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June 25, 1982 - Image 11

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1982-06-25

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Akiva and Beth Yehudah

(Continued from Page 1)
raise $500,000 at its an-
nual dinner, double the
normal receipts from the
dinner.

Mrs. June Weinberg,
administrator for Hillel
Day School, the Detroit
area's other Jewish day
school, said Hillel was not in
any "emergency" financial
situation.
Under
the
re-
organization, Akiva is
proposing to establish lower
wages and benefits for its
teachers and to make some
Its in programs. Chapter
i would allow the school to
break its contract with its
teachers.
Akiva this year had a re-
cord 345 students in its pro-
grams, nursery school
through the 12th grade.
Eisenberg said the majority
of the students have re-
registered for next year and
the school is moving for-
ward with recruiting addi-
tional students. "We have
every intention of opening
in the fall," he said.

Akiva teachers, who
were not paid their wages
due June 15 and who
have another check due
them next Thursday,
walked "an informa-
tional picket line" in
front of the school this
week. There are 32
teachers. Howard Wein-
berg, president of the
Akiva teachers' union
which is affiliated with
the Michigan Federation
of Teachers, told - The
Jewish News that the
Chapter XI proceedings
were "contrived" by the
school to break the union
contract, especially
seniority and job security
provisions. The three-
year pact has one more
year before it is com-
pleted.

not include additional funds
for health insurance and
other benefits. He said
salaries would rise next
year to $395,000 under the
present contract.
Eisenberg added that
Akiva made a motion before
the bankruptcy court judge
to allow the school to pay
the pre-Chapter XI wages
and benefits due the
teachers, including the
June 15 and July 1 payrolls.
He said normally those
payments would have been
held back under Chapter
XI. He said payment to the
teachers will take place as

soon as donations and regis-
tration receipts permit.

"Until May, during my
31/2 years at Akiva,"
Eisenberg said, "we were
never late on a payroll."

He said that Akiva's
enrollment is at the highest
level in its history, but that
donations cover more than
half the school's costs. He
said the school has been ad-
versely affected by the
area's poor economy and ris-
ing costs.
A hearing on the chapter
XI request has been
scheduled for the end of next
week.

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He said the school has
been mismanaged because
it has a principal, associate
principal and an executive
director, and it moved into
the former Annie Lathrup
Elementary School two
years ago from its quarters
at United Hebrew Schools.
- Eisenberg countered by
saying that Akiva outgrew
its quarters at UHS; that
the move to Lathrup was
made after an extensive
study; and that all policies
are approved by the Akiva
board, one-third of whose
makeup is parents of Akiva
students.
The school is paying the
Southfield Board of Educa-
tion $3,500 per month on a
five-year lease, with an op-
tion to purchase. Akiva has
asked Southfield to allow a
delay of three months in
payments.

The teachers said that
they have made two of-
fers of wage concessions.
Eisenberg said Akiva
wants to realize $100,000
in wage and benefit con-
cessions and program
cuts.

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