The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 18, 1986 · Page 17
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 17

Salina, Kansas
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Saturday, January 18, 1986
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Local/Kansas 2 The Salina Journal Saturday, January 18,1986 Page 17 School district mounts opinion poll by phone By DAVID CLOUSTON Staff Writer A telephone poll conducted by the Salina School District to gauge the opinions of Salina residents about their public schools is underway. Parent Teacher Association volunteers, working for the district, began calling Thursday and will continue the poll until Jan. 25. Nearly 500 Salina residents are expected to be called, said Steve Mulvenon, coordinator of public information for the district. The last time the district conducted a public opinion poll was in 1983, Mulvenon said. Some of the 21 questions asked then are being asked now to see if there has been any shift in public opinion, he said. The poll is patterned after a national Gallup Poll on education, using random sampling from the telephone directory. "We used their (Gallup's) guidelines on drawing the sample. Some of the techniques are the same —r how to word questions, how many phone calls to make, etcetera," Mulvenon said. The poll also includes questions about local school issues. "It's important for us to stay in touch with what Salinans think of their schools," School Board President Steve Ascher said. "This is one way to do just that. We get reports from our staff all the time. We want to hear from the public, too." Although about 500 calls are to be made, officials need only 379 usable responses for the survey to be valid, Mulvenon said. The results of the survey will be tabulated, analyzed and presented to the school board in February, he said. The gist of the questions asked in 1983 dealt with the performance of the schools and how the general public receives its information regarding schools, Mulvenon said. In that poll, 67 percent of those responding said Salina deserved an A or B, on a scale ranging from A at the top to F at the bottom. In the nationwide Gallup Poll, only 31 percent felt their local schools deserved an A or B. Also in the 1983 poll, 22 percent of Salina citizens said the school system's biggest asset was quality teachers. Seventy-one percent of all adults said the use of drugs and alcohol was a big problem in Salina schools but only 31 percent of parents of school-age children in Salina felt drug and alcohol abuse was a big problems. Asked whether or not they would vote to raise taxes if Salina schools needed more money, 45 percent said they would approve, 39 percent said they would not and the others did not respond. Commission goes fishing for federal funds Herington murder conviction affirmed TOPEKA (AP) - The Kansas Supreme Court Friday affirmed Michael R. Waugh's first-degree murder conviction which arose from the death of John E. "Friday" Longbine, who was reported missing to the Herington Police Department on March 15,1984. Justice Harold Herd dissented from the majority, saying interrogation tactics used to coax a confession out of Waugh were "clearly designed to deprive the defendant of every possible psychological advantage." "By no stretch of the imagination can it be said Waugh's statement was a product of an essentially free and unconstrained choice," Herd said. "It was the product of implied promises to help him, cajolery and inaccurate assertions of the interrogator's purpose. "The officer was not interested in 'helping' Waugh, nor was he interested in obtaining a Christian burial for Mr. Longbine. He was interested only in overcoming Waugh's will and obtaining his confession. "This is a classic example of violation of an accused's privilege against self-incrimination." Herd said a new trial should be ordered with directions that all Waugh's statements after his arrest be suppressed. The court also upheld a Topeka psychiatrist's conviction last February of vehicular homicide and driving under the influence of alcohol in connection with a July 1984 automobile accident which killed an 18- year-old Topeka woman. However, the seven-member court said the trial court was wrong for ByDAVERANNEY Harris News Service A disagreement over fish guts and a leaky dam have put the Kansas Fish and Game Commission at odds with Gov. John Carlin's proposed 1987 budget. At stake is more than $1 million in federal aid. The governor's proposal taps the commission's budget for $267,440 to repair the 57-year-old dam at Meade Gouty State Lake, and $55,000 to build fish cleaning stations, complete with electricity, running water and sewer hook-ups, at 10 Kansas reservoirs. The commission had not included the projects in its plans, labeling them obligations of the Park and Resources Authority. Instead, it planned to set aside $200,000 as seed money for building a $650,000 environmental education center next to the Milford Fish Hatchery. The remaining $67,440 was plugged into a $433,641 project for repairing a low- head dam 1.5 river miles downsteam from the dam at Turtle Creek Reservoir. Money for these projects stems imposing on the psychiatrist, Dr. Thomas R. McNaught, the requirement he make restitution to the victim's family and seek alcohol treatment after serving the maximum possible jail term and paying two fines. In upholding the jury's conviction, the high court ruled that Shawnee County District Judge Adrian J. Allen erred in handing down the maximum jail sentence and fines possible, without opportunity for parole, and then ordering restitution and the alcohol rehabilitation program. McNaught, 54, was convicted of vehicular homicide and driving under the influence of alcohol after Kathlene Bahr was struck and killed while riding her bicycle along a paved road on the northern outskirts of Topeka. McNaught was arrested a mile away and charged with involuntary manslaughter. The jury convicted him of the lesser offense of vehicular homicide. Allen then sentenced McNaught to one year in jail for the vehicular homicide charge, six months in jail for the drunk driving conviction, and fined him a total $3,000. All were the maximum sentence allowed under law and he was given no chance for probation or parole. In addition, Allen ordered McNaught to pay Bahr's parents $13,318 to pay funeral expenses and a $5,000 fee was assessed for a special prosecutor who was brought in on the case. Allen ordered McNaught's driver's license revoked and demanded he enroll in the alcohol treatment program upon his release from jail. Faculty pay Increases estimated TOPEKA (AP) —Discussions with legislators this week indicate faculty members at Kansas' six state universities can expect the 1986 Legislature to approve pay increases for them in the 2 percent to 4 percent range, the chairman of faculty senate presidents said Friday. "I think we got assurances that we'd get something more than zero. The legislators seem to think there would be some enhancement, but they don't seem to think it will be the full 5 percent," said Ed Galloway, professor of psychology and counseling at Pittsburg State University and chairman of the Council of Faculty Senate Presidents. Galloway came to Topeka to meet with Gov. John Carlin and legislative leaders Thursday, then went before the state Board of Regents' monthly meeting Friday to report on his talks with the state officials on the matter of faculty salaries. Galloway said most legislators he visited seemed to think 5 percent was too much for faculty members to expect. "Legislators seem to agree that 2 to 4 percent can be assumed," Galloway told the regents. Assumption of that little of the faculty members' retirement contribution is regarded as inadequate, he said. 3*n<C Playing Tonight "Riebwood" SHUFFLE BOARD POOL TABLE DART MACHINE W. IIWY.10 82S-1537 Mrmlict.-tllllll^K OI'EN: Mon.-Fri. 4 pin Saluril.iy 4 pin KITCHEN'S OPEN SPECIALIZING IN Mountain Oysters and Steak Fingers from a recent expansion of recreational products covered by a federal excise tax. The federal revenues are distributed to the states based on a formula that blends land area and number of license sales. This fiscal year, the commission expects to get $1.2 million in federal funds designated for sport fishing projects. The tax generated $534,014 for last year's budget. But the money comes with strings attached. It can be used only on projects included in a master plan developed by the Fish and Game Commission. Neither of the governor's proposals are included in the master plan. Commission officals warn that federal inspectors have the authority to recall all funds if any of the expenditures aren't in order. Federal excise tax funds account for 14 percent of the commission's budget. "We've been assured that the feds will hold oversight hearings," said Mike Theurer, chief of the commission's fisheries division. "States will be held accountable. It's a warning that we think ought to be taken seri- ously." The commission owns Meade County State Lake, but in 1964 leased most of the park area, including the dam, to the park authority. The lease states that the park authority will be responsible for dam repairs and maintenance. At issue is not whether the dam should be repaired, but rather how the repairs will be financed. The park authority depends on state taxes for most of its funding. The Fish and Game Commission is funded primarily by license fees paid by hunters and fishermen. Commission officials say it's unfair to use only sportsmen's fees for a project that will benefit the public at large. "It may look like we are not trying to cooperate, but that's not the case at all. We just don't want to jeopardize our federal funds, and we have budget problems of our own to look after," said Bill Hanzlick, director of the Fish and Game Commission. He noted that a low point in the pheasant and quail population cycles have recently cost his agency $1.2 million in declining license sales. "We don't have a problem with the fish cleaning stations," Hanzlick said. "We have other priorities at the moment, but we're certainly willing to look at including them somewhere down the line." Searching for middle ground, Hanzlick is proposing a one-year moritoriam on funding the disputed projects. - CORRECTION Huntsinger's phone number was incorrect in Friday's Neighbors ad. The correct number is 825-5969 Last week Waters True Value Hardware purchased the remaining stock of Scotts fertilizer from another area Scotts retailer. This week our regular Scotts spring order arrived ahead of schedule and we don't have room to store the extra. The extra Scotts must go! When it's gone — it's gone. Due to previous agreements with Scotts, Inc. this sale does not include our regular spring order but there are great never-to-be seen again" prices on the rest. AmericaiS favorite fcrtflbtr li twr otn better,., Starter Fertilizer WATER 2106 S. Ninth Salina 825-1567 Open Mon.-Fri. 8:30-9, Sat. 8:«Mi, Sun. 11:30-5:30

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