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Schools to receive upgrades from bond
Officials and community members cite communication as reason for passage.
By KourTney Geers
news@ColumbiaMissourian.com School leaders and voters attribute the Columbia Public Schools bond issue’s 77 percent approval rating to early and frequent communication with stakeholders throughout the city. The vote on Tuesday was 17,252 to 5,086 in favor of the bond issue, but only a 57 percent majority of the vote was needed to pass. In mid-March, Lorenzo Lawson, founding director of the Youth Empowerment Zone, attended one of the district’s nearly 130 presentations over a three-month period to school and community groups about the bond issue. Superintendent Chris Belcher made the presentation at the Youth Empowerment Zone. At the presentation, Belcher explained that the bond issue would be used to improve buildings, construct a high Tom Rose school and elemen- School Board vice president tary school, build new gyms at Hickman and Rock Bridge high schools, improve technology, provide air conditioning and pay for interests and fees associated with this type of funding. He also explained that the plan for a three-part bond issue, at $60 million each, was developed a few years ago after a report from the district’s Long-Range Facilities Planning Committee said schools were impaired by crowding and needed repairs and trailers. Voters approved phase one in 2007. In 2009, interim Superintendent Jim Ritter recommended combining phases two and three into the $120 million bond issue. Along with the information provided by Belcher, Lawson said his decision to vote “yes” on the issue was also influenced by op-eds written by school board members such as Jan Mees and the support shown by James Whitt in his campaign for his first three-year term on the board. “I think we did a good job of explaining the bond issue and its purpose, and we went face-to-face with over 7,000 people and developed other ways to educate the population, and I think those built some

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John Boucher, 22, pots pazazz red flare flowers at central missouri subcontracting enterprises on march 19. Boucher has been preparing plants for the company’s greenhouse opening, which is scheduled for mid-april.

“I think it does show increased confidence in the decisions the board and administration are making.”

Giving Gardens employs people with disabilities
By Alison GAmmon news@ColumbiaMissourian.com

hristy Craig giggles a lot as she goes about her work, but she focuses hard on the task at hand. She carefully fills a pot with soil — about two-thirds full is the perfect amount. She delicately places a stem into the soil, right in the center of the pot. Then she gives it the final touch, a plant tag, as a wide smile spreads across her face.
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Pazazz red flare flowers are displayed at central missouri subcontracting enterprises on march 19.

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House tries to regulate cyberbullying
Some state representatives say the bill is too vague.
By Trevor eischen
news@ColumbiaMissourian.com JEFFERSON CITY — Legislation to regulate cyberbullying passed the Missouri House of Representatives on Thursday, but vague language has some Missouri representatives questioning its effectiveness. “There’s really no question that we all care about whether children are safe or not,” said Rep. Sarah Lampe, D-Springfield. “But the cyberbullying legislation that is a part of this bill is not strong enough.”

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A memorial service for former Mayor H. Clyde Wilson Jr. is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts, 203 S. Ninth St. Dr. Wilson founded the anthropology department at MU in 1966 and served in a number of leadership positions. He also served four terms on the Columbia City Council and one two-year term as mayor. Dr. Wilson helped develop the Katy Trail system, advocated for civil rights and recommended plans for land use and energy conservation.

Under the bill, cyberbullying covers the use of the Internet or text messaging to “ridicule, harass, intimidate, humiliate or otherwise bully a student.” The state’s harassment law was expanded in 2008 to include cyberbullying. This bill would require school districts to have an anti-cyberbullying policy. The issue could then be addressed by schools as well as the courts. Lampe and Rep. Ed Emery, R-Lamar, said the bill doesn’t clarify for schools what should be done to find and stop cyberbullies. She said the lack of specificity will leave school districts unsure about how to implement anti-bullying policy, and without clear guidelines,

cyberbullying in Missouri will continue. “(Schools) are not responding because they don’t have explicit policies to follow,” Lampe said. “We haven’t given them the ammunition they need to be able to protect our children.” Rep. Maynard Wallace, R-Thornfield, sponsored the bill. He has had experience in school administration, serving as a junior high principal for 4½ years. Wallace said junior high students are extremely sensitive and volatile to taunts and insults. “You talk to school people — they either love or they hate junior high kids,” Wallace said. “I loved it because you Please see cyBer, page 6A

mIssourI women’s BaskeTBall
Former Illinois State women’s basketball coach Robin Pingeton was named the Missouri women’s basketball coach Thursday. Page 1B

Living it up in the sun at the skate park
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George Kennedy remarks on the results of Tuesday’s municipal elections, including the suggesting that Columbia schools have regained the affections of the public. Page 5a

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Deaton details past for students
The MU chancellor’s wife tells women to be honest with themselves.
By Katelyn amen
news@ColumbiaMissourian.com When she was growing up in Brooklyn, N.Y., Anne Deaton organized all the kids on her street into a summer school that charged 10 cents a day. She named herself principal, and her friends were the teachers. Even then, Deaton knew she wanted to be a teacher. Education, public policy and service have been at the forefront of Deaton’s career, as she explained Thursday evening in a conversation at Stephens College for “True Confessions of a High-Heeled Leader.” The event was put on by the Graduate and Continuing Studies program at Stephens, which features successful professional female leaders in the community. Deaton, wife of MU Chancellor Brady Deaton, taught at MU and worked in state government before becoming MU’s first lady. She holds adjunct faculty positions in the Sinclair School of Nursing, the College of Human Environmental Sciences

John Boucher pots pazazz red flare flowers at Central Missouri Subcontracting Enterprises on Friday morning. Boucher has been preparing plants for CMSE’s greenhouse opening.

Garden: Many employees enjoy gardening more than desk work
continUeD from page 1a Craig, 45, exudes a sense of accomplishment, but she has more plants to pot, so she continues with the routine at the Giving Garden, the newest business at Central Missouri Subcontracting Enterprises, formerly Sheltered Enterprises. Potting plants and working alongside friends are her favorite parts of the job, but on this day she also was excited about her paycheck. “I’m going to buy crayons,” said Craig, an avid colorer. Giving Gardens is to open as a retail greenhouse in about two weeks. CMSE provides jobs to people with disabilities who otherwise might have trouble finding work. About 130 employees with various disabilities perform greenhouse labor and work in manufacturing-type jobs for major companies such as 3M and Otscon. Aside from the obvious benefits — a job and a paycheck — working in the greenhouse is healthy and therapeutic, said Julie Krugg, a professor in the MU department of occupational therapy. “In a workshop, you’re not as invested in the outcome,” Krugg said. “In horticulture, people tend to get much more invested in the outcome. “Seeing something go from nothing to something to something sellable can be very meaningful to individuals. Engaging the mind and body makes people feel purposeful and has a huge impact on quality of life.” Like many of her colleagues, Craig far prefers working in the greenhouse. “I love it,” Craig said, wearing a magenta shirt, latex gloves and a sparkling floral hair clip. Employee manager Fran Schneider sees the difference between employees who work in the greenhouse and those who do assembly line work. She watched as one man worked diligently potting plants. “When he’s in the building, he’s not terribly motivated,” Schneider said. “When he’s out here, he’s working and he’s happy.” The greenhouse started as a means to create income after many companies were forced to drop CMSE from their payrolls amid a growing recession. “Because of the economy, some pulled back into house,” Executive Director Bruce Young said. “A number of companies sent jobs overseas.” A few companies have since renewed their contracts, but the greenhouse has allowed CMSE to hire even more employees who had waited for work during a hiring freeze. “We didn’t hire anyone for 16 months because of the lack of jobs,” Schneider said. Young was talking with his friend Bill Reagan at a Rotary Club meeting about losing a major contract when Reagan suggested the greenhouse. Reagan has a master’s degree in horticulture from MU and ran his own greenhouse for 35

and the College of Education. “I think one of the toughest things for women is to be honest with themselves,” she said. “Each individual really has to search for her own heart.” Deaton’s own heart has led her to volunteerism. She has volunteered at a number of local community service organizations, including 4-H and Rotary Club of Columbia. She also serves on the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurological Studies Advisory Board and the American Association of University Women. Stephens College President Dianne Lynch said Deaton’s spirit “permeates the community.” Past speakers at “True Confessions” have included Lynda Baumgartner, owner of Image Technologies of Missouri, former Stephens College president Wendy Libby, former Columbia Public Schools superintendent Dr. Phyllis Chase and Commerce Bank president Teresa Maledy. “I love coming to hear about professional women,” Jefferson Junior High ninth-grader Maria Kalaitzandonakes said. “Teenagers should come and see these things.”

Faculty discusses MU’s right to members’ work
The Faculty Council also spoke about the future of partner benefits.
By nicole leBsacK
news@ColumbiaMissourian.com Ownership of intellectual property created by college faculty members can be a sticky issue, and the MU Faculty Council discussed possible changes to such rules at their Thursday meeting. The university now owns the copyright in the following categories: n Works that are commissioned for university use by the university n Works that are created by employees if the production of the materials is a specific responsibility of the position for which the employee is hired n Sponsored works, or works resulting from grants (but not if the production of the copyrighted work is ancillary to the purpose of the grant) n Works created with the use of substantial university resources Chairwoman Leona Rubin said that under current rules, faculty can negotiate with department chairs for copyright ownership. Amended rules would leave some departmental control but would also add more levels of approval. Rebecca Johnson of the nursing

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Christy Craig, 45, pots mandevilla at Central Missouri Subcontracting Enterprises on Friday morning.
years. He decided to come out of retirement to help Young make the greenhouse a reality. “I kind of needed a job, and it all fell into place,” Reagan said. With help from ABC Labs, CMSE was able to store its plants through the winter as the greenhouse was prepared. “They learned of our plight and loaned greenhouse space,” Reagan said. New employee Mike Pitts, 40, also enjoys working in the greenhouse. Pitts moved to Columbia from Marshall to be closer to his family, which is in St. James. He struggled to make ends meet on $30 a month for two years while he waited for an open position with Central Missouri Subcontracting Enterprises. “I sat at home and did nothing,” he said. Pitts was hired in January when Central Missouri renewed contracts with major companies and started the greenhouse. With nursery experience under his belt from a previous job at a Marshall greenhouse, he likes to teach his co-workers how to work with plants. “Some people just don’t know how to do it,” he wpeople.” With the money he earns working with the Central Missouri Subcontracting Enterprises, he is saving up for a plane ticket to California to visit his brother. “I haven’t seen him in 10 years,” Pitts said. Now that the employees are at work, Reagan is focusing on an April 23 ribbon cutting at the greenhouse at 4040 S. Bearfield Road. “We plan to sell our product and be a successful business in our own way,” he said. The employees are excited about meeting customers and selling their bedding plants, herbs, vegetables and hanging baskets when the greenhouse opens. Although the ceremony is set for April 23, plant sales are set to begin Thursday, according to its Web site.

school questioned who would own the copyright of journal articles and other published works that are required of some faculty. “How much of that work, just by the fact that I’m expected to publish, is the university’s property?” she asked. The possible changes will be discussed further at the next Intercampus Faculty Council meeting and the May 4 MU Faculty Council meeting. The UM System Board of Curators would make any final decision. Also at the meeting: n Following the council’s March 4 vote of support for domestic partner benefits, Rubin said Chancellor Brady Deaton is looking into other ways to provide benefits for employees’ domestic partners. Deaton’s goal, according to Rubin, is to extend more “soft benefits” to domestic partners, which could include access to the MU Student Recreation Complex, Ellis Library and other activities on campus that currently restrict benefits to spouses. n The MU Faculty Council readdressed UM’s proposed academic integrity statement. Council members again expressed concerns with the wording of the document, which will be addressed at the next Intercampus Faculty Council meeting.

School: Bond passed with 77 percent approval
continUeD from page 1a trust,” Belcher said. “We told the story well and hit the pavement.” Sarah Read, who was a Fourth Ward candidate and a Columbia Parents for Public Schools member, said the bond issue’s approval could not be chalked up to communication alone. Rather, Read cited four factors that created a package “in terms of it being the right thing to do for kids, right thing to do for the community, the right thing to get the economy back on track” as well as an “underlying trust foundation.” In response to the 77 percent voter approval of the bond issue, School Board Vice President Tom Rose said, “The community is pleased with the
progress we are making. I think it does show increased confidence in the decisions the board and administration are making.” Read said that the issue comes along with the board’s developing relationships with the public. “It’s how the community wants or expects to be communicated with and that has changed over time,” she said. “The board has lagged somewhat in recent years with the changed needs of the community and they’ve now caught up. They’ve integrated pieces that have worked before and they have changed them, they’ve let them evolve.”
Missourian reporter Katy Bergen contributed to this report.

“Seeing something go from nothing to something to something sellable can be very meaningful to individuals. Engaging the mind and body makes people feel purposeful and has a huge impact on quality of life.”
professor of occupational therapy at MU

Julie Krugg

$500 million budget cuts go to full Senate
The Senate budget committee proposed education cuts, including more for universities.
By DaViD a. lieB
The Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY — A Senate committee declared Thursday that it has sliced more than $500 million from Missouri’s proposed budget for next year — meeting a target set by Gov. Jay Nixon to bring it in balance. The Senate Appropriations Committee wrapped up its work after making hundreds of individual spending cuts, ranging from just a few dollars for some programs to tens of millions for others. “We’re in a horrendous economic time, and we’re having to do things we normally would not support and would not want to do,” said com-

Cyber: Teens’ deaths discussed
continUeD from page 1a got to see these young people develop and they were just fascinating every day. But every day you had some issues.” Wallace said too much specificity takes away the power from local school boards to create their own policies. He said school boards and school administrations know how to implement policy better than legislators because each school district has its own needs. Lampe invoked the death of 15-yearold Phoebe Prince in Massachusetts. The high school freshman committed suicide in January after classmates relentlessly insulted and taunted her. Lampe said she worries that without clear and defined policies for schools, deaths like Prince’s will persist. Missouri is no stranger to the horrors of cyberbullying. In 2006, the state experienced one of the most well-known cases of cyberbullying in the country when
13-year-old Megan Meier hanged herself after a 16-year-old MySpace user called Josh sent her hurtful messages. The MySpace bully turned out to be Lori Drew, a family acquaintance. Rep. Joe Aull, D-Marshall, said the legislation is a good start. “It’s not perfect, but it goes a long way to make our schools safer,” Aull said. Aull said the legislation will provide education for Missouri schools to prevent further violence. The bill requests $500,000 for the School Safety and School Violence Prevention Fund, which will create a statewide center to provide resources for bullying prevention. But Lampe said the weak language will cost the state money in lawsuits. “We’re putting our schools in line for more litigation when we have weak school policies,” Lampe said. “Schools are going to be sued.” The bill now heads to the Senate.

mittee chairman Sen. Rob Mayer, R-Dexter. The governor had proposed a $23.86 billion operating budget in January for Missouri’s 2011 fiscal year, which begins July 1. But he said last month that his plan needed to be trimmed by about $500 million because of declining state tax revenues and uncertain federal funding. Senate committee staff said Thursday that the panel had cut $506 million of general revenue expenses. Nixon’s administration backed many of those cuts. “Gov. Nixon appreciates the Senate rolling up their sleeves and making some real progress on the budget,” said gubernatorial spokesman Jack Cardetti. But Nixon hopes to reverse one cut in particular. The Senate reduced higher education funding by more than 7 percent — jeopar-

dizing a deal brokered by Nixon in which colleges and universities agreed to freeze tuition so long as they weren’t cut by more than about 5 percent. The budget is to go before the full Senate next week. It must then be reconciled with a version already approved by the House that is about $200 million smaller than Nixon’s plan. Lawmakers must pass a final version by May 7. Through two weeks of hearings, the 11 members of the Senate Appropriations Committee frequently expressed angst over cuts they were making. That was especially true for the elimination of the Career Ladder program, which was established in 1985. The program pays teachers between $1,500 and $5,000 annually for performing extra duties, such as tutoring and developing curriculum.