)r of Tsity wker Tsity item and od. tcm- Jane I to amp hing *3) Tuesday Volume 94, Number 31 Board Grants T ransportation For 9 Students ■nock dso, and I nd .3.99 $2 By ELIZABETH STEWART Co-Editor The Kings Mountain Board of Lducation voted 3-1 Thursday to relax its recently adopted school assignment plan and pro vide school bus transportation for the rest of this school year for nine students who attend Beihware School but reside in the Grover District. The action came after a lengthy discussion and over the objections of trustee Bill McDaniel who pointed out that the new pupil assignment plan spells out that parents, not the school system, are responsible for providing transportation for their children to attend schools outside their attendance zone. l.ee Perkins, a resident of the new White Plains subdivision in the Bethlehem Community, complained that nine students stand out on a busy Highway congested with 75 Bypass con struction to be picked up by a Bethware bus. He charged that schtxtl buses pick up six children and take them to Grover, carry three students to Central, and two students to Kings Mountain High School, all from that area, and contended that a Bethware bus should pick up the nine Bethware students at their residences. “That’s what we pay taxes for”, he told the board. McDaniel contended that White Plains is in the Grover schiKtl attendance zone and Larry Allen presented tax maps that pinpointed the area’s loca tion in the Grover attendance area. The board then voted unanimously to reaffirm the boundary lines established by the 1968 school desegregation plan but after much discussion agreed with Mr. Perkins that the board clarify where the lines are. McDaniel said he voted against the matter because, in ef fect, the board would be setting a precedent. McDaniel, a resident of the Bethlehem area, said the White Plains subdivision was constructed only a few years ago and that only a couple of houses which face Bethlehem Road are actually in the Bethware school attendance zone. “Y our kid was not picked out to be transferred from Bethware early in the year”, he told Perkins, ex plaining that a child of Mr. and Mrs. Perkins had been transfer red from Bethware because of overcrowded conditions, and along with many other out-of- attendance zone students. The new school assignment plan stipulates that if overcrowding occurs that the outside district pupil will be reassigned to the school in which he or she resides. “If we have a policy we need to stick to it”, McDaniel main tained. June Lee, Kyle Smith and Harold Lineberger voted to pro vide the bus transportation the remainder of the year but Mrs. Lee said she did so because she was unsure of the boundary line separating the school zones and asked that information concern ing the boundary line location be EASTER CROSS—Th* congragatlon oi El B«th«l United Methodist Church decorated a cross of Spring flowers and placed it in front of the sanctuary early Easier Day. The cross replaced the large paper mache replica oi Christ's tomb which hod been set near the entrance on Good Friday. Photo by Lib Stewort presented at the May board meeting. “It looks like we got the cart before the horse”, said Lineberger. The board had earlier approved the narrative description of the elementary school zones currently being followed in pupil assignments to East, West, North, Bethware and Grover Schools. Larry Allen, who presented the nar rative, said he had not located any written record describing the internal zones. Mr. McDaniel said the 1968 plan was devised by HEW to determine proper ratio of black and white students. Perkins charged the board with “giving me the runaround” “It’s unsafe for kids to be out on that busy highway to catch a bus. W'e’ve already had one acci dent. Until this boundary line business is settled, why can’t we get a bus in there." Perkins told the board he would abide by its findings on the location of school boundary lines and that his children w ill at tend the school in the zone they reside next year. In a related action the board tabled 13 requests for transfers of students. “We can’t flat out turn them down. Some have good excuses”, said Smith. Lineberger said he was in favor of approv ing all 13 requests as long as schools arc uncrowded. Supt. Davis estimated the board would receive more requests which represent appeals to the elemen tary .school assignment policy which calls for all pupils entering Kings Mountain District Schtxils for the first time next year (81-82) to be assigned to the school in the zone they reside and includes an appeals process to the board of education. ' Because of the lengthy meeting, which included two ex ecutive sessions, the board decid ed to table the requests for more individual attention next month. After an executive session with a parent, Mrs. Dessie Mor row Loftin, Supt. William Davis announced that Kings Mountain High Principal Bob McRae will examine the cheerleader selec tion process at the schixil. After an executive session the board renewed four year con tracts for assistant superintendents Larry Allen and Howard Bryant. The board also approved, upon recommendation of Larry Allen, changes in the ESEA l i- tle 1 program which will involve moving five higher-salaried 1 itic 1 reading teachers into state-paid positions and replacing them with state-paid teachers. Allen told the board that the changes are necessary because of proposed cuts in the Title 1 pro gram which would have elimiated three or four of the teachers in the program. Under the new plan, nine of the 10 posi tions in the program will be maintained. Allen said that one teacher has resigned to take another position and that her position in the program here will not be ftlled. HORSE SEMINAR A horse seminar, “What You Always Wanted To Know About Horses and Didn’t Know Who To Ask”, will be held Sun day from 2 until 6 p.m. at Cleveland County Office- Building. The public is invited and will include free deror prizes. POLICE REPORT City police are investigating a break in which occurred sometime Friday night at Smith Grocery on Waco Road. I' ^ PEACEFUL SUNDAY - A good way to spend a hot, sunny Sunday afternoon is to pack you gear and head for the old fishing hole. This lone fisherman surrounded by the waters oi Photo by Gary Stewart the Cotawba River makes for an interesting summer scene, and with the fish biting as they have of late, it also makes for an in teresting afternoon. Lightning Sparks Fire Lightning striking the fusebox on the porch may have caused the Easter evening lire which gutted and heavily damaged the home of Mrs. Iona Guyton Mc Clain at 513 West Mountain St. Fire Chief Gene Tignor said cause of the lire is still under in vestigation. Two units from the Kings Mountain Fire Department responded to the call at 8:05 p.m. during an electrical storm and re mained on the scene for nearly three hours. The large frame house, at the corner of West Mountain and Goforth Sts., is in a heavily populated residential area five blocks from the business district. Tignor said that the house was heavily damaged by smoke and water and walls burned out in some portions of the residence. Mrs. McClain was visiting a neighbor at the time of the fire. Chamber Sponsoring Seminar Kings Mountain Chamber of Commerce and Merchants .Association will sponsor a seminar,‘Are You Getting Your Money’s Worth With N. C. Worker’s Compensation, at Holiday Inn Monday morning from 9 until noon. The seminar is open to all area employers or their represen tatives and w ill be conducted by Boyd Lane, Safety Represen rative. Mr. Lane has 23 years of experience in industrial safety- programs ranging from manufac turing to development and ad ministration of loss control sub jects. A $3 registration fee for Chamber members and a $5 fee for non-members will be charg ed. Secretaries Luncheon Set A luttcheon F riday at noon at Holiday Inn will honor Kings 'Mountain area secretaries. Employers should make reser vations for luncheon with Shirley Gossett at the Inn. A mini fashion show will highlight the event which is be ing coordinated by Mountain Chamber merce. In connection with activities, Mrs. Gerry Kings Mountain, members of the Chapter, Professional the Kings International, who will be giving of Com- Career Day talks to business students. Mrs. Werner will speak the week’s Bessemer City High School. Werner, of Uert Fisher, also a member of is among Spindlette Chapter, will give a Spindlette Career Day Talk at Cherryville Secretaries High School. KIWANIANS MEET - Th* King* Mountain Klwanls Club sponcorod a visit by th* District Lt. Govsrnor Friday night at ths Holiday Inn. Twolvo district Kiwanis Clubs woro rsprossntod from as iar away os Boon*. Pic- turod abovs discussing som* club pro|«cts or* Lt. Govomor oi District 1-B Frank Vanstory, Lt Govornor lim Storis.Dlstrict Socratary- Trsasuror Waldio Buskow and Kings Moun tain Prosidsnt lorry Lodiord.