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Advisory Committee On Safety Appointed

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A SpeciaTCÍtizensJ ÁdvisCry Committee on Safety was appointed last night by the Ann Arbor Board of Education. The committee is the result of fears expressed by the Newport School Parent-Teacher Organization and parents from several other schools in the outlying áreas for the safety of their children coming to and from school in áreas of heavy traffic. Many Newport parents have I attempted to persuade various government agencies to install sidewalks along Newport Rd., with little success. The committee, which will have an initial term expiring March 1, 1969, will have the responsibility of identifying "áreas and conditions of unusual hazard to students moving to and from our schools not now adequately protected; I identifying áreas and conditions of unusual hazard over which no governmental unit now has jurisdiction sufficient to provide adequate protection; recommending any and all steps" the Board of Education should take under its statutory authority . . . and ommending any and all steps the Board of Education should take to urge other governmental units more adequately to respond to the safety needs of pupils en route to and from school." Dr. Giles Bole, second vice president of Newport School, will serve as chairman of the committee. Vice chairman will be Mrs. Kent M. Terwilliger of Angelí School. Other committee members are Dr. Vernon Dodson, Thurston; Mrs. Donald T. Axon, Angelí; Mrs. Kenneth Miller, Angelí; Mrs. John Lewis, Northside, and Dr. Neis O 1 s o n, Newport. School Trustee Richard M. Wood will serve as the Board of Education's representative. Enrollment i Up 1,022 The official enrollment for the Ann Arbor Public Schools j for the 1968-69 school year is 19,179, the Board of Education learned last night. The enrollment represents an increase of 1,022 over the 1967-68 enrollment of 18,157. The figures include those enrolled in apprentice trainI ing, practical nurse training land adult education classes offered by the schools. The school-by-school figures are: ELEMENTARY Abbot, 584; Allen, 556; Angell, 383; Bach, 560; Bader, 219; Burns Park, 758; Carpenter, 566; Clinton, 221; Dicken, 504; Dixboro, 173; Eberwhite, 581; Haisley, 642; Lakewood, 450; Lawton, 432; Mack, 435; Meadowview, 53; Mitchell, 543; Newport, 402; Northside, 657; Pattengül, 449; Pittsfield, 482: Stone, 315; Thurston, 780; and Wines, 545. JUNIOR HIGH Forsythe, 1,047; Scarlett, 981; Slauson, 1,123; Tappan, 896. SENIOR HIGH Huron Higji, 1,348.25; Pioneer High, 2,189. Other Items In Brief I One appointment to the proI fessional staff - Mrs. Cynthia I Johnson at Mitchell School- I was approved last night by the Board of Education. A leave of absence was also approved for Mrs. Georgia Steinhehel for the 1968-69 school year. o o The annual financial report of the Ann A r b o r Public Schools for the fiscal year which ended June 30, 1968, was presented to the board by Robert Johnson and James Suits of the Icerman, Johnson and Hoffman firm. The less than one per cent contingency fund was briefly discussed, with Johnson saying he usually recommends at least a 5 per cent contingency. The report was accepted unanimously by the trustees, o - o Ann Arbor Education Association President Harold Collins eommended the administration for its very close estímate of the 1968-69 public school enrollment. The predicted enrollment was 19,191; actual enrollment is 19,179. o o Robert J a g i t s c h, former Council Chairman of the Study Committee of the or's Blue Ribbon Committee Report on the Financial Needs and Resources of the City of Ann Arbor, met with the trustees in briefing session to discuss implications of the report to the schools. The possibility of levying an income tax for school funds in addition to the property tax was one of the issues discussed. Several trustees, especially Trustee William C. Godfrey, asked questions and raised points of discussion. o o Ann Arbor Pólice Chief Walter E. Krasny met with the Board of Education in executive session yesterday to apprise the trustees of rumors of disruption at the polls next Tuesday by radical groups such as Students for a Democratie Society (SDS). Twentytwo of the polling places are located in the public schools, o o School Board President seph R. Julin read a letter from a parent complaining t h a t her child's teacher brought several magazines, including "Playboy," int o class recently to increase the children's interest in reading. Supt. W. Scott Westerman Jr. said the magazines were brought to class without prior knowledge of the principal, and said the situation is being discussed. The superintendent said he will answer the parent' s letter. o o All nine trustees attended the four hours of briefing, regular and executive sessions last night.