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Page 2 Cheney Free Press Thursday, August 5, 1982 [] i i I i' | Summer projects Woodburning, using a magnifying glass, was in. cluded in the vacation Bible school at the Cheney Christian Church recently. Above, Darcie Logue aims the light on a pine board while wearing dark glasses. '!i M L school notes iiiiiii iiiii! :iiiii! i!!ii!i iiiii!! iiii!i! Even though the beginning of the new school year is three weeks away, the Medical Lake School District has reeieved numerous calls concerning !il student registration, physicals for athletes and other details which signal the start of a new academic year. Parmts may wish to clip this information which provides a time schedule for registration at the  various district schools: Medical Lake IIigh School ili! Registration--Students new to the district may visit counselors for :!ill , information Aug. 24 through Aug. 27 from 9 a.m. to noon and I to 3 p.m. iiiii Registration for all students, grades nine through 12 will be Aug. 31, the iii first day of school. All students will report to the new gym at 8:20 a.m. i Physicals--All athletes can receive their physicals at the high school in i!:iii the new gym area on Aug. 19. Girls should report at 9 a.m. and boys at 11 iiiill The fee is $6. ii:iiii a.m. Team meetings-Participants in cross country, football and volleyball iiiil :::k: will also meet on Aug. 19, More specific information will be forthcoming iiii!ii from the coaches. ::!! Practices-The first football practice for grades 10-12 will be Aug. 23. Ninth-graders will have their first practic e on Aug. 31. Cross country and volleyball players will begin on Aug. 25. Medical Lake Middle School iiiiii Registration--New students to the school district in grades seven and iiiiili eight are scheduled to register Aug. 24 through 26 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Middle School, 1010 East Lake Street. Students who were previously enrolled at either Medical Lake Elementary or Blair Elementary last year have completed their registration and are ready for the first day of school on Aug. 31. School hours will be 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Medical Lake Elementary School Registration-While the school office will re-open on Aug. 16 with office hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. registration is set for Aug. 23 and 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Principal Jim Van Matre will release any additional detailed information prior to those dates. Kindergarten students-Assignments to morning and afternoon kinder- garten sessions will be made on Aug. 25 and notices will be mailed to i # parents the next day. A child must be age five by Aug. 31 to be eligible to ili!i  register for kindergarten and age six to register for first grade. iii! Blair Elementary School ii i. !i Registration--Blair students can register for the new academic year on i ! Aug. 23 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. iI $ .:..,:,.. ..:.:.:-.-:::;::.:;:;.::;;; ........ :.:.:.. ......... :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: :::::::::::::::::::::::::: ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: School News Case Western Reserve University-- Jerry C. Kraft, a senior at Eastern Washington University, has been pre- sented with the Marc A. Klein Play- writing Award's "Outstanding Achieve- ment in Playwriting". Kraft's one-act play, "Com- panion Piece", was honored by the Klein Award's committee at Case Western Reserve University in Cleve- land, Ohio, His play will be produced in the university's repertory season, tentatively set to run from mid-March to early April next year. The award, which carries a $250.00 cash grant, is considered to be among the nation's top competitions for collegiate playwrights. Kraft's work was selected from student plays sub- mitted from colleges and universities throughout the United States. Western Washington University-- Three Cheney residents were among the 512 students here to be awarded Bachelor of Arts or Science degrees at the completion of spring quarter. One was also among the 200 students who earned a perfect 4.0 grade point aver- age. Alan Beard received a Bachelor of Arts degree and David S. Thompson received a Bachelor of Science degree. Jeffrey E. Swedberg received a grade point average of 4.0. Cheney plans school expansion High on their list of goals for 1982-83 is the Cheney school board's intention to ask district residents to approve a 15-year bond issue for six to seven million dollars for expansion of Cheney High School and Windsor and Sunset Elementary Schools. Superintendent Gale Marrs said plans are still in the research phase for the projects which would cost present and future residents $1.50 to $2.00 per $1,000 assessed valuation of their properties. Using information provided by researchers at Northwest Labora- tories, Marrs said the proposed ex- pansion is based on the researcher's low projection that the district will need to house 300 more elementary school children and 1,200 high school students. Though final plans have not been developed, Marrs said four classrooms could be added to Windsor and three at Sunset. Additions and modernization plans for the high school include second-floor classrooms and the closing of the open-mall design to conserve heat and create more usable space at the school. Once details of the plan have been worked out, the board could ask the district voters to the polls sometime between February and April, he said. In other school district matters, the board heard a report from Supervisor of Business Services Melvin R. Hamil- ton on the cumulative effects of budget cutbacks by the state legislature. Following the legislature's decision to override Governor Spellman's execu- tive order imposing an 8.2 percent reduction in state funding for public schools, lawmakers enacted Senate Bill No. 5021, authorizing reductions of .665 percent for the 1981-82 year and 2.85 percent for 1982-83. The reductions, which took effect July 1, will cover a 12-month period ending June 30, 1983. During this period, state general und appropria- tions to school districts will be reduced by $55,060,000, Hamilton reported. Though estimated revenue losses under the governor's executive order would have been $131,766 for 1981-82 and $586,504 for 1982-83, the total losses under the new Senate bill are $251,773. Revenue losses for 1981-82 are $47,017 and $204,756 for 1982-83. In commenting on the cuts, Hamil- ton's report stated, "There are two ways in which to view the recent legislative action. The first would be to feel relieved that the legislature has restored over $460,000 of general fund revenues, The other way in which the Board may wish to view the legislative action is that for the 1981-83 biennium, the reductions in state funding of basic education programs including handi- capped and transportation reflect a loss of over $681,000 in state funds." Marrs said that while cuts were not as severe as anticipated and the Cheney school district would easily balance its budget, the revenue losses have im- pacted the district in the programs and services it will be able to offer students. The superintendent also said the decision by Eastern Washington Uni- versity officials to eliminate grades five and six of the Robert Reid Lab School will necessitate the hiring of one additional sixth-grade teacher who will probably be assigned to Salnave Elementary School. The district will experience an increase of approximately 40 students as a result of the closure Marrs said, with the bulk of these students entering tim sixth grade. While most of the students being returned to the district are from the Betz and Salnave areas, some sixth graders living within the Betz school boundaries may have to attend Salnave in order to maintain a classroom average of 28 students per class, he said. Letters of notification to parents will be distributed during the second and third weeks of August, he said. Bill Hibbard, principal of Betz and Salnave will be available for questions on Aug. 16, after he returns from his vacation. During the meeting, Marrs also discussed with the board his concern over the city council's recent assertion at its June 22 meeting that the school district was using an excess amount of water. A story in the June 24 Cheney Free Press noted that Ordinance M-10, which raised water bills by 30 percent, included an amendment increasing the rate for commercial customers using an excess amount of water. Marrs told the board he recently attended a meeting with the council's public relations committee to discuss the concern that the district is being portrayed as wasting water, when in fact, the district's watering plan bene- fits the community by mak!ng its grounds available for park and recrea- tion use. "We feel that when the council says we're wasting water, we're in a no-win situation. We could cut back on our watering in the summer and let our grounds brown out until late August. But, if you're going to do that, you have to restrict all activity on the lawns, otherwise the damage to the grass will be irreversible. If we did that, soft- ball players and community would facilities. If the our water usage is have no choice but tol grounds until late would begin green in Following his committee, council indicated their decision meeting. In other school boa rd: --Reviewed the 1982-83 to includethe an all-da to visit net scheduling board schools, and local school district representatives from --Authorized $175 School to reading readiness use at Sunset School. --Scheduled the next for Aug. 25 at 7:30 p board room at the tion Building. A budget will occur at Medical Lake prepares new budg answer on the amount of federal impact the district will receive for next year. Impact aid is provided to districts which educate dependents of federal empleyees who reside and/or work on federal properties. In 1981-82 the district received $716,000 to educate dependent youngsters from Fairchild Air Force Base. During the last year however, the fate of future impact aid has been the subject of close scrutiny at the C,m- gressional level, as budgetmakers look for areas in which to tighten spending. Proposals ranging from serious reductions in the amount of aid provid- ed to proposals for a complete phase- out of the federally-based subsidy While the ink is just barely dry on the Medical Lake school district's budget for the 1982-83 school year, board members and administrators have yet to receive all of their funding for the 1981-82 year or a definitve word on the amount of federal impact aid for next year. Under state law, Superintendent Clayton Dunn explained that district budgets must be printed by Aug. 1 and approved by Sept. 1. For the Medical Lake school district, the prepation of a 1982-83 budget is difficult at best given the number of financial unknowns facing the district at the state and federal levels. In early spring the district received program have been considered. While Dunn and his assistant Duane Heidenreich have maintained close contact with legislative representatives in Washington D.C., both men have admitted in recent months that the bureaucracy and "politics" of federal government have hindered the formu- lation of a final decision concerning the aid's future. Because concrete information has one-half of its state appropriated fund- ing along with assurances that it would receive the remaining $355,000 by mid- July. On July 16, Dunn told the board the district had received $247,000 or 85 percent of the money owed. Informa- tion from Olympia indicated the district would receive the remaining $108,000 "some time in the fall," he said. As nebulous as the arrival date of state monies owed the district is an Korean executives been sketchy at best, Dunn said the decision to budget for $600,000 in impact aid in the proposed 1982-83 budget is one based largely on "gut feeling." Even though school board members will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 24 to review and approve the new budget, additional changes may later be necessary as more specific aid information is re- ceived, he said. In other district actions, the board chose to table a call for bids on the proposed fencing of Blair Elementary school. While Dunn declined to elabor- ate on the board's decision to delay the bidding process for the proposed $80,000 project designed to facilitate civilian access to the school, he did say the decision might be discussed at the board's fall meeting. Following a study of a Seattle case early this year in which high school student Chris Thompson successfully sued the Seattle school district for injuries received while participating in high school football, the board ap- proved a catastrophic insurance plan for student activities. Dunn said the administrative council will have to decide which sports will warrant coverage by the insurance. Student participants will be required to pay a one dollar fee for the insurance. "'In my opinion, given the low cost of the one dollar fee," Dunn said. The catastrophic insurance plan, offered nationwide by an insurance firm in Kansas, is being used as part of a pilot program in Washington and Arizona, Dunn said. Coverage provided includes all medical expenses, any necessary house rennovations, re- habilitation fees and compensation to the students' parents for lost wages resulting from a crippling injury. For the school district, a provision stating that coverage by the insurance company would cease upon instigation of a lawsuit against the district, pro- vides the district with some protection. Dunn said many old insurance policies only covered students injured for $10,000 in expenses, a sum quickly exhausted in the case of quadraplegic or paraplegic situations. Statistics indi- cate that it costs at least $40,000 a year to care for such injuries , he said. In other school matters the board: --Recommended a charge of $1.50 per participant plus the cost of custodial services to be made Basketball Camp for The board) price between $1.50 camp's administratorS. --Approved a Fairchild Air Force Ray Building at School in the event needed for patients. Dunn said could be altered if needed to use the --Approved an dischar field who recently second charge of student, the of absence with district's payroll. he was aware : to engage in a over the matter the present time. OF SUMMER the coverage, it would be wise for all Spend a lazy aftei study local firms kids involved in sports programs to pay inourstoto Browse around An unusual Management Summer School opened last week in Spokane and on the Cheney campus of Eastern Washington University. Designed to help teach the Korean leaders management styles and philo- sophies of some of the Spokane area's most successful firms, the week-long visitation began with the arrival of the party at Spokane International Airport last Saturday afternoon. "The goal of the program is not technology transfer, as such," says Leo Simpson, EWU professor of manage- ment and coordinator of the sessions. Some 20 top-level corporate repre- sentatives of Korea's steel industry, textile firms, electronics, transporta- tion and service organizations - most of them presidents or vice-presidents - attended classes at EWU and touring area firms. 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