The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 14, 2001 · Page 10
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B2 SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2001 GREAT PLAINS THE SAUNA JOURNAL A Look Ahoad Boards / Not big on conventions 14 Saturday • EVENT: "An Easter Story and Egg Hunf for sixth-graders and younger. 11 a.m.. First Church of the Nazarene, 1425 S. Ohio. Children are encouraged to bring basl<ets. 823-6331 or 823-3458. • MUSIC: Bullseye recording artist Preston Shannon. 10 p.m., King of Clubs, 1056 E. Pacific. $6 in advance and $9 at the door. Ticl<ets available at House of Sight and Sound and Pium Creel< Meats, Beloit. • PROGRAM: Smol<y Hill Genealogical Society presents 'Tombstone Symbolism and Cemetery Art" by Laurl Halfhide. 2 p.m., Community Room, Smoky Hill fi/luseum, 211 W. Iron. 827-9717. • PUBLIC MEETING: Prairleland Food Co-Op Order Meeting. 9 a.m., 138 S. Fourth. 493-0370. • YARD WASTE: Yard Waste Day 8 a.m.-4 p.m., East end of the old airport runway Limbs, branches, brush, leaves, clippings and other yard waste accepted. •THEATER: Salina Community Theatre presents "Inherit the Wind." 8 p.m., 303 E. Iron. 827-3033. • ELLSWORTH: Ellsworth County FCE Clubs Easter Bake Sale. 9 a.m.; opening reception for artists Rachel Larson and Ben Sharpiaz, 2-4 p.m., Ellsworth Art Gallery, 204 N. Douglas. (785) 472-5658. • LINDSBORG: Bethany College Theatre presents "Everyman," a medieval morality play 7:30 p.m., Burnett Center, Bethany College. For tickets, call (785) 227-3380, Ext. 8185. 15 Sunday • MUSIC: Easter Cantata: "On A Hill Too Far Away." 10:45 a.m., First Church of the Nazarene, 1425 S. Ohio. 8236331. • LINDSBORG: Performance of Handel's "Messiah." 3 p.m.. Pressor Hall, Bethany College. For tickets, call (785) 227-3380, Ext. 8185. Listing Events Items for the Calendar of Events should be sent at least two weeks In advance to: Calendar of Events, The Salina Journal, P.O. Box 740, Salina 67402. Be sure to Include name, address and telephone number. Theatre guild having benefit flower sale Helping the Salina Community Theatre bloom, the Salina Community Theatre Guild is holding its annual flower sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in the parking lot of the theater, 303 E. Iron. Bedding plants, including flowers and vegetables, wiU be sold along with wreaths and hanging baskets, said Shirley Drawbaugh, the guild's vice president. All products will be from Grigsby Greenhouse. In addition, geraniums are being sold in advance for pickup at the theater Saturday To order geraniums, which sell for $2.50, call Deanie Olsen at 827-8105. The annual fund-raiser is used to fund scholarships for high school students and adults interested in furthering their theater careers. Funds this year will also aid in the cost of sending the cast and crew of "Wit" to Iowa for a regional competition. If it rains Saturday, the flower sale will take place inside Mid-State Plaza, 2450 S. Ninth. From Staff Reports FROM PAGE B1 Attendance at national conventions and expenses incurred by school board members have been hot topics since an investigation was launched into bills of up to $16,000 a month — many for personal items — the Haysville superintendent charged to a school district credit card. The Haysville district also incurred $17,000 in expenses when its school board members attended the NASB convention last month in San Diego. In Saline County, no school board members attended the recent national convention, and expenses on the whole are relatively low. Goodwin said his district budgeted $10,000 this year for board expenses. That money won't be spent for board members, though. Instead, board members voted recently to use about $8,000 to send 17 students and their adviser to a national meeting in Anaheim, Calif., in July "The kids will pay about $400 to $500 each," Goodwin said. Board members from all three districts routinely attend regional and state Kansas Association of School Board conventions, but rarely does every board member attend. And registration costs and expenses aren't nearly as high as those for the national convention. Last year, registration for three Salina board members who attended the state convention in Wichita amoimted to $750. Tickets to a banquet cost an additional $140 for the three, and motel rooms cost about $290. At the state meetings, KASB delegates vote on the association's stance on issues affecting education, so it's vital that dis­ tricts have representatives present, Cathcart-Rake said. "You need to vote on the legislation and make sure that you're informed," she said. Bernie White, superintendent of the Ell-Saline School District, would like to have a board member attend a national convention every few years as weU, but he said his board members, most of whom have full-time jobs, simply can't take the time away. "It would be worthwhile, I think, if we had the time," he said. In all three districts, board members are reimbursed for meals and mUeage when they attend out-of-town meetings. In the EU-Saline district. White said board members aU live a distance from the district office at Happy Corner School, and they're reimbursed for mileage for attending board meetings. The reimbursement rate is 32.5 cents a mile, which matches the state rate. Last year, the district paid board members $1,692 for mileage. "The board functions very inexpensively," White said. In the Salina district, expenses for board members totaled $3,075 for the 1999-2000 school year, according to figures provided by the district. So far this year, $1,103 has been spent for board member expenses. Mike Soetaert, the district's director of business, said that figure includes dues to various organizations, meal and mUeage reimbursement and registrations and expenses for conferences. Soetaert said board expenses are closely watched by the district's auditor and an auditor from the state Department of Education, both of whom visit the district office yearly Tower / Includes many safety features Schools / Funding source unknown FROM PAGE B1 The bad news created the prospect that legislators would consider increasing taxes to pay for a wide range of government programs rather than raise money for education. Some legislators believe the task of increasing taxes to raise extra money for schools has become easier. Sen. John Vratil, R-Leawood, said legislators will have to consider tax increases anyway to resolve the state's budget problems. "Once you break that barrier of a tax increase, what is the difference between two- tenths of a percent on the sales tax or three-tenths of k percent?" Vratil said. But House Speaker Kent Glasscock, R-Manhattan, said increasing taxes to raise extra T HORSE MF.AT MARKET money for education has become more difficult. He said it will be difficult for legislators to justify giving public schools extra money when universities, social services and other agencies and programs won't see increases and may even be cut. Legislators began their session talking about how much they could increase spending on education. They're now talking about how to fix a hole in the state budget. But many still view public schools as the state's top priority, and they're still under pressure to increase spending on education. That means their biggest question hasn't changed since January. • Correspondent John Hanna has been covering state government since 1986. FROM PAGE B1 JUSTIN HAYWORTH / The Salina Journal Gene Talbot of Mortenson Construction works on the re-bar form of the new control tower Friday afternoon at the Salina airport. The tower will be connected to an 1,800-square-foot concrete "base building," which is being poured on-site, Sphon said. Replacing a 1955 tower The new tower will replace one built in 1955 and operated by the U.S. Air Force until Schilling Air Force Base was closed in 1965. The current tower is 10 to 20 feet shorter than the new one will be, and it's out of date, Benne said. "There have been a few modifications to the tower, but it can't be modified much more," Benne said. The new tower, being constructed across from the old tower, includes many safety features — beginning with its location on the east instead of the west side of the airport's main runway Currently, Benne said, people who need access to the control tower have to cross the main runway and drive down a taxiway for about a mile. "We don't like having people cross an active runway to go to work," Benne said. "When people have to make deliveries to the tower, they have to contact the controllers and get clearance to go." Safety built in Safety also is enhanced inside the building. The current tower has one stairway and no elevator. The new tower will have two staircases and an elevator and will meet the latest fire safety codes. "If there's a fire alarm, the controller can't necessarily leave immediately He has to get his planes in," Benne said. "With the two stairways, there will be two ways to get out of the tower in case of fire. From our standpoint, that's one of the most interesting as­ pects of the tower." Sphon said there will be an 8- inch concrete panel between the two stairways, giving the building a two-hour fire rating. That means if a fire starts in one stairway, it will take at least two hours to reach the second stairway. The tower will have eight floors, Benne said. The first six will be accessible by an elevator, and the stairs will continue upward to the eighth floor, which will house the 350-square-fdot cab, or air traffic control room. Administrative offices will be in the building at the base of the tower. Benne said nothing will be stored on the first six stories. A small electrical and mechanical equipment room, a rest room and a lounge area will be included on the sixth floor. The seventh floor will be used to house all the tower's electronic equipment. Sphon expects workers to finish the tower's rough exterior by July then interior work and exterior finishing will begin. Construction is expected to be completed in November. After that, Benne said, workers will begin installing equipment. The tower is expected to be operational in early 2002. • Reporter Sharon Montague can be reached at 823-6464, Ext. 129, or by e-mail at sjsmontague @saljournal.com. FREE Roth IRA Information WADDELL Fears of disease drive up demand Prices for U.S. horse meat are up to $15 higher than last year By ROXANA HEGEMAN The Associated Press WICHITA — Disease problems that have devastated Europe's beef industry have driven up demand for alternatives such as horse meat. At the Farmers and Ranchers Livestock Commission auction yards in Salina, manager Mike Samples has seen top-grade packer horses selling for as much as $80 per hundredweight — about $10 to $15 higher than this time last year. Consumers in all the European countries eat horse meat, he said. Demand for horse meat has grown with the mad-cow scare and foot-and-mouth disease plaguing European beef producers. Also pushing up prices for horses is the harsh winter in the United States that has reduced the quality of horses bound for slaughter, he said. "The good horses in the United States now are at really a premium," Samples said. Most U.S. beef is banned in Europe because of the hormones used by American producers. Among those buyers who frequent Kansas horse auctions is Jack Reinert of Quinn, S.D. Reinert said demand for alternative meats such as horse and ostrich has been up since autumn. He has bought about 30 percent more horse meat than usual. The U.S. horse slaughter industry has been declining steadily in the past decade. Last year, there were 50,449 horses slaughtered nationwide, compared to 64,036 in 1999, according to the U.S. Agriculture Department. In 1990, more than 315,000 horses were slaughtered. Driving the increased demand in recent months are the disease problems in Europe, =-.5^ PODlScilOOi with other factors playing a minor role, Reinert said. The increased demand for horse meat is also pushing up prices for recreational horses. 2320 Planet Galaxy Center, 827-2497 &rREED Financial Services* waddetl.com Member SIPC Investing. With a plan.^" Toni Renfro 131 N. 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