A schoolteacher who teaches in a one-room schoolhouse and earns $6,300 a year may have a chance for fame and fortune if she decides to allow a California movie-production company to make a film of her life.
Janice Herbranson lives in rural McLeod, N.D., population 50, where she teaches five students at Salund School. When a survey was published naming her as possibly the lowest-paid teacher in the country, Ms. Herbranson was contacted by Ron Shere Productions.
"At first I thought it was kind of a joke," Ms. Herbranson said. "And sometimes I still do."
The producers have asked Ms. Herbranson to submit an autobiographical sketch, she said. But before deciding whether to go ahead with the project, she has tried to get advice about the film industry. "I need to feel comfortable with my decision," she said.
Ms. Herbranson said that if she writes the sketch, she will include information about how, to become a teacher, she had to overcome alcoholism and the grief of losing her husband and son. "Maybe somebody else can identify with my story," she said, explaining why she might choose to have her personal tragedies chronicled on television.
One of the actresses being considered to play the 49-year-old teacher is Jane Fonda. Ms. Herbranson's reaction: "I don't know her. I don't watch television. I don't go to movies. I don't have time." Besides teaching at Salund School, Ms. Herbranson runs a saloon, teaches Sunday school, and is a church organist.
A Spokane, Wash., man on parole for printing counterfeit money may have used a school district's printing press to produce up to $100,000 in $20 bills.
Stanley Baker, who served as foreman of Cheney School District's print shop for six months last year while on parole from a federal corrections center on counterfeiting charges, has admitted in a signed, sworn statement that he printed $70,000 in counterfeit bills using the district's facilities, according to Tim Trombly, an agent with the U.S. Secret Service.
But Gale Marrs, Cheney's superintendent, said he questions Mr. Baker's statement. "Our equipment really isn't of the nature that would be useful for counterfeiters," Mr. Marrs said, noting that the district owns two small offset presses on which student work and the school newspaper are printed. Mr. Marrs added that he thinks Mr. Baker named the school district to "throw suspicion away" from the Baker family's press.
Mr. Baker is now back at a federal corrections center at Lompoc, Calif., for violating parole. Five other men have also been arrested.