym sets made of wooden Railroad ties at kiwanis Schultz and rotary Parks. A the kids love those things a Bou Belik said of the wooden a Jungle the District also bought new swing sets and slides for the Parks Boubelik said. A we Haven to replaced any old stuff a he said. A its All Brand Money received in the future from the theater tax also will be used to improve the villages Parks Boubelik said. A was we receive More we Are going to be putting additional equipment in other Parks a Boubelik said. School District 158, which serves Only Lansing students used the $15,389.43 it received to pay for Struc please turn to Page a-2 parking plan gets approval by Marie Krolikowski first National realty and development company has received the recommendation of the Lansing planning and zoning Board of appeals to construct 415 parking stalls at its approved senior apartment Complex known As the landings phase four. This number is fewer than the 1.5 stalls per unit ratio the Board originally wanted provided at the Lansing development. During previous meetings members of the planning Board argued for a parking stall ratio of 1.5 stalls per unit for a total of 626 spaces. First National realty officials however stated that a 1.1 ratio or 415 spaces would be sufficient. Dale fester project manager submitted to the Board wednesday evening comparisons of other senior please turn to Page a-2 Airport authority Bill gets of in committee by Diane Ross Springfield another Effort to create a regional Airport governing authority outside the Structure of the Bis Tate commission currently studying the Issue sailed through a Senate committee last week a with the apparent endorsement of Chicago democrats. Only sen. Aldo Deangelis a Olympia Fields voted against the measure which was sponsored by state sen. Jerome Joyce a Essex. The Bill is similar to one Joyce sponsored in 1988 that narrowly failed because of opposition from Deangelis. The 1988 Bill a failure led to a months Long feud Between Joyce and Deangelis who each argued that the other was trying to promote one site for the proposed third regional Airport. The 1990 Bill creates a by county Airport authority whose jurisdiction would be split 50-50 Between Kankakee county and will county. The eight member authority which would have Revenue bonding Power to finance operation of an Airport would include four members from each county according to Joyce. The 1990 Bill is intended to promote the three Sites in Kankakee and will counties that the Federal aviation administration is subjecting to an intense two year scrutiny. The will Sites Are near Peotone and East of Beecher the Kankakee site is in the Northwest Corner of the county. Also part of the study is expansion of the existing Gary ind municipal Airport. The comprehensive review of air space economic potential environmental Impact residential displacement and transportation Access was started in fall 1989 and is scheduled for completion by fall 1991 a when one of those Sites is to be recommended. Chicago mayor Richard m. Daley has since proposed a fifth site in the Southeastern City and suburbs. Principals in the Airport debate Are working to create a Structure under which Daley a plan can be rolled into the existing study process. The apparent support of Chicago democrats on the Senate committee including sen. John do Arco who made the motion to approve the Bill a does no to mean anything a Joyce said later. A this showed the Chicago delegation is not opposing this currently a but it does no to mean they wont in the future a Joyce said. A you take support when you can get the Bill was approved 10-1 by the Senate executive committee of which Joyce is chairman and Deangelis a member. The Bill now goes to the full Senate and if successful there to the House. The South suburban mayors and managers association had registered to testify against the Bill but its spokeswoman apparently had to leave Springfield before the commit tee considered the Bill Deangelis said. There was no testimony for or against the Bill no questions and Only a Brief Exchange Between Joyce and Deangelis before the 10-1 Roll Call. A a we be been through this before and sen. Joyce has the right to do what he wants to do a Deangelis said. A but i still wonder if this serves any purpose besides furthering the site wars. A this might Well jeopardize Federal approval for a third Chicago Airport a he said repeating his 1988 arguments. A rather than advocate a particular site i would allow the pro please turn to Page a-2 school officials consider open enrolment plan a Naan tar in of Idonat ,5 Ito air Elaine Tatrn Art Jarl into by Gilda Williams parents in Illinois May yet gain limited Opportunity to Send their children to a school of Choice within their own District. The Illinois state Board of education last week adopted a policy statement giving a cautious Quot support to intr District open enrolment plans. Although Isle adopted As one of its objectives the establishment of a statewide policy on educational Choice a or open enrolment a in August 1988, Isle declined on april 19 to support a mandatory statewide plan. Instead it left the decision to participate in a Choice plan up to local school officials. A we formally adopted a policy that permits families to select the Public shod that Best suits their needs a said Sally Vogl policy analyst for Isle. A what we re promoting is educational Choice among schools and not adoption of the policy statement Vogl said Means that Isle will act As a consultant and perhaps ultimately provide Money for those districts that choose to participate in a localized open enrolment plan. However no Money has yet been allocated for the program by the general Assembly. The concept of open enrolment according to educators is based on the idea that every family should be allowed to choose among All local schools. The end result of such Choice a we formally adopted a policy that permits families to select the Public school that Best suits their needs. What we re promoting is educational Choice among schools and not programs a Sally Vogl Isle policy analyst cording to educators is that a a Good schools will attract students and a a poor schools will lose them compelling those lesser schools to improve or cease to exist. Evidence from other states where open enrolment plans Are operational supports this theory according to data collected by Isle. In Many instances schools that were losing students improved their programs so much that they were Able to Stop the outflow. The Isle action stops Well Short of encouraging student transfers across District lines a inter District open enrolment. And although evidence from other states indicates Competition for students could be beneficial Many Illinois educators Are not convinced. Some in fact cited Competition As one reason Why inter District open enrolment should not even be considered. Moreover some educators were loathe to seriously consider inter District open enrolment because of the wide variations in districts per Pupil spending Vogl said Isle did not follow in the footsteps of other states and enact statewide plans a either Intra District or inter District a because officials believe that no one plan is Best for All school districts. Four states have enacted inter District open enrolment plans allowing students from throughout an entire state to Cross District boundaries Minnesota Iowa Arkansas and Nebraska. Other states Are also considering similar plans. In an inter District plan in some cases students can choose to leave without first getting permission from their a a Home districts. In other cases approval is contingent upon other factors such As whether racial balance will be disturbed in those districts that Are operating under formal desegregation orders for the most part a receiving District can Only stipulate whether it has room for Transfer students. It May not pick and choose among a please turn to Page a-2

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