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-."., . J i , Sonoma County, CA Vol. CXll, Issue 39 Sept. 25, 1991 35 cents t il ¸ i:i taken some time around the 20"s era. It shows the atrain and periodautomobilesofthetime. Thephoto was loaned by the Cloverdale ttistorical Society. For many years in Cloverdale history the Depot was a main focal point in the town. hool budget cuts a concern budget cuts within the system are cans- unhappiness 0n staff. expenditures amount- ,611 and total income at the district is facing a $161,075. Despite this, Donald Sato, and Pat Theis feel the :y good shape," many other school dis- the state. is required by law to July 1. Ms. Theis that the budget changed and updated . school year. "We work rbest educated guess," she is hard to say how it will ,many things are beyond get constraints of positions were elimi- SOme programs were cut. most controversial move of the music Position at Washington of the music • : ...... Public Hearing program at both Cloverdale High School (CHS) and Washington School " intoti' with just om tmel=r. This move spurred the resignation of popular CHS music teacher Steve Connolly, who felt he would be un- able to devote enough time to the High School music program if re- quired to take over the music duties at Washington School as well. Mr. Connolly taughtatCHS for44 years leading the school band to many award-winning competitions. The difficulties facing the district stem from the State budget crisis, explained Dr. Sato. The annual Cost of Living Adjustment(COLA) that is usually provided by the State is being ignored this year, the administrator noted. "The COLA is supposed to increase every year, but this year the legislature is saying, "sorry, we just don't have the money,'" Dr. Sato said. - The State deficit is being applied to the Revenue Limit, the compli- cated funding formula that determines how much money the district will receive. This State funding source Vandals cost thousands in damages at schools Washington and Cloverdale High schools were hit by vandals late at night, Sept. 20. The culprits broke windows of classrooms and busses and stole equipment. There was approximately $5 to SI0 thousand worth in damages to the buildings alone according to Officer Art Cenni. The four vandals are Cloverdale kids who were mad at Washington School because, according to Offi- cer Cerini, "they had detention and one of them was expelled." Among the items stolen by the four were de- tention slips of their friends. According to Officer Cerini, ste- reo eqmpment, boomboxes, pens, pencils, tapes, an 18-speed mountain bike and a 20 year collection of tapes were stolen. 13 rooms were vandalized and nine had missing property. One of the main clues in the dis- covery of the vandals' identities was a graffitti logo drawn below one of the school windows that officers rec- ognized as a drawing one of the kids is known for. As of Sept. 23 two of the vandals have been caught. The vandals will be .cent to Juvenile Hall. Their names may not be released because they are minors. represents 84 percent of the district's income. It is a specified amount of money the school district can collect annually for its general education programs from local taxes and state aid. "Quite simply, it is calculated by multiplying the current year's reve- nue limit amount times the projected pupil enrollment," explained Ms. Theis. She noted that funding from the State is based on the number of stu- dents attending classes. A total of $3200 is allocated for the Average Daily Auendance (ADA) of each child. If fewer children than calculated at- tend school, then the district's fund- hjag is decreased; if more attend, funding increases. Although Proposition 98 is sup- Ixsed to guarantee a certain level of funding for schools, Dr. Sato noted that there is just "no money." An Assembly Bill authored by John Vasconcellos (D-San Jose) did re- store )me funding guarantees but although the new plan provides for growth, there was no increase in COLAs. Approximately 83 percent of the school budget consists of salaries and benefits for a total of almost 4 1/2 Please turn to back page The Music Man says good-by to Cloverdale high Steve Connolly has retired from the Cloverdale School District after teaching music for 44 years. After sharing his wealth of musical knowl- edge and deep love for his profession he retired after cuts in the school budget were made and he had to divide his time between the high .school and Washington School. Mr. Connolly explained. "I would be putting very few hours in at the high school. They had to cut. Musi- cally it was...pretty destructive." Lovingly known as Mr. C, Con- holly took a small town band and worked wonders every year, pushing students to their highest potential, and creating a renowned band. The hand received, consistently for 41 years, superior ratings in Adjudi- cating Festivals and had a reputation of excellence in the state. Mr. Connoily has received many requests from colleges to fill teach- ing positions through the years. The likes of Turlock, Butte Colleges, and Santa Rosa Junior College have propo- sitioned him but he never left,"This is a nice place to be. There's more to it than money. Look at all the good kids I got know." he id. "'I like to see kids catch on, see kids do things they never thought they could do. It's very rewarding. Its probably the point of the whole thing," said Mr. Connolly. Now that he has retired he says he will, "keep up quite a bit in music," and plans to become involved with .school bands in Rhonert Park and Vacaville Highs SchooLs and the Santa Rosa Junior College Band just for a start. When asked if he will miss CHS, he said,"That's literally very, very true.It wouM be silly not to." The dev¢topmcm plan proposes 544 residentat units that will be to- cated on the old Moufton Hills Winery site on 375 acres of land. The plan proposed by the Rosen Corporation of Rotmen Park would maMmiz, the development potential of the property by locating many homes on 6;000 sq. ft. lots south of the city. .... t tb¢ reviewed include expansion of water and sewer facili . impts oft schools, traffic and the environment. • : i In the Draft EIR, it was found that the city s sewer and water system would nce, d improvement The sewage ptant does not have tltc capacity for such a large development and the city s water system wilt have to storage clmcitY and improve its distribution proce. .Thcschon! system will also be impacted with a a prolble overflow OfW mtd the t traffi F situation may only worsen with the citizens may send their written comments to ti Clover- dalePlatming Department at City Hall. 124 North Cloverdale Boul Vm'd, before the date of the meeting. Historic Depot consumed in morning blaze The historic Cloverdale Depot, a one time focal point of the town in the hey-day of railroad travel, burned to the ground in a raging fire Satur- day morning. The Depot was located off of Railroad Avenue. The fire was reported at 1:09 in the morning by Southern Pacific Rail- road Police in Oakland after a train passing by on the track called them. By the time the Cloverdale Fire Department arrrived the Depot was fully involved and nothing could be done. A fire department spokesman said, "We decided it would be best to stand back and let it bum." The depot started collapsing right after the firefighters arrived. Arson is suspected by Cloverdale Fire, but if there is an investigation it will have to be done by the railroad who owns the depot. The Cioverdale Depot Association, • a local group, has worked for years to save the old Depot, and had just recently been working on adeal with Cal-Trans to move the building out of the path of the coming bypass to a new location on a two acre plot about 1/2 mile south of where it ad stood. The plan was to rehabilitate the building and turn it into a museum, gallery, community center, and tour- ist information center. Lester Herring, part of the CIo- verdale Depot Association, was film- ing the wreckage Saturday morning "It is a sad day in the history of Cloverdale" he said. Herring said about the depot, "It's about 110 years old at least. A lot of Cloverdale history revolved around this building when railroads served as the main form of transportation." The Depot itself is an official his- torical landmark. President of the association, Lee Kaiser, looked at the destroyed build- ing and said, "It's really sad isn't it. We put 20 years of effort on it." "I don't know what its future is. Now its laying fiat on the ground in embers." said Mr. Herring. There will be a meeting of the Cloverdale Depot Association to discuss what can be done, if any- thing, Wednesday night, Sept. 25 at 7:30 at the Cloverdale Library. A representative from Cal-Trans will Please turn to back page Smouldering embers were all that was left of the historic Cloverdale Depot Saturday morning. When fire fighters arrived it was already too late to save the building. Arson is suspected. Nancy/vansino is pictured with baby Jenna Rene and big brother, Peter. Local baby girl born in car on way to hospital Nancy Avansino gave birth to Jenna Rene Avansino in the front seat of the family car as her husband, Brad, drove at speeds of at least 85 miles an hour to Healdsburg Memorial at 1:05 a.m.Sept: 17. The baby girl weighed a healthy 9 pounds 4 ounces, "I woke up about ten minutes to 12 p.m.. We didn't have a lot of time. My whole labor was one hour and fifteen minutes," said Mrs. Avansino. Jenna was born on Highway 101, "to the best of our recollection (it was dark and we weren't looking at roac signs), it was around Shilo Road." • Mrs. Avansino is a manager fat First American Title in Cloverdale and her husband is a Cioverdale vol- unteer firefighter and is also a man- ager at Clark Pest Control in Santa rosa, Jenna's big brother is 4-year-