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The La Crosse Tribune from La Crosse, Wisconsin · Page 41

La Crosse, Wisconsin
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Wednesday, May 23, 1973
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Ld Crosse Tribune, Wednesday, May 23, 1973—37 Shop Space May Be Fate Of Coleman Auditorium Just Clowning Around A unit of study on the circus was accented at Onalaska’s Fauver Hill School Tuesday when live clowns visited the kindergarten class. Forming balloons for the children is Eric Lawson, 2024 S. 15th St., a member of the La Crosse Shrine s clown unit. Students are Tom Furan (left), son of Mr. and Mrs. Duane Furan, 1820 N. Kinney Coulee, and Leah Dobbs, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. DeWitt Wegner, 267 Elm Drive. Mrs. Donald Marcou is the kindergarten teacher. — Tribune Photo. By JEROME R. ROSSO Tribune Staff Writer Western Wisconsin Technical Institute may convert Coleman Auditorium to shop space rather than buy or build a new building. The district board had had under consideration a proposal to construct a wood technics and welding building on the WWTI campus for an estimated cost of $358,000. The district also had taken an option to buy the Ed Phillips and Sons building at 2nd and Mount Vernon Streets for $250,000 for conversion to a building to house .those programs. But at Tuesday’s board meeting architect Harry Sehroeder told the board it would cost another $287,000 to convert the Phillips building to a shop building, and that figure lacks consideration for fixed equipment included in the figure for the new building Although the total of $537,000 for the Phillips' building project includes the land the building is on it also would not include the cost of additional parking that would be required, although Dist. Director Charles Richard­ son indicated "something might be worked out" with the City of La Crosse regarding use of nearby city-owned parking areas. Richardson and Sehroeder briefed the board on a third possibility, which they said had been raised only the day before. Conversion of the auditorium would provide the needed shop space for about $200,000, said Sehroeder. plus fixed equipment. It would have the further advantages of not requiring additional parking spaces under city codes, as a new building would, and of locating all the school’s shops in one building, he explained. Richardson said a possible disadvantage would be public reaction to conversion of Coleman Auditorium. In the past year, he said, the school’s gross income from rental of the auditorium has been only $647.80, which means the school has lost money on it. Some classes are conducted in the auditorium, he said, but they utilize only a small part of it. Most of the events scheduled in the auditorium, he noted, could be taken care of in the large lecture hall in the business education building now under construction. Schoolwide events, such as commencement, he said, could be taken care of by renting Mary E. Sawyer Auditorium, which currently costs $100. Richardson said a decision on which way to go must be made, by June 10 so that the school can make application for federal aid to help finance the cost of the shop project. The board has scheduled a special meeting for 4 30 p.m. June 7 to make its decision. Police Officer Honored Dennis Tolvstad. 34, Holmen. a La Crosse County traffic police officer. Tuesday evening was given a citation for his part in capturing two kidnapers in La Crosse in early January. The citation was presented by the La Crosse County Council of the American Legion. Tolvstad. an officer for six years, was patrolling Highway 14 on the southeast edge of the city when the driver of a pickup camper jumped from the moving vehicle. The driver had been kidnaped in Rochester. Minn While attempting to stop what he thought was a runaway vehicle. Tolvstad was shot at. The kidnapers, since convicted in U.S. District Court in St. Paul. Minn , and now in La Crosse County Jail awaiting further proceedings, were later captured in La Crosse and Vernon Coun­ tv. — Tribune Photo. WWTI Furniture Bids Approved Board OK's Land Settlement The district board for Western Wisconsin Technical Institute approved an agreement settling a land condemnation case Tuesday and approved $52,000 worth of furniture bids, among other actions The agreement approved would settle the action by the board condemning property owned by Richard A. and L. Kirk Saltz back in 1969. The property is now part of the WWTI campus. 3% Room Rent Tax Suggested The Green Bay Visitor and Convention Bureau Corp. is (operating on a three per cent room tax on the city’s hotels and motels, the bureau's executive Vice president. William Brault, said at an organizational meeting of a similar bureau here. Brault. speaking to 30 persons attending the gathering of members of the Greater La Crosse Convention and Visitors Bureau in Mary E. Sawyer Auditorium Tuesday noon, explained the importance of a tonvention bureau to a city. ; It can mean $2 million a year from conventioneers, which is What Green Bay received in 1972. A source breakdown of the $2 million was: 28 per cent to lodging. 27 per cent to Restaurants. 20 per cent to retail Stores and the balance to auto Services. amusements, beverages. The young La Crosse bureau. formed in January, should consider the three per cent room tax as a means of financing. Brault advised. A three per cent room tax on La Crosse s hotels and motels was soundly rejected in March 1972 by the La Crosse Common Council. Eighteen persons were elected to the bureau s board of directors Tuesday, with three more to be named soon. Representing the motel industry on the board are K. Fraser Ryan. Midway Motor Lodge, and Thomas Woulfe, Bluffview Motel, both three-year terms: Dale Olson. Ivey Motel, and James Evanoff. Holiday Inn. two-year terms: and Leslie Johnson. Welch Motel, one year. For restaurants, on the board are Rachel Skoug. Mai Tai Supper Club, three years, and Lyle Fish. Hoffman House, two vears. Representing retailers are Dean Millett. Herberger’s. three years; Robert Klein. Klein & Son insurance, two years: and Harold Hinshaw. Sears. Roebuck & Co.. one year. William Tierney of Batavian National Bank will serve one year representing financial institutions. Ralph La Point of Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. represents wholesalers with a one-year term on the board, and Gerald Heberlein of the Cerise is the (ireater La Crosse Chamber of Commerce s liaison member of the board, elected to a two- year term. Gateway Transportation Co. and G. Heileman Brewing Co. will name one-year members to the board to represent the transportation and industrial areas, respectively. Named honorary members of the board are Richard Williams. Tourist Activities Corp.; Maxine Kahler, La Crosse Tribune. Robert Steuck. University of Wiseonsin-La Crosse; and Paul Whitehead, manager of the auditorium and president of the new convention bureau. Trane Co. is to name an honorary board member. Serving with Whitehead as bureau officers are Fish, vice president: and Mrs. Irene Hanson. formerly a chamber of commerce receptionist, secretary. The bureau will be competing for both convention business and tourism from surrounding states. Whitehead reported that the Wisconsin Republican Party convention held here last weekend brought an estimated $150,000 into the city. He said that the figure is based on an 1.800 attendance and figures from motel operators, taking into account the average expenditure for each person. Education Agency Awarded $25,000 Vo-Tech Reciprocity Pact Not Working, Board Told ; Cooperative Educational Service Agency (CESA) 11 has been awarded a $25,000 federal grant finder the Title III Elementary and Secondary Education Act. according to Robert Tremain. Coordinator of CESA 11. The funds are awarded through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Title III provides funds for innovations in education and this giant will allow for the development of a comprehensive plan for the utilization of broadcast television for in-service training of special education teachers, Tremain said. The goal of the project will be to utilize broadcast educational television to in-service special education teachers to keep them abreast of current ideas and methods in their area of speciali­ ty. Tremain reported. A committee of area teachers, administrators and representatives from higher education will give direction to the project. Plans are to develop a pilot program for airing over the Wisconsin educational television network within the project year, according to Tremain Ralph Whiting will act as project director for the planning grant, which will function for a year. The Minnesota-Wisconsin reciprocity agreement on vo-teeh students isn’t working in this area, the Western Wisconsin Technical Institute District Board was informed Tuesday. Dist. Director Charles Richardson told the board he is going to begin withholding consent for students in the northern area of the district to attend the school in Winona unless the situation straightens out. Richardson said the tuition paid by the district for students attending the Winona school totaled $20,000 last year and could run to $30,000 this year. It has been his policy to allow students in the northern part of the district to attend the Winona A payment to the Saltzes of $23,500. including amounts to cover relocation payments, is provided for in the agreement. District lawyer William Kirkpatrick recommended approval of the agreement, even though the payment is well above the $17,500 appraisal set on the property in 1969. Kirkpatrick said settlement at the $23,500 figure would save the public money in the long run. since it appears that otherwise the price to be paid would be contested first before the county condemnation commission and then in Circuit Court. Furthermore, he said, the amount of the relocation payment, which he estimated might run between $3,000 and $4,000. might also be the subject of litigation. Kirkpatrick noted the condemnation case has already been to the Supreme Court on a Hodge Elected To Hospital Personnel Board Joseph P. Hodge. 526 S. 10th St., personnel director at St. Francis Hospital, was elected to the board of directors of the Wisconsin Society for Hospital Joseph P. Hodge school if it is more convenient for them, even if they will be taking a course offered at the La Crosse school. But Minnesota authorities, he said, have refused to allow students from La Crescent to go three miles to the La Crosse school if the course they want to take is offered in Winona 25 miles away. Tractor Driver Killed JANESVILLE. Wis. (AP) - Dean Schremski, 39, was killed early Sunday when his tractor overturned, pinning him beneath, as he worked on his farm northeast of here in Lima Township. Personnel Administration at the group's annual meeting recently in Eau Claire. The organization is made up of persons working in personnel administration in Wisconsin hospitals and has more than 100 members. Hodge, heading the St. Francis department since April 1968. w ill serve as director of District 1, which is Barron, Bayfield. Buffalo. Burnett, Chippewa, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson. La Crosse, Monroe, Pepin, Pierce. Polk, Rusk, Sawyer. St. Croix, Trempealeau and Washburn Counties. procedural point, which the district won. Low bids were accepted on 11 categories of furnishings for the business education building, which is to open next fall. Dist. Director Charles Richardson said some of the 10 competing suppliers offered lower bids on alternate equipment that did not meet the specifications, but that it was recommended that none of the alternates be accepted. The following bids were accepted: desks, $8,517.50 by Swartz Office Furnishings: executive chairs, $13,969.70 by Gregory Office Equipment, business machine tables. $671.45 by Valley School Supply; typing tables. $7,315 by Valley; cots. $362.70 by Wisconsin School Services; files, $1,962.40 by Wisconsin; tables, $7,570.15 by Wisconsin: trapezoid tables. $328.80 by Valley; keypunch desk, $296 by Swartz: and miscellaneous office equipment, $699.22 by Gregory. A bid of $4,943.95 by Marshfield Equipment to supply stack chairs was approved, conditional on acceptance of a sample to be submitted. No acceptable bid was received on reorders for the new building. In other actions, the board: Approved leasing a building, formerly used as an auto body shop and owned by Otis Larsen, for use as the Mauston Career Center site. The rent is to be $300 a month, including utilities. A two-year lease was authorized, although the board gave district officials authority to sign a three-year lease if a lower rent can be negotiated. -Authorized borrowing up to $600,000 at four per cent interest from the First National Bank of La Crosse to meet operating expenses until other revenue is received from various sources. Agreed to the hiring of up to 11 additional teachers and 5* a noncontract (hourly) teachers, based on current estimates that enrollment next fall will increase 10 per cent. Heard a report from Richardson that 65 per cent of the students graduating next week have already been placed in jobs. —Accepted, effective June 30, the resignation of Ross Bennett, instructional media specialist, who has accepted a position as instructional media consultant with the Cooperative Educational Services Agency 12 in Portage. —Granted a summer leave of. absence to Richard Hoeft. director of student activities and housing, who wishes to attend the summer school session at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Revision Of Act Would Limit Election Spending By JOHN WYNGAARI) Tribune Madison Bureau MADISON — A revision of the state corrupt practices act to make candidates for public office responsible for all spending on their behalf and limit the size of individual money gifts to public office aspirants and political parties has been prepared by the assembly elections committee and is ready for introduction. It will bear the name of State Rep. John Oestreicher, D- Marshfield, and others, and is the result of extensive deliberations by Democratic politicians going back nearly seven years, he said. It would establish a single system of reporting and regulating campaign receipts, payments and debts incurred by all candidates running on Wisconsin ballots, partisan or nonpartisan. local, county, state or congressional, and the collections and disbursements of all commutes of all political parties. A major change would require each candidate for public office who spends or intends to spent! money for campaign purposes to name a campaign treasurer and to establish a special depository account through which all funds must flow. Thus the measure, if enacted, would eliminate the presumption in present law that a “voluntary" committee working on behalf of a candidate is independent and that he is not responsible for its activities or for reporting its financial activities. A departure also would be a rule that no person can contribute more than $2,000 in a single campaign to a single candidate. Penalty for exceeding that limit would revert to state and local government treasuries, as would anonymous contributions to any candidate or party in excess of $10. Any political committee that continues to retain or expend funds, or pay off debts after an election campaign, would be required to file reports twice yearly until dissolved. Another innovation would be a requirement that all printers and communications media would be required to keep records of services performed or goods supplied to political groups for a period of at least two years. Money fines and imprisonment penalties for violations would be increased over those in present law, and a violation would prevent a successful candidate from taking the office to which he was elected. Oestreicher. formerly of La Crosse, said in an interv iew that he expects demands for an amendment to set up an auditing bureau in the state capitol to examine the legitimacy of the reports that would be filed. He also said he is concerned that such a proposal would impair the chances for a favorable vote in the legislation. Filings traditionally have been with the secretary of state’s office, which does not have auditing or enforcement staffing. Shamrock Club Elects Officers Marcella Winchell. 2514 East Ave. S., has been elected president of the La Crosse Shamrock Club. Desmond Dunne is vice president, Ann Malin is secretary and Mrs. Elvena Slattery is treasurer. The club has scheduled a dance at Nino's Steak Roundup, 206 Copeland Ave., Saturday. On June 25 a picnic will be held in Shelterhouse 4. Goose Island There will be pony rides for children and games are- planned for both adults and children. ’End Of Hiring Bias Is Victimizing White Male' By JEFFREY RUMMER Tribune Journalism Intern Laws enacted to end dis- rimination by an employer gainst racial minorities anil iromon have resulted in a new ypc of discrimination directed oward the American white aale. That’s what Bruce I), chrimpf, a lawyer in the Equal tights Division of the Depart- ncnt of Industry. Labor and Inman Relations, said in a talk luring the fourth annual eon- prenceof the Wisconsin Assoeia- lon of School Personnel in the tollman House. 1835 Hose St., ’uesdav. Members of the association are school system personnel administrators and college and university placement directors. "Equal rights legislation had been a progressive sort of thing from about 1941 until 1971. and then the bombshell wan dropped." Schrimpf said. He referred to a court case in Tennessee in 1971 when a black man claimed discrimination blocked his attempt in getting a promotion with a manufacturing company, lie claimed the intelligence test given in the screening process were aculturated. or were biased against nonwhite racial groups. The man won the legal battle and the case resulted in stronger legislation to curb job discrimination because of race or sex. "What the federal government asked was Why not employ on an equal percentage of the minority population.’ and this resulted in artificial hiring practices. in education fields as well as everywhere else." Seluimpf claims. In trying to hire more blacks and women, for example, Ilu* pendulum hits swung the other way to where we are now discriminating against white males." School systems are stressing the hiring of applicants from "minority" groups. Schrimpf said. But he stressed that a better method should be found to create a balance. • Schools are federally funded, at least to some extent, but what education people seem to fail to realize is that they must violate the equal opportunity law by giving preference to certain racial groups and women in order to retain this funding. Any form ot discrimination is illegal, and we must make sure everyone, not just certain groups, are protected, he said. Schrimpf suggested that employers in the field of education and everywhere else “make decisions in hiring based solely on qualifications." A white could teach oriental history in high schools just as well as an oriental if the instructor was qualified, Schrimpf said. I'aula Wade, affirmative action officer for a program established by the University of Wisconsin regents and an instructor of geography at UW La Crosse, told the conference the role the program will play in its hiring practices. The affirmative action program is an attempt to end un­ lair luring practices, according to Miss Wade. The regents have required each university to prepare a written statement of policy in regard to hiring practices. Failure to abide by the statement could result in a loss of state and federal funding and possibly a court case, she said. Miss Wade explained that the institution’s responsibility for following the statement extends beyond the university itself. "T he institution not only must stop all discriminatory practices against students and faculty, but also must not knowingly with any other school or business engage in job discrimination or face the same penalties as if they had done it themselves," she said. The teacher applications themselves are discriminatory. Miss Wade said. "I’ve looked through samples of the applications you use for hiring your teachers, and I found many examples of the things that lead to charges in court of discrimination of hiring practices,” she said. Miss Wade mentioned specifically such application blank questions as marital status, number of children, sex, organizations the applicant belongs to. occupation of spouse, age, arrest and conviction record, and if any relatives are employed by the school system. "What difference could any of this make in deciding the qualifications of an applicant?" she asked. "We musn’t dilute standards for the sake of equality. There is always bound to be some degree of subjectivity in hiring, but it’s the amount of subjectivity you use that is important," she said. “As long as you select applicants on an objective basis centered around qualifications, and observe the laws against discrimination by sex in wages, you won’t be in any trouble," she ad-' vised.

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