Robert Hickman Hired RBHS 1970
leave Red Bluff High School Trustees Adopt $1.6 Million Budget By LEF PETERS The Red Bluff High School budget for the coming year will be $1,623,009. The tax rate remains the same at $1.71. Adoption of the budget by the trustees last night came after an evening full of discussion on amendments to the original publication budget, adjusted assessed evaluation state aid, insurance, cutbacks in requested materials by the faculty, a cooling system and deletion of the English department department secretary from the proposed budget. 'Â·There could still be some changes," Pat Murphy, a s s i s t a n t s u p e r i n t e n d e n t , warned the board. "The assessed evaluation has changed four times in the past five weeks, for instance." The approved amendments included $1,658 for various fringe benefits for classified salaries. An eloquent plea was made (for the second time) by Marie Stoll, head of the English department, for reinstatement of the position of secretary for that department. "It isn't only the English department which uses her, "Mrs. Stoll said. "All the departments come over for help." Mrs. Stoll displayed several folders f u l l of stenciled material, which she said were textbooks that they couldn't afford to buy and which the secretary had made. "We are always hearing 'Make the English classes more interesting' but how can we when we don't have the money to do it? By having the secretary, we are able to accomplish accomplish some of these things. Without her, we would set our program back 15 years." She again pointed out that the services of the secretary far outweighed the salary of $3,600. Before further action was considered, Bob Russell, chairman of the board, brought up the question of the cooling system, given top priority by the faculty. An estimate by a firm showed the installation figure to be different from that given by the faculty. It developed that the firm had recommended air conditioning for both the classroom wings and the science rooms, although the science teachers had specifically said they wanted evaporative coolers for their rooms. Cliff Penner, representing the faculty negotiating council, asked since there apparently was going to be some increased monies available, would the board consider a vision and dental care program, which could only be purchased by district or the possibility of paying 50 per cent of dependents health insurance. Consent by the board was given to the following: reinstatement reinstatement of the secretary's position w i t h duties and responsibilities to be decided the administration; an increase in salaries, rather than insurance, insurance, depending on new money from state aid and not exceed three per cent of the present salary schedule; and advertise for bids for air conditioning conditioning with an alternative to include the evaporative coolers. Contracts were approved for Robert P. Hickman of Los Angeles, with a BA degree Iowa University and experience in counseling and administration, administration, to be assistant principal; Richard R. Rouse, B.A. from the University of Omaha, to teach mathematics; and Charles Myers, who had taught Vo-Ag for six years at Red Bluff High School, to teach the subject. A letter of resignation from J e f f r e y Reyes, teacher who will be studying his doctorate under a federal grant, was read and approved.