Local/Kansas The Salina Journal Thursday, January 9,1986 Page 3 Roberts predicts that Lyng will assume Block's job Glickman: Farmers need an advocate TOPEKA (AP) - Rep. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., on Wednesday predicted that former Secretary of Agriculture John Block will be replaced by Richard E. Lyng, the former deputy secretary during President Reagan's first term. At the same time, Roberts' col- legue, Rep. Dan Glickman, a Democrat, told the annual meeting of the state Board of Agriculture that Reagan should appoint someone who will fight for the agriculture budget. Glickman said the appointee must be tougher than Block, whom he thought was "outgunned and outclassed' ' in Reagan's cabinet. Block on Tuesday announced his resignation as secretary of agriculture and will leave the position in mid-February. Roberts and Board talks about plans for Bartlett By DAVID CLOUSTON Staff Writer An architect's report on the feasibility of renovating Bartlett Elementary School was overshadowed Wednesday by Salina School Board members' discussion of where Bartlett students might be relocated if the school was closed. The study, done by Architectural Services Plus of Salina, estimates the cost of renovation to be $465,665. The cost includes the price of a 5,200- square-foot addition to the west of the school that would include a library and two classrooms. The construction would require the purchase of two homes south of the school, at an estimated cost of $70,000, to make way for expansion. The study was overshadowed, however, by discussion of two plans for boundary changes that would relocate Bartlett students to other elementary schools. Administrators support a plan that would change the boundaries of Franklin, Hawthorne, Lowell, Oakdale and Whittier elementary schools. The plan would relocate 231 students. Bartlett's 166 students would be relocated to Hawthorne, Oakdale, Whittier and Franklin. Sixty-five students would move from Whittier to Hawthorne and Franklin, but Whittier would gain 91 students from Bartlett. An earlier plan, conceived by Facilities Task Force members using now-outdated 1984-85 enrollment data, would relocate 391 students and change the Hageman Elementary School boundaries as well. Not counted in the estimated enrollment shift are 103 students who attend the schools from outside their boundaries. Those students must receive district permission to enroll at the schools and can attend only if space is available., Both plans would require some former Bartlett and Whittier students to cross railroad tracks to get to Hawthorne Elementary School. "That has been an issue for some people in the past in terms of safety," said Steve Mulvenon, coordinator of public information. But, he said, "If you notice, last year there were about a dozen students who live in the Whittier and Bartlett areas that, for whatever reason, elected to attend Hawthorne anyway and cross the tracks themselves." Board member Mary Andersen asked whether the district could hire its own crossing guards. Richard Stedry, assistant superintendent of business, replied that was a function of city government. Another consideration about the plan raised by parents of Bartlett students at the meeting was the lack of a Chapter I program at Franklin Elementary School. There are enough low-income patrons to qualify Bartlett for a Chapter I remedial reading and math program. "I can speak very highly of that program and I would hate for those 30 or 40 kids at Bartlett who are getting that special attention not being able to get that special attention just because we pick them up and move them to a school that has too many people in a different socioeconomic environment," said Doug Mull, a Bartlett parent. No action was taken on the relocation reports. The board will discuss them at a special meeting with parents to be scheduled at Bartlett within three or four weeks. The only other item of business conducted by board members Wednesday was the appointment of board members Cathrine Roberts and Jerry Lundgrin to the teacher contract negotiating team. Glickman Glickman made their comments during a panel discussion that was part of the annual meeting of the Board of Agriculture. Roberts and Glickman also expressed doubts about the recently passed 1985 farm bill and about recent legislation requiring the balancing of the federal budget by 1991. In discussing Block's resignation, Roberts called Lyng politically seasoned and well-versed in agricultural policy. Lyng was also agriculture director of California when Reagan was governor. The two congressmen praised Block, describing him as decent and honest. Both agreed Block was perhaps too green politically. Glickman said he thought Block made mostly peripheral decisions on agriculture policy and was not as visible on the cabinet as others. He also said Reagan needed to appoint someone who would be more outspoken and take a higher profile position on agricultural programs and fight for more money for farmers. "He ended up a little blood-red," Roberts said. In addition, the congressmen said their votes on the 1985 farm bill were difficult choices. Glickman voted against the bill, and Roberts voted for it. Dole gives his support to Lyng TOPEKA (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole Wednesday gave his support to former deputy Richard E. Lyng to become the new U.S. secretary of agriculture. In a speech to the annual meeting of the Kansas Board of Agriculture, the Kansas Republican praised present Secretary John Block, who announced his resignation Tuesday. He also had laudatory words for the recently passed 1985 farm bill. Dole said Block had done a good job in his five years as secretary and was moving on "to do better things." Dole also said his choice for Block's replacement was Lyng, who was deputy secretary during President Reagan's first term. Dole cited Lyng's experience in the department as the main reason he hopes Reagan picks him for the job. Dole's remarks were made to an audience of about 350 people during the second day of the Board of Agriculture meeting. The state's senior senator also praised the Gramm-Rudman- Hollings Amendment, which requires a balanced budget by 1991. He said he supports Reagan's call for economic sanctions against Libya, calling Libyan leader Moammar Khadafy "a bit weird." Dole also said he would work for tax reform and cited the budget, tax reform and trade as the most important issues facing Congress in 1986. Speaking of Block, Dole said his job was perhaps the most difficult in Washington. He said the secretary of agriculture gets little attention until a farm bill is pending or until farm prices started dropping. "There are not many volunteers for that job," Dole said. Dole also said that although the 1985 farm bill was not perfect, he was proud of the work done on it. The bill includes $52 billion for price support programs for farmers over the next three years. The bill had bipartisan support, Dole said, noting that about 70 Democratic congressmen voted for it in the House of Representatives and in the Senate. "As long as I've been in Congress, there's been bipartisan support for farm legislation," he said. Dole also said the balanced budget measure passed by Congress would help farmers as well as the rest of the economy. Sticking by the law would require difficult choices, Dole said, but he also thinks most people in the audience would identify the federal deficit as the nation's most important problem. Craig Chandler ZOO SUITER — While Sean English, 9, checks out the gorilla, the would-be ape is more interested in attracting gasoline-powered, rather than pedal-powered, vehicles. David Kuhn, who donned the gorilla suit, stands Wednesday on the corner of Ohio and Crawford to draw motorists' attention to a recently remodeled service station. Hospitals find lodging for out-of-town guests By JIM BOLE Staff Writer The number of people making long trips for short stays at hospitals is increasing, so many hospitals are helping out-of-town patients find overnight accommodations. Three of the larger hospitals in north-central and northwest Kansas — Asbury Hospital and St. John's Hospital in Salina, and Hadley Regional Medical Center in Hays — offer special arrangements for those who have to travel a long distance and want to rest the night before one- day surgery or other medical treatment. A week ago, Hadley started renting hospital rooms to out-of-town patients. Many people already have taken advantage of Hadley's offer and the program is expected to grow because more than half of Hadley's patients come from outside Hays, said David Brittain, Hadley's public information officer. Patients can rent a room for $25, and another person accompanying the patient can stay for an additional $10. Besides making patients more comfortable, renting hospital rooms also fills beds that are being left empty because of recent changes in medical care, Brittain said. Advances in medical technology and changes in how health insurance companies pay hospitals are shortening hospital stays or eliminating them completely with new outpatient procedures, he said. The percentage of Hadley's 125 beds that are empty has increased from about 10 percent several years ago to about 35 percent during 1985, he said. People traveling to Asbury or St. John's can get discounts at Trade Winds Motel, or rent rooms from nearby homeowners who have agreements with the hospitals, officials at both hospitals said. Trade Winds Motel, 1646 N. Ninth, is owned by St. John's and has offered a variety of discount rates for several years to patients of both Salina hospitals, as well as family members who might be staying with them, said Roy White, St. John's administrator. Both hospitals refer some patients to Salina residents who live close by and are willing to rent a room for a small fee, White said. St. John's has between three and six homeowners who participate, and Asbury has about three participants. Asbury's admissions staff will make reservations at the Trade Winds Motel, any other hotel the patient desires or with one of the homeowners, said Betsy Green, Asbury's public information coordinator. About 40 percent of Asbury's patients come from outside Saline County, Green said. Salinan to meet Duffy on 'Cloud 9' By JIM BOLE Staff Writer A Salina woman is one of six Southwestern Bell Telephone Company employees in Kansas who will be having lunch today with Patrick Duffy, better known as Bobby Ewing on the television series "Dallas." "I'm still on Cloud 9," said Susan L'Ecuyer, Salina, before she went to Wichita to meet and have lunch with Duffy. "I watch every minute of (Dallas) and I told myself I just had to win," L'Ecuyer said. L'Ecuyer and five other Southwestern Bell employees were selected for the celebrity lunch as part of a program to encourage the use of seat belts, said Jim Gartner, the company's community relations manager in Salina. Employees were asked to submit reasons why people should wear seat belts, with the authors of the six best responses to have lunch with Duffy, who was hired by Southwestern Bell to be its spokesman for seat belt awareness, Gartner said. L'Ecuyer's entry said that if someone is in an auto "I watch every minute of (Dallas) and I told myself I just had to win." —Susan L'Ecuyer accident and is wearing a seat belt, they would receive fewer or no injuries than someone who doesn't. L'Ecuyer makes sure her two children always wear seat belts. About 500 of the approximately 5,500 Kansas employees of Southwestern Bell entered the contest. L'Ecuyer was the only winner from Salina. Three were from Wichita, and the Hays and Topeka offices each had one winner, Gartner said. Because employees log millions of miles in company vehicles, Southwestern Bell and the Communication Workers of America union emphasize wearing seat belts, Gartner said. Airport board reviews financial report The Salina Airport Authority on Wednesday reviewed the year-end financial report, which showed the authority had revenue in 1985 of $1.23 million and ended the year with a budget surplus of $433,637.70. Executive Director Timothy Rogers said the authority's healthy financial situation is caused by unanticipated revenue from rents and fees. "We've had good luck with some of FBO (fixed base operator) fees, landing fees are up this year, which we didn't expect, and we were able to generate some interest income we hadn't anticipated," Rogers said. The authority oversees operations at the Salina Airport and manages the Airport Industrial Area and other industrial property. Among the authority's revenue sources are building rent, $806,238; fixed base operator fees, $77,907; hangar rent, $43,257; and agricultural land rent, $42,344. The airport rents 1,069 acres of land to farmers and receives a percentage of the production income. In 1985, the authority received $43,029.87 from farm income. The biggest jump was in landing fees, which the authority charges airlines that use the runway for regular commercial business or for landing and take-off practice. Rogers said he expected to collect $9,000 in landing fees, but at year-end the authority had received nearly $17,000. The end-of-year accounting shows the airport authority with $9.2 million in assets, which include buildings and equipment.
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