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Page 4 Cioverdale Reveille March 27. 1991 Editor's Corner Like losing a member Of the family The thirty four children at Clear Water Ranch had their already-trau- matic young lives turned upside down once again last week. These children had nG advance warning, no chance to say good-bye, no time to even pack all of their belongings. The state contends they were looking out for the welfare of the children. Shouldn't this include their mental and emotional well- being, as well? Moving is difficult enough for even the most emotionally well ad- justed child. For a child who has been the victim of neglect, abuse, and lord-knows what else, it has to be absolutely devastating! To them, this latest event in their young lives is more than just another broken promise. It's another reason not to open up and trust, and reaffirmation that they really are "had" afterall. It's important to remember that these children are highly disturbed. They have come from backgrounds most of us can only imagine. They are street-smart and manipulative. They've had to become that way in order to survive. Clear Water may have been the first stable environment many of them have ever known; the staff and the other children, their first real family. Having become well acquainted with those who operate this facility, I know first hand of their love and commitment to these children. Many of us in the community, both through the Christmas Angel Project and because the children often accompanied staff members on trips into town, considered these "our" children, too. Losing them is like losing a member of the family. Guest Editorial California Flunks Driver Training By Brian Hill, President California State Automobile Association Driver training used to be so simple. Before young drivers were given the privilege of operating a motor vehicle on the roads of this state, they received behind-the-wheel training. The training was paid for by motodsts, through fees assessed on traffic fines, because motorists,tnefit- ted from sharing the road wi well trained drivers. Simple, right? Not so in Sacramento, where even the simplest concepts are given a political spin. Due to a long standing feud over education, funding between former Governor Deukmejian and Superintendent of Public Insturciton Bill Houig, last year the $21 million in penalty assessments meant to pay for driver training was cut from the budget. What's worse, the $21 million was to reimburse local school districts for the cost of training previously provided to students. Gov. Deukmejian's frustration stemmed largely from Prop. 98, approved by voters in Nov., 1988, which guarantees education at least 40% of the state budget. It would be unfair to other state programs to fund any education pro from the remaining funds, according to the former Governor. In announcing the cut, he argued that all education-related programs should be paid for with Prop. 98 money. Since the money which pays for driver training has not been included in Prop. 98 money, the Governor intended to save it for spending on other state programs that aren't related to education. This attempt to force schools to pick up the bill for driver training created an impasse. Schools complain they are struggling to make ends meet now. They say cutting $21 million in state driver training money means driver training itself likely will be cut. In some districts, school officials are considering charging a fee, ranging from $80 to $150 per student, for behind-the-wheel training. Other districts plan to eliminate driver training altogether unless the state funding is restored. Lost in the budget squabbling are issues of real importance to California motorists. First, driver training is a critical element of licensing young drivers. Young drivers need basic training in the operation of an auto- mobile - those with training make safer drivers. In recognition of that fact, California law has long required any driver under 18 to complete an approved training course in order to receive a license. A second issue is credibility. Both Gov. Denkmejian and Supt. Honig agreed that driver training is important - yet neither seemed willing to pay for it. The old practice of putting your money where your mouth is seems to have fallen out of vogue. Finally, there is the issue of fairness. Since the early 50's, driver training has been funded with fees paid by motorists into a special account estab- lished for one purpose - to pay for driver training. Despite the fact that motorists continue to pay into this fund, these actions mean that this money is not being used for its intended purpose. Last year, 220,000 young drivers received driver training. Without state funding, students seeking a dr.er's license this year will face two scenarios - either they will not receive the training motorists have already paid for or they will have to pay for it themselves. New Governor Peter Wilson can make highway safety a top priority. He and the Legislature can restore driver training funds - and make driver training simple once more. .... . . . / , i C0000ic00ns, anCt browr00 cone bro,,m} Superintendent's irner Our new Governor is faced with the task of balancing a budget that is anticipated to have a $9.5 BILLION deficit for the 1991-92 fiscal year. Regardless of your politics, we are forced to accept the reality of what might happen to our local budget As you are well aware, the Governor has suggested taking $2 billion from education funds and giving to other government services, eg: mental health, social services... The Cloverdale Unified School district's annual budget is approximately $5.5 million; of this, 91% is allocated to our certificated and classified staff members' salaries and benefits. If indeed the Governor's suggested budget becomes reality, then the Cloverdale Unified School District will be faced with approximately a $500,000 shortfall in the budget for its 1991-92 school year. For this reason, an ad hoc Budget Committee, consisting of board members, administrators, certificated and classified staff members and community members, met to propose a solution to our budget concerns. The following were some of the recommendations submitted by the committee. Transportation: Eliminate all field trips - charge for sports mileage at the $2.82 actual cost rate. SIP/EIA/CHAFTER I - Eliminate the $35,000 encroachment. Aides and reading teacher are worthwhile expenses that benefit students directly; project director must be funded from special funds; computer aide is possible cut. Committee agreed to defer decision to Board. Driver Education - Eliminate Athletics - Retain at high school level - eliminate tournament fees, charge full cost for mileage (see transportation), district pays league miles only. Middle School league sports, if maintained, at 1989-90 level only. Library - Eliminate all personnel with exception of one full time assistant librarian to serve all 3 schools. Reduce books/subscriptions costs. Administration - Eliminate 1 full time secretary at district office. Reduce district and Board conference and travel charges. Eliminate Environment Services Contract. Eliminate 1/2 Counselor and 1/2 Dean at Cloverdale High School. Eliminate 1/2 Vice-Principal at Washington School. Maintenance - Eliminate $100,000 from budget - increase energy conservation; reduce staff to one custodian per school. Instructional - Eliminate one music position and share remaining position between Cloverdale High School and Washington; rent instru- meats to students Eliminate Work Experience Supervisors at CHS. Reduce CHS instructional budgoly $25,000; increase Washington's by $5,000. As your school superintendent, I would like to recognize the members of the Budget Committee for the consideration, care and time they put in making some very difficult decisions. The committee's recommendations, made with much soul searching and agonizing, are based on researched information about the budgets and laws governing educational systems. Your school board, reviewing their recommendations, was guided with one thought in mind: provide high quality education while maintaining an adequate budget for your school district On March 12, during the regularly scheduled board meeting, the Board of Trustees of Cloverdale adopted a resolution which eliminates: 1.0 FIE* Certified Librarian .5 FIE* High School Dean .5 FIE* High School Counselor 1.0 FIE* Music Instructor .5 FIE* Independent Study .5 FIE* Elementary/Middle School Vice Principal .34 FIE* Director of Special Education 1.16 FTE* Vocational Education We should recognize and commend the Board of Trustees for their community minded and courageous spirit in the face of the decision that had to be made. * Full time Equivalent (' COMMUNITY CALENDAR Saturday, March 30 Swap Mezt, Citrus Fairgrounds ................ 7:-4:00 p.m. Easter Egg Hunt, Jeffemmn School .................. 10:00 a.m. Sunday, March 31 HAPPY EASTERI Swap Meet, Citrus FairlFounds ................ 7:00-4:00 p.m. Monday, April 1 Hcnetown Workout, Vets Bldg .................... ....6:00 p.m. Overe.ers Alton. (How) Copper Towers .......... 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 2 Century IAons, Cioverdale Coffee Shop ............ 7:00 a.m. Senior Ceres'. Grange Hall ....................... 9:304:00 pan. VFW, Vet= Bidg .............................................. 8:00 p.m. Ladies Circle of Druids, Druids Hall ................ .8.'00 p.m. FRED YOUNG & COMPANY Mortuaries 428 N. Cloverdale Blvd. 894-2540 Wednesday, March 27 Senior Center, Grange Hall ........................ 9:30-4:00 p.m. Soroptimists, Above Sciaini's .......................... 12:00 p.m. Thursday, March 28 Thrift Sale, United Church ....................... 10:00-3:00 p.m. Rotary, Vets Bldg ........................................... 12:15 p.m. Hometown Workout, Vets Bldg .................. ; ..... 6:00 p.m. Overeaters Anon.(How), Fellowship Hall .......... 6:00 p.m. Duplicate Bridge, Vets Bldg ............................. 7:00 p.m. Cloverdale Lions, Vets Bldg ............................. 7:30 p.m. Frlday, March 29 Senior Day Center, Grange Hall ................ .9:30-2:00 p.ta. Emergency Food Pantry, United Church ................................... 1:00-3:00 p.m. THE OLD FEED STORE Hay - Grain - Feed 28301 Redwood Hwy So. 8-5:30 Sat 9-4 894-5297 iii i I "YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER" Since 1879 IIII IIIII Illll II Offwe Hours Mon-Fri 9 an. to 5 p.m CLOVERDALE REVEILLE ii ii ii ii i  i i Publisher Bonny J. Hanchett Editor Mary Jo Winter Sports Brian Sumpter AdvertisingCirculation Bonnie Goodman Composing Carmen Gieason The Cieverdale Reveille (119-020 USPS) is published 52 times per year by Henchett Publishing, Inc., on Wys at 207 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale, CA 9'=.,425 (707) 894-3339 Subscriptions: $15 per year, $18 per year out of Soma County. Single copy 35. Second Class Postage Paid at Cloverdale, CA 95425. Postmaster:. Send address changes to the Cloverdale Reveille, P.O. Box 157, Clover- dale, CA 95425. I II Jose Ribe writes on crisis from home in S Editor I sympathise with the feelings of the peace demonstrators. They want to prevent the horrors of modern war. But clamoring for peace, period, seems short of objectives. It will neither convince power hungry dictators nor change their minds. Peace demonstrations should in- clude the objective of strenghtening the United Nations Organization. They should advocate that each member nation contribute its share in creating, according to its means, a United Nations Army and make it the most powerful and best equipped in the world. At the same time, keep diminish- ing each nation's private army until eventually no nation would have an army at all. Nations could maintain internal order with their police as Costa Pica does. Then there would not be an opportunity for a Saddam or a Hitler to rise. If Hitler had been curbed when he committed his f'wst aggression it would have been much easier to stop him than it was after he bad consoli- dated his fwst winnings. Hitler's first aggression outside Germany was, I think, when he and his buddy Mussolini sent planes and soldiers to help their pal Franco win the Spanish Civil War while the other Democratic nations looked the other way. After Hitler's planes bombed Guernica I remember reading in a Spanish Republican paper that was sold in San Francisco this sentence: "It will not be long before France and England will also be bombed." They were and humanity experi- enced the most terrible war of all time. Of course, I don't mean to say that if Saddam Hussein had been left to do what he pleased, conquering other Arab nations, he could have Ginger will be gone 'til Sept. Editor: Hi, Cloverdale! The w is ove! Isn't it wonder- ful? Well, I personally won't relax until every single one of our troops come home! Ginger has been told that she may have to stay over there until Sep- tember. I can assure you she isn't happy about that. The first over are not the first to come back, it seems. At least not all of them. She just returned from Kuwait and says it's a mess. She belped clean up the zoo in Kuwait City. The Iraqis killed some of the ani- mals. How sad. The Kuwa/ti peo- ple had taken the animals into their homes to save them. She helped feed and water them, but the people need food and water, too. She felt kind of helpless because she could only do so much. She said she has many souvenirs - Iraqi license plates and gas masks, flyers that allied planes dropped tell- ing the Iraqis how to give up, etc. Some Kuwaiti people gave her 2 Kuwaiti flags and thanked her for her help. She is now hack in Dha- hran and I am much relieved. Please don't foget about the troops still over there. Keep writing to them. They still need our support and love. Ginger has a new zip code (See Pg. 7) and LOVES all the letters and packages you all have sent. Until next time, Toni Butler McNeilly Norcrom, GA A note from Julie in Saudi Editor: I want to thank those who sent the Garfield card. It makes my stay here away from home a joyful one to know the support there is all over the U.S. The Cioverdale paper is a great piece of mail. I have gotten to the point of looking forward to its arri- val. Although I'm not a pan of Clover- daws community anymore, I have always felt it's my home, lhough I live in Tacoma. I guess because I grew up in Cioverdale. You're all appreciated by me - your efforts of support for those of us serving here. I know I don't sp00k ak00e. All =aired the support just as much as I do. Some of these others may not have as many years as I do, but on the other hand, we all have the same drive to do-our jobs and come home soon. There's no place like home! Love, Julle (McLaud) grown as strong as Even so, the dam's increasing his greater than most Hisdream nations under his this feat would have beeni if the Western United States, had policy. Saddam could have Saudi Arabia, not as wait, but conquered These two nations are the Arab world. Saddam I bly few if any partizans On the other hand, poverty in most other Their masses are anti-Western. And their governments United Nations the support of their probably would have work of any resistence. My vision of what have done would become a reality if he stopped. If so, a national Arab state into existence. would have been oil population and its cism. Pla (Editor's Note: mer well-know to the Editor. It is good to him once more since his native Spain.) Our deserve the Editor: At its last regular March 12, 1991, the Cloverdale Unified like trustees in many disuicts,aross the slate.. the increasing shortfall funding. Unlike some other ever, Cloverdale's board to make more cuts in tl severely reduced voted unanimously certificated positions: 1.0 VIE iibrari 1.0 FTE music .5 FTE .5 high .5 FIE middk school vicl .34 FIE ecal ed These positions, which verely affect the dale, come in a small which has over in general reserves. At approximately the that Cloverdale's board cuts, Windsor's board voted to not lay off cause, according Cheryl Ziff, "cuts would tees feel like we're with the legislators that rupting our children's Press Democrat, March That school board make any cuts and, if use its state-mandated reserve. (The State districts have a reserve Certainly it will few years for Cloverdale capital improvements. superintendent is lokin sites for But what about the are currently attending those who will attend few ars? Are to changed - given a do education - so that may occur someday? today's students in entitled t6 the very best I believe that our is concerned with a good for our students. I that they spend whatev iS I sary to maintain our full and then join with Teachers' Association of dale, and with other the county, to work for of Proposition 98. It is legislators to see llutt adequate funds to give students a fisst class School boards, parents ers should be able to what to give to our forced to argue over what away from them. Ann V. I FJIglish t Cloverdale Hi