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USPS 859-420 I ,'lO0 No, 56 15c Copy Gridley, Butte County, CA 95948 Wednesday, March 12, 1980 J ,I upon whose version you're listening to, GHS teachers either a four or eight percent raise should the new pro- contract be approved probably sometime this week. raise is not retroactive, so the eight percent offered for this actually be four percent because they would only get half Year at 8 percent, teachers say. e $1.2 million Gridley High School District budget, a little over of that is for staff salaries, including administration, and classified workers. is the pay scale proposed by the district negotiating team to as it was obtained by The Herald. Although it has not referred to 6penly, the board usually grants the same pay ed and administration as it does to teachers. Pay schedule is determined by the years of service and the , plus the number of extra units earned by a teacher, as in AB + at the bottom of the scale. I I! AB + 30 AB + 45 11,913 12,422 12,931 13,440 13,949 14,458 14,967 15,476 15,985 16,494 .17,003 12,422 12,931 13,440 13,949 14,458 14,967 15,476 15,985 16,494 17,003 17,512 18,021 ill IV AB+60 AB+60 w/MA Degree 12,931 13,520 13,440 14,029 13,949 14,538 14,458 15,0.17 14,967 15,556 15,476 16,065 15,985 16,574 16,494 17,083 17,003 17,592 17,512 18,101 18,021 18,610 18,530 19,119 19,039 19,628 19,817 20,406 (K s .qem,,h) ,Ine by Bill llurle~on was it, three weeks ago? then, a whole bunch of area residents em- on a caravan trip to Mulege Baja California, think of it, it was month ago; some of the 22 locals left February the storms came, and were washed out on Feb- People like Bill and who had to get Work, found themselves in $ a lengthy hearing ses- Gridley Planning Corn- action on the Environmental Impact for the Industrial Zoning londay night meeting debut of new commis- Betty Frost and Sally and re-appointee Nora action on the Jack Watson chair- action on the rec- element and the industrial ordinance. a use permit to garage into living quar- Fairview Drive. opening a physical office at 901 Jackson a conditional use per- Open a body shop at 765 approval following use permits: restaurant at 595 Spruce; office at 872 Hazel; in shopping center; at 650 Ohio; Mexican at 2830 Highway 99E; shop in the shopping and a pizza parlor in the center. Bank here Lioness Club and Grange are sponsoring Bank on Thursday, March unit of the Chico will be at the Moose 99E from 1-6 p.m. blood donors should age group from 18 to 66; 17-year-olds can give consent. a predicament. Fortunately, he was able to hitch-hike with another couple returning to Marysville ... only aweek or so late. The ferries across the Sea of Cortez to the mainland were book- ed solid; so were the airplanes. The supplies Of gas and propane and fresh foods ran out for the tour- ists, but still were arriving by ferry in their motorhomes and campers. Earl and Doris Anders were able to get a ferry from LaPaz to Tppo- lobambo on February 29th, and arrived back in Grldley on March 4. They left their boat. Others were limping in the week, having been pulled by tractor through rivers on the washed-out roads. Some grabbed any ferry they could get and wound up in Mazat- lan, or Guaymas ... sleeping on deck. In another city to the north, Rosario, hundreds of vacation vehicles were left by vacationers who had to get back home. Anyway, Ray. Roberts, Duane Smith, Morgan Chambers, Charley Hearn and the others can tell you of an exciting vacation. Had dinner with Dick Stenberg and his wife, Juanita, Saturday evening at Table Mountain. Plea- sant evening in one of the county's more successful dine and dance night spots. Regarding the note of last col- umn on the new ten per cent dis- counts for seniors at local res- taurants ... Scott's Donut Palace was omitted in the list, and the credit goes to the efforts of The Gleaners. Miz Liz instant beer bread mix is the easy way to make beer b ead, and it will be featured at the Cancer Crusade Gourmet Dinner Thursday evening. Bob Phippen is the local representative for Miz Liz. The Crusade dinner tomorrow night starts at 6:30; you can come anytime, up until 9:00 p.m. You just sit down and eat to your heart's content from the eight-plus gourmet courses. And, if you want, stay around for the auction of the left-over New York Strips, chicken halves, beer bread, cakes, and decorations. All the proceeds go to the Cancer Crusade. The $15 per person cost is a donation. Gary Freeman is the Crusade chairman, and he has or- ganized about twenty of Gridley's best- cooks and helpers for this .event. Re hope you can attend. Because of a budget deficit which may run almost $150,000, the Gridley High School Board of Trustees will consider laying off teachers when they meet in a special session tonight at 7 p.m. in the school library. Under state law, if a district plans to issue layoff notices, teachers must be notified by March 15. it has been that time deadline that has pressured GHS trustees into holding a series of meetings scru- tinizing every department's budget for possible cuts. Those meetings wound up Monday night with an emotional two hour session on ath- letics and agriculture. Following the meeting, the board decided to hold the special session tonight because it was ap- parent that the district could not save $150,000 through budget cuts. Approximately half of that $150,000 deficit in the proposed 1980-81 budget is coming from the district's offer of an eight percent pay hike for the staff. In response to a question, Super- intendent-Principal Charles Nelson told The Herald that, if no raises were granted, the district would only have to trim $75,000. But just about every board member publicly .agreed Monday night that the teachers at Gridley High School deserve a raise, ai- thoughj as trustee Paul DeMeyer put it, "the raise is not really a raise because of the 18 percent in- flation rate." Also lfsted as factors causing the huge deficit are: declining enroll- ment and a state demand that the district repay $40,000 in excess ADA monies given Gridley last year. The board will probably only consider layoffs tonight, because there is no real time deadline on program cuts until budget time later this Spring. ATHLETICS Speaking before the board Mon- day, Athletic Director Darcy Wingo presented the budget for boys and girls after-school ath- letics, which costs the district ap- proximately $24,000, which in- cludes transportation, coaches' pay, equipment, and repair. On the other hand, Wingo pointed out that gate receipts from football and basketball admission charges total almost $11,000, but is not put back into district funds. Those monies are used to pay for the other "smaller" sports and the officials. The district cost for each sport individually is: football, $7,663 (85 players); boys' tra ck, $1,468 (45 players); basketball, $3,223 (40 players); boys' tennis, $911 (10 players); boys' baseball, $1,551 (18 players); wrestling, $1,202 (13 players); and girls' sports, $6,864 (114 players). Some of the students play more than one sport, Wingo said, but there are about 200 individuals in- Manzanita Board regular meeting this Thursday The Manzanita Board of Trustees will consider participation in the ' Butte County Program for mentally gifted minors at its regular board meeting. The regular meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. this Thursday in the school library. Other agenda items include par- ticipation in the lshi Consortium, a budget update and a report on the progress of the assertive discipline program. Advisory Council will meet tonight There will be a regular meeting of the Gridley High School Ad- visory Council tonight at 7 p.m. in the library. The council will consider the assertive discipline program and adopt by-laws. volved in athletic events after school. Wingo added that the expenses would be greater, but that some of the cost is defrayed by donations and admission charges. The ath- letic general expenses fund, made up of admission charges money, paid out $6,542 for such things as officials, awards and tournament fees. The GIBT fund is not listed, but will be presented to the board by the committee next week. It was also announced that the elimination of girls' field hockey will save the district about $1,100. The sport was dropped because girls' volleyball begins earlier this year and most of the athletes pre- ferred playing volleyball. Wingo did not give a recom- mendation to the board, saying "I'm not here to make a recom- mendation of which sports, are to be cut ... the community is the one that will determine what kind of activities we have." Vice-Principal Ron Mongini told the board that most schools charge for freshman games and add an extra charge for student body card holders. Currently, stu- dent body card owners at GHS are admitted to sporting events free. Responding to a question from the floor, Wingo said he did not know why historically athletics have not been charged for transporta- tion for away games while other departments are charged for field days. He added that he didn't know how much it co ts to run the football field lights or if the gym would be less expensive with0ut basketball games at night. Gary Little said the board should consider more than dollars when talking about athletics. Little stressed that athletics build char- acter and pride in the community and school. He added that he didn't want to see any freshman program dropped. DeMeyer, howevei, replied: "Unfortunately, we do have to measure, even sports, in dollars." AGRICULTURE An apparently angry Dave Dillabo, head of the agriculture de- partment, told the board that his department has been cut continually over the past few years and .that "any more cuts and you might as well drop the whole thing." Dillabo said that it "disgusts" him to have to plead to the board not to cut funds when the board should be "looking for Ways to give us more." He took a swipe at sports, telling the board that "football has al- ways been first and everything else second" when it comes to funding. "We have a fine FFA and ag pro- gram. This town should be proud of it," he said. "If one has to pay, everyone should pay." Dillabo added that his program turns out students ready to take jobs in the community. "We don't turn out halfbacks for Oakland..." Saying that the agriculture de- partment is more than "cows and sheep," Dillabo stressed that kids learn financial responsibility with their animals and that they also learn job skills in welding and other fields. "When it comes right down to it, I'm darn proud of this pro- gram," he said. "It disgusts me to come here and fight for the pit- tance we now get." Dillabo said because of the budget cuts, he has had to cut out field days to many places to save money, but that "sports can go God knows where" with no problem at all. The agriculture program current- ly receives about $2,250 from the district, $3,000 in vocational educational monies and another net $1,500 from concession sales. Student Mike Antolock, a foot- ball ptayer and student in the ag department, said: "If there was a cut in ag department, it would do nothing but hurt." There are currently 203 students taking classes in the ag depart- ment. DeMeyer credited 13qqlabo and teacher Rodney Risso for an "out- standing" program and "we regret that we have to scrutinize pro- grams." THURSDAY NIGHT Last Thursday night, the board heard a review of programs by the area chairmen; talked about the area chairmen program itself and also considered the counselit g pro-. gram. /. I,.., CURRICULUM ' Each area chairman gav, e.a re- view of the program, .suggested possible budget cuts and all plead- ed their budgets:have already been slashed over the past few years. DeMeyer, speaking to the au- dience, said: "I dory'it want to throwcold water on any programs, but we have to pay the bills." Physical Education area chair- man Carol Johnson said, "We're all concerned with education, that's why we're here." Johnson proposed that the dis- trict could save somewhere in the neighborhood of $8,000 if they drop two PE sections, charge a one-time $5 towel fee, and charge $5 for equipment use. But, by cutting back two sec- tions, the class sizes will increase." Johnson said that the PE depart- ment could "help" the district meet its deficit, but "please do not cut what sports we offer because we have a comprehensive program, especially in the upper division with a program that involves life- time sports." Brant McGhie, area chairman for the science and math depart- ment, told the trustees: "1 think we need to remember the program should be the last thing to cut. The primary reason we're here is be- cause of program." McGhie said the science depart- ment has a backlog of 60 students wanting to take general science and currently, physics and chemistry are only offered on an alternating basis, every other year. Of the 19 math classes, six are taught by teachers outside of the department, McGhie told the board. "The only thing that can be cut is field biology - an elective," he said. Basically thanks to Fred Covell's retirement, the Humanities and Fine Arts Department can save the district somewhere around $18,000. Bob Lynch, the area chairman, said the department could absorb Covell's retirement by dropping sociology and general music and hand over a couple of other classes to other teachers. Lynch pointed out that ten classes have been dropped over the past few (Continued on Section I, Page 4) shot, Jealousy was the apparent motive in the shooting death of a woman -early Sunday nlorning, the first: Gridley murder in nine years. According to Gridley police, Diane Helen Pirtle, 34, of Gridley, was shot in the left:side of her chest while she was attending a dance at Gridley Moose Lodge at about !:15 a.m. Sunday. The man anegedlyfiring the .25 caliber pistol, later turned himself into Gridley Police. He was identi- fied as the victim's husband, 33- year-old John Herman Pirtle. He was booked into Butte Coumy Jail on a charge of investigation of murder and was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail. Apparently, the couple argued earlier at the scene Saturday night between 10 and 11 p.m. and he re- portedly slapped his wife. Pirtle then left. Later, he was accused of enter- ing Moose Lodge around 1:10 a.m., stopped in the bar area, and then allegedly walked up to .his wife and shot her once in the chest. He then left. Two Gridley men, Robert Sharer and Richard Chiechi administered CPR, but could not revive her. She was declared dead about 20 minutes later. 1 .% RUMMAGE SALE AT VALLEY OAKS - Resi- dents at Valley Oaks Health Care Center will hold a rummage sale to benefit the American Heart Asso. elation this Friday and Saturday, March 14 and 15 from 9 a.m. to $ sale place rain or shine on the patio of Valley Oaks. DOnations of rum- mage would still be appreciated. Shown above are Valley Oaks residents Jocle Anderson (left) and ZeUa Baker (right) sorting through the "treasures" and preparing for the sale.