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Levy Aims For Vocation Expansion . The future of the vocational program for grades eight through 12 hangs on approximately one mill included in the upcoming levy, or somewhere near $36,000. According to Bob For the first time in several years, the Magnuson, shop and mechanical drawing in- Monroe secondary schools will attempt to up- structor at Monroe High School, the monies grade, expand and better equip the vocational, will basically bring the present class offerings industrial arts courses presently available, pro- in ag, metal, wood and general shops, auto vlded voters approve a 13 mill levy on February shop, crafts, drawing and electronics up to standard. "The students are currently being short changed, " Magnuson went on to say. The addition of badlyneeded tools, equipment, texts, storage area, supplies and classroom space will allow students to receive more practical experience, as well as permitting a larger number of students to enrotl in voca- tional programs. The proposed improvement includes the addition of two portables, (of which should become available next fall when the new Maltby Elementary School opens), one addi- tional vocational staff member, drafting equip- ment for one of the portables, and a variety of texts, tools, machines and supplies. Electronic - Chem istry Currently, inadequate classroom space and storage areas are a frustration to teachers in the vocational field. For exarrrple, the electronics class meets in the chemistry room and competes with delicate chemistry experi- ments which must be left up for other classes. Beginning mechanical drawing meets in a drafting room which holds only 15 students, though class size could be upped to 30 if space was available. At present there is no classroom for the auto shop which floats from one classroom to another during the nine weeks of.theory class. During the nine weeks of practical auto shop, work competes for space in the metal shop. The report from the auto shop instructor states: "The shop has two engines at the current time; one was donated by Bob Schilaty, the other is worn out bus engine provided by the district. How can we expect to provide an auto mechanics course with only two engines when we have 80 students taking the course each year? The shop has no ventilation sys- tem for exhaust gases, no hoist and very little testing equipment," SHOULD THE LEVY PASS, students as well as teachers will be happy to get a little "elbow room." The lathes are tucked away in a corner of the wood shop. Liquor Report Clarified To clarify an earlier news release, profits and taxes from state liquor store sales through the fiscal year ending June 30, 197], put $24,485 from sales at the Monroe outlet into City of Monroe coffers and $10,519 from sales at the Sultan liquor store into that town's gen- eral fund. Other cities and their share of revenue from sales at their respective state liquor outlets are Gold Bar, $4,530, Index, $1,638; Skykomtsh, $3,000; Duvall, $5,302 and Snohomish , $47,464. Sales generated profits and taxes of $391,209 for Snohomish County government and $~',246,496 for King county. According to the State Liquor Control Board, city , county and state government shared al- most $69 million in taxes and profits from li- quor sales over the ]2 - month period. PALACE Across from the Post Office NEW HOURS Sun.-Thurs ........ I0:00 a.m. to Midnight Friday & Saturday.. I0:00 a.m. to 2 a.m. CLOSED MONDAY 50 OFF With this AD :Storage Headache--,,, ...... ..... - - .... Storage space is also a headache for staff and students. Crowded locker and cabinet space leaves no place for storing, or dis- playing student projects. The woodshop needs portable skill saws and scroll saws; and electronics classes require textbooks and project books, oscilloscopes, training aids and hand tools. Instructors feel that a good basic program in electronics is especially important to young people because of the many job possibilities in this rapidly growing field. Art students lack hand tools and must go into the busy wood shop classes to use looms, buffers, sanders and assorted hand tools. Housed in the rem~leled band room, students lack enough electrical outlets for power equipment. Students in metal working classes are hampered by the lack of a metal lathe, arc and acetylene welders. Most of these items can be shared with agriculture classes. The eighth grade general shop program at the middle school, handicapped by a lack of equipment, materials and tools, presently offers only a basic course in woodshop and drafting. For about $3500 the class could become an exploratory course in several subject areas, adding work in basic electronics, cold metal working, graphic arts, and more workwith plastics, wood and drawing. Such experiences at the eighth grade level would provide a better foundation for students as they progress into high school classes. High school classes too could begin at a more advanced level. Needed here are shop improvements such as paint, storage bins and paneling, an inventory of materials to work with and such tools as drills, sanders and electrical testing equipment. High school shop areas also need building repairs estimated at $1800, including some rewiring, a new exhaust fan system and new ceilings. With the additions in staff, space, texts and equipment the two schools could offer better pracflcal class experience for students, enable more students to take vocational ~classes, form a good base for ~uture expansion into advanced classes, and provide a better basis for job training. The fate of the projected industrial arts program improvement lles~ in the har;ds of the voters on February 8, and with the passage, vocational opportunities for young people of Monroe. Although this maybe an oversize painting, Janet Rundquist and Bob Thoma are working on, it does illustrate the lack of working space presently available in the art room of Monroe High School's vocational education building --Staff Photos MONROE, SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WASHINGTON-THURSDAY, JAN. 27, 1972, NO. 2 Gissber# Files Bill For Recreation District allowing recreational dis- ,the-people for passage of a gMneral obligation tricts the power to issue revenue bonds was bond for between $100,000 and $125;000 to Senate Bill 263 filed last week by State Senator William A. Gissberg on behalf of the Monroe Park and Recreation District. The district had asked the senator to draft and file the bill for consideration during the special legislative session to give the dis- trict funding powers for acquisition and de- velopment of recreational facilities. More specifically, passage of the bill would allow the district to carry out plans for pur- chase of the Monroe Golf Course with 25 per cent local funds and 75 per cent state and federal funds. The park and recreation district, formed by a vote of the people last Fall, has been ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~H~~~~~~~~~~~~H~~M~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~m~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ cover the 25 per cent local share of the pur- chase. The bill filed by Senator Gissberg calls for revenue bonds up to 30 years payable out of revenue from the recreational facility. The senator wrote George Hieber, chairman of the recreation district, that he would do all he could to see that the bill goes through committee consideration for action during the special session. Absentee Ballots Now At Courthouse State Senator Bruce A. Wilson in- formed the Publisher of the Monitor, that at the request of Senator William Gissberg, the Senate Committee on Parks, Tourism, Capital Grounds and Veterans Affairs will conduct a hearing on Senate Bill 263, requested by the Monroe Recreation District. The hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. today, Thursday, in Room432, of the Public Lands Building in Olympia. Absentee ballots for the February 8 Monroe School District Levy are now available from the County Courthouse in Everett. Persons unable to get to the courthouse in 'person may obtain a ballot by sending a letter to Box 660, Everett, Washington 98201. The letter should contain the following information: name of election: Monroe School District Levy 103; date of levy, February 8, 1972; a reason why you will be unable to appear at the polls exploring ways to fund purchase of the 62.2 acre golf course which carries a price tag of about $400,000. Commissioners have asked the city to purchase the land as a recreational investment estimated to net yearly revenue of about $30,000. Councilmen promised an answer by January 26. Failing both passage of the senate bill and purchase of the land by the city, the dis- trict will have only the option of going to Impasse Committee Named In MEA Case The Monroe Education Association has re- quested the appointme'nt of an official state impasse committee to assist in its negotiations problems with the Monroe School District. The letter, received Jan. 14 by State Supt. Louis Bruno, quotes Joseph Redfleld, association president, in pait: "Pursuant to the law, we are requesting the assistance and advice of a committee of educators "and school directors appointed by your office. 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