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MONROE, SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WASH.- THURSDAY, June 12, 1975 NO. 22 A $2,231,441 Monroe School District general fund preliminary budget for 1975-76, some $261, 419 less than the current year figure, is sched- uled to be reviewed by Intermediate School District 109 tomorrow, Friday, Monroe Super- intendent Royston Cottam said. The proposal was unanimously approved by local school board members recently, Cottam said. The budget is considerably less due to two "levy failures this year and the smaller amount of funds will force various program cutbacks, the superintendent explained. While the district received about $601,928 in local property taxes and excess levy taxes for the present year, only about $204,053 is expected to be collected for the next year, Cot- tam's figures revealed. The greatest decrease in the expenditures Vandalism headed the list of complaints , handled by Monroe Police Officers during the month of May according to a report prepared by Segeant John Hovde. Some 14 vandalism incidents were investi- gated with damage estimated at $1,215. Four burglaries accounted for losses esti- mated at $304. Eight larcenies during the per- iod resulted in an estimated $266 in losses. One auto theft, valued at $100, vas reported. During the month, officers investigated eight non-injury accidents and damage was estimated at $3,525. Lawmen checked 16 alarms, found 10 open doors or windows and broke up two fights. During the 31 day period some 160 complaint were received with 146 of them being settled. Two prowler complaints were reported, two narcotics cases were investigated and one war- rant was issued. Six juvelile problems were handled, three noise problems reported and one mental complaint was received. Officers assisted other agencies on three occasions, had one missing person and two run- aways reported. Officers issued 41 citations during the period with illegal parking leading the list as the top infraction with 11 tickets written. Nine persons were cited for drivers license violations, six for speeding and four for fail- ure to use due care. Three drivers were stop- ped for improper lane travel, two for failure to yield the right of way and other tickets were written for failure to stop, defective equip- ment, negligent driving, driving while intoxi- cated and driving over the center line. Nine misdemeanor citations were written, four for disorderly conduct, four for illegal possession and one for assault. FAMII_ Y MEMBERS, friends and relatives crowded near the stage last Tuesday even- ing to get pictures of Monroe High School graduates getting their diplomas. It was portion of the preliminary budget is in the bas- ic education section. An estimated $1,150,251 will be spent on basic education next year com- pared to an expenditure of $1,457,689 this year. While enrollment figures continue to show an incline, due to the levy losses, certificated staff counts have dropped, from 120 to 97. In addition to the preliminary general fund, board members also ratified the building fund budget and bond interest and redemption fund budget. The building fund budget, which includes $1, 744,914 in state matching funds and $841,928 in local revenues for a funds available total of $1,579,781, lists total expenditures of $3,324, 695 for a new high school building. The bond interest and redemption fund shows $365,615 in total funds available and $175,838 In total disbursements. Following is a breakdown of the prelimin- ary budget with comparable figures from the present budget noted in parentheses: Beginning net cash and investments, $138, 928 ($240,991). Revenues: local taxes, $204,053 ($601,928}; county administered funds, $75,000 ($65,000); state funds, $1,680,924, ($1,431,843); local non- tax revenue, $10,000 ($16,047); local reimburse- ments, $31,600 ($26,800); federal reimburse- ments, $29,300 ($24,500); total revenues, $2, 130,311 ($2,262,459); total cash, investments and revenues, $2,269, 239 ($2,503,450). Expenditures: basic education, $1,150,251 ($1,457,689); handicapped, $134,574 ($124,257) ; vocational education, $100,000 ($110,823); state programs misc., $10,876 ($26,299); federal pro- grams ESEA $55, 13 ($75,863); federal pro- grams misc., $39,495 (-0-); other education programs, $230 ($200); general support $393, 683 ($439,269); food services, $78,734 ($78, 377); pupil transportation, $220,753 ($216,071); total expenditures, $2 183,809 ($2,528,851); ad- Justments, $47,632 ($35,991); total disburse- ments, $2,231,441 ($2,492,860); ending net cash and investments, $37,798 ($10,590). iii ili iii :i~:i / A SMILING Ross Godard, administrator of Valley General Hospital, proudly displays the long awaited Certificate of Need, giving the hospital the green light from the state to go ahead with plans to add a new acute care wing onto the pres- ent structure. The reams of folders and documents under Godard s right arm represent the many reports, studies, data, statistics and countless manhours of work that went into the over year and a half struggle to obtain approval for the project. Godard said construction would begin lat- er this Summer --Staff Photo Council Adopts horelines Law Monroe City Councilmen adopted a Shore- lines Management Ordinance with one lawmak- er expressing dissatisfaction with the statute during their May 28 meeting. City Councilman Mike McCloud voiced the lone discenting vote against the ordinance which provides for the issuance of permits under the State Shorelines Management Act of 1971. The law governs private or commercial dev- elopments lying within a specific distance from most forms of water such as rivers, streams or lakes, By Claire Tuohy Intern Journalist In 15 years the number of seniors graduating from Monroe High School has more than doubled. Yet only 10 per cent of those graduating go on to become college graduates, less than in 1959. These are Just some of the conclusions reach- ed in a study of Monroe High School classes including wetlands and areas desig- DNR Back In Charge (Continued on pg. 8) Of Fores Practices the largest graduating class ifl Monroe's history and the first time it was held at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds. --Staff Photo Repeal of sections of the controversial 1974 Forest Practices Act and simplification of ob- taining of logging permits from the state has passed the Senate. Adoption of a Senate-House conference report Thursday by the Senate headed the new legis- lation to Governor Evans for his signature, Sen- ator Frank Woody (D-39th Dist.} said. "Under changes in the law, one agency, the Department of Natural Resources, will be the enforcement agency for the forest practices act," he said. "Ninety-five per ceBt of all forest practices will be freed from a tormer requirement that there be an environmental impact statement prepared. Forest practices are established in four classes, the highest class being that where substantial reason is established that there may be damage to a public resource, such as a waterway." Class IV applications of this nature must be approved by the Department of Natural Re- sources within 30 days, unless an environmen- tal impact statement is required, the 39th Dis- trtct legislator said, and in the latter case the application has 60 days for DNR approval. Other classes require only a notification to the DNR in writing five days before an opera- tion is to begin, or approval by the department within 14 days where some potential for damage to a public resource is involved. "We have simplified and shortened thepermtt system," Woody said. "In cases where the habitat of endangered species is involved, where DDT or other chemi- cals are to be used, or where there are several miles of main line road involved near a Nation- al Park, then an environmental impact state- ment may be Involved." The measure, H.B. 1078, as amended by the free conference committee passed the Senate by a vote of 35 to 6, and was immediately trans- mitted to the House where the conference report was adopted. This would clear the compromise bill for Governor Evans' signature. Trestle To Be Resurfaced Resurfacing of the westbound roadway of State Highway 2 be- tween Cavalero's C.r- ner and the junction with Interstate High- way 5 in Everett is scheduled to be in late this month unaer a $158,000 contract awarded by the State Highway Department to Associated Sand & Gravel Co., Everett. District Engineer W. C. Bogart said the work should be com- pleted before Fall. The existing bitumin- ous surface material atop the concrete deck of the westbound trestle will be remov- ed as the first order of work. Portions of the deck itself will be repaired and then the entire surface will be overlaid with asphalt. During construction, one westbound lane frequently will be out of service Monday through F riday of each week, but both lanes will be available to motorists on week- ends, Bogart said. Armed rces News Airman Rick L. Dav- is enlisted in the Air Force recently. Air- man Davis will attend six weeks of basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas. After the completion of basic (Continued on pg. 2) from 1959-1974 directed by Charles Wlckizer, vocational director of Monroe Public Schools. Post-graduate education, residence, employ- ment, and marital status are the primary areas researched in the report. No usable information was available on 54 of the 1,530 total graduates. It was found that the majority of MHS grads leave the Monroe area to pursue employment, with more boys remaining than girls. Most find Jobs as skilled laborers with officeworkdrawing the majority of girls. Only a small per centage of the total graduates remain unemployed. The Armed Forces prove a major attraction for the boys, employing 40 per cent of the total. There is a slow increase in the number of girls entering the military services. In 1959 there were none; there are six from the class of 1974. Around 58 per cent have married, divorce ending 13-14 per cent of those marriages. Only 32 per cent of Monroe graduates still reside in the Monroe area. 54 per cent of those graduates have left the area. Institutions of higher learning admitted 61per cent of the total graduates, m, st,f whom attend- ed community colleges. 10 per cent received degrees from four year colleges, a figure which compares favorably with the national average, yet which leaves 90 percentwho do not complete their degree requirements. The research committee, which included Dwight Blckler, Rita Prokop, and SonJa Rudte came to a major conclusion concernIng the school curriculum: as 90 per cent of the grad- uates do not complete a four year college, a gear- Lug of the program to meet the needs of the majority seems necessary. A vocation-oriented curriculum rather than a c.liege-preparatory program would seem to be more consistentwtth the needs of the majority of students, as evi- denced by this research. Two new art displays her work. in Monroe's monthly She is a University round-robin of art of Washington gradu- were unveiled last ate, has served in week. many civic organiza- Paintings by Mrs. ttons and is a nation- Mary G.M. Raymondof ally accredited flow- Monroe were hung at er show Judge as well First Mutual Savings as a flower arranger Bank and creations by and demonstrator. Gwendolyn D. Soder- Mrs. Raymond has blom of Lake Stevens decided to donate all were placed at Valley but $10 from each ptc- General Hospital. ture sales to the Val- Mrs. Raymond uses ley General Hospital pen and Ink, water color and acryllcs in (Continued on pg. 6)