The Aledo Leader and Willow Park Times (Aledo, Tex.), Vol. 6, No. 37, Ed. 1 Wednesday, October 11, 1989 Page: 6 of 16
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Willow Park Times • The Aledo Leader
Wednesday, October 11, 1989
Primary students learn home fire safety
FIRE FIGHTER ELAINE CARTER ASKS FOR VOL UNTEERS! . .
PARKER COUNTY FIRE MARSHALS Monte Jones and Mike Paschal aid Weatherfood Fire Dept,
volunteer Elaine Carter as she teaches Aledo third-graders about smoke and its dangers, during a 4-H
program called "Learn not to Burn"._(Times Leader photo by Kay W. Davis)
Stuard remains cautious about tax decision
Because of the legislature's
recent decision on the uncon-
stitutionality of the property tax
for use in school-funding, Wil-
lard Stuard, Supterintendent of
Aledo ISD, expects.a "political
field-day" this spring.
intendent Joe Tison expects the
change to benefit his district,
Stuard is more cautious in his
expectations. "With the many le-
gislators needing to be elected or
re-elected this spring (legis-
lators, governor and half the Sen-
ate), I foresee the issue as ! eing
used as a politcal football," he
"The main thing I feel" he
continued, "is that they (legis-
lators) should go back and finish
paying for the programs they've
mandated." Stuard feels a sales
tax would probably be the more
fair solution when stating, "Peo-
ple who have more money,
spend more money; people who
have less, spend less." And he
wonders about a state income tax
being the solution that they'll
come up with.
Stuard further thinks that a
property tax could be a fair way
to tax, if there were an equitable
In cooperation with the
Weatherford Fire Department
and the Parker County Fire Mar-
shal, Parker County 4-H has
been presenting their 4-H Fire
Prevention Training to children
in Aledo Primary's grades 1
Thanks to the coordinated
efforts of Weatherford volunteer
Elaine Carter, who built the "exit
home", and Donna French of the
4-H Club, 14 Parker County
schools will be able to provide a
"Learn by Doing" experience for
the children. Over 3,000 school
children grades K - 6 are still on
schedule to receive the program.
The program teaches stu-
dents that smoke can kill. They
are taught how to roll out of bed,
keep their heads low to the
ground, close their bedroom
door and raise a window. Child-
ren who have second-story bed-
rooms are advised to have a rope
ladder handy, and if not — to not
jump, but to open the window
and scream or yell until someone
The children are also in-
structed on how to phone the fire
department and give their name
and location. One of the biggest
problems of our area is that so
many different fire departments
are involved, children need to
have their fire department's num-
ber posted in their homes by e-
very phone so that in an emer-
gency, they won't have to make
any decisions about where to
Other 4-H "Learn by Do-
ing" programs include Eye Care
and Seymour Safely, Mini-Gar-
dens - sprouting seeds and watch-
ing them grow, Egg to Chick -
hatching eggs, and Blue Sky - a
BLESSING THE ANIMALS
FATHER BILL A. KOMSTEDT blessed the animals on St. Francis
of Assisi Day on Oct. 4 at the Episcopal Church in Willow Park. The
blessing included a week long celebration in honor of the patron saint.
(Times-Leader photo by Kay W. Davis)
Oct. absentees cost
tax-payers big bucks
way to assess the property. He
also is worried about new
funding possibly being based on
what we are already canying.
Remaining cautious in his
projections, he has pondered the
idea of local implications should
districts need to be consolidated.
"The small towns would wither
and die without the local school
in common to pull them together,
but it would be very easy for the
state to decide on consolidating in
counties with small populations."
"There is one central taxing
agency, and that would make it
easy for them (to mandate
consolidation), but then we'd
have transportation expenses and
For the most part, Stuard has
taken a "wait and see" stance, but
his mind keeps mulling over the
various possibilities. Voters this
spring may have a lot to say
a good buy.
makes it even better.
P.O. Box 40
(Barrett Wavne Brinev
Born: 1 0-4-89
Parents: Greg & Carrie Briney
Paternal Grandparents: Doctor &
Mrs. Stan Briney of Aledo (First
Father, Greg Briney, is Ranch
Manager for Tomfollery, which is a
longhorn cattle operation in
Oarrett Wayne was born on his
Grandfather Briney's Birthday.
Ranch House Hoad
kS Exit 418
Old BankHead Rd.
Our Kennel Never Closes
DOG AND CAT
TRAINING & SUPPLIES
JOHN & ALAINA
Old Bankhead Road
Kav W. Davis
Times Leader News
Like it or not, logical or not,
state-funding for all Texas school
districts is calculated on the
A.D.A. (average daily attend-
ance) of enrolled students of a
district during the month of
Districts throughout the state
run. incentive programs to keep
kids in school during the year
anyway, but especially flood
campuses during the month of
AISD Business Manager
Carol Tackel claims thataperfect-
attending student would net the
district around $1700 in state aid,
but that one who missed five
$85 per day (totaling around
bring to the
only around $1275.
Because of absences due to
allergies, sinus infections and
other problems, area schools
have been hit with attendance -
problems when they least, need
Decreases in state-funding,
unpaid ad-valorem taxes and
costly new required programs are
putting the squeeze-play on all
Other than the obvious
reasons for keeping kids in
school — learning and passing -
- parents can help the tax-payers'
pockets by insisting on perfect-
attendance during October, if the
child is at all physically able to
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Williams, Lon H. The Aledo Leader and Willow Park Times (Aledo, Tex.), Vol. 6, No. 37, Ed. 1 Wednesday, October 11, 1989, newspaper, October 11, 1989; Aledo, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth1099302/m1/6/: accessed August 10, 2020), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting East Parker County Genealogy and Historical Society.