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Citing higher heating costs due to the rising price of oil, the director of a school for troubled children in Lakemont, N.Y., has asked President Saddam Hussein of Iraq to help foot the bill.

Fletcher A. Brothers, founder and director of Freedom Village, U.S.A., sent a letter last month to Mr. Hussein seeking $360,000, in care of the Iraqi Embassy in Washington.

"I need not tell you, of all people, the effect your actions have had on the price of oil," the letter states. "I believe it would be right and honorable if you and the Iraqi government sent us a check for our heating bill this winter."

The school has other financial problems apart from higher heating costs. In August it sought protection from creditors under Chapter 11 of the federal bankruptcy code, listing debts of $21.6 million.

A staff member at the school said there has been no response as yet from the Iraqi government.


Peter McE. Buchanan, vice president of development and alumni relations at Columbia University, is the new president of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.

Virginia Carter Smith will remain interim president pending Mr. Buchanan's arrival.

Mr. Buchanan succeeds Gary H. Quehl, who resigned last June.

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