The Muscatine Journal from Muscatine, Iowa on March 29, 1977 · 1
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Muscatine, Iowa
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Tuesday, March 29, 1977
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School ftortni rims ro By JOHN HEILMAN ' Staff writer . .-- A" economy minded Muscatine Board of Education met until nearly midnight Monday evaluating and trimming new ; programs from the recently approved $12 million budget. In spite of a large delegation from the Washington Elementary School PTO to request thatprogram aides from that "school not be reduced as recommended for the 1977-8 school year by Asst. Supt. John Watson, the Muscatine board followed the recommendation. - , The parents from Washington-expressed fear that - cutting program aides from one to five and adding one overload aide would endanger the open classroom concept of the the school. They said they had been sold on the program three years ago and were not asking for more personnel, but seeking to retain what they had to keep the program intact. Supt. Arthur Sensor said he did not feel that reducing the number of program aides would in any way affect the educational concept of the school and that the program would be ableo function "as well as it has in the past. The board's decision was arrived at following a lengthy posals f presentation by Watson on the evaluation of the school. Watson told board members that the measured achievement levels of the school did not distingish it from other district elementary schools. He said the per pupil cost ranked the school about in the middle. i Director Ed Caliger said that if the school showed no y outstanding educational achievements he felt the board could not be justified in placing the school in any special category as far as giving it more than other schools. Director Ken Huber said his concern was to treat all schools equally. He felt granting the request for Washington at the expense of other schools would be unfair. : In the final vote, a motion to uphold the recommendation for reducing the program aides at the school passed 3-2. The motion was to approve aide recommendations for all district . schools submitted iy Watson- The aide at Washingtion, if -maintained,' would have to have, been taken from another - school, or would have cost the district an additional $4,500 for hiring another aide. rom budget .Open enrollment However, in-spite of the ailurelalhnKijnSOr official fcpen enrollment policy for the Muscatine district resulted frem the the discussion. As parents were requesting the aide, there was a question of whether those who were not happy with the Washington program should have ip, send -their children to the school. Sensor said he-had been . practicing ah open enrollment policy. He said parents who -wanted a more traditional program had been able to rKjueSf-that their "children attend another school. -" He said this was equally true for parents who wanted to send their children to Washington. Sensor said he would like the board to adopt ah official policy of open enrollment for 1977-78. ; . " Parents would then be able to request their children attend a specific school through the central office, and if space and number of students .allowed, the request would be granted. If not, the requests would be placed on a waiting list. The parents would have to furnish their own transportation for the children. . ' Sensor said since most parents tend to prefer the ..neighborhood school this probably would not mean any significant shuffling of students. However; it would give parents access to various two programs available within the district. ..Curriculum proposals .( The board turned thumbs down on"a number of curriculum recommendations brought to the board by Watson from the curriculum committe. The total package consisted of: Appointing a curriculum committee consisting of area chairpersons, teachers, and principals to coordinate curriculumat aH levels at approximately $500 additional pay each at an additional cost of $11,500 ($3,500 is presently being spent on the committee)! Establishment of an educational television program including a vidio-cassette player-recorder-monitor, timer, (Continued on page 2) Tuesday's March 30, 1977 Muscatine, Iowa 52761 15 cents 26 pages . I I .. : : : . jl . Demolition of downtown J 311 Parharh Ave., for a temporary project now "cannot be raisedlunder tf II l-f' h yi K ;hi I V i injunction against the city's demolition these circumstances." ' MijS I I A V ""- V " 1 1 i plans. 4 The judge further stated that while f EQ i (J r 1 1 OuK-' ' II ' ' 1 , Shoemaker testified he was offended by K f 1 J ill r. . , ' I 1 f Hearir on dismissal motion the city's referance to his building as a I yvl 11 ill 4 V44- ' . Vffl I blighted area,' Shoemaker also said , I ryf 1 II I 31 VS- - Ml'- Ml I I --"he would be satisfied, although not'. " '-'-MJ I II I f. I Mdl,,Ll ; I I necessarily pleased, if he was,awarded a - -fr IVl ,1 f if ! T V- ,; fl I f i' monetary compensation which he feels , ' vf.f' I .-r'':':F t If '1 ' ; i to be adequate.'-; r 4 , irf j j i . I If 1 . k ' i.iSi If ' : ' ': , " " -v : " Topping I -4 By JOE KONZ Staff writer A demolition contractor, from Des Moines has been notified it can proceed with its agreement to raze buildings on five properties located within urban renewal project number two in dowm town Muscatine. J ; . . The firm is expected to be in Muscatine Wednesday and will construct; its covering over the walkway near the demolition site -at Iowa Avenue and E. 3rd Street. According to contract, J.C. White Excavation Co. will complete the job by May 31. Robert T. and Dorothy M. Pape, 407 W. 2nd St,, the test of the project area property owners to vacate their downtown building, began Monday -to move their equipment out of Pape Office Supply business, 223 Iowa Ave. According to city officials, the Papes will move into quarters formerly occupied by Kempf Jewelers at 301 E. 2nd St. . , The flurry of activity was in reaction to district court Judge Max R. Werling's ruling Monday against a request by Robert E. and Darlene D. Shoemaker, Atty. John C. Stevens, who will present arguments at" a hearing Monday against a motion to dismiss two out of three divisions in the lawsuit he filed on behalf of the Shoemakers, says he will continue to oppose the city's contention that the challenged divisions are no longer pertinent to the ease In the two divisions, the Shoemakers claim the city has no authority to condemn the five properties and question the condemnation procedures used by the city. Patrick M, Ryan, reoresentins- the City to the case, said these questions snoulorve been raised a long tune ago in the challenge of the (urban renewal) project as a whole." In his ruling," Werling, who heard testimony on the merits of the injunction request in Muscatine County District Court last Thursday, said "the record" shows the Shoemakers failed to contest the urban renewal project in its early stages and that any objections to the "...Based on the record of this case, it would appear that under the balance of - convenience rule as recognized in Iowa, a temporary injunction should not be granted. Under this rule, temporary injunctions are not compulsory where plaintiffs (Shoemakers) rights can be amDlvorotected in some other manner " , Werling concluSecTtthe citv aTTdTT I Stanley Consultants Inc.,' Muscatine fc? me firm which plans to construct a two-level office building on the cleared property in urban renewal project two "would suffer considerable damages." The Shoemakers, he continued, who are entitled to compensation funds being held by the Muscatine County Sheriff's (Continued dn page 2) tlie neW Weather KLM didn't have clearance says . airport director . SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Canary Islands (AP) The deputy director of Santa Cruz's airport said today the pilot of the Dutch jumbo jet that collided with a Pan American jumbo causing 575 deaths "did not receive clearance from the control tower to take off." . Juan Linares told reporters this was clear from listening to tapes of conversations between the two pilots and the control tower. A source close to Pan American had no comment on Linares' statement but indicated the last order to the Dutch pilot in English was "clear to hold," indicating that the pilot had no clearance when he began takeoff. , ' '.. ' " Ffanz vanTleysen of The Dutch Civil Aviation Authority said "clearance was given by the tower and confirmed by KLM.".T All 249 persons aboard the Dutch plane, including the. captain, Z.A.V.- van Zanten, died in the crash Sunday, aviation's worst disaster.. :i.V ;-' ," . Airline off icials said 71 persons survived the collision, all aboard the ""Pail American jer The survivors included 67 Americans. Of the 575 dead, 321 were Americans. Partly cloudy tonight with a low from 40 to 45., Gusty southwest winds from 20 to 30 miles per hour diminishing tonight. Sunny Wednesday with a high from 58 to 62. The high Monday at ock and Dam 16 was 61 and the low was 48. 1.25 inches of precipitation has fallen in the past 24 hour reporting period. The Mississippi River level this morning was 4.21 feet; the Muscatine gauge was 6.18. JK. A . ;; ' v , 1 P V - """Meanwhile, 58 of the survivors, including 10 who escaped serious injury, boarded a U.S. Air Force C-130 today for a flight back tirthei United States. Americans unable to pay for heat face shut-off s By RHONDA SEEGAL , r 1 AP business writer " - : .'' -,- . .. . Thousands of Americans unable to pay higher heating bills during the unusually cold winter are being threatened with loss of service if they don't pay soon. ; - Many utilities, allowing a grace period because of the cold winter, postponed service shut-offs until the end of the heating season. . But the end of the season is at hand, and an Associated Press "survey found that notices warning of electric and gas snutoffs are in the mail to thousands of Americans. . . . , The number of overdue bills ranged from 3 to 20 more than last year, the utilities reported. Some utilities and state agencies are trying to find solutions short of cut-off for those who can't pay: ' "We'll start catching up with the winter leftovers and our termination will reach a thousand a month or more," according to a spokesman for the Public Service Co. in New Hampshire, the state's largest supplier of electric power. It usually terminates about 250" customers a month in winter.-1--; -rT. T- In a number of states, utilities had to comply with state-imposed moratoriums against cutting off heat to households. , - "I still say 'King Kong' should have got the best picture award!" Look inside Police seek information on tire slashings and park deer . . . . . Page 2 Editorial commends Science Fair students Page4 Legislative news . . "777V?r. "X Page 5 All About Iowa ...... .... . Page 6 Taco salad, plate cookies featuredJn Receipe of Week .' Page 8 Marquette cage coach goes out a winner................... Page'19 Local, area sports Obituaries, area news . Page 11 Page 14 Court news .1., Page It ; Light Side of the news ...... Page 25 I-'-- (Journal photo by Tom Korte) Burned bridge - The Muscatine County (Conservation Board of Directors is expected to discuss the fate of the Saulsbury Bridge when it meets tonight. The bridge, located over the Cedar River in the Saulsbury Bridge Recreation Area, was heavily damaged in a three and one-half hour fire Saturday night. Officials estimate" about two thirds of the bridge was:destroyed. The .conservation's boards alternatives are to repair or destroy the old bridge or build a new bridge. Sheriff's depurtinemt New jail addition gets board okay ": The proposed minimum security jail addition for. the Muscatine County Sheriff's Department received the green light Monday from the Muscatine County Board of Supervisors. . . . ; In addition, the supervisors hired Ted Paulsen, an architect and engineer from Cedar Rapids, to prepare the preliminary drawings for board review as part of the project's initial phase. In its action to approve the jail addition, the supervisors limited project expenditures to $80,000 - the amount of general revenue sharing, money , allocated for the construction after a public bearing earlier this year. - r Paulsen, an independent contractor, is also handling designing work for the renovation of the old county jailhouse located in the same block as the present - sheriff's building. The need for the jail addition was emphasized in the last two years after a review of current facilities by a jail . inspector with the Bureau of Community Correctional Services, Department of Social Services. " "The county's jail had received good grades in previous years. But reviews during the last two years, and especially, after the most recent review on March 17, revealed poor ratings. The bureau recommended the county needed to segregate its adult male prisoners according to the status of offense. First-time offenders, for instance, should be held in an area separate from multiple offenders, according to a previous presentation by Sheriff Richard D Oppelt. ' . ' The jail addition, which would .; provide about 12 additional holding cells, would be located to the rear and east of the present building. Oppelt has projected a winter 1377 construction completion date for the jail . addition project - In other action Monday, the supervisors authorized Duayne Miller, county "zoning" administrator to seek funds - through the Comprehensive Employment Training Act to help pay for the salary of a county sanitarian, a new position. X " The board also" appointed John Fiedlet as bailiff of Muscatine County Associate District Court He succeeds Craig Axel, who resigned earlier this vear. '.' . - ' -

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