20 North Westchester Times, New Castle Tribune, Mount Kisco, N.Y., October I, 1959 $315,500 School Bond Issue Goes Before Voters Oct 4-Year Study Back Of Plan for Addition ABOVE PLANS have been ap • proved by the Board of Educa tion and have the full endorse ment of the Bedford Hills Com mittee. The first floor addition provides a cafeteria, four class rooms, heating for the addition and the necessary service facil ities. FINGERS CROSSED- Custo dian Lou Rutighano inspects the boiler for the kitchen facilities in the temporary building behind the Bedford Hills Elementary School. A resolution adopted by the Bedford Central School Dis trict Board of Education recent ly provides for a new heating facility in the Bedford Hills Elementary School addition. MOUNT KISCO— The Bedford Central School Dis trict Board of Education empha sized' today that the $315,500 bond issue which will go before voters of the district Oct. 28 is the re sult of studies conducted since 1955 by various citizens advisory com mittees. It was pointed out that many local taxpayers have expressed the view that the addition to the Bedford Hills Elementary School that the bond issue will finance I essential not only to the efficient operation of the school but is long overdue. Plans call for construc tion of four classrooms, a cafeteria and a kitchen. Decision Delayed In 1955 and 1958, citizens groups under the supervision of the Board of Education, recommended addi tions similar to the present pro posal. But the board delayed decision in order to obtain a long range view of the district's growth Early in 1959 the board appoint ed a group of more than 45 men and women, representing the en tire district, to make a complete restudy and to suggest how Bed ford Hills school needs could best be met. After consulting school person nel, studying the physical plant of the school, and visiting other Westchester schools with compar able programs, the group submit ted a comprehensive report to the board last April. Plans De\ eloped A smaller committee then was appointed to work with Lester W Smith, the architect. A proposed set of drawings was developed, based on need and economy, ac cording to Mrs. Standford Blank- enship, committee chairman. New cafeteria facilities were considered the prime need Meals presently are preparer) in a wood en frame structure adjacent to the school on Buxton Rd. and moved by steam carts to the main build ing The wooden building, built in 1929, was closed to students a vear ago on the recommendation of an other citizens group. With the increasing school pop BEDFORD— The Board of Education of Bed ford Central School District has set tuition rates for students at tending The Fox Lane School from the Middle Patent District at $912 00 per pupil. At the same meeting last Wed nesday, the board indicated that the rise in enrollment in pupils at The Fox Lane School, it would not be possible to accept stu dents from the Middle Patent School District in grades 9 through 12 after the present school year. CHINK in the doorway to what was formerly a dining area for students at the Bedford Hills Elementary School is pointed out by the principal, Robert Lancto. A proposed addition to the pres ent building would provide a din ing area for the students, a ma jority of whom eat in tHeir classrooms. Lunches are now served in the former homemak- ing room, which will be pressed! in to use as a classroom during the next school year. STUDENT Joan Armstrong of Bedford Hills looks at the for mer school dining area of the Bedford Hills Elementary school. Kitchen facilities in the building are still used with food being moved 1 into the school on steam tables. ulation. there is also need for ad ditional classroom space, Mrs. Blankenship stated. Plans have been prepared* to provide the fol lowing facilities: 1. A cafeteria and kitchen to replace the present make shift and inadequate facilities, which has been designed as a flexible area that also can be used for other student activities. 2. A separate boiler room to heat the addition, as the exist ing plant in the main building is deemed too small to heat the addi tion. 3. Appropriate toilet facilities. 4. Four classrooms designed for use of kindergarten and first grades, since locating the younger children in a separate wing would be of greater advantage to them tha.i any other group. A hearing on the bond issue has been set for Oct. 21 at the Fox Lane School. Bedford Hills citizens who work ed with the architect and the Board of Education were: Mrs S. G. Blankenship Jr., chairman; E. Phillips Green, chairman of publicity, and Ralph Danziger, Mrs. Harold V. O'Brien, Mrs. Alfred J. Mackenzie. Donald Merrit. Mr. and Mrs. L. E Stew art, Mrs. G. L. Weams, Mr. and Mrs. Walter McRoberts. Mrs Pat Adams. Mrs. Patrick J. Hart, Mrs. Edward Ferguson. Mrs Barbara See Mrs. David F. R. Howe, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Armstrong, Charles Harrison. Mrs. Ralph Heilman, Mrs. Theodore P. Beck, Mrs. Don Slobohm. Mrs Robert Burbank, Mrs. Willard Congdon, Franklyn Sasloe. Mrs. C. L. Dexheimer, Miss Marie Cerbone, Mrs. Max Culpepper, Mrs. W. Henry Rus sell and I.oiccster Sherrill. Mount Kisco residents on the committee were Mrs. Wendel Tay lor, Gabriel Hausner, Alfred Zot- tola, Jaap Ketting. Donetta Cns- tefero. Robert North. Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Walton. Mrs. Raymond Hjolbeck. Miss Hilda M. Carlsson, Joseph Gangliano and Mrs. Jo seph Wiclawski. Norman Wolfson and L e st e r Cams represented Bedford Village on the committee and Mrs. Rob ert Hughes and Mrs. Jesse Skol- kin represented Pound Ridge. CLASSROOM a AS!* ><->* J kid LULL EXISTING SCHOOL _ , r —I I OFFIC E JA N SSk »\1 SECOND FLOOR plans to the proposed addition to the Bedford Hills Elementary School include classrooms, kindergarten, office and storage. Middle Patent Pupils Will Not Be Accepted Next Year At the meeting. Business Mana ger Donald W. Kofoed pointed out that the computation of the tui tion has been checked with the State Department of Education, with a representative of Supervis ory District 2, of which Middle Patent District is a component, and with the treasurer of the Mid dle Patent District. A. the present time, there are some 10 students attending the Fox Lane School from the Mid dle Patent School District. Summer School Wins Praise As Aid to Pupils, Teachers State Dept. of Education Determines IB-Year Issue MOUNT KISCO— The director of the Bedford Central District Summer School praised the program at a meeting of the Board of Educa tion Wednesday and said it was valuable to students f or \remed ial and enrichment purposes.\ William McGee, assistant prin cipal at the Fox Lane School, said the summer program was also valuable to the faculty in the \de velopment of new methods and materials and to our community in that it raises the level of stu dent achievement and helps make our regular school program even better.\ 1958 to 188 the past summer. The school is open to all private, paro- Enrollment Increased from 119 in Garden Club Sets Meeting POUND RIDGE— On Tuesday, Oct. 6, the Pound Ridge Garden Club will meet at| the home of Mrs. William Nied- ringhaus on Pound Ridge Road at 1 pm. to hear Mrs. David Gor don speak on \Garden Therapy- Its Aim.\ Mrs. Gordon, a nationally ac credited flower show judge and chairman of garden therapy for the Federated Garden Clubs of New York State, was the originat or of the garden therapy pro gram at Grasslands Hospital. Chrysantemums grown by Pound Ridge Garden Club mem bers will be exhibited at this meet ing and all entries must be plac ed before 11 am. A bond issue for the addition to the Bedford Hills Elementary School has been set as a 15 year issue, a Board of Education spokesman announced. The length of the bond issue was determined by the State Department of Edu cation, it was added At the present time, the Bod- ford Hills Elementary School has no cafeteria and meals are pre pared in a kitchen adjacent to the school. The spokesman added that a 15 year bond issue had the ad vantage of a probable lower in terest rate than a long term bond and over the period of the bond issue, less money being spent by the district in interest. Tax rates will vary m the four towns of Central School District according to the equalization rates. The net tax paid by the property owner for the addition, however, will be the same in dollars after the equalization rate has been applied in each town. As suming a four per cent interest rate the increases per thousand dollars of assessed valuation will be approximately as follows- Bed ford. 43 cents: New Castle. 50 cents: North Castle, 53 cents: Pound Ridge, 60 cents. These rates could vary, it was stated with a change m total assessed evaluation a different interest of rate or changes in Jhe county equalization rates The proposed increase was thp topic of discussion at the Bedford Hills Elementary School Associa tion meeting last night. WDARF to Show Self-Help Devices for Arthritis VOLUNTEERS TO MEET MOUNT KISCO— The Volunteer Service League of Northern Westchester Hospital will meet in the Conference Room at the hospital next Tuesday morn ing at 9:30. The League is com posed of members of all volunteer organizations serving the hospital, plus hospital staff members. Plans will be made for the annual meet ing of the League on Oct. 26. Mrs. Arthur W. Huguley Jr. is chairman _M Jhe Volunteer League. WHITE PLAINS— \Self-Help Devices for Arthnt- ics,\ an exhibit of specially de signed appliances for physically handicapped persons, will be pre sented by the Westchester Divi sion of the Arthritis and Rheu matism Foundation, next week in the main lobby of The White Plains Hospital, 41 East Post Road, White Plains. Mrs. Hiram C. McCann of the Arthritis Westchester Women's Di vision will formally open the dis play at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 5. Thereafter it will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Sunday, Oct. 11. Mrs. McCann, who lives in Har rison, is president of the Ninth District Federated Garden Clubs. The Arthritis Foundation's West chester headquarters is at 199 Hu guenot Street, New Rochelle. The exhibit includes a represen tative selection of devices which enable arthritics, crippled in back or limbs, to take care of many needs of daily living. The devices are displayed on three large panels, with large Dhotographs illustrating their uses. The center piece of the display a cut-out of an arthritic wom an combing her hair with an ad- 1 College Cost Figure Sought by Severino -r Trr->l » -T-VT ATXTf* f . 1 * i.1 1 M J! £ At il 1 T\\. ^ T\Vt- M • i*1 TV fT t! — L J. I WHITE PLAINS— Supervisor Manlio Severino (R- Mount Vernon), because the Board of Supervisors refused to do the job, Monday requested detailed in formation on plans for the engi neering building Westchester Com munity Colleje is to construct on its campus in northeast Green- burgh. Severino charged previously that the Board has been signing \Wank checks\ for the building of the college. The Board at its last meeting rejected a Severino res olution demanding more partici pation by the Board in the plan ning of the college. Members told him that if he wanted the infor mation, he could ask department heads for it. Monday Severino sent two letters; one to Chauncey T.S. Fish, chair man of the college board of trus- Philip C. Martin, lart-time student capacity of the and the other to college upon completion of the en gineering building. He also raised questions con cerning costs in the nurse train ing program and present plans for site work, including roads and parking areas. In his question to Peterson, Sev erino was critical of a cost per fuU-time. student of $825 which was given to the Board recently. tees and Dr. its president, John A. Peterson, county budget Building Details Asked To the college. Severino asked the size of the building, its use, number of students it will ac commodate, the use to which each building which will then be on the campus will be put, plus a com plete analysis of the full-time and justable long-handled comb before an adjustable mirror hooked around her neck. For the person who cannot bend down, a light \helping hand\ makes it possible to pick things off the floor, while a mechanical \sock aid\ helps put on stockings and pull them up. There is a clip-on apron for the homemaker whose arm joints will not let her reach to tie an apron in back. Among a selection of eating aids are the extension fork and spoon, arid a spoon with a special han dle for the hand that cannot close tight. These and other devices on dis play give an idea of the many that have be£n developed to make it possible for even badly crippled persons to carry on at home with out calling for help. He produced figures which he said show the cost per student at $1,000 a year. \I realize the expenses and in come from part-time students may complicate the cost structure, but the fact remains that the college spends $1,000 a year for each full time student enrolled. \This does not take into ac count services now performed for the college by your department, the personnel department, or oth er departments, such as the De partment of Public Works which must furnish cleaning and snow re moval services, to say nothing of maintenance and repairs to roads and grounds,\ Severino added. Since the county, theoretically, is to pay only one-thjrd of the operat- elements of costs be included.\ He asks in his letter to Peterson for detailed information on costs. chial ond public school pupils in the district. McGee pointed out that no marks were given or credit allowed for the summer courses, and there fore no attendance problem. Most of the students are anxious to learn. McGee asserted, pointing out the \finest type of teacher-student relationship is necessary to main tain the high degree of interest shown in our program by stu dents.\ Credits Favored Superintendent George Richter told the board that there was some feeling that accredited courses should be offered. At the sugges tion of the board, McGee agreed to study the possibility of offer ing these courses in conjunction NYU, Publishers' Project Written. Spoken Word Seminar Set OcL 27 IRVINGTON— Because of the enthusiastic re sponse of students to the First Invitational Conference on the Written and Spoken Word, held last October, Westchester County Publishers Inc. and New York Uni versity again will sponsor a simi lar conference on Oct. 27. The conference, to which one outstanding student from public, parochial and private high schools of Westchester, Bronx, and Rock land counties is invited, will take place in the Frank Jay Gould House of NYU in Irvington. Because of the limited facilities of Gould House which is a sem inar center for the university, the invitations can be extended to only one student from each school. Principals of the high schools are being asked by letter to select a student to attend who will be able to take back to his school an ac count of the day-long conference. The students will also be asked to write a critical analysis of the program to be sent to the sponsors before Nov. 10. Registration will take place from 9:15 to 9:45 am Promptly at 10 a.m., following a short general session, the guests will adjourn for discussion groups for which they have previously registered. Discussion will cover the follow ing: dramatic writing for radio and television; critical writing and journalism; short story and the novel; writing for industry, public relations; advertising. Each group wall have at least two leaders in the various facets of the written and spoken transmission of thought. Following luncheon, there will be a guest speaker, and a general discussion of the morning's topics. Joint Sponsorship The conference is being arranged by Eleanor Ney, education editor, Westchester County Publishers Inc., and Katharine A. Salter, as sistant director of admissions, New- York University. This newspaper and the universi ty are also sponsors of the West chester Science Fair. The fifth fair will take place next March in the County Center. PARENT. Mrs. Alfred Mac- Kenzie of Bedford Hills Citizens Committee with principal, Robert Lancto, inspects rotting siding on the present Bedford Hills cafeteria kitchen. Mrs. MacKen- zie is one of 45 citizens in the district who worked on a com mittee to study an addition to the Bedford Hills Elementary School. Adult School Needs Le ader, Board Told MOUNT KISCO— The Bedford Central School Dis trict has reached a point where a fulltim\ director is needed for its Adult Education program, the Board of Education was inform ed last Wednesday by Raymond Belanger, principal of the Bedford Village School and director of Adult Education. Asked by a board member if such a move was necessary, Be langer replied \the district pass ed that point three years ago.\ He added, however, that he thought the board would be severe ly criticized if it hired a full-time director. The board had been crit icized for \less drastic steps,\ he commented. Belanger pointed out that some districts the size of Bedford Cen tral did have full-time Adult Ed ucation directors. Superintendent George C. Rich ter said a conservative estimate of a budget for the Adult Education program if a full-time director were hired would be double the present outlay. The new budget is $16,725, with $13,000 going for teacher salaries. The part-time di rector now receives $1,500. In his report to the board, Bel anger informed members that he was attempting to get more young er people interested in the curricu lum offered. He noted that \very few\ young adults were enrolled. The curriculum is basically the same as that of last year with 32 courses being offered The one new course will be a lecture series on Africa. Belanger emphasized that teach ers for Adult Education were dif ficult to obtain. A teacher is paid only $10 for two hours' work and the courses are taught at the Fox Lane School, which is three miles out of the village. Registration will take place Sept. 28-30 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Fox Lane. Classes will begin the eve ning of Oct. 5. Recent Shifts Cited in Social Security Law WHITE PLAINS— People in Westchester are re minded of some important changes in the Social Security Law that have taken place in the past sev eral years, Louis K. Horlyk and Jack Scarangella, district mana gers of the Westchester Social Se curity offices have stressed. Both managers suggest that persons sixty years of age or more who do not know what benefits are pay able under the program, what they amount to, or what proofs are re quired, should get in touch with their local district office. This in formation will assist them in plan ning their retirement. Two points in the law which are commonly misunderstood are: first, it is not necessary to retire completely to receive social secur ity benefits, and secondly, women can receive benefits as early as age sixty-two. Persons who have reached re-' tirement age (sixty-two for wom en, sixty-five for men) with an nual earnings of $2,080 or less, can receive some benefits. If savings ars $1,200 or. less, checks are pay able for all months of the year. I Also, benefits are payable for 'any month in which earnings are $100 or less. Self-employed persons may receive a benefit for any month in which they do little or no work. Only pay for work and net earn ings from a trade, business, or pro fession is considered Income such as pensions, dividends, and rents Methodist Church Set Family Night PLEASANTVILLE— The Pleasantville Methodist Church will join in observing World Wide Communion this Sunday, at the regular 11 a.m. service. The meditation by the pastor, the Rev. Kenneth E. Hoo ver, will be entitled \Draw Near with Faith.\ The first of a series of Family Night programs Nwill take place at 6 o'clock Sunday, when the Com mission on Education sponsors a covered dish supper. The Metho dist Youth Fellowships will coop erate in the program, which also includes a teaching film on Chris tian Education for the whole fam ily. is not considered. Women who have worked under social security may be eligible for benefits at age sixty-two. Wives of retired individuals and widows may also receive benefits at age sixty-two. Horlyk and Scarangella urge persons with questions about so cial security to visit, write or tele phone the district offices located at 45 South Broadway, Yonkers, and 15 Leroy Place, New Rochelle. These offices also have free booklets on these subjects: \Your Social Security\ (general Informa tion), \If You Became Disabled,\ \How to Estimate Your Earnings,' \Benefit Payments\ and \Do You Have a Maid?\ LETTER-WRITING WEEK Acting Postmaster C. James Foster noting that the 22nd an nual Letter Writing Week will be celebrated in Chappaqua during the week of Oct. 4 to 10, stated, the week should serve as a re minder to write long-overdue let ters to servicemen, hospitalized patients, foreign acquaintances, faraway friends and relatives.