The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania on January 14, 1938 · Page 20
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The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania · Page 20

Connellsville, Pennsylvania
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Friday, January 14, 1938
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PAGE TWENTY. THE DAILY COURIER, CONNELLSVOiLtE. PA. FRIDAY, JANTJARY'14, 103S. TIME TO ACT NOW; FEDERAL AID AVAILABLE Exhaustive Statement - -Rrepared for Board of? · " Education Perusal. -· V.H:S. QUARTERS - - FAR OUTGROWN Tho seriousn^ss of the school housing situation wns brought forcibly before the members ot the Board of Education this week when Superintendent B. B. Smith presented an'exhaustive outline that covered every phase of the problem Advisability of prompt action in remedying the classroom shortage is stressed, especially as Federal assist- ance'in the project may now be solicited. The excellent condition of the school financial structure with regard, to its bonded indebtedness -also "lends a favorable "aspect. · The communication prepared by -Mr. Smith was ordered placed on the -minutes by unanimous resolution. It -reads: "For several "years" we have beet "giving considerable thought and ·study to the conditions in our High "School, and during the past year we -have studied the question very carc- · fully and intensively. The result o -this study convinces us that the time -has arrivea'.when consideration mus : be given to~the matter of providini ^additional pl?nt and equipment and ^B decidedly modified program of to' "struction · · '--- - - - "It is now more than a score o -years since the last movement k ^prcvide-additional buildings for th -Coimellsville school system had its ' -inception In 1913, the electors o -the city were asked-to-approve a "bond-Issue of $175,000 for the crec ~ tion of a new high school building Hhis ^proposition was defeated. By " U15" conditions were such that it was -imperative, that something be don .to relieve the very "bad building con rditions then existing in the schools lAfter considerable study of the prob rlcm, the schoorboard decided to asl "the people to approve" a;bond issu ot $250,000 for the purpose of erect .Ing a new high school building anc · a new building on the west side o " the city to take the place of the thre .small buildings then in use. TW -proposition was heartily approved by the electors. Plans were prepared lor the buildings, property acquired House and Senate Farm Leaders Confer Members of the Honae and Senate Agricultural Committees ore show*, hi conference, on tho administration's farm bill with a view to achieving a lone-rango farm program from tho measures approved in tno special session of Consrcss. Left to right, Senator James P. Pope, Idaho; Representative Marvin Jones. Texas, chairman of the House Agricultural Committee; Senator John H. Bankhcad, Alabama, and Senator Ellison D. Smith. South Carolina, chairman of tho Senate Agricultural Committee. {Central PrciB) pttt into use and soon all of the regular classrooms were occupied. Before long it was necessary to use the laboratories us classrooms and one of the teachers rest rooms was translated into a classroom for the use of small, classes and then some of the younger high school pupils were transferred to the new part of the Cameron Building. Soon all of the available rooms there that were in condition occupied. for classroom use were The next step was a complete remodeling of the new part of the Cameron Building and the eventual transfer of all of the pupils of the first two years of the high school. This relieved conditions decidedly for the time being and for a year or two conditions were, comparatively speaking, good. However, the constantly increased enrollment soon produced overcrowded conditions in the'High School Building. Further relief was obtained* first by using a storage room, on the balcony floor of the _auditorium for a classroom. Next, one of the dressing rooms off the stage was put jnto use for small classes and finally movable partitions were provided in the study halls and the rear of each of the halls is now used as a classroom. "We arc at the end now and can provide no more rooms to tho present wWcTloTr^t'the higHchJol building and the buildh* which was - - - - - i designed to accommodate and pro- j vide for 1,000 pupils now has housed in it throughout the school day and building, and started ir. 1916. "On the actual work was is difficult to estimate accurately just what increase in the enrollment will come about on account ot these changes in ^hc attendance laws, but we know the change will result in a marked increase in attendance during the next-throe-years. "In addition' to the problem we have on account of the inadequate room, we have an equally trying problem due to our lack of facilities for oftcring the typer of courses that arc imperative in the modern program of education. When our present High School was erected, it was considered entirely adequate for the needs of Connellsvllle. It offered facilities for the traditional academic courses, with adequate classroom and laboratory facilities. The commercial courses such as were given in high schools at that time were adequately provided for. Physical education facilities were provided adequate for the number of pupils then in the high school and for some increases In enrollment. The only facilities provided for industrial work for boys were a shop equipped for woodwork- Ing and drawing. facilities For the for mcchanicjl girls the foods building was oc-jupied for the first time and soon after the New Year, i 1918, the West Side building, named the Crawford building, was occupied. Since then no additional building has i been done in the school district. "With the completion of the new · buildings, the schools were reorganized on' the so-called six-six plan, meaning six years in the elementary school and six in the secondary school. "The attendance report for the month of November, 1917, shows an enrollment of 848; the report for November, 1937, 20 years later, 1,873, 'an increase of 1,025 pupils which is "a. pecentile increase ot 121 per cent. "In the planning of the new build- Jng, we hod the opportunity and privilege of working with Mr. Ashe, (S. P. Ashe) the then superintendent of schools. We remember very well that the suggestions and plans submitted to the Board of Education by Mr. Ashe included three more rooms than arc in our High School building. The board was informed that it was the best judgment of the superintendent that'the plans he had outlined would well take care of the high school demands in the city for at least another 10 years. Actual conditions as they,exist today would indicate that Mr. Ashe estimated with a high degree of accuracy and that the building did provide well for several years and had it 'contained all the facilities that he suggested, it would have taken care of, in an adequate way, our high school needs for a decade. - '. Space Soon Occupied. - "With the initial enrollment of 848, all ot the rooms in the building were, of course, not needed or used. One by "one, the additional rooms %vere pupils. In addition, it provides facilities for the manual training, cooking, sewing, physical education and music for 469 additional pupils. In other words, a building designed for 1,000 pupils is now taking care of a 40 per cent over-load of pupils who are loused in the building continuously and at all times throughout the day and approximately 100 additional pupils each period who represent an additional 10 per cent overload. It can readily be seen that It is a difficult problem to provide the proper floor space, seating conditions and other physical building conditions that are required for each pupil. Enrollment Increase Seen. "A new condition is now confronting us due to recent legislation. In the immediate future we-must make provision not only for Increased enrollment due .to normal _ growth but provision must be tional.increase in-enrollment-due to tho new. compulsory attendance law that socs.Jnto effect the coming fall. Under the present law, pupils under 16 years of age arc not affected. In therfall of 1938 the compulsory age becomes 17.years and in 1939 the compulsory age will be-18 years. It Saturday Special Smart double breasted styles, sport back models, new patterns. A featured sale for Saturday only at $8.S5. H. WARSHAL Outfitters for Men and Boys. 131 y. ruts-burs SfrccU laboratory was provided and one ordinary classroom was set apart for work in sewing and clothing. "A more than 100 per cent increase in enrollment has come about in spite of the fact that there has been little or no increase in population. The increased enrollment is made up largely of pupils of a group that did not go to high school in 1917 principally because the high school offerings were not well adapted to their nce{is and desires, Tho pupils that will come in on account of the raising of the compulsory school age will represent another flroup that ore still further removed in their interests from the traditional hi'Eh school courses. If our h,gh school is to properly serve those who desire and will be required to attend it in the coming years, additional courses of a practical and vocational nature must be made available for both girls and boys. Only a minority of our pupils continue their formal education beyond the high school The great majority seek at graduation, on opportunity to begin their life work. Homcmakinjr Courses Needed. "Since the great majority of the girls marry and become homcmakcrs, within a few years after graduation from high school, it would appear that ndditionjl courses in the various aspects of homemaking, care of children and simple nuring principles should be made available for the girls. "In the commercial field, the traditional courses in shorthand, book- keeping and typewriting no longer comprise a well-rounded commercia" curriculum. Facilities and equipment should be provided for the offering of adequate courses covering the various office procedures and instruction in the distributive occupations which is almost entirely neglected should be offered. "For the boys who arc Jntercstei in the industrial field various course should be ottered. We need first a complete and adequotoly-equippet general shop and shops affording op portunity in several of the industria fields should be provided with %vell organized courses and competent in struction. Vocational agriculture ha jocomc ,1 popular course in many ilgh schools, and there is evidenc that there is a definite demand fo such courses and instruction in our nigh school. 'When our present building wa erected practically no attention wa given to the fine arts. Subjects i: this field had not yet come to have prominent place in the secondary school curriculum. Today these subjects arc receiving more and more attention and making fine contributions to the secondary education program. 'Since our building was occupied the stage of 1'ie auditorium has been used for classes in music. What art work we have had has been done in an ordinary classroom with the most meagre facilities and equipment. During the last two years we have used as a second music room a room lan double enrollment they 'are cn- rely inadequate. Modern high chools are built either with two gymnasia or one large gymnasium vith provisions for folding partitions hat convert the gymnasium into t\vo tarts making available facilities for ho instruction of two classes in ihyslcal education. "The Connellsville school district is ti a peculiarly happy position from he standpoint cf its debt situation and its ability to undertake to pro- 'ide the needed building and equip- men facilities. The bonded indebtcd- iess"of the school district is $227,000. This indebtedness will be liquidated during the nex,t nine years. During each of the next eight years $25,000 vill be paid and $27,000 will be paid during the following year. For the jaymcnt of interest on these bonds and their redemption when due the school district has a sinking fund balance consisting of cash and bonds n the amount of $168,453.84. The net indebtedness is, therefore, but $58,546.16. , Bond Sale Will Be Easy. The school district has bonding power ot $510,258.35. Taking into iccount the present net indebtedness [he school district has remaining bonding power of $451,712.19. "Appioximately $140,000 of these bonds could be issued by resolution of the Board o£ Education while the issuing of additional bonds would require authorization by a vote of the people. ' "The excellent financial position of our school district with the strong demand for high-grade municipal bonds would make it possible to sell bonds of the school district bearing a comoaratively low rate of interest It is quite likely that a Connellsville city school district bond issued now bearing a rate of interest approximately one-half of the rate of the bonds already issued would find : ready market. Furthermore, ou: school district is in a position to issui bonds sufficient to handle a reason able building program, carry and liquidate the bonds with very little if any, additional tax, for the sinking fund. "The district has approximatel: $265,000 in delinquent taxes assessei against tangible property. At th Kite these taxes have been comin in d-jring the last several years an the rate at which they may reason ably be anticipated during the com ing years, a bond Issue reasonable in size could be carried and redeemc within a short period of years wit! the payments of delinquent tax. Any In the Cameron Building basement. It is, to say the least, inadequate and unsatisfactory. The room has a low ceiling which creates a very undesirable condition in a music room. It falls far short of the prescribed window space In a modern schoolroom, has inadequate heating facilities, no ventilation and the floor space falls far short ot the requirements for the number of pupils assembled in the room. The room has nothing to recommend it as a music room and many features that condemn It as a room for any school activity. It is the only place we have, though, and must be used until a suitable music room is provided. No facilities are available for" dramatic work during school hours. There is an imperative need for at least two properly designed and suitably equipped music rooms, an art room and facilities for dramatic instruction alonfj the ideas of a 'little theatre.' While our physical education facilities, namely a gymnasium 70x40 feet and a swimming pool 60x18 feet, were entirely adequate for our in the high the now more onds issued should, of course, be erial bond;; running over a comparatively short period, a portion of them edeemed 'within a year or two and tie remainder in installments ex- ending over comparatively few ·ears. In this way the bonds could 10 carried and redeemed with the unds received from delinquent taxes and no additional sinking fund taxes would be necessary. 'Until it is definitely determined vhot should be provided in the way if additional building and equipment t is, of course, impossible to determine what the cost would be. However, whatever the cost may be, a ubstantial part ot it can be taken care of through Federal funds that vill be available for such construc- lon work. "There ore matters of on administrative nature that should not be lost sight of in consideration of this matter. The types of courses that we are unable to offer at the present .ime through lack of. building and facilities are considered among the most important offered in the modern ilgh school. They are considered so mportant that the State pays additional subsidies for teachers' salaries In the vocation-education field, and [here ore Federal funds available in large amounts for various types of vocational education. 'Additional high school building space would release additional rooms In the Cameron Building for elementary school pupils. This would make possible changes In our ele- . mentary schools that would reduce materially administrative and overhead expenses. ·It is our belief that the School Board should give serious consideration to this acute situation which is fast coming upon us--indeed is upon us to a large extent at the present time. The situation should be carefully studied; the necessary investigations and surveys made. The Department of Public Instruction will be glad--in fact eager--to assign experts in the different fields to work with the local superintendent in making a detailed and thorough study and investigation. "Since projects of this kind are not consummated in a few days or even in a year, it would appear that this matter should not be delayed long by the Board of Education but should have their immediate attention and consideration." Acosta Infant Dies. SOMERSET, Jan. 14.--Betty Jane Avery, five months old, daughter of Mr. ond Mrs. Louis Avery of Acosta, died Tuesday of pneumonia. 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