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VOLUME 27, NUMBER 9
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 1975
VOLUME 68, NUMBER 9
integration begins smoothly,
hut b using boycott is felt
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
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
due to the first-da- y
schools as The Voice and The Jeffer-sonia- n
went to press indicated many
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
minutes late, to a
of leers and boos.
"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
and a couple of others are
headed downtown as juniors and
"It's the parents that are getting
upset about it, not the kids
tell my parents I said that," one of them
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
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
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,
of their bus
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
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
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
"Will they ride the same bus home?"
a nervous parent asked.
surely hope so," responded West-po- rt
High School faculty
Robert West, helping people read the
computer lists of bus assignments
posted In the high school gym.
own Talk answers indicate
many are supporting boycott
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
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.
Betty S. Brewer
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?
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.
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
Support. You call this aovernment of
the people, by the people and for he
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 . . .
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
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
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.
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
Thomas B. Johnson Sr.
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.
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.
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
across the street.
Oppose. I'd also like to clear
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
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"
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
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
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
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
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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
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
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
Mathison enthusiastically greeted the
new students, many of whom were
familiar faces to him as assistant
principal at Russell Junior High School
students to Jeffersontown
an hour-lon- g
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,
Ernspiker, demanded "free lunches and
free books for my kids, Just like the
ones getting off that bus are going to
"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
Junior, sis get fair warning
Long ago children trudged along
back roads to
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
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?
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.
"It's so long ago, I forget," he
Big things are expected of first
graders. Lee and his classmates memorized the whole Gettysburg Address,
wowing their folks during a Mother's
Wasn't there anything funny about
first grade? "We were outside jumping
rope and a girl's pants fell down,"
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
"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
enthusiasm, shows everyone his new
"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
Three firemen, one school security
guard, one liaison Louisville police
officer and a dozen volunteer hall
monitors helped things go smoothly at
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
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
their various "away"
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
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
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
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.
all the black
George Morrison said the buses were
arriving late to the Middletown high
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
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.
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
Gaines' bus 156 for the eight-mil- e
from Waggener to Meyzeek Junior High
"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.
Just slightly harried monitors got
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
Jeff, who attended summer school at
Jeffersontown High School this year,
also wondered about whether the cuisine at "away" schools stacks up with
"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.
took 15 of its alloted 48.
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."
"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.
be afraid. Tell them to read a book so
they wouldn't be, If they can read,"
advised Chryi Brown, 7, a Cochrane
"Th6 best way to get along with the
teacher is to talk to her, give her
presents Ilka I did," said Cheryl, who
carted perfume, a candle and
soap to school last year.
If the toacher gets mad, 't's "shhh,"
says Cheryl, putting a finger to her
teases you for being so little, the
should stand up tall and
reply, "Watch It, buster," Cheryl
do Moms say to little
on the Big Day? "All my Mom
said was 'Stay Clean'," Cheryl
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,
with no overt protests but 0
of the student body absent.
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
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