The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on February 25, 1954 · Page 7
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February 25, 1954

The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 7

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Mason City Schools' Cost Per Pupil Highest in Iowa Per pupil cost of Mason City pub-* He schools was the highest in the stale (hiring the 1952-5:! school year the Iowa Taxpayers Association reported Thursday. The state average was given as $249.30. Lawrence II, Shepoiser, Mason City superintendent of schools, had a simple explanation' for the reportedly high cost: "Quality education." The association based all its calculations on official reports on file In the State Department of Public Instruction. Cost per pupil was based on t o t a l average daily attendance in elementary grades, high schools and junior colleges. 118 City Schools The total net expenditures' for operating the H8 city school districts in Iowa for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1053, were '$53,275,040. Total operating expenditures for the 34 North Iowa schoo! districts listed on the report were §4,480,579. Supt. Shepoiser pointed out that the city school district furnishes more services than the majority of districts listed on the report, lie also noted that the district has a junior college, which increases the cost. All these "extras" add to the cost per pupil, he said. "Of course," Shepoiscr said, "if we eliminated or cut these services, we could bring the cost per pupil to $143." The Atlantic school district, in southwest Iowa, has the lowest pen pupil cost: $177.18. Want Services However, the superintendent con tinued, "the people of this district want these services and are willing to pay for them." Some com munilies, he said, cannot afford extra services; others arc not willing to pay for them. These extra services the educational level of the community, he declared. "Therefore, we improve human resources." Shepoiscr listed ways to cut the present program to the bone: Cut the salary of each teacher by 51,000, he said, and the district would save $250,000. Increase the class size from 30 to 40 pupils and the savings would amount to $120,000. These two cuts would cut the per pupil cost from $309.93 to $221 93. Lists "Extras" increase ·md per ijiipil cost 1953, in that or der. Mason City, 4,795 (junior college) $1,486,100; $285.58, $309.93; Charles City, 1,841, $443,097; $232.22, $240. 08; Decorah 1,124, $260,468, $239.16 1231.73; AJgona, 1,116, $315,231 5278.35, $282.47; Clear Lake, 1,189 ;21G,581, $206.52, $207.39; Hampton 1,049, $233,708, $221, $222.79; Eagk Grove 920, $243.313; $256.70, $264, 47; Cresco, 579, $160,367, $289.24 $276.97; Osage 871, $226,093, $248.01 $259.58; New Hampton 640, $1G5, 627, $254.94, $258.94, $258.79; Clar ion 818, $211,081, $273.23, $258.05 Forest City 868, $180,604, $222.44 $208.07; Belmond 711, $151,216 $214.31, $212.68; West Union 541 $157,087, $256,35, $290.3G. Eliminating the junior college elementary principals, special cdu cation, nurses and dentist, special elementary teachers s u c h as , music, art, speech and the like free textbooks, recreation pro gram, drivers education and guid ancc program would effect a sav ings of $242,000. This would bring the cost down to $185. Further cuts in the visual aids custodians, secretarial help, li brary, transportation, athletics and cost of paving, would save another $153,000, bringing the cost to $153 Additional cuts in the shops home e c o n o m i c s department science, speech, dramatics anc kindergarten would drop the cos to $143. All this could be accomplished Shepoiser. said, but it would do away with "quality education." These d bring to $1,362,636, a savings of $825,000 Here is the total operating a per pupil cost in the 14 North lo cities listed on the report, with per pupil cost for previous year. The report lists the school district, av erage daily attendance, total op crating cost, per pupil cost 1952 BACK FROM GERMANY--Pvt. Thomas J. Treloar has returned from Germany, where he has been stationed since October 1952 with a communications platoon. He received his discharge a\ Camp Sheridan, 111., and will resume farming north of Clear Lake. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Treloar, John Goldman Is Deputy Governor of Toastmasters John Goldman has hreen name deputy governor of the Mason Cit^ Toastmasters Club to succeed CliJ ford Eslick who resigned becaus of the press of other duties. Goldman will be in charge o the local club's arrangements "fo the area speech contest at Webste City Saturday, April 3. Don Thorn as will be the Mason City con testant. Roger Whipple, Marion Neel and Don Helbling were the speal ers at the weekly meeting wit Has Sawyer as toastmaster. Aver Lauber was topicmaster; Bi Eaton, grammarian; Carl Holvil timekeeper and Ed Ruszat, a] and recorder. 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