Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - March 8, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Senate Votes To Abolish County School Boards
By Val G. Corley
DES MOINES (AP) - A measure designed to equalize education for tile handicapped in Iowa was passed 41-7 by the senate and sent to the house Thursday.
The bill would eliminate all county and joint county school districts by the 1975-76 school year.
Replacing the county school districts would be 15 area educational agencies which would pick up the responsibility for special education — such as instruction for children with hearing and speech problems, mentally retarded children and those with other handicaps.
And the state would infuse $16jHull),
million in state aid to pay the appropriations committee,
cost of special education.
Separate Boards The 15 area educational agencies would operate with the same boundaries as the present 15 merged area community colleges. But under an amendment sponsored by Sen. Roger Shaft (R-Camanche), and passed 27-20, the educational agencies and the community colleges would have separate boards.
The amendment setting up the separate boards was one of the two most bitterly fought battles of the seven-hour session required to pass the measure.
which knocked $7 million to $8 !million in additional state aid from the bill.
The bill originally set out to merge the present area school boards with the new area educational agency boards.
Sen. Willard Hansen (R-Cedar Falls), chairman of the senate schools committee, said this
As originally written, the measure would have pumped an extra $24 million in state aid to
Hansen said some Iowa children — primarily in urban counties — currently have access to
But IR'Roster said the full $24 million could place state dangerously low funds within two years.
would make it easier for the said the $16 million in special
agencies to give vocational tech-! nical and other such specialized! training.
Mixed Funds Feared
But opponents of the merged defeated 29-18 at first, but the boards said they felt the funds Republican majority hurriedly
for the area schools and special held a party caucus and the The other was an amendment education might be mixed even amendment was reconsidered by Sen. Lucas DeKaster (R- though the bill prohibited mix-and passed 28-20 without a sing-chairman of the senate ing the funds.
local school districts to pay for good special education pro-
special education and media grams. But he said there is not
enough population in many of the smaller county and joint
the j county district to give adequate °n ; training to handicapped chil
He said only 12 percent of Iowans who needed special education classes received them in 1948 while now almost half “of Iowa's students who have a handicap of one sort or Another” are reaached by the needed education.
education grants would give most school districts some ; property tax relief.
DeKoster’s amendment was
|Ie Republican vote against it.
said 24 other states have better special
education programs than Iowa while 25 have progrms not as good.
The county school systems started in the days of the one-room school, with the county superintendent given the responsi-b i I i t y of supervising those schools and making sure all the teachers had a certificate, Hansen said.
Schools began to reorganize in the late 1950s and early 1960s and the county school districts’ duties .shifted from supervision to service functions.
Hansen said some of the county systems took over the service functions but many others currently still exist with few functions remaining.
DES MOINES (AP) Here is how the senate voted Thursday
on the bill to replace county and
Bills in the Iowa legislator
Pouted kv House
SKS JU. To create a frarne-bargaining
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joint county school systems with work for collective bargain!i
I by public employes. 56-4.1. Rf turns for action on
area educational agencies, passed 41-7.
Voting for: Andersen, Bergman, man,
Briles, Burroughs, Cole- -----, Curtis, DcKostor, I to
tterer, Gallagher, Glenn, (Buba, Griffin, Hansen, Heying. Hunman, J unkins, Kelly, Kinlcy, Lowborn, McCartney, E. Miller, Milligan, Murray, Orr, Palmer, Plymat, inter, Priebe, Rabe-deaux, Ramsey, Riley, Robinson, Schaben, Schwongels, Scott, Shaff, Shaw, Taylor, Tie-den, Van Gilst, Willits.
^ Voting against: Blouin, Hill, Kennedy, C. Miller, Nystrom, Rodgers, Winkelman.
Absent or not voting: N< and Schwieger.
Judge Denies White’s Bid To Cut Bond
By Alice \\ itosky
TOLEDO — An application for reduction of the $3,000 bond under which John White, 30, Cedar Rapids, is being held in the Marshall county jail while he awaits sentencing was made Wednesday in Tama county dis trict court by his attorney White wras present in court.
Judge Louis W. Schultz denied the application for reduction Sullivan then asked that White be confined in the Linn county jail instead of in Marshall county and that he be placed on a work release program to work during the day and return to jail at night.
Tama County Attorney Jared Bauch said he would talk to the Tama county board of supervisors, who have an agreement with Marshall county for keeping Tama county’s prisoners in the Marshall county jail, and ascertain if it is agreeable to the supervisors to pay Linn county for White’s lodging and board in Linn county.
White was convicted by a Tama county district court jury last week for larceny of soybeans from his former employer, Russell Brandt, of Buckingham. His sentencing is scheduled for April 26 and his attorney’s motion for a new trial will be considered at that time also.
White admitted to Judge Schultz that he has been under investigation recently by Linn county authorities for a possible connection with a crime there. However, his attorney told Judge Schultz, “If there is evidence against him there, they should arrest him. They haven’t and It has no bearing on this matter in Tama county.”
Sworn and questioned by j Judge Schultz, White said he» and his wife are estranged and getting a divorce, that he plans, to marry a woman with two children he is living with in a trailer in Cedar Rapids, and; that he has supported his own two children. The woman he! lives with is on ADC assistance and he stated he does not take her money.
White said if he does not get sent to the penitentiary when he is sentenced in Tama county, he may go back to Arkansas, providing he does not get a good job in Iowa. He came to Iowa to work when he was 16.
In opposing the reduction of W hite’s bond, Bauch pointed out
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'avo lee Finds Freedom Frustrating
By Gordon Hanson
FORT MADISON (AP) -Bobby Ferguson has been out of prison nearly three weeks — the longest he’s ever been a free man. And he doesn’t like it.
Since being placed on probation, Ferguson says thieves have broken into his apartment and wiped him out, he’s ruined several shirts trying to cope with a coin-operated washing machine, and a bank account “ain’t never going to come because I ain’t never going to make that much money.”
Ferguson, 39, was born in a women’s reformatory. He said Thursday he’s never known his mother and has spent all but 17 months of his life behind bars.
After his birth, he was taken to Woodward state hos-
pital where he spent the next 14 years as a ward of the court.
“Secure” in Prison From then on, Ferguson said, he's committed a succession of crimes to keep him in institutions where he feels secure and has friends.
“Bobby was serving a life term on the installment plan,” said Nolan Ellandson, director of Iowa’s Bureau of Adult Corrections.
Ferguson was finishing a 10-year sentence for robbery in the men’s penitentiary in Fort Madison and was due for parole when he asked Gov. Robert Ray early this year to give him a life sentence so he could remain a prisoner.
Instead, Ray arranged for Ferguson to become a custodian at the penitentiary so that when he was paroled Feb. 16
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some of the social pressures Ferguson is unaccustomed to might be eased. Also, Ferguson would be close to the institution for counseling if his anxieties became intolerable.
“But I might throw a brick
through some window and stir things up,” Ferguson said, indicating he wants to be locked up again.
He said his freedom marks “the first time I’ve been out this long.” He ventured out of
Iowa only once, he said, when he escaped from the penitentiary in 1967, was picked up in Chicago four or five days later “and got five years for walking away.”
Answers Vary “I feel like I did before” when he committed minor crimes to be picked up, he said. “You have so many problems sometimes. You go to someone for advice and get one answer, go to another and get a different answer. Pretty soon you don’t know where the hell you’re at.”
Two weeks after he moved into the first apartment he’s ever occupied, “thieves robbed me and took everything I had. They got the money I had, my coffee pot ... I got some of my clothes back at a hock shop. I had to
spend my money to replace things and I was broke.”
He believes he’ll clear less than $75 weekly, more money than he’s ever received, but because of high living costs ‘‘you’re living hand-to-mouth.”
He said he ruined several shirts when he tried to wash them in a commercial laundry and put in too much bleach. “I looked in and there were no shirts — just a bunch of thread.”
He has high regard for Deno Constantine, local restaurant owner, who Ferguson says has become his friend. “I’ve tried to adopt him as my father,” Ferguson said.
The future? “That’s the hardest question in the world to answer,” he said. “I try to live it a day at a time and not look too far ahead.”
Paper for Trip
—Photo by Earl Barttoch, Oelwein
Pleas of Guilty To Drunk Driving Entered by Four
Among projects to raise funds for a trip to Washington, D. C., May ll -15, West Central high school seniors recently conducted a paper drive in the Maynard, Westgate, Randalia and Oelwein areas. From left, Jerry Woodward, Linda Byerly, Bob Bergman, and Jan Parsons, all of Maynard, are shown with some of the 30 tons of paper collected. A total of 48 students will make the trip.
Injunction To Block Buying Restaurant in Traer Asked
TOLEDO — A petition has rectiy own, manage, operate or
testified he hired White for $500 per month, and furnished him with a tenant house to live in, plus utilities, winter fuel, and two quarters of beef and two butcher hogs per
year. White was convicted of . en filed in Tama county dis- otherwise be connected with any taking 180 bushels of soybean .
from Brandt’s bins and selling ,trlct court Malt and Caro1 sim,lar business for five years was arrested Feb
Moore, rural Garrison, and within IO miles of the
TOLEDO — Four men charged with drunk driving appeared before Judge Louis W.
Schultz in Tama county district court Wednesday.
Keith D. Logcr, 22, Toledo, withdrew a former plea of innocent and pled guilty. He was fined $300 and costs, his driver’s license was suspended indefinitely and he was ordered to attend at his own expense a drinking drivers course at B. R. Miller Junior high school at Marshalltown.
Ricky Joe Harrison, 23, Traer, who had pled guilty earlier, was fined $300 and costs and ordered to attend a drinking drivers school at Hawkeye Institute of Technology in Waterloo. His driver’s license was suspended indefinitely.
Judge Schultz ruled that suspension of I/)ger’s and Harrison’s driver's licenses was not to prevent the department of public safety from issuing them temporary driver’s permits and restoring their licenses when the courses are completed satisfactorily.
Pleas of guilty to OMVUI were,cases reported: entered by leonard Camargo Flores, 28, Belle Ix'on Max Bear,
Iowa Reports Six Cases of Mysterious Reyes Syndrome
ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) — More Mexico I, New York 7, North than 140 cases of Reyes Syn- Carolina 5, Ohio 15, Oklahoma 6.
drome, which strikes young children and teenagers, j have been reported from 21 states since last Dec. 15, the Center for Discase Control re-! ported Thursday.
Michigan leads the list of states reporting the illness with 27 cases, the CDG said. Wisconsin is next with 14.
A spokesman said the disease is not a reportable disease as far as the Public Health Service is concerned, but the ODC asked state public health departments to make reports because of rising interest in the disease and its increase last winter.
As of last week, the number of cases began to show a decline, the CDG said.
The CDG said the 146 cases listed since Dec. 15 are cither suspect or cinfirmed and that the list probably is incomplete.
Gause of Reyes Snydrome is unknown, but it is characterized by fever and nausea and follows such diseases as chicken pox and Type B influenza, the
and Wisconsin 14.
to senate amendments.
Introduced in House HF 131)0, To make provisions of the continuing contracts law applicable to certificated employes of county and joint boards of education. Avenaon.
ll Kl 301, To establish area h i s t o r i c a I research centers.
11 Kl 392. To correct numerous erroneous references and repeal obsolete* .sections of the Iowa Code. Judiciary committee
ll Kl 393. To allow the clerk of probate court, wlncri notice is waived, to approve sale of din property by a fiduciary.
IIK1394. To eliminate an obsolete requirement that the state treasurer write “redeemed’’ across warrants after they are paid. State government committee.
IIK1395, To repeal the requirement that a complaining witness’ testimony must be corroborated in a trial for rape. O’Halloran and Oakley;
ll Kl 396, To permit compensation of the spouse or other relative of the sheriff who feeds or provides other services for prisoners. County government committee.
HK 1397, To prohibit is-j suance of trapping licenses to residents of states which do not sell .similar licenses to Iowa. Natural resources committee.
IIF 1398, To permit movement of vehicles transporting livestock, grain, fuel or fertilizer under permit if the axle weight does not exceed 20,000 pounds. Agriculture committee.
IIK1399, To make corrective revisions in the election law passed last year. State government committee.
Passed by Senate SKI 163, To replace county and joint county school districts with area educational agencies. 41-7. To house.
Introduced in Senate SJR 1006, To propose a constitutional amendment allowing convicted felons the right to vote. Gluba.
SF1269. To eliminate the requirement that the state treasurer write the word “redeemed'’ in a book when warrants are certified. State government.
SFI270, To allow 60-foot single-trailer trucks on Iowa highways. Kennedy.
SF1271, To create a state elevator code. Rabcdeaux and Kelly.
SF1272, To require IOO percent valuation of property for tax purposes. Ways and means.
SK1273. To require private and public agencies to issue environmental impact statements before developing projects. Gluba. ■
$342,000 Net Worth Reported by Gannon
DES MOINES— (IDPA)—Wil-' ham Gannon, Mingo fanner who is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor, Frtdav j made a disclosure of his personal finances.
Gannon, 37, released an assets j and liabilities statement which showed assets of $437,550. liabilities of $94,975, for a net worth of $342,575.
The financial statement included a listing of Gannon’s | holdings in real estate, grain. farm machinery, livestock and I cash.
Gannon also released his 1973 individual income tax returti for both federal and state taxes. The tax forms showed that Gannon paid $3,150 in federal income taxes and $1,010 in state income taxes.
Gannon said if elected governor he would make similar financial disclosures each Jan-
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The states and the number of|uary.
He called on Gov. Robert Ray Arkansas I, Colorado I, Geor-;to issue a financial disclosure Plaine, and gia 2, Illinois ll, Indiana 7, Iowa “to insure the people of Iowa 38, route 2, 6, Kansas 7. Kentucky 2. Michi- that no financial conflicts of in-Tama. Sentencing for both men gan 27, Minnesota 5, Missouri interest are involved in the Ray was set for March 20. Flores Nebraska 5, New Jersey 5, New;administration.”
them in Ely.
White’s attorney said Wednes- ^ac^ and Nancy Rash, Traer, House.
17 on high-Towne way 30 cast of Tama by a state itrooper. Bear was arrested Feb.!
that all of White’s employers|day that he u not court.appoult.!asking that Glenn and Donna
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Whtrneve; stuck Idefend him. He spent three days">ide by a contract by not “lions to purchase a restaurant^accident.
spite of th. t White ne J Hi.rina rh* trial and rectiy or indirectly owning, and tavern business in Traer
with a job long, sometimes only .in Toledo during the trial ana,11- J
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ed but that White hired him to Franklin, Traer, be required to lins have entered into negotia-'trooper after he was involved
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and if released on lesser bond, e y' He said he knows taurant or tavern operation the business. PU .. . W’Hifp will nav him for his m»r- within a 10-mile radius of the the F’ranklin.s will
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has relatives and where he wJreleased from jail to get a job subs,.,iu,,lt ,„“b“
and go to work.
until shortly before his trial.
On questioning by Bauch,
White admitted that after he quit his job as Russell Brandt’s
farm hand, he and his family went to live with Sam Smothers, a nephew, at Ely, and that he sold their household goods with,
the exception of a high chair! college, will give a faculty
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The plaintiffs ask damages of $100 per day, the amount the Rashes claim will be sustained
Julian Bern Recital
Sunday at Cornell
MT. VERNON—Pianist Julian manent injunction is asked en
TOLEDO - The Tama county!
by them if the Franklins fail lo sheriff a department is invcj-;abide by the agreement. A i>er- ligating the theft of two F.nglishl
Setter dogs owned by Ronald!
. . , p I lumina thti Franklins from \ J ie Allen, a farmer who lives north'
Bern, professor of music at Cor-]joining rne franklins irom vm ^ ^ i§____
let ing their agreement.
west of Toledo. Allen said they
, The petition states that Jack were stolen .Saturday night. The and baby bed, and that he sold (recital Sunday at 3 p m. in King ^ ^janCy Rash are leasing dogs are five months old,
his pickup truck.
He said he put from the sale of their household,^ 0 z a'r t sonata.
the money| His program will
from the Moores a business named Susie and Dusty, and' a known as the Town House Res-(weigh 28 and 35 pounds respect
good, rn hi, pocket but he de-’-wadder., Pantie’’, and “to Hied that.he had sole control OI lectjons from ch( , ’ the familv finances. His w:fe|anrj pavci had a check book and could;' The recj|a, , write checks, he said. He said j public
he gave his wife money until he got short of funds in January.
Duriog the trial, Brandt, who farms on a large scale,
Schubert’s taurant and Tavern. According tively the contract on file, the white. Debussy j Moores bought the business from the F’ranklins for $48,500 the with possession to be given Feb.
According to the plaintiffs,
'They are brown and
Bern has performed extensively as a concert pianist in I when the business was conveyed! Europe, the Near East, and the to the Moores, the Franklins United States 'agreed not to directly or indi-*
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