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Realtors Endorse Millage

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Directora of the Ann Arbor Board of Realtors today announced support for the 3.1mill operational request for schools which will go before voters June 8. Membership of the Board of Realtors indicated majority support for the position following a presentation by the legislative committee which had studied the request. Board President Fred Eibler commented on the action in the following words: "Viewing present school needs in the light of the current taxpayer climate demands responsible judgment guided by realism, not emotion. Despite strong reluctance to approve any further property tax burden at this time, the Board supports the Superintenddent's 3.1 mili request as reasonable and responsible." In a report to membership the study committee summarized its findings and concluded with the following recommendations : 1) That the Board of Realtors support the 3.1 milis. 2) That the facts reviewed by the committee be made available to the public through the media. 3) That it be stressed publicly that if the people of the community want a school system with the pupil-teacher ratio in the upper 20 per cent of the lowest ratio across the nation, then they have to pay for it, now and as the system grows. 4) That Supt. W. Scott 1 man Jr. be commended for his I frankness in reducing the 1 lier 3.7-mill request to 3.1 based I on the reported increase in I assessed valuation, and for I offering to the public the lowest I request possible in order that I the schools may opérate. 5) That we acknowledge the fact that the 8 per cent teacher salary increase, as estimated by teachers to be possible in the projected budget, is a fair increase. Ann Arbor's average ' teacher's salary is in the upper 2 per cent across the nation. 6) And finally that we should strongly urge the school board to come forth immediately with a policy statement which will address itself to the discipline problems within the school system, and which shall set forth guide lines and procedures for handling these probI lems. The study committee reviewed the proposed budget, estimated receipts, the pupilteacher ratio, anticipated new contract commitments, statements by the superintendent and Education Association and conducted interviews with Assistant Superintendent o f Finance Gerald Neff, Assistant Ito the Superintendent for ComImunity Services John Hubley, land Assistant Superintendent for Enstruction Sam Sniderman.