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X $I,945,675 School Budget Laid Before Public Meeting A PTA Council sponsored public meeting Monday night in Parkway school, called to study the County Board of Education's $1,945,675 budget for next year, at one point became an acrimonious passage of words between a panel member and a County Commissioner. For the meeting's three hour duration discussion, sometimes bitter, touched on such subjects as the school building program, teachers salaries, the Maryland sales tax, and 1949 planning for educational facilities, and paid scant attention to 'the actual budget to be presented by the Board'of Education to the County Commissioners for action before December 31,1951. The county portion for current expenses is $1,035,175. State Senator Jacob R. Ramsburg served as moderator of the panel composed of Superintendent of Schools Eugene W. Prutft, Mrs. Dorothy Mooring. PTA Council treasurer, Miss Frances Ahalt, president of the County Teacher's Association, and U. Grant Hooper, president of the Board of County Commissioners. Some 200 representatives of all sections of the city and county were present, about 110 of them members of PTA units. Also present were George C. Rhoderick, president of the Board of Education, and Mrs. Kent C. Nicodemus and Joseph Rhoderick. Board members; B. Lee Feete, Council president, who opened and closed the meeting; County Commissioner Samuel Young; Elmer K. Chandlee, Donald McLuckie, Herman Hauver, Harry Frushour. school principals. Describes Teachers Survey Miss Ahalt described a survey of school needs made by teachers in October and said that after conference with Mr. Pruitt, the group feels the present budget in the main meets the needs of the education program in the county. The teachers did suggest an increase from 50 cents to one dollar per pupil for library books. Mrs. Mooring told of a' similar studr made by parents in all localities in which, she said, findings were almost identical with those of the teachers. Mr. Pruitt, writing figures on a blackboard, outlined the following budget to be presented to the County Commissioners not less than 20 days before the end of the year: General control, $44.390; instructional service, $1.446,440; operation school plant, $151.375: maintenance school plant, $65,800; transportation, $211,720; Auxiliary agencies, $10,850; insurance, $10.700. payments to adjoining counties for per pupil charges, $4,400; grand total, $1,945,675. Two Items Represent 80 Per Cent Mr. Pruitt said that 80 per cent of the total is represented in two items, teacher salaries and transportation. The former is $1,337.240 and the latter $179,675. The school superintendent explained the following source of funds: From the State, aid per classroom unit $147,000 ($400 per classroom); per pupil aid, $210,000 ($20 per student); equalization fund. $549,700, and official salaries, $23,000; Federal aid, vocational education, $5,000: total, $934,700 leaving the current expense balance to be provided by the county levy at $1,010,975, For capital outlay, the county share of the suggested budget Is $24,000. a figure raised to $75,000 by addition of $51,000 from the State incentive fund. This $75,000 is needed for land improvements at Thurmont, Middletown, Walkersville and New Market schools and for $60,000 worth of furniture for new buildings. An additional $200 interest on short term loans brings the county total to $1,035,175. $92-Milllon Taxable Basis Mr. Hooper declared the taxable base in Frederick, County is $92 million this year and that State- imposed exemptions (such as the first $1,500 of farm machinery and 25 per cent on foreign and domestic corporations) may be expected to wipe out any gain for next year normally anticipated through increased assessments. The president of the Board of County Commissioners said that adoption of the education budget would utilize the county's entire taxation with the Â·rate increased by several cents. At present, he said, 89 cents of each tax dollar goes to education. Mr. Hooper reviewed the school building program of the last three years which, he said, would be completed with only a small debt to be paid off in future years. The question of whether the school building program should be financed on a pay-as-you-go basis or by borrowing from the State pool proved an explosive one. Mr. Hooper reiterated his conviction that future generations should not be burdened by present-day building costs, and suggested that such is the feeling of the majority of citizens. Mr. Pruitt stated his personal opinion that borrowing at an interest rate of less than two per cent, possible under the present state law, would be the ideal way of providing adequate housing for schools Both men drew applause from the audience. Blames School Board County Commissioner Rhoderick asked Mr. Pruitt whether a program of borrowing would mean school buildings would be completed more quickly and charged the Board of Education with responsibility for what he described as unnecessary lags in construction work. Mr. Pruitt rejoined that had sufficient funds been provided in 1949 by County Commission adoption of the suggested financing (through borrowing) he was confident all needed schools in the county would have been substantially completed at present. Mr. Ramsburg intervened in a hotly worded controversy between the men and brought the subject of the current budget back to attention. Suggestions from the floor included a rise in the local tax rate to finance the school budget; inclusion of driver training in the school curriculum; recommendation from the meeting for legislative reenactment of the teacher pay raise bill, vetoed by Governor McKeldm; an evaluation of the school budget as too low to be "realistic'" in meeting needs for teaching in a changing world. Too Many Students Mr. Pruit* said he believes the most serious problem in this county's educational picture is the excessive number of students per teacher and that only additional class rooms can solve that. He increasing needs by building additional rooms to local schools. A motion, presented after the panel discussion was closed, to have the group go on record as favoring a uniform increase in. teacher salaries through re-enactment of last year's vetoed bill, was withdrawn when Robert E. Clapp. attorney to the Board of Education raised a point of order. Mr. Feete said a meeting December 5 of the Council executive committee with PTA local presidents would consider suggestions of that kind. ENGAGED--Mr. and Mrs. Albert A. Phebus, Hagerstovvn, formerly of this city, announce the engagement of their daughter, Betty, and Robert A. Harris, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Harris, also of Hagerstown. The wedding will take place in the near future. The bride-elect was graduated from Hagerstown High School class of '51 and is employed by the Pangborn Corporation. Mr. Harris, a graduate of the same high school, class of '46, is employed in the engineering department of a Hagerstown firm. Miss Phebus is a granddaughter of Mrs. Clara G. Phebus, West Fifth street and Mrs. Annie Lewis, West Second street. and Mr. Rhoderick, president of the Board' of Education, both said that the present building program aims only to meet current needs, admittedly lags behind them, ana does not take into account the essent'al requirements of the immediate future. Mr. Pruitt explained that the School Board hopes, after the present building schedule is completed, to deal with Guided Missiles Tests In Dominican Republic WASHINGTON, Nov. 26 (A)--The Dominican Republic signed an agreement today to let the United States set up installations in its territory to track and control experimental guided misiiles. This extends to around 1.000 miles the flight test range of the U. S. Air Force missile tcbt center at Cocoa, Fla. The agreement, to continue for 10 years, was signed at Ciudad Trujillo by U. S. Ambassador Ralph H. Ackerman and Dominican Foreign Secretary Virgilio Diai Ordonez. Â· The State Department announced the action and said the Dominican Government's willingness to cooperate in the test was a source of "great satisfaction" to the United States. The Department said the Air Force initiated the arrangement, because of the Dominican Republic's geographical position. The base and launching facilities for the missile test center are on the Florida east coast in the vicinity of Cape Canaveral. The flight test range extends southward over the Atlantic. The missiles to be flight tested will be unarmed and will carry instruments for their own destruction in flight if necessary for reasons of safety. ' Accounts ,Are Filed in Orphans Court Six accounts were entered In Orphans' Court Monday. Vada K, ^eatherman, administratrix d b. n. c. t. a. filed her account to the estate of Albert B JRoutzahn. The total estate was listed as $12,394.26 with disbursements of $1,10450 leaving a net estate of $11,289,76. Distribution was made to the following: Florence R. Doub, sister: lara R. McDonald, sister; Martha R. Grossnlckle, sister: Sophie R. Gaver, sister; Annie R. McBride; Charles R, Routzahn; and Lola R. i-Iarner, daughter. An account of the estate of Miss Miriam R. Apple was filed by Joseph H. Apple and Russell H. McCain. The total estate was listed at $6,811.18 with disbursements of $1,217.11 leaving a net estate of $5,593.77. Distribution was made to Elizabeth A. McCain, Emily A. Payne, Joseph H. Apple. Mattie West Apple. Alice E. McCain, Joseph H. Apple IV, Helen P. Bowers, Katharine E. Dutrow, Frederick Historical Society, family of Miriam R. Apple, Russell H. McCain, Joseph Henry Apple Library Ines 1. Smith, administratrix, filed her account of the estate of Ada M. Tritapoe. The total estate was listed at $9,044.42 with distributions of $849.39 leaving a net estate of $8,195.03. Distribution was made to Ines I. Smith, daughter and Zula P. Bowers, daughter, The account of the estate of Florence Elizabeth Eaves was filed by the executors Walter Leo Eaves and Donald E. Eaves as stated by Alton Y. Bennett, attorney. The total estate was listed at $16,057.76 with disbursements of $2,23732 leaving a net estate of $13,820.44 formula, being composed of any one of seveial rocks of high silicia content. Loans up to $1500 GENERAL ACCEPTANCE C O R P O R A T I O N 244 No. Market, at Third Telephone Frederick 2791 Distribution ww mÂ«dt to the children. Rev. Stephen J. Chyllnski, Â«t Â«1. executors of the estate of Gertl- dine VV. Albaugh filed tihcir account. The total estate was listed at $3,380.00 with disbursements of $1.05034 leaving n net estate of $2,330.62. There were a number of personal legacies. Distribution according to the will was made to the Sisters of Notre Dame Academy of Libcrtytown and St. Peter's Catholic church of Llbertytown, Edward D. Storm and Sherman P. 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