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August 25, 1987

The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 1

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WEATHER MOSTLY FAIR skies with a low temperature in the mid- \70s are forecast for Tuesday night. Partly cloudy skies with a high temperature in the mid-, 90s are expected Wednesday. From 8 a.m. Monday to 8 a.m. Tuesday, a low of 77 degrees and a high of 95 were recorded. Paptoton MORE THAN 70,000 READERS EVERY DAY Classified. 10-11-A Comics/Crossword. ....... 6-A Dimension 7-A Editorial. ,4-A Markets .............. 5-A Movie Theaters. .... ..5-A Obituaries .....:.. 3-A Police Beat ,2-A Sports...................8-9-A Television Log.. .. 5-A Volume 65, No. 254 Telephone Number: 422-8302 Tuesday, August 25, 1987 ., Texas 77520 25 Cents Per Copy n \\ ni(,it\\ THE LOOP 201 bridge overpassing State Highway 146 near McKinney Road Is suddenly taking shape as workers have set long concrete columns that will support the roadway. Highway department officials expect the entire length of Loop 201, which extends from hear the Baytown-La Porte tunnel to Ferry Road at SH 146, will be open to traffic by the end of 1968. (Sun staff photo by Angle Bracey) Trustees adopt new 1987-88 school budget Baylor AIDS drug promising HOUSTON (API - It's not a euro for AIDS, but researchers ai Baylor College of Medicine announced a substance that in laboratory ; tests was shown to prevent infection caused by the disease Further development of the ant ibody may bring about a drug that will prevent healthy persons with the virus from contracting acquired immune deficiency syndrome, the researchers said Monday Such a drug also could halt the spread of AIDS in patients who are already ilL and provide a base from which an AIDS vaccine may eventually be developed, the researchers said "While the results show that human cells can be protected, the studies have been done only i in the test tube), 4 ' said Or, Nancy Chang, who developed the antibody along with her husband. Dr. Tse \V'en Chang, and other researchers. "Any application for human treatment must be considered very preliminary." The study is published in the September issue of the scientific journal. Bio-Technology. Coauthors of the report are Dr. Michael S. Fung. Cecily Sun and Or Nai-ChuSun. .Mrs. Chang said the new antibody acts on the spread of the virus in the body through both the blood and through cell-to-cell contact The group of researchers will try the antibody on blood from AIDS patients over the next several months If those trials are successful, the scientists will ask the i Food and Drug Administration for permission to move to clinical trials on patients with AIDS, a news release said. "We hope that in the first human trials we can give terminal patients some extra time by stopping the HIV infection and ; then using drugs to boost their immune function to fight infections." Chang said. "In pregnant women, this method of treatment may not only benefit the mothers, but it may also prevent their babies from being born with .^iDS." he said. The AIDS virus attacks the body's immune system and makes it highly susceptible to even mild infections. The scientists produced the antibody by injecting spleen cells from mice with inactivated AIDS virus and mouse cancer cells. The process resulted in cells called hybridomas. which secrete antibodies against the virus. By DAVID MOHLMAN Bay town I school trustees on Monday unanimously adopted a budget for 1987-88 which includes about S100,000 to provide raises for teachers who were not scheduled to receive one this year under the regular salary ladder. The 873,991,893 budget also includes a proposed 2V 2 -cent tax rate increase. Trustees won't set the tax rate until after the school district gets certified tax rolls from the Harris ' County Appraisal District. Paul S o n n i e r. regional manager for the appraisal district's Service Center 5. said Tuesday he, expects the rolls will be delivered around the second week of September. ; The current tax rate is 95Va cents per S100 property valuation. : The average school district employee raise for 1987-88 will total 3 percent. Raises on the teacher pay scale average between zero and 4.78 percent. The 5100,000 will fill gaps on the teacher pay scale in places where a normal step increase didn't include a pay raise. Initial estimates by • school administrators indicated those gaps could have left as many as 310 teachers without a 1987-88 raise. The teacher pay scale is a chart with levels of education down the side and "steps." which generally correspond to years of experience, across the top. : Ai teacher can make more money not only by .gaining teaching experience, but also by- improving his lor her education : level.'That is, although two persons are on the same step, the one with more graduate hours makes more money. • On the low end of the scale, a raise was created or enhanced Monday for teachers with one, two or three years of experience, according to Assistant Superintendent Barry Nettles. All teachers with one year of experience received an additional S300, while teachers with two and three years of experience received S200. For teachers with only a bachelor's degree, a raise was also created for nine years of experience, 10-14 years of experience and six graduate hours, 15 or more years of experience and six graduate hours. 14 or more years of experience and 18 graduate hours and 17 or more years of experience and 24 graduate hours. Nettles said the extra 5100,000 reduces to 89 the number of teachers Who won't get a raise if they move only a normal step for one more year of experience. However, he noted some of these 89 might be among the "125 to 150" teachers who could move to another level on the scale because they earned graduate school hours this summer. Some teachers not getting a pay increase from the teacher salary scale may be eligible for a career ladder pay increase. The state established the career ladder as incentive pay to keep teachers in the classroom if they wish to continue working there. Board chairman Dayid/Smith noted a certain step at the low end of the teacher salary scale still had no ipay increase under Nettles' proposal and asked if money could be added there. Citing the small raises for teachers with only a few years of experience. Nettles:said, "When you're talking about changing (step) :two,,you're really talking about changing three arid four." Teacher representatives Alton Frailey and Elaine Hall iin- dicated after the meeting they understand the district is in a difficult financial situation and appreciate the board's desire to close gaps in the pay scale. Two weeks ago. the pair asked the board to give all teachers a normal step pay increase and a 31,400 raise. "They (trustees) would like:to comply with our request, but they didn't have the dollars," said Hall, president of Baytown Classroom Teachers Association. i ' '' ' i ' ! ' : . Frailey, president of Baytown Education Association, noted a teacher pay raise became a matter ; of increasing the tax rate more than the proposed '2'£ cents. ' ' i . : ' "In view of the time's,we have ... 1 can appreciate what they (trustees) are going through," he said. "I do believe they did as much as they could do. ;? Frailey said it is "a good sign" that there was no talk of a salary freeze and that teachers got a normal step pay increase. Moore named to Crosby post Mont Belvieu tax increase proposed ByDEEMlCKELSON MONT BELVIEU Council proposed a 5-cent tax increase .Monday to offset a $66'million drop in taxable values in Mont Belvieu and set a public hearing on the proposed increase for 7 p.m. Sept. ".i At its Aug.. 10 meeting, council agreed that a -5-cent increase in the tax rate was needed to generate the same revenue as last year. The current tax rate is Pearce Street Journal - • Jim Kyle's fan club Both kind and unkind people have asked me to appraise Jim Kyle's columns. Documentary proof: two of Jim's efforts have been printed in the Kansas City Star. They wouldn't offer to run ours at regular classified ad rates. We hope that answers your question. -FH Around Town JIM Ml E JESSEE of Baytown is in Room 532 at San Jacinto Methodist Hospital. She can have visitors . . . Cory and Stacy Istre are good at keeping a secret . . . Elvis and Kay Istre's getaway car finally gets decorated... Herbert and Laverne Bishop show off photographs of their vacation in Alaska. Shari Don Herrington busy this summer flying from one event to another. 10 cents per S100. It was raised 2 cents last year. Mayor Fred Miller said when he and City Administrator Ruthie Sager were later reviewing the budget, they instructed each city department head to cut "6 percent across the board." .Another $30,000 was deleted from the city's drainage budget. Miller said. Even with those cuts, it will take 8 percent above the effective rate ',1466 > to generate enough revenue. A public hearing is required by law if the proposed rate increase is greater than 3 percent. On July 27, council approved a 1987-88 budget of 52.744,000. The amended budget total is S2.628.932.80. The city's tax rate will be adopted at the Sept. 14 meeting, Mrs. Sager said. By AMY KEMS CROSBY — Susan Gayle Moore, coordinator of student support services for the last four years at Baytowri's Kilgore Center, will take the position of director of special education in t h e C r o s b y school district this fall. The 31-year- old Dayton native received a bachelor's degree in s p e e c h pathology with a m i n o r i n psychology and special education in 1977 from Sam Houston State University, graduating magnacum laude. She then went on to earn a master's degree in special education supervision with certification in guidance and counseling from Lamar Univer- silvin!979. SUSAN MOORE She is also certified as an educational diagnostician, and in 1984, she earned middle management certification from the University of Houston at Clear Lake. Currently pursuing a doctorate in educational administration at the University of Houston at University Park, she hopes to graduate in three years. She is also state licensed as a professional counselor and speech pathologist and is a member of the education honor society Phi Delta Kappa. From 1977 until 1982. Ms. Moore was a speech pathologist for four years and special education consultant for one year at the Port Arthur school district. She came to Baytbwn's Kilgore Center in 1982 where she served as educational diagnostician for a year before her promotion to coordinator of student support services in 1983. Her duties as Crosby's special education director will include supervision of speech therapy, serving as project administrator for all special education contractual services, preparing budgets and conducting in-service. Ms. Moore has served on three regional special education task groups, is a certified appraiser for the Texas teacher appraisal system and has also supervised a program for visually handicapped infants. Among her goals for her new post are to implement local, state and federal guidelines, to strengthen coordination of regular and special programs for all handicapped students and to involve students and parents to enhance the curriculum. Commenting on her new appointment, Ms. Moore said, "I'm delighted for the opportunity and challenge afforded me by the school board and community." Crosby trustees OK new budget By AMY KEMS CROSBY — School trustees Monday voted 6-0 to adopt a 198788 budget of SI 1.682,949. The budget, which is based on property valuation of S540 million, includes no increase in the tax rate. The balanced budget represents an approximate 5- percent increase over last year's budget of $11,082,504, which was figured on a S525 million valuation. For the fourth consecutive year, a tax rate of 87 cents per $100 valuation was assumed in calculating the budget. Trustees will officially adopt a tax rate after certified tax rolls are submitted by the Harris County Appraisal District, possibly in late September. Reflected in the budget is a built-in step increase for teachers, amounting to about a 4-percent raise or about $1,000 annually, according to Superintendent Don Hendrix. Ten additional teachers have r*MM« 9 MnV WflHMHT 9VV e £? l trust Co. been hired for the 1987-88 school year, in part to satisfy the state- mandated 22:1 student to teacher ratio for kindergarten through grade 3. Cuts, mostly in capital outlay, affected a few budget departments. General fund revenues from local and state sources are projected at SIO.164,774, up $418,218 over the 1986-87 figure of $9,746,556, largely because of a 5276,396 expected increase in district property tax collections. General operating fund expenditures are forecast at $10,746,425, up $569,495 over last year. The expansion of the mainstream teaching staff and step pay increase for teachers hiked the 1986 payroll of $3,203,800 to $3.839,592 for the coming year. Capital outlay cuts include $31,000 from pupil transportation, set at $55,000 for 1987-88, down from $86,000 in 1966. And outlay for co-curricular activities is reduced by $44,997 for HECKLER TWMMOWSKI QKVRIIET CUKIT, TI 32UM1 42MM1 MTTOWN'S NO. 1 CMMAimtflf BAYSHOKE MOTORS the coming year at $19,153, down from last year's allotment of $64,150. Total administration costs are $1,787,376, including an $18,050 reduction in capital outlay. Trustees also adopted an amended version of the 1986-87 budget, which ran $400,050 over because of additional expenses in the general administration and building improvement departments. Legal fees associated with the desegregation case the school district is involved in brought additional administration costs of $42,050. And the cost of portable classrooms, the reroofing. of the primary school and asbestos removal increased building improvements spending by $358,000. Excess operating fund revenues covered the additional expenditures. The auditing firm of Sauls and Pechacek of Bellville will review the district's financial records after Aug. 31. Firemen, police to air concerns at workshop ByBRUCEGUYNN Representatives of the police and fire departments are expected to appear before City Council early Wednesday morning to express their concerns about the proposed 1987-88 budget. In a letter to city leaders, police department Lt. C.E. Shaffer notes "it appears that 1987-88 will bring a new sacrifice for the police department." "We are being asked to reduce our budget over $200,000" and this will result in the elimination of three patrol officers and a jailer's position, Shaffer continues. According to Shaffer, the reduction in personnel will result in a 6-percent decrease in the number of officers used to patrol streets and neighborhoods and increase officer response time. It would also "jeopardize plans to improve the quality of service during 1987-88;" Shaffer notes. He concludes that these proposed "sacrifices" are "unreasonable" when "viewed in the light of money saved." Copies of Shaffer's letter were distributed at the end of a council work session Tuesday morning — the first of three scheduled meetings on the budget. An addendum to the letter, signed by more than 100 members of the police department, states that the signees agree with its contents. Members of the fire department have also expressed misgivings about the proposed budget. U-SAVE A«I*BMMI •WW VWnV^H 422-0515

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