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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 15

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···nniiiinniiHiiiiiiiniinininiiiiiiiiiiiin 35th Annual FAYETTEVILIE, ARKANSAS, THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 1974 School Edition uiamnmiiiiBiii Schools Face Rising Costs And Shortages Problem Is To Stretch School Funds -"· The spiralling inflationary trend is the major problem facing the Fayetteville School , district as the 1974-75 school term opens -August 26.. 1 The $4.5 m i l l i o n budget has a built in contigency c o s t to covering expected rising costs but administrators are concerned about the rising costs and shortages.' '"We will have. to make hard 'decisions and do some serious planning, for the future to stretch the school dollar as far as possible," said Harry V a n - dergriff, school superintendent for the past five years said. School, unlike business enterprises, cannot pass on costs to consumers. Last year revenues increased by $1.5- million in ' assessed valuation but inflation jumped 10 per cent. '.' Vandergriff sees a belt-tightening future for s c h o o l s in the next five years. REDUCTIONS · "This does not mean we will cat back on quality but it does mean that some serious efforts to reduce expenditures will have to be made," he said. The superintendent plans to enlist, the assistance of lay experts in studying the tola school ' program. "This will not be a Community School Study as has been conducted before but we want to get the advice of experts in management and community affairs to see it ' there might be more efficient ways to conduct the schools without culling back on the quality," be said. As the opening of schoo rears Vandergriff said the stall is nearly completed with only a few positions open. Vandergriff does not antici- rjate enrollment will change drastically but he does see some growth this year. He pre- · - - - ...... =" Volunteers Play important Role Educators Welcome Interest (TlMESphato By Ray Gray) BELT-TIGHTENING FUTURE . . Vandergrijf predicts belt-tightening for school during next five years diets this will national trend of . follow the an approxi- Greenland Schools Plan For Enrollment Of 510 HENRIETTA HOLCOMB Elementary Suprvisor Educators are encouraged by today's heightened public interest in children's reading ability because it is presenting new opportunities for positive action. Active cooperation of parents is assuring a continuity .between the home and school which has not always been typical of plans for reading instruction. Fayetteville parent-community-school cooperation is a prime . example · of this con- tunity. A project sponsored by the City Council Parent-Teacher Association places v li e booklet "Read to Succeed" in the hospital, room of each new baby's mother. The booklet contains many suggestions for ways parents can prepare and encourage their child to learn to read. This several years C. B. Murphy was council president. Another community supportec service encouraging reading is the city Library's program of story hours for young children and the Summer Reading Pro gram. This program often results in sending a child to school anxious to, read for him' self. TUTOR PROGRAM A third outstanding example of public concern for reading in Fayetteville is, the Schoo Volunteer Reading Tutor Pro gram. Under the direction o Mrs. Sara B u r n s i d e , with the assistance of m a n j others including Mrs. Ann Vandergriff, Mrs. Sally Larsoi and Mrs. Irma B o y e r, 51 volunteer reading tutors wer trained to work with childrei project began ago when Mrs. mate three per cent increase. Last year the enrollment, with 'the new kindergarten- program, was approaching 6,000 students. ·Fayetteville schools are big b u s i n e s s and the school property is Insured for more than $7 million which is 90 per cent of the total value of the -buildings in the district. There are eight elementary schools, two junior high schools and the senior high school. ACCOUNTABILITY , Vandergritf opened the past school term by emphasizing that accountability for quality education is shared by educators, legislators, school boards, parents, students and taxpayers. He said that during the past school terms major steps were taken to involve parents in the school program. These included development of a strong volunteer, program at the schools and the introduction of neighborhood coffees to permit parents and school officials to discuss problems in an informal setting. "These have been well received 'and will continue this fall," he said. NEW PROGRAMS There will be several new programs this year, and two of them will serve handicapped students. A class for deaf and hearing impaired children got GREENLAND -- School will open August 19 at Greenland with an expected enrollment of around 510, according to William Vafakos, Superintendent. The faculty will attend workshops the first two days and registration is scheduled on that date from 1 to 4 p.m. Eleventh and twelfth graders will register in the library at the high school and ninth and tenth grade' students at the same time on August 20 at the same place. Students attending kindergarten through eighth grade will register upon arrival August 21. Buses will operate on that date at the regular morning schedule with dismissal set for 12 noon. Lunches will not be served. Vafakos asks that kindergarten and first graders who have not pre-registered and those who do not have immunization records up-to-date to register and bring health cards in before the first day of school. underway last year and a limited basis a regional media center to serve a four county area is being established. The class for hearing impaired children will be taught at Bales School by Mrs. Barbara Singleton and is funded under Title If! of the Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA) in the amount of $60,000. The class is designed to serve children in Washington and Bentpn counties. Area school districts arc participating in recruiting students. Vandergriff noted this trend of cooperation between school districts will make it possible to provide sne- cial programs for students which are impossible for one district to support. Mrs. Mary Gail Owenbey has been named director of the Regional Media Center. A nort- able classroom will be used for the center to be located near the administration building. Funding for the program is $25,000. The center will correlate material and serve special educators in a consultant capacity. CONSTRUCTION The major building project this summer has been construction of a- choral room at the high school. This adjoins the band building and the high school and provides 3,000 square feet for use by the music department. Renovation of other buildings fs also underway and will be School -will continue with a 12:45 p.m. dismissal through August 30 and Lunch will be served .Thursday and Friday There will be no school on La bor Day and full day schedules will begin Sept. 3. HIGH SCHOOL Owen Luttrell, high- schoo principal, is looking to a gooc year. He says that the addition of vocational education classe in the area of printing, phot graphy and health occupation plus the building trades cours' introduced last year, will enabl students to familiarize themsel ves with specific vocatona training. Under the program. Prbjec Vega, electrical mechanics an motor mechanics will be avail able to students during 1975-76. In kindergarten through eigh th grades a career awarenes project, (CAP) under 'the Bos on Mountain Cooperative pro ;ram, will bo-gin. CAP will en able elementary and junior nig students to become familia with the career world ear] enough to influence electiv decisions in their high sehoo years. New faculty members in se c o n d a r y education includ 7amcs White, mathematics Julia Hall, science, and Lind Butler, business education, teacher in graphic communica ton will be announced at a late time. ELEMENTARY Don Johnston, SCHOOL elementar completed itarts. by the time school Teachers will return to school prior to the open date and and the annual B'ayetteville Chamber of Commerce Teacher Appreciation Breakfast will be held at the high school August 21. be The Dr. featured speaker Charles Bishop, newly appointed president the University of Arkansas. will the of principal, will have three ne teachers this year. They ar Mrs. Deby Van Bebber. fir grade; Miss Elizabeth Batche lor, fourth grade and a sixl grade teacher to be named 1 ter. The price of lunches will i crease from 30 to 40 cents fo elementary students and fro 35 to 45 cents for scconda students, if purchased by th week. The cost will be 50 cen if lunches are bought by t day. The addition to the elemcnla building, which is under co slruction will include four ne open - space classrooms f o grades one and two. There a central resource area for li rary books and equipment a an art area for each grac There is also a covered pi area 67 by 30 feet for childr to use in bad weather and f physical education instruction The present first and scco the public schools last year, iecause of the one-to-one rela- icnship made possible through his effort, several children lade almost unbelievable progress in eading. It is planned to offer efresher training as well as learning the skill of iifflm to all teachers in April by a consultant from the company. Teacher in-service sessions will continue during the pre-school workshop and on four other days during the coming year. Early in the school year pupils' achievement will be evaluated and material f r o m :he program will be selected which appears to best fit each child's needs. Many other reading programs will also be available in will be all all schools. Some printed materials ew classes for volunteers early n September- Each PTA has elected a volunteer recruiter vho is enlisting interested individuals to work this year. Elementary principals are anxious o expand the program so they :an fill the requests from tea- ihers for all children who can benefit from this program. SCHOOL PROGRAM Since education in America is raditionally the right and obligation of all, rather than the )rivilege of the few, schools are called upon to meet the need: of every learner. No one really knows how the thought processes of a chile permit him to learn to translate speech ino printed symbols but it does happen to the vast the widest possible'of resources" majority of children who regu- These areas began as tradi- larly attend school. tional libraries but have grown Teachers in modern schools to include ' . . do not search to find the best resources while others will add audio and other visual components. MATERIALS CENTER Mastering the skill of reading is only the first goal of the schools' instructional program. The next step is to try to insure that children will enjoy using the skill as they learn about their world, and make what they read a part of their lives. To aid portion school's budget is spent in pro"viding a Materials Center with this goal a large every elementary Fayelteville School Calendar Aug. 26 First Day of School 1 Sept. 2 Labor Day Vacation Nov. 25-29 Arkansas Education Association Meeting and Thanksgiving Vacation Dec. 23-Jan. 8 Christmas Vacation Mar. 10-14 Spring Vacation May 30 i Graduation The 179 days scheduled for teachers and pupils in classes includes the 175 minimum required by state law and four emergency days. If bad weather or other emergencies have not required that school be dismissed before the following dates they will become non-teaching days: April 18, March 31, March 28 and May 31. Each day that classes must be dismissed will automatically cancel one of the above days and in the order in which they are listed. NuiHiiiiiiiiniH^^ Elkins Schools To Open 1974-75 Term On Aug. 26 Teachers in modern schools to include such a variety of that the term method for teachig children Materials Center now how cooperatively learning e. result in reading. Fayetteville schools will reading pr called Readi Ginn Co. because its its scope bro fy as a full and materials. . The ELKINS -- The Elkins Publics School plans to open it's doors for the 1974-75 school year on Monday, August 26. There be half-day ade rooms will be used for ler purposes. Mrs. Gemmer's rmer first grade room (Room will serve as a second kin- rgarten class.-Mrs. Pcnning- n's second grade room' (room will serve as a resource om for special services. Mrs. in Bebber's room, -(room 3) ill be used for a music and m room. Mrs. Reid's second ade room (room 6) will be ;ed for the sixth grade class be brought back from the nior high building. It is cipated the building will be unpleted by the Christmas va- itatner tney work f to p r o m o t e xperiences which ding, e e l e m e h t a r y implement a new ogram this fall, ng 360 published by It was so named authors considered ad enough to quali- circle of methods Is. am was presented ·more appropriate. Each of these centers have well trained staff on duty throughout the school day to assist children and teachers in locating and utilizing these materials. It can be seen that reading in Fayetteville Schools is not considered to be just a subject, or a period of the day, b u t r a t h e r the experiencing, thinking, and learning of individuals throughout their lives. deral Funds sessions on Monday. and Tuesday. Buses will leave at approximately 11:30 a.m. August 28 will be a full-day session and lunch will be served, according to Supt. James K. Carter. No major change In bus routes is planned at this time. The cost of lunches will remain 30 cent for grades K-6, 35 ' - - --- 50 cents for grades 7-12 and cents f o r a d u l t s . ation. School patrons who have uestions regarding registration ay call Luttrell, or Johnston 521-1454. Springdale Plans New Programs PEGGY FR1ZZELL TIMES Staff Writer SPRINGDALE -- An vocate public of federal education. ad- funds for Superinten New Course This Fall At West Campus The West Campus of Fayetfe- ille Senior High School will ffer an innovative business lass for the first time this fall. his class, called Business ccupations, is a pilot program nd the only one of its kind i Arkansas, slates Jack lathis, director of West Camus. The program is designed to a supplement to the indivi- ual technologies The in vocational ducation. The main objective f the program is to help t h e tudent relate business to a hosen vocation. The students will be trained n typewriting, the display .elec- ronic calculator, the printing lectronic calculator, the transcribing - recording machine, the en-key adding machine, filing, ABC shorthand, telephone tech- liques, r e c o r d k e c p i n g , jrooming, and job application and job interview. Basic concepts of these areas will help he student to make a smoother ransition from the classroom nto the world of work. EXPERIENCE Students in classes at W e s t ning, through actual experience, the skills and basic concepts of their chosen vocation. This program will offer these stu- lents an oportunity to learn ;he business practices involved jn working for themselves and :or others. Dr. Amanda Copeland and Raymond Faucette in the State Department of Education have assisted in getting this pilot program started. The program is funded through the federal Government in cooperation with the State Department of Education. Mrs. Margaret Thurman, instructor for the Business Occupations class, has had experience and extensive training in teaching business education. West Campus is the Area Vocational School open to students in Benton and Washington Counties. Business Occupation clr.sscs will bo open (o students attending vocational classes on West Campus. dent, of Springdale ' Schools Thurman G. Smith said the funds will help several programs during the upcoming school year. While he prefers general aid to categorical aid, most of the federal financial aid for the district is categorical, that is, it must be spent on certain programs. These programs include Title I, II and III funding .With Title I funds, Springdale has employed three special education teachers, a speech therapist, three reading teachers ,a soe- cial worker, health nurses, a bookkeeper, an aide and part- time custodians. Also with Title I funds, personal items such as medical and dental aid, eyeglass, food and clothing, can be purchased for qualifying students.'A migrant school children program is funded with Title I monies. Title II funds can 'only be spent for library books am visual aids, Smith pointed out Approximately $10,000 is receiv ed each year in Title II money. JOINT EFFORT Springdale and Fayetteville school districts joined together to obtain Title III funds with which to erect a "center for the study of aquatic resources' at Lake Fayetteville this year Fifth and tenth grade studenL will visit the center regularly during the school year unde the guidance of Mrs. Helen Merrifield, director-teacher the center. The district's financial pictiv was somewhat brightened thi Nursing Program Expanded At Tech RUSSELLVILLE - Arkansa Tech's nursing program ha been expanded so that student may earn either an Associat Degree in Nursing in two year or a Bachelor of Science Degre in Nursing reports Dr. f o u r years Jim Ed MeGee Vice P r e s i d e n t for Aca Official approval for the tw degree programs was given o the State Board of Higher Edi_ calion at their July meetin held in Pine Bluff. "The college began dev loping proposals for the tw degree programs at the urgin of nursing and medical perso ncl at both the state and loc levels," states Dr. McGee. "Th programs have been endorse by the State Board of Nursin and the Arkansas Medic Society." Detailed planning and dev lopment of the curriculum f the new programs will carried out this year with tl first nursing graduates sch dulcd for May 1977. Howeve since the college is alread offering a pre-nursing program a few students may comple requirements at an earlier date ist year when voters approved four mill fax increase and $1.75 million bond issue. The dditional millage will be used ward the swift completion of e hew Central Junior High chool complex on Gutensohn oad. One classroom wing of the ew school has been In use nee January of this year. The afeteria is scheduled September. Phase II con- to open ruction of offices, additional assrooms, and a gym is ex- ected to beg in -by October 1. . M. Lewis and Associates of ittle Rock are architects for le project. The school is expected to be ompleted by the 1975-76 school ear with a target date for loving in set for the second emester of that year. ATTENDANCE In a district of 182 square miles, the average daily atten- ance for the past year was ,477, not including kindergar- eners. This was an increase f 131 over the prior year. Average expenditure per chil' i average daily attendance vas $612.59, an increase of 107.65 per child from the 19723 year. Projected enrollment for the 974-75 school year are as fol ows: senior high-- 1512; Central J u n i o r High -- 826; Centra llementary-- 414; Elmdale-2 6 ; Jones-- 725; Lee-- 591 ?ontitown -- 114; Tyson -- 798 Vashington-- 213; and West vood-- 796. The projections foi he elementary schools includi tindergarten students. Total projected enrollment li Milk will be offered to elementary students once a day and the cost will be 5 cents per halt pint. A total enrollment of from 52! to 540 is expected. There will be appro ximtely 36 kindergarten students this year Approval has been granted by the State Department of Educa tion for two kindergarten rooms. The second kindergarten room is at present being made ready and a teacher, Mrs Kathy Krebs, has been cm ployed. Marsha West will return is the second kindergarten eacher. In addition to the two kinder Jarten teachers, there will b en regular classroom teacher n ' the · elementary school Teachers new to the system ari Jane Turner, second grade, am D atricia Bell, and Brend; Hamilton, third grade. READING TEACHER It is planned that through th E.S.E.A. Title I Program, remedial reading teacher wi' be employed to work in grade two-six. Also with Title I funds a speech therapist, Jenni Hays, will be employed on h e system-- kindergarten hrough 12--is 7,781. Although course offerings for he coming year will be essen- ially the same as last year, smith noted there will be an lementary education coordina- or and three instructional upervisors who will work with eachers and principals, especially in the field of reading. An additional teacher has een hired to work with the exceptional children at the-senor high school level, Smith said. The operating budget for the coming year will be about 14,467,190 as compared to ;4,053,976 in 1973-74. Of the total sha'ring basis budgeted, about $2.76 million Grove Public will be used for teachers' salaries--an increase of $300,000 due to a wage raise and addi- tiinal faculty. No formal registration will be leld for students in' grades eight through 12. Class schedules will he taken from pre- registration slips and mailed to seventh through 12th grade students in mid-August. All seventh grade students are to report to the school they will attend on Monday, August 19 for orientation.' Students in grades one through six will register at the school in their attendance area on Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 19-20 between 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Kindergarten students will register at the school where they are assigned on Aug. 19-20 also. School starts Aug. 26, with buses running at 1 p.m. the fir three days of school. with Prairi Schools. Mr; Hayes will spend one half o her time at Elkins working wit students who have speech prob lems. She worked with the Pn ject Child Program which w have had in the Elementar School for the past three year and is not a stranger to th students. The new E.S.E.A. Title I Program through the Bosto M o u n t a i n Cooperative f o Federal Programs will be Career Awareness Progra (CAP) in 1974-75. The purpos of this program is to incorpo ate an awareness of variou careers and occupations to st dents in grades one - eight in regular classroom programs. It is hoped that students w gain a knowledge of the diffe ent careers and occupations an can work toward their choi during their junior high an high school years. The Federal Migrant Pr gram is planned to serve st nfs In grades K-1Z. It ii anned to employ two teacher- des, one in elementary and IB in high school to work in e classroom under the tea- icr's supervision. The aides will work' with igrant students In tha area mathematics to give extra dividual help In addition to e regular teacher. Also, per- onal services will be rendered migrant students, such ai ental, medical, clothing etc. 12 TEACHERS The High School will have a ital of twelve teachers plus an istructor for the new Voca- onal Education Group Action rogram (VEGA) to be inialia- ed this year. This program will also b« arried on through the Boston fountain Cooperative and will insist of four Vocational Hobile Vans -- electro mecha- ics, graphics, auto mechanics nd health and nursing. There will be four area chools participating in the rogram and each van and nstructor will spend one emester at each school. Elkins will begin the 1974-75 year with lie electro mechanics van. cheduling is planned for irades nine-12. Also evening adult classes will be offered ach semester. Approval has been received or vocational funding in agriculture for the coming school Ve a T: . The , agri Program was niatiated Into the curriculum during the 1973-74 school year' Two young people have been employed this summer on th« Neighborhood Youth Corp* NYC) Program and it is expected that two er three will participate in the in-school program this fall. ; Much work is done by NYC workers and the custodians' during the summer such as painting and cleaning and major repair jobs to buildings and equipment to prepare for the coming school year. ' A summer migrant program was held from June 3 through July 12. FACULTY Bob Warren will return as elementary principal for the 1974-75 school year. Mike Tillery will return as high school principal. High School teachers new to the system this year will be Norma Michels, jr. high science; Ray Hamilton, basketball coach; William Alvarez, football coach. The vocational agriculture and the VEGA instructor positions have not been contracted at this time. Members of the Elkins school board are Stanley Swope, presi-*- dent; L.J. Steware, vice-president; Ray McBee, secretary! Fred Perry and E J w i n Wilson. THE SCHOOL DOLLAR 1973.75 RECEIPTS EXPENDITURES 1.04 Federal Aid 3.14 Administration 3.44 Transportation 7.34 Operation _ 3.64 Maintenance 5.44 Fixed Charges 4.94 Capital Outlay 9.74 Debt Service Fayetteville School Budget The annual operating budget of the Fayelteville School District exceeds $4.5 million which represents g n expendi- ture of $817 per year f o r each student. The sources of Income and areas of expenditure of Ihc school dollar a r e shown In the graphics above, prepared by John Hale, district controller. The returns are measured la community growth, projrresi and security through the development of each student to his maximum potential.

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