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aboard F4C )m Pa e2 Back to School See Below Ray's manager introduced See Page 5 Published weekly since 1879 1879 l  p118 years of serving the community Sonoma County, CA September 10, 1997 Vol. CXVIH, Issue 37 35 Cents begins 'fees in the amount of structural improve- muse- 215 N. Cloverdale Blvd. by the City Council at the request of the Historical Society. ork now underway en- r footings to stabilize the meet unreinforced requirements, a new and a new concrete b the seismic retrofit and of access ramps to Disability Act can again be opened according to Mar- chairman of the Build- for the Society. the Society has suffi- the initial retro- money will be to complete the project, Donations from embers and the gener- received. you care to contribute check to the the Society at 126A N. Cloverdale, Ca Gould/ in Cloverdale. As the !the Cloverdale museum as a major attraction to into the Down- Every effort is being go forward with the project in order to museum as quickly Gray said. The Soci- a wealth of material to a collection that has DYer many years and tourists and lo- alike in learning colorful his- Sonoma cuts due to constraints Perry Crowley a reduction in ear- hours of operation for Sonoma's facili- Ling Oct. 1. President 20% cut in recreation cut for the Visitor cut will require Recreation Area to l, until COnditions improve. An- access to Yorty park outside the and hike in. The launching facility accessible. Center and Fish Facilities public Thurs- Sunday from 9:30 Primitive camp- able to self regis- station outside the when the build- i runs and sorting a only be visible to the days of operation ,. The fish Operate at 10".30 am Egg collection activi- Thursday mornings ]s For at 433-9483. A teddy bear is a big help on the first day of school for little Lupita Morales. Myra Rgueroa (center), and Madalene Hale can't walt to get to class. Jefferson School kJds hopped off the bus last Tuesday ready to improve their futures. (From left) Nicole Duncan, Zsck Kasey, and Ronnle Fonssca. I I Seats still open on October 10 Jerimiah O'Brien cruise By Joe Ane A few more bus seats need to be filled as the deadline nears for those who have not yet re- served and paid for their San Francisco Bay trip on the histor- ic Liberty Ship the Jerimiah O'Brien. The cruise will shove off on Friday, Oct. 10. The bus will leave the Cloverdale Veter- ans Building at 6:45 am. Several interested people have called asking the conditions of the water on that day. Last week I had occasion to ride =shotgun" on the DAV van to the VA Med- ical Center. Because I was free to check out the water, I can report to those interested, it was smooth as glass. However, I could find no one who could venture to predict the conditions for Octo- ber 10. I have, however, discovered a manner in which one can sort of test oneself as to becoming mal de mare" without leaving Clo- verdale and no chance of getting wet, I found that if one would walk south on the sidewalk along Cloverdale Boulevard, he or she would list to the lei. By revers- ing direction on the same side of the street, one would list to the right. This would give one an idea of what it might be like walking on the ship's deck. If one is seeking a 'slightly "rough" ocean drive south on North Washington Street very slowly. To increase the rough- ness of the water increase your speed to about 25 to 30 miles per hour. While testing the "ocean" on the street, don't be surprised when others pass you. They may be old sailors who are used to rougher waters. If you pass these "tests" and are willing to take a chance on the cruise, call 894-9506 or 894- 3640 immediately. As we stated above, all interested are invited to come aboard as of today. CUSD faces serious deficit in next fiscal year's budget due to double entry of income $670,544 in property taxes entered twice in 1997-98 Two representatives from the Sonoma County Superintendent of Schools office met with the Cloverdale Unified School Dis- trict Board of Trustees during a study session Wednesday night to review the problems that will arise because the District has overestimated its income for this fiscal year by $670,544. What this reduction in income will mean regarding personnel, school programs and other areas of expenditure for the coming year are questions yet to be an- swered. While the District has enough reserves to cover the current fis- cal year's estimated expendi- tures it will be leR without a reserve in the coming year when adjustments will have to be made. Some adjustments may be called for in this year's budget as well. County representatives Jerry Johnson, Deputy Superinten- ,.dent of Schools and Barbara Tapman, Director of Fiscal Ser- vices, outlined procedures that will be followed in the next few weeks that will produce a series of recommendation s to the Trust- ees as to what adjustments could be made to accommodate the District's reduced budget in 1998-99 when the lower income level this year will result in seri- ously reducing the District's re- serves. The error occurred when an entry of property tax revenues was made twice, according to Superintendent Michael Carey. Figures presented by Tapman at the study session show that the District had been operating at a deficit from 1993-94 through 1995-96. Incomes for these years totaled $5,848,434, $6,131,482 and $6,578,243 respectively. Deficits for these three years show minus figures of $170,560, $250,650 and $191,943. The District's budget for 1997- 98, the current year, showed an income level of $7,810,950, an increase of $375,630 over last year. Revised budget figures minus the $670,544 error, show an income level of $7,140,179 with expenditures pegged at $7,714,682 for a deficit of $670,544. County figures show that quite suddenly, the income level in- creasedin 1996-97 to $7,740,270. This was an increase over 1995- 96 figures of $1,162,027. It is interesting to note that income increases over the previ- ous three years were nowhere near the jump that occurred in 1996-97, evidently e year the double entry of property taxes was made. In 1994-95 the District's in- come budget showed an increase of $283,048. In 1995-96 the in- come figure rose to $6,578,243, a increase of $446,761. Then in 1996-97 the budget shows an increase of $1,162,027, a rise of $715266, far above any other year's increase. The significant increase occurred evidently from a one time rise in state funding of Average Daily Attendance . funding that did not carry over into the next year. Other one time infusions of cash were also received in that budget year. Trustee Linda Pardini asked if the Board could have foreseen the problem when budget fig- ures were presented to it for this fiscal year. She asked further what could be done to help the Board work more closely with the budget process in the future. Johnson assured her the county office offer its assistance in en- abling the board to better under- stand the budgeting process. Procedures to be put in place to help the District cope with next fiscal year's reduced bud- get will include a three person team that will investigate the situation and prepare the report that should be made public in a hearing before the Board in ear- ly October. The team, called the Fiscal Crisis Management team, is due here Sept. 18 & 19, accord- ing to Johnson. The Teacher's Union is con- cerned with this development as it is now in contract negotiations for this fiscal year through the year 2000. A student at the hearingques- tioned whether the budget crisis will result in cuts in student programs such as athletics, dra- ma and others. The Board could not answer these concerns and will have Please turn to back page Ray's Food Place to open in early October Big things are in store, so to speak, fg_rJayls Food Place su- permarket scheduled to open early in October in the Furber Ranch Shopping Center, accord- ing to Douglas Nidiffer, Presi- dent of the company. Interviews have been complet- ed and all new members of the Ray's team are hired with inten- sive training sessions scheduled. Initially, new employees will receive individualized training aimed at improving customer service skills and developing pride in their new jobs, Presi- dent Nidiffer said. As a family oriented business, the Ray's or- ganization requires everyone to wear a smile and to live up to the timeless adage, "The customer is always right and always wel- come." Next comes in depth train- ing in the skills required to run a state of the art supermarket. Actual production will begin in each department and continue until all employees are comfort- able with their new jobs and producing a quality product, Nidiffer said. Please turn to back page I I (From left) Amanda Berry, Clara Peterson, and AIIsha Ortega, catch up on what happened to one another of the summer. The three are all second graders at Jefferson School. It was back to school Sept. 2 for all of Cloverdale's school children. Above, parents and students study the class list at Jefferson to find out where they're supposed to 9o.