School Board faces severe financial problems

A look back at Laurel History - 3/23/17
By: 
KATHLEEN GILLULY
Outlook managing editor

25 years ago
March 25, 1992
The Laurel School Board is considering cuts, not only in programs, benefits and staff, but also the possible closure of South Elementary, as ways of cutting the elementary budget if the April mill levy fails. The eight line items to be considered for cuts would save the district a total of $232,500—slightly less than would need to be made if the levy fails. The question is, would the district be able to retain its accreditation if these programs are cut? The areas considered for reduction include 1) Cap classified staff. 2) Eliminate instructional field trips. 3) discontinue student injury insurance. 4) Eliminate extra-curricular activities, including athletics. 5) Reduce aides. 6) Discontinue district contribution to food service program. 7) Eliminate gifted and talented program. 8) Reduce district contribution to special education. Each classroom closed would save about $35,000 for each.
Births were announced for Lauren Ranae Brunsvold and Miranda Stevenson Bradley.
An evening of fun and entertainment will be on tap when the Laurel Volunteer Firemen and the Laurel Rotary Club take to the floor at the LHS gym for a benefit basketball game. The game is being played to raise money to help the Laurel Ambulance Service purchase a new ambulance. One of the exciting halftime events will be a 3-point contest, featuring a 50-50 split on the prize money for the one talented enough to can the big three bucket.
Brad Molnar, Laurel, filed last week as a candidate for the Montanan House of Representatives House District 85. Molnar, a Republican, is running unopposed in the primary election. This essentially assures a re-match of the Molnar-Tom Kilpatrick race of two years ago. That election ended in a tie vote before a recount gave the election to Kilpatrick. Brenda Erickson of the National Council of State Legislatures, called this election the closest race in the nation in 1990. Kilpatrick is also unopposed on the Democrat ticket in the primary.

50 years ago
March 29, 1967
Mrs. John H. (Dione) Smith , who was seriously injured when her light plane crashed shortly after take-off from the Bridger airport, is “doing pretty good—as well as can be expected,” her husband, Dr. J.H. Smith, said Tuesday. Mrs. Smith, a patient in St. Vincent’s Hospital in Billings, is recuperating from a broken left ankle, a broken right leg, numerous facial cuts and bruises, and burns about her head face and one ear. Out for an afternoon flight, Mrs. Smith decided to visit friends in Bridger. Upon attempting to land, she encountered gusty winds, and decided, rather than land, would “go around” and return to Billings. In her attempt to climb out, Mrs. Smith’s plane made a 180 degree curve over a three block area and crashed three or four blocks from airport. “The plane first hit the ground than an apple tree in the area,” Dr. Smith said. A wing touched the corner of a house belonging to Mrs. Helen Loveland; the wing of the airplane landing in a neighboring yard; and the engine flew out of the aircraft exploding about 8 feet from a house. Some damage was done to evergreen and apple trees. The plane “did a complete turn” before the crash. Amos King of Bridger was the first person to arrive at the scene of the accident, and with the help of Mrs. Bill Baker and others, extinguished a fire that had started in the aircraft, and removed Mrs. Smith from the wreckage.
Laurel voters will be busy this weekend and Monday as a school election is scheduled for Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. in the junior high school gymnasium and the regular city election is Monday. All registered voter are eligible to vote in the trustee election. Incumbent Henry Koppelman is unopposed in his bid for a three year term. Also to be decided is a $15,622 levy for the high school. Registered voters, whose name appear on the last completed tax assessment roll, may vote on the tax levy proposal.
Army Private Bert W. Hopple, 19, whose parents, Mr. and Mrs. Warren B. Hopple, and wife, Susan, live at 16 Seventh Ave., was assigned to the 221st Supply and Service Co. at Cam Rahn Bay Viet Nam, March 4. Hopple a mechanic, entered the Army in 1966 and was last assigned at Ft. Huachuca, Ariz. He is a 1965 graduate of Laurel High School.

75 years ago
March 25, 1942
General Douglas MacArthur, the man of the hour in the Pacific and Far East, has a relative in Laurel—Lee McArthur, who lives in the last house on the east side of the street at the southern end of Durland Avenue. The Laurel man says his father and General MacArhur’s father were half-brothers. He saw the general about 10 years ago when the general stopped in Utah to visit Lee MacArthur’s father. Lee MacArthur has lived here the past several years. He came to Laurel from Utah and has been employed at intervals at the City view dairy. At one time he was an employee of the Barney & Hartley market.
Among the boys from this locality who left by bus Monday morning for Fort Missoula to begin service in the army were “Buster” Roberts of Park City, Loveen Bernhardt, Don McManus, Don Shay, Alex Frank, Marvin Stephens and Theron Durr of Laurel. Fifty to 60 young men were in the draft contingent from Yellowstone county.
Increasing effects of the war are being noted in Laurel’s homelife and activities. Among the most notable of the past week was the recording of the fact that City Treasurer Philip Noel now has a house full of war refugees—children from the west coast who arrived here a week ago Saturday with the expectation of remaining for the duration. They come from Corona del Mar, Cal., a section of the Los Angeles area near the Pacific beach where about a month ago there was considerable anti-aircraft fire when “unidentified planes” were reported. The war refugees are Mrs. Noel’s sister’s children. Their parents are Mr. and Mrs. Linden Fellows, who, after bringing the children to Laurel returned to California with expectations of remaining there. the children are Bonnie Lou, 13; Jack, 11; Grace, 10; and Dean, 8.
The city of Laurel recently made application to WPA for a $35,000 city-wide sewer project, intended to cover all of South Laurel, a few half blocks on the north side and areas represented by Sixth and Seventh avenues. The city’s share will be about 25 percent of the total and will include most of the miscellaneous expenses and the major part of the materials. The WPA would perform most of the work.
The first of several afghans to be knitted for the Red Cross by Laurel women has been completed and is displayed this week in one of the O.M. Wold company store windows. It was produced by chapter B of the P.E.O. and consists of 96 six-inch squares. The material was all scrap or waste yard salvaged by the knitters, who used up short lengths found at home or raveled out of old garments.

100 years ago
March 21, 1917
The banquet given at the Congregational church Monday evening was well attended, there being 90 people present. An elegant dinner was spread and was thoroughly enjoyed by the large number seated around the tables. Three tables were set the full length of the building and every available seat was taken. At the close of the banquet a program was rendered. Rev. H.O. Johnson presided as toastmaster and acquitted himself most admirably in that position. The subject for discussion was , “The Efficient Church.”
The public sale of P.G. Anderson at Canyon Creek was well attended and everything sold well. Mr. Anderson recently sold his 80-acre farm for $178 per acre. The ranch is located just west of the Elysian school house. Mr. Anderson and family expect to leave the farm, but definite plans have not been stated.
Charlie Barker, who was operated on for appendicitis a short time ago, was brought home to Hesper and is recovering rapidly.
Mr. and Mrs. H.B. Shields and Mr. and Mrs. F.G. Moody gave a St. Patrick’s day party at the Shields home in the northeast part of the city Saturday. The rooms were artistically and appropriately decorated for the occasion with symbols and colors of St. Patrick. The time was sent playing “500.” There were nine tables in use and thoroughly good time was had by the large number present. At the close of the evening a delicious luncheon was served in courses by Mrs. Shields and Mrs. Moody.

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