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Page 2 Cheney Free Press Thursday, September 2, 1982 Fuel conversion eyed for Cheney School Distri While budget talks dominated the recent Cheney School Board, a state- ment hy Superintendent Gale Marrs that the district is considering a major conversion to gas as their primary fuel som&apos;ce surfaced as a notable indicator of the district's discontent with recent city council decisions regarding water and electrical rate hikes. Marrs, noting that the school district had a 54 percent hike in their electrical rates last year while residential users were charged 47 percent more, said that "if the cost continues to go up, they'll (the city) lose our business if it proves cheaper to convert to gas." Marrs comments were made in refer- ence to a proposal to raise electrical rates al)oul 50.2 percent. The council will niake its decision at its Sept. 13 meeting. Also under consideration by the council is a decision on charging the district increased fees for what they term "excess" water usage by the district. Marrs, who maintains that water used by the district benefits the city because it is used to irrigate fields used by the parks and recreation depart- ment, told the board that city fathers needed to study "where their income comes from" in the area of electricity usage. The superintendent said that as a paying utility customer, the Cheney district builds their own transformers and does most of their own equipment maintenance. Noting that research in- dicates a conversion to gas could be easily accomplished at Cheney Junior High School and Salnave Elementary School, Marrs also said, "We're close to [] the point of bringing in gas lines at Betz School too." "They need to look at more than the surface when they consider these in- creases or they'll price themselves right out of the market. The city is failing to look closely at their rate proposals," he said while noting that the district and Eastern Washington University have both m'ged the council to study the issue further and have indicated their interest in participating in any study undertaken. Prior to the strongly worded state- ment concerning the electrical hike, the board devoted the bulk of their meeting time to a discussion and approval of the 1982-83 budget. Saying "The budget will allow us to manage the district at the level we had last year...we should be able to handle any possible additional cuts without laying off any further staff, but we might have to curtail services," Marrs presented a budget for $8,842,082 to the directors for their approval. Beginning with a net cash and invest- ment balance of $618,102, this year's budget estimates $8,762,526 in revenues for a total $9,380,628. Out of this amount, $4,125,575 is earmarked for basic education, $579,971 on handi- capped education, $168,907 on vocation- al education and $616,795 for pupil transportation. The superintendent noted that in the area of basic education, the $724,934 levy approved by voters in March would be collected on the 1983 tax rolls. This levy amount Marrs said, is essen- tial in enabling the district to offer a quality program The basic education budget is 46.7 percent of the total district budget. In the budget discussions, board members noted that 78.7 percent of the general fund budget was spent on wages and salaries of certificated and classified staff and 11.3 percent was earmarked for contractual service. Under the heading for contractual services, Marrs noted that more than $400,000 of the $999,985 budgeted would be spent on heating, lighting and water expenses. Like other districts throughout the state, Cheney has also established this year a transportation vehicle fund consisting of $54,028 transferred from the general fund, $62,919 in depreciation and reimbursements from the state, $3,500 in investment earnings and $38,000 in school bus revenues. The total $158,447 will be used to purchase new school buses. With an estimated budget of $102,637 earmarked for building and capital projects, the district plans to spend $30,000 on construction, site develop- ment and related activities for repair and maintenance of district buildings, $45,000 for expansion and remodeling of Cheney High School and $25,000 for the possible emergency purchase of port- able classrooms in the event of rapid enrollment increase. Marrs noted that additional class- room space may not prove a problem as enrollment counts may not meet the 3257 FTE sthdents budgeted for the 1982-83 school district ex in enrollment in this year which Eastern said that economic  the Tronics could change levels. Following the the budget, the unanimously to congratulated Mel hours of financiall The next Board for Sept. 8 at Board Room of tN tion Building. Landscaping at schools tabled ML approves conservative budget ltaving exercised fiscal restraint in tim last year. the Medical Lake School Board hast Tuesday approved a 1982-83 budget which should allow the district to offer students the same level of services as last year as long as the legislature demands no further cuts and the fate of federal impact aid is decided early in the academic year. With an unanimous vote the board approved a budget of $7,275,900 to educate its estimated 2,015.28 FTE students this year. The number of hours individual students are enrolled is divided by 900 to convert the actual student number to full-time equivalent students (FTE). Able to pull through ttae past year's budget cuts without layoffs, the district plans to employ about 150 certificated employees and ahout 77 classified employees, a slight drop tronl last year's staffing levels. Superintendent Clayton Dunn said expenditures for the 82-83 year should tie generally the same because there were no salary increases. At the board meeting, Assistant Superintendent l)uane Heidenreich explained that rev- enue estimates used in the budgeting process were conservative, allowing for a margin of flexibility essential to the district which is still awaiting word from the feds on the amount of impact aid it will receive for educating depend- ants of federal employees. While budgeted to receive $900,000 in 81-82 for impact aid, a series of Congressional cuts left the district with sliglitly more than $600,000 by year's end. Based on these cuts and indica- tions that Congress may continue to cut 0m amount, the district has budgeted for $600,000 in the 82-83 budget. Out of the general fund budget (six budgets are used by the school district) of $7 million, $2,785,961 is earmarked for basic education which includes salaries, benefits and those funds used directly for student education. Dunn pointed out that if the salary and benefit t)ackages of certified and classified staff are added together, they comprise a full 84.8 percent of the basic education budget, a figure well above the national average. Starting with a beginning net cash and investment balance of $702,500, the district estimated its total revenue package at $7,500,190. The biggest decreases in revenue sources are the result of cuts at both the state and federal levels. During the meeting, Dunn pointed out that accomplishments in budget watch- ing in the area of food services had enabled the district to come out $517 in the black compared to an $11,000 deficit the previous year. The superintendent credited food service personnel, who reduced their own hours and revamped their operations, with turning a pro- gram which has been a trouble spot for many districts, into a viable operation. While budget maker Heidenreich predicted a total cash and investment balance of $197,290 in the general fund for 1982-83, it should be noted that both the 81 and 82 budgets are indicative of deep cuts in funding levels from the 1980-81 year. During that time prior to several cutbacks in state funds and grant programs, Medical Lake had revenues totaling more than $8 million, allowing them to enter into the 81-82 year with a balance of more than $1.5 million. In other budget areas, the board allowed $14,000 for the building reserve fund budget. Using a balance of $7,000 from the previous year and planned revenues of an additional $7,000 from property rental profits, the district plans to use these funds to purchase computer equipment for the district. In the area of student transportation, Medical Lake, along with other school districts in the state have created a special transportation vehicle fund to be used solely for the purchase and rlbuilding of buses. By transferring $33,000 in transportation reimburse- ment received from the state for depreciation and $27,000 of insurance recoveries from the general fund, the fund will have $60,000, all of which will be used to pay for new school huses expected to arrive in October. Menu Medical l,ake, Sept. 2-9 Thursday--Tacos with lettuce and cheese, green beans, french rolls and butler, applesauce and milk. Friday--Turkey gravy over mashed l>otah)es, cheese sticks, whole wheat rolls and butter, watermelon and milk. Monday-lmbor Day Vacation Tuesday-Fish sticks with tartar sauce, french fries and catsup, crispy celery slicks, peanut butter sandwich, apple- sauce and milk. Wednesday--Soft-shelled taco with let- tuce and cheese, hot sauce, coffee bread, corn, fruit cup and milk. Thursday--Pork gravy over mashed t)olatoes, carrot and cheese sticks, reen beans, fruit basket upset and milk. Cheney, Sept. 2-9 Thursday--Sausage pizza, tossed salad with dressing, dill pickle chips, peanut butter cake with crumb toping. Friday--Fish sticks, tartar sauce, tater gems, Dutch apple coffeecake and cantaloupe slice. Monday--Labor Day Vacation Tuesday--Toastie dog, macaroni and cheese, freckled face salad, cornmeal roll and butter and fruit cup. Wednesday--Hamburger with lettuce, pickle and tomato relish, potato rounds, vitamin A sticks and red gelatin cubes. Thursday--Beanie Wienie, green salad with dressing, glazed maple bar and watermelon wedge. The Famous Chinese Gardens Restauran t 235-6926 1106 1st -- Cheney -- Open 11.'30 a.m. to 10 p.m. -- Special Lunch OPEN 6 DAYS A WEEK Tues.-Sun. 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Closed on Mondays SPECIAL DINNER SOUP " BBQ SPARERIBS FRIED PRAWNS FRIED RICE FORTUNE COOKIES TEA $4.50 Concluding that the "district is doing well compared to many others," Dunn and the board said they were glad that the budgeting process could be accom- plished without any layoffs, while noting that the high morale among staff was an important factor which enabled the disr'rict to offer the same quality of education to its students despite tight fiscal restraints. In other school board action that evening, directors unanimously de- cided to postpone development of the playing fields at Blair and Medical Lake Elementary Schools. While board members agreed that the estimated $79,000 projects needed to be com- pleted, members responded to Director Loren Von Lehe's concern that the proposed landscaping should be post- poned until early spring because of the uncertain economic conditions present now. During discussion of the proposal, Von Lehe said he had reservations about calling for bids on a contract which would allow the contractor to do the landscaping this fall and then delay seeding until spring if they felt it would be best. The proposed projects call for dirt to be hauled in to Medical Lake Elemen- tary to eliminate low water areas and to allow for installation of a sprinkler " "</ We make 'em, you bake 'em 235-5114 $1 OFF ANY LARGE PIZZA " with purchase of any Apple Appetit Dessert ., Good thru 9/10/82 - Closed Mon., Labor Day. system. At Blair School, architects have suggested that dirt will have to be removed in order to landscape and irrigate the field which is now mostly rock and spotty lawn. When asked for his opinion of the matter, Dunn told tbe board, "I think it's a project that's long overdue...my gut reaction is that we ought to do it now." He also told the board that in recent discussions with legislators, they told him that projects should be undertaken now and that fear of start- ing major capital improvements pro- jects is often a psychological reaction to a recession which only reinforces that financial condition. In other school board business: --The hoard announced the comple- lion of successful negotiations with the Public School Employees organization. Contract changes were minor with the most notable change being an agreement to give each employee one day of personal leave each year. --Denied a request by parents for early admission of their child for kindergarten. Citing research studies and prior experience, the board re- affirmed their commitment of not granting exceptions to their policy of allowing only those children who are five years old by Aug. 31 to attend kindergarten. "A- "A- "A- "A- "A- -A- ,A- -A- ,A- -A, ,A, ,A- . Sun.- Thurs. 3 to 9--Fri. & Sat. 11 to 9 1113 First, Cheney If yOU heat your home primarily with electricity, you are eligible for a free home energy audit and possibly a re- imbursement for insulation work done, under a BPA- sponsored Energy Buy-back Weatherization Program. Re- imbursements for insulation work normally pay for all or most of the costs of insulation. For more information or to make an appointment for an energy audit, call . . x,  Cheney Light Conservation ' Office- 235-8443 7:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. f- AMY'S l STAY SALE AT Better Than Quitting Prices.#.#.# FAMOUS BRANDS WOMEN'S WEAR 50% OFF SALE PRICES! Amy's Boutique sh or Bankcard Only Oil[ lr 504 - 1st -- Cheney -- 235-5188 Court Repot ('heney Municipal Court ,ludge l)aniel Maggs AiIg. 12, 1,[t1'12 Jose G. Valadez was ordered an ewduation in connection with a charge of driving while intoxicated Jeffrey S. ttarvilt had trial set for Sept. 2 on a public nmsance charge. Bond was set at $250 for Shellie I,. Kenne(ly in conner- !ran with a charge of driving with a suspended license. .h,lul Yarno ha(I a charge of tailing t( resp, md t()a parkinl4 licker continued to Sepl. 2. Nal)eel N.or was fined $55 and }l;.t(t t 10-dav sentence suspended in c()nnec{ilHi V`'i|h each ot IV,'() charges of f,:tillng to respon(l to pal;king infrac- li.ns, lloberi M. Millican forfeiled bond '11 ;3 chavgC of drlvinf2, while intoxi- ca led. Richard B. Quinlall had an aggra- vated trespassing charge c(mtinued to Sepl. 9. Douglas W. Kinney was freed $4(1 for having a dog at large, t)ut had a charge of having no dog license dis- missed. Shawn S. Grill was fined $19 for m,i having a required motorcycle en- d(wsement. Janice Goodall-,lewell was fined $30 f.r speeding. Mark F. Matthews forfeit- ed I)ond on a required cycle endorse- menl charge. Robert J. McMillan failed Io appear on a speeding charge. Nancy I). Nelson had a speeding charge c()nlinued. David J. Stocker had charges of crossing double yellow lines and expired tabs continued. Slew, N. Sierros had an expired tabs charge cmalinued. Dehra A. Weber was treed $30 for speeding. Mike Bowling aas fined $1 for a parking infraetion. Katherine E. Beiber was lined $45 for Imhinld with(lul a license. Thomas S. t',eit)er was fined $45 for fishing without ;t license. Philippe (?,. Kearce had a charie ,)t exceeding lhe limit of trout ('I)HI inHe(]. II.herl E. Murphy forfeited bond on a charge .1 tlshing wilhoui his license on Ins person. William K. Nichols forfeited I)(,nd ,m a charge of exceeding the limit ,d II',Ul. Sue E. 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