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The Daily Tar HeelThursday, March 17, 1 9885 v
Officials request parity irt tfojurodiog for local education?
By LAURA DiGIANO
Assistant City Editor
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro
Chamber of Commerce has issued a
statement calling for equal funding
of both the city and county school
The statement asks the Orange
County Board of Commissioners to
"strive for parity between the two
systems" in Orange County.
In the 1987-88 budget, the per pupil
allocation from local funding was
$87 1 for both city and county schools.
But the Chapel Hill-Carrboro schools
received an additional $553 per
student from a district tax levied only
on residents whose children attend
the city schools."
"The Chapel Hill-Carrboro com
munity places a very high value on
education and they are willing to
provide for a better school system out
of their own pockets," said Kim
Hoke, assistant superintendent of
Chapel Hill-Carrboro city schools.
The additional funds are used to
provide teacher aides, guidance
counselors, art, music and physical
education instructors, and programs
for exceptional children, Hoke said.
The money also allows the. city
schools to have a substantially lower
student-teacher atio, she said.
"This supplementary tax brings
several million dollars into the city
schools every year, and the county
schools managi with the funds
appropriated to tnem by the county
commissioners," she said.
Orange County is mandated ty the
state to provide equal funding to both
systems, so a shift in funding to
equalize the county and city school
budgets is not possible, Hoke said.
"One alternative would be to1 make
a significant tax increase with the
funds going to equalize tthe two
systems," she said. "This would
obviously be controversial because
Chapel Hill and Carrboro residents
would see an increase in their bills
but not in the quality of the school
"Most of the extra revenue would
be going to improve the county
Another option would be to imple
ment a tax for the Orange County
schools similar to the one levied on
Chapel Hill-Carrboro school fami-
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and Orange counties, Rambeau said.
Marilyn McNeely, assistant direc
tor of the food bank, said Wednesday
that the drive will be the largest ever
held to benefit the food bank.
"We're excited that they've
expanded," McNeely said. "That's a
significant quantity of food coming
in to the bank. WeVe had some drives
that gave 20,000 cans, but never
anything like this."
UNC's part in the drive will begin
at 9 a.m. Saturday in the parking lot
on N.C. Highway 54 by the Institute
of Government. Participants will
receive a map and will be asked to
go door to door in Chapel Hill
neighborhoods asking for canned
goods. When all canvassers return to
the lot, the food will be delivered to
the food bank by an 18-wheel tractor
trailer, donated by Food Lion.
The food bank will distribute the
food to Chapel Hill, Durham and
Raleigh social-service organizations,
including the Inter-Faith Council for
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problems affecting black students at
UNC, Blanks said. She said BSM
members can solve this problem by
getting involved in other campus
Stephanie Beard, a sophomore
from Mount Gilead, is one of the two
candidates for secretary. She said she
was running for office because she
"decided to become more active in
the BSM as it became more active
and less militant."
The members of the group's central
committee should have a better sense
of unity, she said.
"Sometimes there seems to be a
lack of information in the central
committee," Beard said. "This is
something which occurs in almost
Secretarial candidate Joel Winful,
a sophomore from Greensboro, said
the BSM should publicize the group's
events more widely, especially in
residence halls on North Campus.
Winful also said he hoped to make
the BSM central committee a vehicle
for reducing apathy among black
"Maybe if blacks saw that the
concerns of the central committee
were going to be acted upon by the
administration, then the central
committee would have more clout,"
Chanda Douglas, a sophomore'
from Rocky Mount, is running
unopposed for treasurer. Douglas
said that, if elected, she would use
her position to work with the BSM
in other capacities. She also said she
would fight student apathy by work
ing to project a better image of the
BSM among the black students at
Social Services in Chapel Hill and
other agencies that run soup kitchens,
shelters and pantries, McNeely said.
The number of cans that will go
into each community will be the same
as the number collected in that
community, Ahlschwede said. Cam
pus organizations, including dorms,
sororities and fraternities, tfill com
pete against each other to collect the
most food, she said. -
"At the moment we can only give
brownie points to those organizations
that participate," Ahlschwede said.
"Well recognize organizations by
total cans collected and also by cans
collected per member." , !
Individuals not connected with a
campus organization are diso encour
aged to participate, she said.
McNeely said the food irive is also
an educational tool forlkhe whole
"We see a great potential in this
drive for bringing people together,"
she said. "It gets people to think about
hunger as an issue, and that there are
hungry people out there in this
incredibly affluent society."
To participate, sign up in Suite C
of the Student Union. To donate
canned food, take it to the Highway
54 parking lot by the Institute of
Government on Saturday between 9
a.m. and 4 p.m. Collection boxes will
also be set up in dorms across campus
and in the Union, Ahlschwede said.
The drive will be sponsored by
WRAL-TV and Domino's Pizza, and
other local businesses, including
Food Lion, Brueggers Bagel Bakery
and Coca-Cola, have donated goods
and services, Rambeau said.
lies, Hoke said.
"Orange County has considered
levying their own district tax, but the
residents have been very vocal in
opposing it," she said. "Many of the
county residents are large landowners
whose tax bills would greatly increase
under such a plan."
The issue of equal funding for
Orange County schools arose after a
study of a possible merger between
the city and county systems.
The School Merger Study Com
mission was created in 1986 to
investigate merging the systems, but
in its final report the commission
recommended against a merger. The
commission did suggest, however,
that the county work to equalize per
According to a report by the
Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of
Commerce, Orange County commis
sioners recognized the disparity in
funding was a direct result of the
Chapel Hill-Carrboro supplemental
tax, but they were unable to decide
how to equalize funding without
limiting the amount of funds that
went to the city schools.
The position held by the chamber
of commerce stated "we believe our
school system should not be limited
to maintaining its current level of
educational services while the county
commissioners strive for parity.
between the two systems."
Leonard Van Ness, executive vice (
president of the chamber of com- ,
merce, said, "Our belief is that the'.;
gap should be narrowed each year by ;
raising the county's per pupil expen-;
"If the gap continues to widen,'1
residents in the city schools district .
of the county will have to pay an even' ,'
greater proportion of the tax burden .
necessary to support both educa- '
tional systems," he said.
Orange County Board of Commis--'
sioners Chairwoman Shirley Mar
shall said equalizing funding for the
two systems could cause the tax base
for the county to rise.
"One alternative would be to raise
this base which would result in an
approximate 5-cent increase for
Chapel Hill and Carrboro residents:
and a 20-cent increase for the rest of
the county," she said. "That is a big
jump for any one group."
The Orange County Commission
ers are committed to narrowing thist
disparity in funding, but an accep
table solution has not yet been found,
"We won't do anything to make,
this problem any worse. When "
allocate funds we will do so on ar
equal basis," she said. ,
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