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My friendly competi- tors, Stephanie Smitson and Susan Sharp, a couple of blonde go-getter nurses, who are the best of friends, who have built Genesis • Home Health and Hospice, a very successful and far- reaching agency. I keep talking about all these great parties I've been to, so I'll bet you think I'm a social butterfly. Truth is, i've written'about every party I've been to in the last few months. ' This is the third one. And this was one big wingding. It was the Smitson's annual anniver- sary party. Stephanie is the wife of Dr. Harold Smitson They hold it at the Athens Country Club, and invite everybody from six coun- ties. (If you didn't get an invitation, don't feel hurt.., they probably just lost your address.) There's music and dancing, and an open bar, elaborate good- ies, and a wonderful buffet dinner. Harold and Stephanie are great hosts, and hug us all and make us feel like we're the guests of honor. I got to see a lot of folks I don't see very often. David Dodd and Janice Miller were there. David Dodd is gathering up some old pictures to copy, and I now think Janice may do the same. Both had prominent and interesting parents, with strong ties to Malakoff, and they have a lot of history they can share. Kay Royall was there, with a date from Eustace, whose name I am sup- posed to know, but all I re- member is that they are fabulous dancers• I sat with Paul and Sandra Sanner and Marlin and Karen Perkins, who are al- ways fun to be with. That was the fun thing I had to tell you about my Continued on page IOA MALAKOFF ISD BOARD: N(, increase in school tax rate; By Richard Townley ;. The school district S lead- ing Tuesday night the Board of Pu rsue counter-suit against parents ers have decided agaiiast in- creasing the property tax rate for the next year, a move that will further reduce state aid to the district. At the same meet- Trustees ordered its lawyers to go forward with a counter- claim against a group of par- ents who have filed a federal suit the district with Malakoff ISD board member O.R. Perdue, Jr. reacts to Bd. Member Virginia Speed's presentation 90-plus degrees of midday heat dur- Malakoff Tigers ing football workouts A couple of hundtedHender- lightning that occasionally lit the son County 4-H mqanbers, fami- sky, the center's gymnasium lies and 4-H wannabe's filled rocked with demonstrations and sex discrimination in its finance ing of athletic programs. In a meet that bared divi- sion over the Title IX suit by five parents of Malakoff High School students, hoard mem- bers rebuffed a presentation that aimed to show the futility of fighting the civil rights claim. Member Virginia Speed offered an analysis of such bias suits in a nine year period ending June 19 this year. It showed 157 Title IX cases filed but only 5 settled in favor of public schools. "I am one board member who doesn't wish to continue to pay attorney fees on both sides in a losing cause," Speed wrote. She was rebutted by O.R. Perdue, Jr., Who charged the lawsuit "would have been avoided if the group had sat down with the board" before going to court. J.T. Alewine said the board has "got to protect • ourselves" -at theparents have gone to court. Alewine's motion to approve the counter- claim wa s approved 5-to- 1, with only Speed dissenting. In the main order of busi- ness-the adoption of a tax rate for the forthcoming year-- there was unanimity on the de- cision to hold the line during the 2001-02 budget year. A rate of 1.4546 on each hundred dol- lars valuation of taxable prop- Malakoff Elementary School science teacher Brenda Johnson talks about enzymes to this class of 16. ever, the state formula that de- termines distribution of state funds to schools will, in effect, penalize districts trying to keep taxes down. Under the two-tier funding plan used by the state, every time a school district gains wealth the state sees it as an increase in its ability to pay and reduces the state contribution to the district. The average value of a home on the tax rolls went from $75,600 last year to $82,109 currey. This gives the district a total valuation of all taxable property of nearly $438,000,000. Malakoff Schools Superin- tendent Dan Rose said in an interview that when property values go up, as they did this last year, only an increase in the number of students can counter the State's downward spiral of school funding. The pace of enrollment has not kept up with the increased valuations. Thus, in Malakoff's case, the "wealth erty withi/i' the District was -H' e r s s t rut s t u ff; adopted withouit dissent. How- becomes judge Malakoff News goes to school; [ A Newspaper in Education the Cain Center it/Athens Sat- urday night for the second an- nual Recruitment= and Aware- ness Expo. Despite thundershowers and By Loretta Humble - This year for the first time, the Malakoff News will participate in the Newspapers in Education Program, which, in coop- eration with businesses, service organizations, and individuals, will pro- vide newspapers and cur- riculum help to teachers and students i'n the Malakoff News service area. Doris Gardenhire, writer and English teacher who recently re- tired from Trinity Valley Community College, will coordinate the program. She will be in regular communication with fac- ulty members to facilitate instruction using the Malakoff News as a classroom aid. The first. NIE step for the News is the publica- tion this week of KidScoop, which will be- come a weekly feature. KidScoop offers enter- taining games and puzzle'S for elementary school children, each with an un- derlying learning theme, and also encourages youngsters to write on themes Suggested by the page. The News will regularly print some of these essays. Curriculum guides will be available for all grade levels. .,eel. For more information about the program, or to become a sponsor, con- tact the Malakoff News (489-0531) or Doris Gardenhire (675-2462) or dorisgard @ aol.com. good-natured Compefitionsl- One of the more unusual con- tests was the "Best Dressed Dog" event. There were Continued on page IOA Henderson County D.A. Debbie Bennett admires Krissy Cade's Miniature Schnauzer "Spanky'" per pupil" is about $250,000. If that level reaches $300,000 the district will receive no state funds. A continuation of the pattern could lead to the district actu- ally paying into state coffers. The district Business man- ager, Joanne Glasgow, says the algebraic formulas used to cal- culate the state funding are "ex- tremely complex". And school administrators point out that even holding the line on the tax -rate do˘ not protect those Whe are seeing the largest increase in valuations• These tend to be the $100,000 plus homes being developed in the city's newer subdivisions. Some veteran Mal-akoff teachers and a number of the district's non-teaching staff have gotten raises, according to Superintendent Rose. Any teacher who has served over twenty years and is not eligible Continued on page 9B Coordinator . Doris Gardenhire NIE coordinator hits road, suggests you do too If Doris Gardenhire's sis- ter hadn't gotten sick she might not have become a travel writer. During twenty years of her teaching career she drove a car from campus to campus, the busy educator's stock in trade. She also made non-work- ing trips and vacations that took her far from her Continued on page 9A I 1529 W. 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