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2 GaffsbufQ Register-Moil, Golesburg, III. Mondoy, Moy 7, 1973 School Reorganization Proposal Would Affect Many Western Illinois Districts Weather and River Stages By LAJtRY REID (Staff Writer) A proposal to reorganize some 600 Dlinois school districts through consolidation could have a sweeping effect on many districts within a 50- mile radius of Galesburg. School District 205 here apparently wouldn't be included. A statewide education committee has recommended to Gov. Daniel Walker that certain districts be reorganized to improve administrative efficiency and educational quality. Presently there are 1,085 school districts in the state. ROBERT PECK, superintendent of the Knox County Educational Service Region, said the committee's plan would affect most school districts within a 50-mile radius of Galesburg. School districts which failed to meet certain minimum enrollment and wealth standards, as recommended by the committee, would be consolidated. The committee's minimum enrollment levels include 1,000 students for elementary districts; 500 students for secondary districts and 1,500 for unit districts. Minimum wealth (assessed valuation per pupil) standards were set at $23,646 for unit districts, $32,691 for elementary districts and $74,816 for secondary districts. Most school districts in the Gales­ burg area fall in the unit category. Under the committee's recommendations, districts failing to meet both the minimum size and wealth factors would! be reorganized by June 30, 1975. Those failing to meet the size criteria only would be reorganized by June 30, 1977. PECK HAILED the efforts of the committee to upgrade administrative efficiency and education. However, he termed the suggested deadlines for consolidation as unrealistic. "Considering the magnitude of the plan, this isn't much time," he said. Based on current figures from Peck's office, every Knox County school district except District 205 would be subject to consolidation. While some of the districts meet wealth factor, hone except District 205 complies with enrollment requirements. All are unit districts. Enrollment figures with per- student wealth totals in brackets for each district include: Knoxville District 202, 1,443 ($21,088); Abingdon District 217,1,473 ($16,804); Yates City District 207, 429 ($29,765); ROVA District 208,1,016 ($36,557), and Williamsfield District 210, 424 ($28,460). SCHOOL DISTRICT 205 has a current enrollment of 8,370 and a per-pupil wealth standard of $19,741. Peck noted that although District 205 is almost $4,000 under the minimum wealth limit, this shouldn't affect the district. The county school director said he envisioned passage of state aid legislation to offset the district's wealth figure. Under the plan any new school districts would also have to conform to the committee's minimum requirements. Dr. Kenneth Beasley, chairman of the committee, noted that the recommendations would not necessarily eliminate 600 school districts from the statewide total, because many smaller existing districts might reorganize into larger administrative units. Beasley, who Is assistant to the president at Northern Illinois University at DeKalb, added, however, that he expected a 30-40 per cent reduction in the number of Illinois school districts under the plan. THE REORGANIZATION would be a joint effort between state and local educational agencies, with the primary responsibility placed on superintendents of educational service regions, he said. Local committees would have a year to study the situation before developing a plan to submit to the state committee. ILLINOIS: ««W tohllht With Ideally heavy «mountt likely, P»«- sibly causlnfi flooding©* ">* L 2* ing areas and mall IWMIU. % day cloudy and a Utl • Molar with rain llk«ly moat sections. Low tonight moW 80S. High Tuesday upper 60s or low 60s. WESTERN ILLINOIS: Cloudy with rain and .drizzle tonight. Clearing and mild Tuesday. Cow tonight around 50. High Tuesday 65-70. _ LOCAL WEATHER , . Noon temperature. 86; mornings low. 56. Sky cloudy. (Sunday's maximum, M; minimum, 82: Saturday's maximum, 67; minimum, 48.) Sun ros« today, at ft :53 a.m sets at 8 p.m. feeelpltation ,7o of an inch of fain frldsy-Monday up to 8 a.m. RIVIRITAOES Dubuque—15.4 rise 0.9 Davenport—14.0 fall 0.4 Burlington—17.4 rtil 0.5 KeoKuk-t-18.3 fall 0.8 S utncy—22,6 fall 0.5 rafton—28.8 no change Alton—31.4 rise 0.1 St. Louis—37.1 rise 0.2 Cape Girardeau—41.6 fail o.s LaSalle-22.7 fall 0.3 Peoria—22.6 fall 0.4 Havana—22,4 fall 0.7 Beardstown—25.2 fall 0.5 St. Charles—28.9 rise 0.3 Utility's President To Talk at Meet Memorial Service Is Set for Knox President Umbeck Public memorial service for Dr. Sharvy G. Umbeck, 60- year-old president of Knox College who died unexpectedly Saturday night, will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. on the south lawn of Old Main on the college campus. It will be in the Knox Gymnasium in case of rain. DR. UMBECK collapsed at Kresge Recital Hall after participating in an annual college talent show, and he was pronounced dead on arrival at St. Mary's Hospital at 11:25 p.m. Death was attributed to a heart attack. Funeral service will be private, and cremation will follow. The 13th president of Knox College had achieved national renown for his activities in a number of fields and for his Innovative approach to Dr. Sharvy G. Umbeck ... college's 13th president college education. He came to Knox in 1949 from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., where he had served on the sociology faculty and as dean since 1938. He was born in Kankakee Oct. 17, 1912, the son of a Evangelical and Reformed Church clergyman, and spent most of his early life in Chicago and rural Missouri. He received his bachelor's degree from Elmhurst College in 1933 and his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Chicago in 1938 and 1940. HIS 24-YEAR tenure at Knox was the longest in the college's 136-year-old history. Under his administration the college campus and enrollment both nearly tripled in size, and enrollment now is 1,400. Among his activities in higher education were the chairmanship of the Ameri­ can Council on Education 1967-68, the Agency for International Development 1968-69 and the Institute for Educational Management, and board membership or leadership positions in the Teachers Insurance & Annuity Assn., Associated College of the Midwest, the Associated Colleges of Illinois, the Federation of • Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities, the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. He was a member of the Illinois State Fulbright Scholarship Committee and the Illinois Committee on Selection of Rhodes Scholars. He was a member of the Galesburg Chamber of Commerce and an honorary member of the Galesburg Rotary Club. ON NOV. 18, 1957, he and a colleague, Dr. Rene Bal­ lard, gave the verbal presentation of Galesburg's bid for All-America City desgination in Cleveland, Ohio, before a jury headed by Dr. George Gallup, director of the American Institute of Public Opinion. Galesburg was one of the 11 AlkAmerica Cities designated shortly afterward. He was once a professional tennis player, a commissioner of the Mississippi Valley Baseball League and a director of the > National Collegiate Baseball Foundation. He held several honorary degrees'including doctorates from Bradley University in 1959, Lincoln College in 1965, Elmhurst College in 1967, Monmouth College and Westminster College in 1968. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa honorary scholastic fraternity at Wjlliam and Mary. DR. UMBECK is survived by his widow, the former Elsie Boyle; two sons, James and John, both of whom teach in Seattle, Wash.; two daughters, Miss Gretchen Umbeck of Washington, D.C., and Mrs. Jane Deny of Galesburg; a sister, Mrs. Lois Wenzlaff of Hinsdale; a brother, Paul Umbeck of Chicago, and three grandchildren. The memorial, service Wednesday will be conducted by Dr. Kermit Petersen, pastor of First United Presbyterian Church, and Dr. Hermann R. Mueider, professor of history, who will speak for the college. The family said memorials may be made to the college. Selection of Dr. Umbeck's successor will be the task of the college's 22-member board of trustees headed by Robert W. Murphy of Chicago. Wendell J. Kelly of Decatur, president of Illinois Power Co. and chairman of the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce board of directors, will be featured speaker at the 74th annual membership meeting of the Galesburg Chamber of Commerce May 22 at Knox College. Kelly will discuss the nation's energy crisis and its relation to Illinois Power Co. and Galesburg. The Chamber of Commerce dinner meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. in the Lincoln Room of Knox College's Seymour Union. Following his graduation from the University of Illinois in 1949. with a Bachelor of Science Degree in electrical engineering, Kelly went to work for Illinois Power Co. as an assistant engineer in its operating department. He was later named assistant to the manager of electrical operations and in 19S4 was- appointed operating engineer. Kelly became assistant to the vice president in 1955 and four, years later was named personnel manager. Kelly later became vice president of Illinois Power Co., and in 1966 was named to the company's board of directors and became president. Wendell J. Kelly ... will speak here Kelly, who has been active in civic and professional organizations, is married and has five sons. Galesburg Chamber of Commerce officials said today that recognition of retiring president Roy H. Pearson and Donald H. White, president­ elect, will be part of the business meeting in Kresge Hall fallowing dinner. Richard A. Rozynek is chairman of the annual membership meeting. Club's Members Will Vote On Property Purchase Plan Lake Bracken Country Club will vote Friday night on a proposal to purchase the club property from the Burlington Northern Railroad. The club's board of directors endorsed the plan after it was presented to the board last Friday night by the club's acquisition and ways and means committees. THE PROPOSAL suggests raising $1,022,000 through the sale of 7,700 shares of stock to homeowners at $100 a share for a total of $770,000, and purchase of 2,520 shares by Lake Bracken Country Club with $252,000 in funds being held in escrow. There are 144 homeowners at the lake, making an aver­ age fee per homeowner of $5,347 for purchase of stock. Club members voted more than a year ago to require each member to purchase a $360 membership certificate. Funds for that purpose have been held in escrow. The proposal states that balance of funds required to meet the railroad's price would be raised either by borrowing from a lending institution with the real estate as collateral; psying the balance to the railroad over a period of years; sale of additional shares to members, or development of land. NO PURCHASE price has been set yet by the railroad, according to John Hattery, Bergner's Outlet May Be in Mall Bergner's, a Peoria-based retail chain, may locate a store in the proposed Sandburg Mall here, but any agreement will not be formalized for about six weeks, Earl Cunion, Bergner's executive vice president, said today. The store, he said,, would be comparable to the one located in the Pekin Mall, which is 83,000 spuare feet in area. "It contains almost everything a full-line department store would except furniture," Robert Camp, manager of the Pekin store, said. Cunion said one of the basic stipulations for a Bergner's to come to any town is that the market be large enough "We would not be considering Galesburg if we did not think the market sizeable," he said. Sears, Roebuck & Co. about two weeks ago confirmed reports that it will open a store in the Kenroy, Inc., shopping mall here. The branch will be a department store and automotive center twice the size of Sears' present store on East Main Street, which it leases. Ken Tucker, president of Kenroy, has said a J. C. Penney Co. store also will locate in the mall, but this has not yet been officially confirmed by store officials. The mall, to be built west of North Henderson Street ' and south of U. S. 34, is expected to cost about $15 million, according to representatives of Kenroy, a development firm based in Skokie. ciub attorney. However, he said after a recent meeting that both sides are trying to reach an acceptable agreement. The proposal recommends that a new corporation be formed to hold the title to the real estate. The corporation would provide a long-term lease for all facilities to the country club, with the club responsible for paying the taxes on the leased property. The lease amount would depend on the purchase price of the land from the railroad. The corporation would also give long-term leases to each homeowner for his site. The homeowner would pay taxes on the site and an annual maintenance fee to the corporation. The new corporation would be responsible for furnishing the balance of funds necessary to acquire the property, and would control furture development of the property except for club facilities. LAKE BRACKEN Country Club would continue to operate all present club facilities including the golf course, picnic and public areas and the beach and lake. The proposal states that the club would continue to have its own board of directors, officers and committees, and as a shareholder in the new corporation it would have representatives on the corporation's board of directors. Lake Bracken was built by the railroad some 50 years ago as-a water reservoir for steam engines. The lake and surrounding land were leased by first the Knox County Country Club and then Lake Bracken Country Club for the past 48 years. Knox County's United Way President Conducts Seminar Robert K. McArthur, president of the United Way of Knox County, recently led- a national seminar on "How to Successfully Conduct a United Way Campaign." The seminar, conducted under the leadership of the United Way of America, was held at the Palmer House in Chicago. More than 2,300 volunteer leaders and executive directors attended. McArthur reviewed in detail the various procedures and organizational detail necessary to conduct a campaign in an area the size of Knox County. He has been active the past several years both as a campaign leader and as 1 a member of the budget-admissions committee. McArthur is sales manager for Illinois Power Co., Galesburg. Robert K. McArthur ... leads discussion Bethel Groundbreaking Trauma Center in Galesburg Handles 550 Cases in April A spokesman for St. Mary's Hospital said today that.the hospital's trauma center handled 550 cases during April. Of the 550 persons brought to the trauma center, 104 were admitted to the hospital for extended treatment. A breakdown of the cases shows 231 patients were brought in due to accidents, four accidental poisonings, eight drug overdoses and 307 miscellaneous causes. The center provides immediate medical attention through a 24-hour-a-day physician in residence at the hospital. ed the shovel to the mayor before some 200 onlookers. At center is K. O. E. Carlson, oldest member of the church. Construction will begin on the building when weather permits, Cooper said. (Register-Mail photo by Dale Humphrey.) Mayor Robert P. Cabeen turned the first shovel-full of soil at groundbreaking ceremonies Sunday for a new Christian Education Building at Bethel Baptist Church, 1196 N. Academy St. The building will be located on the south side of the church. Mark Cooper, right, of Galesburg Construction Co. present- More Rain May Slow Mississippi's Fall ~~ • * • ~ • appreciable rise so far." A spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers added, "The water is still high, but it's on its way down and we have no critical spots anywhere." ST. LOUIS (UPI) - Flood fighters said today the rain expected early this week may slow the fall of the swollen A Coast Guard spokesman said weekend rainfall caused no new developments. "We have some more rain on the way Mississippi River and its tribu-j which could create some prob- taries, but was not expected to lems," he said, "but we'll have cause major problems. to wait and see. We have no Report Progress in Ozark Mechanics' Strike ST. LOUIS (UPI) - Negotiators for Ozark Air Line9 and striking mechanics said some progress was made in weekend sessions where a tentative contract was worked on to offer to the members of the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association. Jerry Klein a picket captain for the 560 striking mechanics, said lengthy sessions were held Saturday and Sunday before federal mediator Thomas C. Kinsella. Klein said the dispute still included several grievances with the union demanding the removal of closed circuit cameras in work areas. "We believe they're more for surveillance of union members than security," Klein said. The talks were scheduled to resume today. Ozark announced the tentative agreement Friday night, in the strike which began April 19. However, the remaining grievances must be ironed out before it will be offered to the union membership for a vote. The strike grounded all Ozark flights to 62 cities in 15 states, most in the Midwest. The strike began after more than a year of negotiations to replace the old contract which expired March 31, 1972. An additional 1,800 Ozark em­ ployes have been idled by the strike. The union had been seeking a top hourly wage of $6.82, an 80- cent increase over the current scale. Ozark offered $6 80 for a two-year contract, excluding the mechanics' demand for more pay for mechanics with airframe and powerplant licenses. Ozark had maintained it was offering the best package in the industry and could not remain competitive if it met the union's demands. The situation was much improved compared with that of a week ago, when record crests were set by the flooding Mississippi. The Mississippi at St. Louis, where flood stage is 30 feet, rose to an all-time high of 43.31 feet during the height of the flooding. It was at 36.9 feet Sunday, with a new sec- onadry crest of 37 feet expected today. The Mississippi River Commission estimated the loss from floodwaters of the Mississippi) and its tributaries at $365,650,- 1 0C0 with more than 12 million acres in seven states inundated. hanging planters ... for the indoor and the outdoor gardener we have a selection of planters designed for hanging . , . available in various blues and browns and priced from $2.50 to $8.50 . . . open tonight until nine calico cat monday & friday 10 -9 weekdays & Saturday 10-5 78 so. seminary, galesburg ihone 342-2212 1

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