The Hillsdale Daily News from Hillsdale, Michigan on January 28, 1976 · Page 1
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VOL. 65—No. 251 Hillsdale/ Michigan, Wednesday, January 28, 1976 26 Pages, Two Sections Plus Supplement Price 1 5 Cents Detroit School Attendance OK DETROIT (AP) — The Crump; stayed home again today, with ar American flag waving on their porcl and a sign proclaiming: “Warning: The Occupants of This Dwelling Have Beer Quarantined Due to the Yellow Flu.” Most of the city’s 247,500 students an going to classes, however, with a court ordered integration program now full) imDlemented. Schools were peaceful Tuesday, anc observers said there wasn’t a single antibusing demonstration. Officials said absenteeism was down to 16 per cent Tuesday from 32 per cent Monday, when only elementary school was in session. The long-term average absentee rate is 12.5 per cent. The absentee rate was highest — 25.5 per cent — in Region 7, a largely white area in northeast Detroit where thousands of pupils apparently stayed out in protest with the “yellow flu.” The Crump home is adjacent to the complex where all three children had gone to predominantly white schools. Their mother is angry about orders transferring two of them to schools in black neighborhoods. “When we live this close to the school, it’s ridiculous to have to pay for transportation across town,” said Pat Crump. “Here there was the safety and just the piece of mind of knowing that if they got sick at school they could come right home,” said Mrs. Crump. Tommy, 9, was not going to be bused away from Fleming School, but Mrs. Crump is keeping him home as part of the indefinite boycott called by Mothers Alert Detroit, the city’s largest an­ tibusing group. She’s bought some educational books and says she’ll tutor him. Frankie, 14, was to be bused to Richard Middle School, and Mrs. Crump said she might be forced to send him back to school to finish eighth grade. Then, she and her husband, Frank Crump Jr., a lithographer, may try to put together enough money to send Frankie to a private school. The antibusing group is working on a plan to furnish tutors to those parents who take their children out of public schools. Vicki, 17, is dropping out rather than tranferring to Pershing High School four miles away. She wants to get a job in a restaurant and says she’ll think about going to night school in a year or two. “They don’t mind going to school with blacks,” Mrs. Crump insisted. “They already do. In fact, we have a black family living four houses down. They’re on about every block.” About 21,800 students in kindergarten through eighth grade are scheduled to be bused. Another 31,600 were transferred to new schools, but most of these shifts are due to creation of a middle school svstem. School Supt. Arthur Jefferson said Tuesday that he believes one reason the busing plan was implemented peacefully is that Detroit whites are in a minority. “One must recognize that the composition of the population of our city certainly is different from Boston” which is onethird black, Jefferson said. “If we were in a 50-50 situation, the potential is there for more problems,” he said. There were heavy police patrols near the schools Monday and Tuesday. Inspector William Bradimore of the police department’s special busing task force said Tuesday the extra police patrols near schools will continue for at least one week. Detroit has become the largest city to adopt a court-ordered integration plan, although the number of students being bused is less than in some other cities, such as Boston. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is appealing the Detroit plan as too limited. The civil rights group also plans to reopen its case for integrating Detroit schools with those of the suburbs — a plan turned back by the Supreme Court n 1974. The city schools are 75 per cent alack. U.S. District Court Judge Robert DeMascio’s order was designed to Jitegrate the remaining predominantly ■vhite schools. It made about 165 schools lalf-white, while the remaining 155 stay ill-black. Prog ress Edition Helps Bicentennial Year Begin “A County on the Move,’’the Daily News’ progress edition in today’s paper helps kick-off the Bicentennial year in Hillsdale County. Throughout the year, groups, schools, churches and entire cities will be sponsoring special events for the special celebration. One of the highlights of the year will be an expanded Fourth of July celebration sponsored by the Hillsdale American Legion. Other continuing events include proposed beard-growing contests sponsored bj the Pittsford Lions Club and by the County Farm Bureau. The Farm Bureau is also working on several other projects. February will see the opening of the Hillsdale Community Theatre’s Bicentennial season with “Winnie the Pooh” to be presented Feb. 14 and 15. On Feb. 16, the Masons are sponsoring a dance and the auxiliary to Thorn Hospital in Hudson plans a dance July 28. An unique re-make of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” is being presented by Pittsford High School. Students are re-writing the classic play to reflect people and happenings in Pittsford. The Bicentennial Wagon Train will be rolling into Hillsdale May 19. The highlight of that month will be the Hillsdale Jaycees Michigan Week parade to be held May 15. The Exchange Club is sponsoringu’76 for ’76,” the annual antique show and sale to feature 76 different dealers at Hillsdale College. The Pittsford Library will present its Bicentennial reading award in late June. The Hillsdale Community Theatre production of the musical, “1776” will be presented during the Fourth of July weekend as part of the legion’s two-week festival. The Thom Hospital plans a box social for July 17. Addison kicks off its Bicentennial festivities July 16 with a beauty pageant. Numerous other activities follow on July 17,18,24 and 25. The community of Frontier will hold its Bicentennial celebration the weekend of Aug. 14. Sept. 26 marks the kick-off of what should be the biggest Hillsdale County Fair in history. Obviously, many of the events that have been scheduled for this Bicentennial year have not been listed. But the Daily News invites any club, church, school or civic organization to notify the paper of the events it is planning for 1976. Motorcycle Helmet Law Declared Constitutional LANSING, Mich. (AP) — An Adrian city ordinance requiring motorcyclists to wear helmets is constitutional, the state Court of Appeals ruled todav. Today’s ruling overturns a 1975 ruling in Lenawee County Circuit Court. The appeal was filed by Glenn W. Poucher against the city of Adrian. Poucher was cited by the Adrian police on June 14, 1974, for violating a city ordinance by not wearing a helmet while operating a motorcycle. Poucher argued the ordinance is unconstitutional because police have no power to protect a person from his own acts. He also claimed that a person can act as he wants if he does not hurt any one else, and that before the state can regulate individual conduct it has to AMONG FRIENDS — Lesley Losey, 4, plays with her dog Digger in front of the 10-foot high ice sculptures in her yard that depict the "B.C." comic strip characters. Lesley and the rest of the Terry Losey family at 1005 Beecher Road near Pittsford helped pack the snow into ice for son-in-law Mike Easier to carve the figures. Mike has created the ice sculptures the last four years and previously constructed a rabbit, frog, and Snoopy. Mike developed his ice craft while attending the Michigan Technological University where he graduated last spring. Mike now is employed in Detroit as a civil engineer but does find time to visit the Losey s with his wife Sandy to continue the tradition. (Daily News Photo by Jim Ronan) Fiscal Year Change Won't Help Educators Worry About Aid Cuts By KENN LOUDEN Staff Writer Faced with the possibility of a third state aid cut, local school officials neither understand nor approve of an alternative plan of Gov. William G. Milliken to extend the 1975-76 fiscal year three months to Oct. 1. The plan supposedly would have 1975-76 expenditures remain the same, while taking in additional income from what would have been the next fiscal year. This extra income would be used to help reduce the state’s $300,000,000 1975-76 fiscal deficit. However, several local superintendents are rather skeptical of the plan, and the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) and the Michigan Education Association (MEA) have already announced their opposition to the plan. Earl D. Gabriel, MASB president, said, “We are firmly convinced that if the fiscal year is extended until Oct. 1, 1976, the state of Michigan will be compounding the already serious fiscal and administrative problems of local governments.” The only true solutions to the current budget crisis are to be found in increased state revenues such as selective tax increases or further reductions of state expenditures to bring the budget into true balance, he said. “Until sufficient public support can be generated for tax increases,” he said, “we all must be prepared to face the reality that we cannot solve or put- off resolving our immediate financial problems by merely changing fiscal year dates and borrowing from the following year.” Dr. Fred A. Richardson, Hillsdale Community Schools superintendent, said he thought the extension was confusing and left many unanswered questions. “We may be able not to have reduced state aid this year,” he said, “but what will happen next year? Will aid be reduced?” In addition, he said, if next year’s state aid is based on this year’s information, it will not have been adjusted to deal with inflation and other changes in school financing. Finally, Richardson questioned, what will happen to a nine-month fiscal year? There is a possibility that state aid for a nine-month year will be smaller. No one seems certain, he said. “We believe that when there is a fiscal deficit, you can’t get rid of it with financial gymnastics,” he said. “There’s not much confidence in the plan.” Richardson said he thought that in trying to cut down state spending, the governor was putting more pressure on the local communities to raise money. Dr. David T. Steel, superintendent of the Hillsdale County Intermediate School District (ISD), said the ISD hadn’t taken any position on the governor’s proposed extension. He said he was surprised that the Michigan Association of School Boards had taken a stand. Steel said he wasn’t sure whether the fiscal year extension would do the state any good. “All you are doing is postponing the problem,” he said. “You’re not biting the bullet now. You’re waiting until next year. “I can see both sides of the question. I don’t want to see a third state aid cut this year, but what will happen next year?” Maurice Conn, Jonesville Community Schools superintendent, said he questioned how the state could control the school aid when the state’s fiscal year would be different from the schools’. MILLAGE NEEDS A main concern of some school districts is the uncertainty of local millaee needs and millage election implementation. Local boards of education will be unable to finalize the fall school program until after Oct. 1, when school is already in session, rather than right after June 1, before school starts, due to uncertainty of legislative action in determining state aid for the new fiscal year. Richardson said he was worried because the area was due for a millage election, which would probably be in June. Millage elections are not set for any specific date. However, he said, it might be difficult to determine what rate of millage is needed because the schools won’t know how much state aid they will be getting. A millage reduction would be devastating, he said. “Everything we do will be done in the most economical way,” Richardson said. “We have no intention of going into the red.” According to Gabriel, state aid has traditionally been a critical factor in determining local millage renewals or increased revenue needs. In addition, property tax levies are certified in the fall for the winter taxes. Because it would be nearly impossible for such a procedure to take place according to the proposed fiscal year structure outlined in the extension of the fiscal year, several complicated companion bills would be needed if the extension were passed. Another area where extension of the state fiscal year would affect schools is employe relations and public school sector collective bargaining. Employe groups have already gained or will be expecting negotiated increases to begin effective July 1, while the districts would not know the status of state aid until October. Approximately 375 public school districts in Michigan are coming up for contract renewal and negotiation this fall. If the passage of the new state aid bill is delayed until late fall, schools can in (Continued on page 2) Wolfe Headlines Latest College CCA show such regulation promotes public health, safety, morals or general welfare. Basketball Cancelled The Hillsdale High basketball game scheduled for Friday night against Bronson has been cancelled, according to Hillsdale Athletic Director Jim Inman. Bronson High notified Inman today that there was a conflict in their schedule, and they had two games scheduled for the same night. The game will be played next Tuesday, February 3, in Hillsdale with the junior varisty game beginning at 6:30 p.m., and the varsity following immediately afterwards. An impressive lineup including Tom Wolfe and John Ciardi highlights the next seminar of the Center for Constructive Alternatives at Hillsdale College. The topic will be “Old Forms, New Beginnings: A Search for Standards in the Arts,” and the program will run from Feb. 1 to 6. The question that the program is approaching is that of lasting criteria in the arts. The speakers will question whether there are timeless standards to evaluate art, whether they reflect or shape man and what the art of this century tells people about 20th century man. To answer these questions, the seminar will consider the various fields of music, literature, painting, sculpture and dance. John Ciardi, poet and poetry editor for the Saturday Review will open the seminar at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Dow Conference Rooms A and B. The title of his presentation will be “Poetry and Language.” That same day at 7 D.m. the American Association of University Women will sponsor an art exhibit and auction in Phillips Auditorium. Monday afternoon Allen Winold, professor of music at Indiana University, will present in Dow Con­ ference Rooms A and B “Old Forms, New Beginnings — From Berg’s ‘Wozzeck’ to Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess.’” Rosamond Bernier, art historian, critic and former editor of L’Oeil will present “Great Artists in Closeup — Picasso, Matisse, Braque” at 8 p.m., also in Dow A and B. Mme. Bernier was a personal friend of those artists and many others including Moore, Ernst and Leger. Painter Renee Radell will speak, at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Dow A and B on “Imagery and Symbols in Art.” She plans to illustrate her talk, and bring some of her own paintings to be shown during the week. At 8 p.m. Tom Wolfe, renowned new journalism author of books such as “Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers,” “The Electric Kool- Aid Acid Test” and “The Pump House Gang,” will speak. He recently published “The Painted Word,” and in that vein of analysis will give his paper titled, “The Status Panic in the Art World.” Wednesday at 3 p.m. in Dow A and B, Howard Vincent, former chairman of the Hillsdale English Department, presently with Kent State University, will sneak about “The Force That Through The Green Fust Drives The Flower.” At 8 p.m. in Phillips Auditorium, William Albright, professor of music at the university of Michigan, will both speak and perform on the piano in his presentation, “Music as Exploration.” Lloyd Radell, a sculptor in bronze and chairman of the art department at Mercy College, will consider' the question “Is Sacred Art Really Sacred?” His presentation will be in Dow A and B, as will the exhibit of his wife’s Renee Radell paintings and his sculpture. Thursday night dancer Liz Williamson will both talk about the field of dance, and illustrate her discussion with performance. She has chosen the title “Dance — The Eclectic Art.” The speakers will be participating in classes guest lecturing throughout the week, in addition to giving their formal presentations. Schedules of the whole week’s activities are available from the CCA office on request. Hillsdale Girl Queen Candidate Ann Kelley, 18, a freshman majoring in metallurgical engineering is one of 10 finalists competing for the title of 1976 Winter Carnival Queen at Michigan Technological University in Houghton. Miss Kelley is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Kelley, 22 W. Bacon St. She is a Hillsdale High School graduate. Among her interests are sewing, camping, tennis, gymnastics, music and dancing. The queen will be crowned after a talent show Feb. 2 and will preside over activities through the week. The highlight of the Winter Carnival .vill be construction of 24 giant snow statues on the Bicentennial theme of “Icy Blasts from Our Frozen Past.” Miss Kelley is sponsored by Mama’s Boys. ANN KELLEY, Queen Candidate

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