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June 20, 1975 - Image 10

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Friday, June 20, 1975

School board debates repeat of
defeated millage hike proposal

(Cantitned from Page 3t
unlike June with its plethora of
ice cream socials and other
school-oriented functions.
Warner also proposed that the
next millage election be held on
a Saturday, when, he said, more
voters would be attracted to the
Echoing the belief of most of
her board colleagues, Patricia
Pooley said "we definitely need
the money." However, for the
past five years, she added, "the
majority of the board has been
saying we can get by (without
additional revenue)."
BUT POOLEY contended it
should be apparent today that
"after all these years, we've
not been crying wolf, in fact,
the wolf was at the door.
'We weren't kidding when we
said we really do need this
money," she said. Pooley added
she "might be willing" to go
back to the nlblic this fall with
another mitlage request.
Another board trustee, Tana
Israel, also said she would con-
sider a second tax hike request.
"Otherwise we would have to
make substantial cuts," Israel
explained, adding that she holds
some opposition to the idea of
a summer ballot proposal.
the vote should wait until con-
tract negotiations with teachers
are completed. "We'll know
exactly how much we need
after we've settled with the
teachers," she said.
Citing economic circum-
stances, Trustee Paul Weinhold

advocates a spring millage elec-
tion. If the national economy
turns upward at the end of the
year, he said, "there's a good
chance" the request would be
But he opposes a ballot issue
any sooner, contending the eco-
nomic situation will not have
c h a n g e d appreciably. "The
voters have voted and you have
to take the verdict," he said,
but added that he does not be-
lieve most voters thought the
tax increase was unjustified,
but voted it down because of
personal financial problems.
TRUSTEE H e n r y Johnson,
who serves as the University's
vice-president for student serv-
ices, also warned that if an
election were held this August,
"the results would be the same
as June." But Johnson, whose
term expires this month, said
the board should eventually pre-
sent the proposition again be-
cause "the need still exists."
However, John Heald, who be-
gins his first term on the school
board next month, said "I don't
favor going back a few minutes
later when the voters already
told you they don't approve it"
Heald favored the original 1.5
mill increase request but said
"as a minimum, before we de-
cide to go back, if we do go
back, we have to have a teach-
ers settlement. There's no way
of telling how deep the cuts will
have to be."
THE NEW board trustee also
s a i d he would be inclined

against an election id the fall
unless the fiscal situation was
critical, especially since such an
election w o u l d c o s t about
Trustee Peter Wright also
opposes a millage election this
summer, saying "I think we
have to bide our time and wait
for the economy to turn upward
and for people to reassess their
Wright added that although
"the need is there," the school
board must determine why the
public rejected the measure and
not force the issue upon voters
until the national economy re-
BOARD Treasurer LeRoy Cap-
paert acknowledged that "it's a
tough economic time" to re-
quest a tax hike, but contends
that "eventually, it's going to
have to be approved or there
will be serious cuts in the edu- AP Photo
cational program." Message on crime
Board trustees Terry Martin President Ford looks over his crime message which he signed
and Wendy Barhydt were un-
available for comment last eve- at the White House yesterday. The proposed legislation will be
ning sent to Congress this week,
Native American students
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(Continued fromPage1)
continuing their vigil.
The group gathered in front
of the president's house after
yesterdays Regents meeting.
Barbra Smith, a NASA member,
claimed the University "has
been playing games and laugh-
ing at us" since February when
they began the effort to acquire
a cultural center.
Fleming scolded Smith for
"inaccurate reports" on what
had gone on between the Uni-
versity and the Native Ameri-
cans. He explained that perma-
nent facilities for a cultural
center, located in Oxford Hous-
ing, would not be available un-

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til next year at the earliest. He
did say NASA could use a por-
tion of the black cultural cen-
ter, Trotter House, until perma-
nent facilities are available.
SMITH SAID "Trotter House
is too small for the people there
now. It's a move to divide us
and play one minority against
another." Smith went on to say
that a house located on Wilmot
St. offered to NASA by the Uni-
versity last month for a cul-
tural center has now been call-
ed unsafe and inadequate for
the needs of a cultural center.
Fleming pointed out that a
similar building housing the
black cultural center burned
down after only a year.
"If the house on Wilmot is
not available, we want another
house" Smith said. She indicat-
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Smith said. "Our people are is
need now."
Fleming himself showed little
emotion upon finding the group
camped out on his front lawn
"I didn't even know they wete
here," he said as he disappear
ed into the house.
HIS WIFE Sally cautiousiy
said: "It (the teepee) is quite
attractive. It will be something
exciting for the Regents to be
confronted with."
Last month the same groutt
spoke to the Regents asking fo
the cultural center, increased
Native American admissions
and- increased financial assist-
ance for Native American stu-
Currently there are about 40
Native American students at-
tending the University. NASA
points out that ten times as
many students from India are
attending the University than
Native Americans. In addition,
through last year Native Amer-
icans suffered a 75 per cent
drop-out rate.
Security guards are keepong
a low profile, and plan only "to
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