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Image 1 of Jefferson reporter (Buechel, Ky.), September 4, 1975

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0) SvCc?) TICTC oj v7 ft S THE VOICE THE JEFFERSONIAN VOLUME 27, NUMBER 9 m nn and mi THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 1975 VOLUME 68, NUMBER 9 Twenty Cents integration begins smoothly, hut b using boycott is felt 7" Busing came quietly to the East End of Jofferoon County this morning. It came with an occaslnal protest, one or two false bomb threats and a few hitches in bus rideds. The most serious effect, though, was absenteeism, as students stayed away In large numbers. The proportinate effect of anti;busing boycott and parental concern about possible first-da- y violence could not be determined. It did apper, though, that absentee-Iswas much higher at southeast Jefferson County schools like and Seneca, where only 20 percent of the student body came, than at northeastern county schools including Ballard, Waggener, and Westport, where well over half the students were there this morning. Among black students arriving at East End schools from downtown, absenteeism did not appear to be serious, though many buses arrived late rough edges. due to the first-da- y Early from elementary returns schools as The Voice and The Jeffer-sonia- n went to press indicated many absentees, too. m fact, agreeed Jeff, Monte, Jon Shontz and James Carpenter, the crowd at their bus stop was quite a bit smaller than last year. Seven boys were on hand when the bus came at 7:1 7, a few d minutes late, to a chorus of leers and boos. In good-nature- "It's hard to go to bed early enough to get up this early," moaned a group of Westport Junior High School girls. And that, they agreed, for them was the worst thing about busing. Waiting for classes to start, as crowds milled around the Warhawk Inlaid in Westport's lobby floor, the girls decided a person could really get used to busing. None in the conversation group was slated for busing this year, though one will go to Central next year as a r, and a couple of others are blue-and-gr- ninth-grade- headed downtown as juniors and seniors. "It's the parents that are getting upset about it, not the kids Don't tell my parents I said that," one of them shrieked. ... it's gonna be okay, out here," smiled a Westport school bus driver who had just dropped off his second load this morning about 6:45. On his first run from an outlying section of the Westport district, the driver said he'd been packed with 60 of the 70 students he expected. His second run from a nearby subdivision saw the numbers fall to about 25. "Some of 'em are riding with their parents, though," the driver said. One of his young passengers, walking from the bus down the ramp to Westport's gymnasium-side loading area for "away" buses to Meyzeek, smiled bravely. "I'm just gonna stay out of trouble if it starts," he said. "I really don't think it "I think will." ( Westport High School's seven buses to Meyzeek Junior High and Central High School away on time this morning. Whether due to boycotting or first-da- y jitters, the Westport buses were only about half filled. A bus taking seventh- - and eighth-gradeto Meyzeek, with 52 students scheduled, actually carried 28. Another, rs 11th-grad- d ninth-grader- s, girls, e of their bus though, filled leaving Westport with 20 of its 30 scheduled passengers aboard. The other buses departing Westport just past 7 am appeared to be about half full of riders. Early indications at Westport seemed to show absenteeism was higher students being bused to "away" schools than among those remaining at Westport. two-thir- THE VOICE and The Jeffersonian have combined front pages this week to provide coverage ol today's newt about the first day of busing for racial balance. Information detailed on this page was gathered by staff members Judith Berzof, Sandy Hlnton, Mary Bruce Qarr, Robin Kathy French and Gaye Holman, and compiled by Managing Editor Robin Garr. The newspaper's press time was 9:30 am, and Information printed here is accurate as of that hour, when secondary schools were settling down to classes and elementary pupils were arriving at their Brldgman, VanDusen, "away" schools. "Will they ride the same bus home?" a nervous parent asked. surely hope so," responded West-po- rt High School faculty member Robert West, helping people read the computer lists of bus assignments posted In the high school gym. "I own Talk answers indicate many are supporting boycott I Support for a boycott of public schools was strong this week among those who responded to last week's Town Talk question. Only a handful of the many ballots came from people who thought the boycott would be a useless, damaging exercise. Most felt it represents the only way they have left to register their d opposition to busing to achieve desegregation. Last week's question was: "Do you support or oppose a boycott of the public schools as a demonstration against federally-ordere- d school desegregation?" Responses received by Tuesday noon follow: Support. If I had wanted my children to attend school elsewhere, I would have bought them there, rather than pay the payments and taxes do now. We also wouldn't have to work all the time. court-ordere- I Roy L. & Betty S. Brewer Glaser Road Support. To pressure the politicians to correct this ridiculous law. The next step will be to vote them out of office. Are the children of the publisher of this paper being bused? I.R. Bray Tyne Road Support. Cost is prohibitive and are depriving private parochial schools of their school busing and creates a hazard for them and is against the wishes of the majority. R. Bloemer Tavener Drive Support. I think this is the only course left open to the people of Jefferson County. As citizens of the United States whose rights have been violated, we must fight to preserve them as our ancestors (did). Daniel R. Ernspiker Monty Lane Support. You call this aovernment of the people, by the people and for he people? Bull!!! Donna Lasley Granvil Drive Wanted: Less hassle local businessman used SEEK to find a cleaning person for his office two weeks ago. He says he received satisfy"about 150" calls ing, but annoying because of the volume. This week he found an answer: for an extra dollar he's using a SEEK box number. That way he'll get serious responses, but without any hassle. Let SEEK work for you. Call us at . . . A 097-010- 1 Support. Busing blacks 9 years is unfair. County schools are not that good. A pot of gold at the end of a bus ride? I doubt It. Charles R. Toon Sunrise Way Oppose. School boycotting can only set a bad example for all in community living. For all students to have a productive year, they must have a positive outlook. BarbaraA.Zennder 8-- Blenheim Road Support. If we do not challenge government Interference with local affairs, this present tyranny will Increase. I am afraid we are on the verge of a dictatorship. A heavy hand from far away Is upon us already. J.L. Johnson Watterson Trail Support. When public officials stop accepting federal aid to education, then the federal government cannot force federal laws on us, as each state would be independent of the federal government. Thomas B. Johnson Sr. Dean Drive Support. Since we have been denied the right to vote on the Issue, boycott is our only avenue of expressing our opposition. I consider It not only a right, but an obligation as well. Karen Lasher Millwood Court Oppose. Don't make things worse than they already are. No one is happy and everyone is scared. Just let the kids handle It and things will work out OK. Cheri Roosa Savannah Road Support. realize that a boycott will do little or no good, but I strongly feel something must be done to show our elected officials it is time to get off their rear ends and stop this madness before another public school system is ru,nedJames L. Hendershot Tucker Station Road Support. This Is the last and only way to make ourselves heard. My girls will not go downtown when they can walk Judy Silverman across the street. up Oppose. I'd also like to clear Mrs. another matter. My mother, Lawrence Conley, was interviewed by Channel 3 news over the possibility that we were going to sell our house and move into a county without busing this fall. The reporter made it clear that mother disapproves of any busing (we live within walking distance of both Eastern High School and Jane Hite Elementary). However, he did not make clear the fact that we hadn't yet still purchased a new home, We haven't. My sister, Vickie, will hopefully, be bused for only this year. My other sister may not be bused at all. Our family has developed a "wait & see" attitude towards the entire Issue. We considered writing letters to the editor (perhaps the director of the news program, Channel 3), but decided that It was a small discrepancy and not really that important in an interview that took several hours to film, etc. Thanks for the opportunity to "Voice" our opinion. Springhlll Road make It known In Support. I must some way that I oppose busing. If unequal education Is the reason for busing, why not use the money b'elng spent for busing to upgrade the Inner city? Now, all the tax money will go for the expense of busing and all children will suffer. Name withheld Wlllowwood Court Support. This Is supposed to be a government by the people. The people have the right to publicly oppose forced busing when some judge thinks he's God instead of an employee of the people. Free country? We might as well be in Russia. Mrs. Susan Chrlstlson Markwood Road SENECA STUDENTS TAKE IT EASY, WAITING FOR CLASS TO BEGIN "His name Is not on my list, but he's supposed to be on my bus," complained a driver there. A student, hearing that stopped, turned to her friend and asked "is your name on anybody's list?" Very few parents accompanied their children to the bus doors, and no protestors were on hand at Westport as a monitor shouted "Okay, everybody, get on board. Let's go." And uneventfully, at Westport, that's what they did. Support. I believe that this forced busing is Communist. All of our children belong to God and not the Continued on Page 4 Calm prevailed, protestors were few and attendance was down as Jeffersontown High School's classes began this morning at 8:30 am, Just about two hours after the first students arrived at school. At 7 am, one of the five scheduled buses left for Parkland Junior High School, and one of the five scheduled buses left for Central, indicating only of students to be bused were there. William R. Cralgmylc, principal, said his early estimate was 60 percent of the total enrollment attended school the first day. Absenteeism clearly struck heaviest among the students who were to be bused. It was 25 minutes late when two buses from Central and two buses from Parkland arrived at Jeffersontown. Officials said they expected 350 students to come from the downtown Principal Asst. schools. Charles Mathison enthusiastically greeted the new students, many of whom were familiar faces to him as assistant principal at Russell Junior High School last vear. students to Jeffersontown received an hour-lon- g orientation period. Principal Craigmyle told them "We know you have many anxieties about this situation. However, our main goal here Is education." Craigmyle concluded, "I see no difference in the kids today than any other year. I think this will work out fine," Outside Jeffersontown High School In the marked-of- f protest area, about eight adults carrying signs insisted they would remain at the site each day "until something is done." One of the protestors, Douglas Ernspiker, demanded "free lunches and free books for my kids, Just like the ones getting off that bus are going to All new have." "What ya say, strong man?" asked bus driver Glenn Gaines to the first passengers he picked up today at 6:25 am in St. Regis Park's Steeplechase section. Junior, sis get fair warning Judith Berzof Staff Writer Long ago children trudged along back roads to country school houses playing kick the can or jumping In piles of leaves along the way. Nowadays children are whisked to front doors of schools where television, media centers and classrooms without walls are commonplace. But, for all our modern sophistication, there's one thing that never changes. It's the feeling deep In the pit of a stomach on the first day of school when momma says "goodbye" at the classroom door. What actually goes on inside those classroom walls, when 26 darlings wearing new blue jeans or ribbons in their hairdos meet teacher during the first days of school? The went straight to the top this past week for expert views of life in the first grade. We Interviewed four second-graderwho laid it on the line for beginning their school careers. Lee McFarland, 7, a second grader at Cochrane, advises first graders to "Sit In their seats, listen, do what your teacher tells you or else she makes you sit In a corner or something. one-roo- m first-grade- s, first-grade- s, "It's so long ago, I forget," he apologized. Big things are expected of first graders. Lee and his classmates memorized the whole Gettysburg Address, wowing their folks during a Mother's Day program. Wasn't there anything funny about first grade? "We were outside jumping rope and a girl's pants fell down," recalled Lee. Desa Avis, 7, a Cochrane second grader, warned the battle between the sexes Is waged as early as first grade. "This boy would sit behind me. Then tickle me. It was awful. I couldn't make him stop. It was Charrrrrrlle," she drawled to the giggles of her older sisters. "The first day we had to spell colors on the board. It was fun. After we did all the work we got to play," she said, admitting that it wasn't so bad, "But the second day it gets harder." Another bit of advice Desa thinks all should keep In mind Is "Never fight. They get a bloody nose, and one time Lee swallowed a dime." Desa's brother, Desmond, whn will be this year without outward a enthusiasm, shows everyone his new first-grade- first-grad- er school pencils. "The first few Sheliah Moore, a black bus monitor, Joined bus 156 at Waggener. "If you will be halfway fair with me, I'll be halfway fair with you. Any time you're sick, or have something you want to tell me, you don't have to, but you can," she said. Three firemen, one school security guard, one liaison Louisville police officer and a dozen volunteer hall monitors helped things go smoothly at Meyzeek. As of 8 am, nobody had entered the protest area outside the school. Attendance by the white pupils at Meyzeek is way down, said Principal Alvin Upton, so additional orientation programs probably will be held on Monday. Principal Upton said there was a slight problem this morning when too many buses were sent to take children from Meyzeek to East End schools. Twelve of the 13 buses were full, and Upton said attendance for the home school was good at Meyzeek. mated attendance was "pretty good", but the children being bused from Byck hadn't arrived at 9:20 am. Central High School this morning, students to be bused sat in the school gymnasium under signs designating their various "away" schools. They were very orderly, very quiet only the light popping of gum could be heard at times in the big gymnasium. Since it was more Important for the students to get on the right bus for the right school than to have the buses leave on time, there was some deliberate delay to be sure that students arriving late got on their buses. As a result, buses leaving Central High School for suburbasn schools left 15 or 20 minutes late. This was neither serious nor unexpected, said Principal Joseph McPhearson. McPhearson said he believes the boycott had no noticeable effect on the black students. He said it has had some effect on the white students but it was too ea;ly to tell numbers. While students began arriving at Central shortly after 7:15 am, with the first load coming tn from Atherton. Absolutely no disorder or tgrouble occurred at this time, although, all the 10th and 11th grade students sat In a stiflyingly hot auditorium while receivin their schedules and home room assignments. It appeared that the class day would begin as planned at 9 am. McPhearson echoed the feelings of several staff members who felt it was a very successful first day. "Normal" administrative problems developed, but by the next few days McPhearson expects the school to be on a regular schedule. A large number of parents from East End communities were on hand with badges, looking and acting like faculty members assisting students. One clear problem developed' with officials will try to transportation have 1 1 th Street closed on the east side of the schools so students getting on and off buses won't have to dodge cars, said Charles Ruter, assistant director of transportation for the county schools. At all the black School Principal Eastern High George Morrison said the buses were arriving late to the Middletown high As the deadline school and one came via Shelbyvllle. approached, early indications were that Morrison explained the school bus driver had been assigned to Waggener there was a high percentage of absenher teeism at some local elementary but a last minute change to Eastern. Police reported two false schools. According to a bus driver for Jefferbomb threats at Eastern this morning. sontown Elementary, less than 10 perWaggener High School reported a very calm situation but at 9 am two cent of his expected ridership came. Ruth Dunn Elementary School princl-pa- s buses hadnn't arrived from downtown. Barbara Smith, though, said estl- - They were due at 7:30 but principal Arthur K. Draut said the buses were reportedly on the way. Fern Creek High School PTA hot line volunteer Dottle Milton said all the buses had arrived shortly after 9 am. She added no protesters were in the designated area but a few were reportedly at the Fern Creek Volunteer Fire Department firehouse across the street. tell all Second-grader- s By Gaines, a bus driver for Waggener Junior and Senior High Schools, began his 14th year as a driver today. Only 35 children, about half of normal, filled his bus after his first trip to St. Regis Park; another swing through St. Regis beginning at 6:40 am netted 29 children. Swirls of smog whipped around Baptist Hospital East while the sleepy children who had to get up 40 minutes earlier than normal blinked their eyes. At 7 am, about 40 eighth-graderof the bus' capacity, boarded trip Gaines' bus 156 for the eight-mil- e from Waggener to Meyzeek Junior High School. "My friends, I hope they're there," said Beth Clark, 13. Pat Cassidy, 13, received mixed instructions from his parents about attending school this morning. "I wanted to go, to see what It's like. My dad said 'don't go,' but he went back to bed. My mom said I'd better get out there." Carrying pretty folders, wearing Jeans or slacks, some children examined every point of interest on their new bus route, while others silently stared away from the windows, "It's all kind of confusing, I don.t know what to think," said one eighth-grade- r. two-thir- Debt Conley Hardwick Road I - . Just slightly harried monitors got Central-boun- was smoggy, muggy, and the stars were still shining in a black sky as students in the Hurstbourne area began trickling toward the school bus stop at Nottingham Parkway and Lyndon Lane just past 6 this morning. "I think they should have asked us (about busing)," lamented Eastern High School sophomore Jeff S hontz. "It's a waste of money, and time, and natural resources." Jeff, who attended summer school at Jeffersontown High School this year, also wondered about whether the cuisine at "away" schools stacks up with Eastern's cafeteria. "It was awful at J'town," he recalled. "It was like feeding an army." Sophomore Monte Evans was headed for a stopover at Eastern before continuing on a bus downtown to Central. . home-to-scho- Meyzeek-bound with took 15 of its alloted 48. It J. (fays are hard," confessed Dawn Huber, 7, of Jeffersontown, who is 7, and will be bused this year to Wheatley. "Then, you get used to It. You can't goof off. I just wouldn't. might get In trouble." I "If we got done with work, we got to play with things In the room. One boy wouldn't. The teacher put her desk by his," said Dawn, who. at an early age, seems to sense that crime doesn't pay. flrsl-grade- Brand-ne"shouldn't be afraid. Tell them to read a book so they wouldn't be, If they can read," advised Chryi Brown, 7, a Cochrane w second-graiJe- rs r. "Th6 best way to get along with the teacher is to talk to her, give her presents Ilka I did," said Cheryl, who d carted perfume, a candle and soap to school last year. heart-shape- If the toacher gets mad, 't's "shhh," says Cheryl, putting a finger to her lips. And, if some big sixth-grad- er teases you for being so little, the should stand up tall and reply, "Watch It, buster," Cheryl added. first-grade- do Moms say to little on the Big Day? "All my Mom said was 'Stay Clean'," Cheryl What first-grade- rs High at Ballard White students School were "nervous" as they awaited the busloads of black young people being bused from Central, reported Ballard student Steve Allen. "When they were a half hour late, everybody thought they weren't coming," Allen said. The atmosphere was fairly quiet at Seneca High School early this morning, percent with no overt protests but 0 of the student body absent. Thomas According to Principal McCarthy, the first bus arrived from local neighborhoods at 6:45 am, with only three students on it. Other buses followed, averaging eight and nine students on each. McCarthy said Seneca expects 1,778 students this year, but only 400 came this morning. Buses leaving from Central and Parkland Junior High School were late In arriving at their clustered schools. When the first of three scheduled buses from Central arrived at Seneca, It carried only 26 students. Only 32 students rode the bus from Seneca to Central, and 13 from Seneca to Parkland. 75-8-

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