The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on June 1, 1969 · Page 6
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The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 6

Baytown, Texas
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Sunday, June 1, 1969
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*•« Sunday, Jun* I, 1969 ELEMENTARY SCHOOL children throughout the district enjoyed paved play areas for the first time this year. This big area at San Jacinto Elementary School with its colorful stripings serves as a recreational area for a large number of students playing a variety of games at the same time. Cost of the paved playgrounds was small in relation to the rest of the extensive improvements iprogram, but they were an important step in implementing the district's new physical education program in the elementary schools. School Is Out - - And All Is Well The schooi year of 1968-69 here may go down in >.he area history books as one of the most remarkable of all time. With a massive building program underway, it fell the lot of administrators, teachers and students to carry on with the primary objective of schools — education. And carry on they did — while pneumatic hammers drilled into the sidewalks outside classroom windows and earth-moving equipment dug huge cavities for foundations. In the halls and in the classrooms, workmen moved in to lower ceilings and install air conditioning ductwork. It was more than a year's work. It was a supreme test of nerves, initiative an_d persistence. But, somehow, the necessary job of completeing schoolwork for another year was done. And, at the end of the year, the school folks still had energy left to honor retiring teachers, take the kids on several picnics and get the other extras done during the usual hectic end-of- school schedule. Not all of the projects 'of the school district's J7.7 million capita] improvements program are completed, but most will be by the time school starts next fall. There will still be some inconveniences to go through at a few schools, but most ot them will be enjoying the rewards of the district's investment in new educational facilities. Most were already basking in the cool air conditioned classrooms when May temperatures edged toward the 90s. Some additional classrooms were in service at Highlands Junior School and at Bowie Elementary, relieving crowded situations in the past. More classrooms, now under construction, will care for additional students next year at Travis and Highlands Elementary School. Only three contracts remain to be let in the district's bond program. These are for new vocational shops at Sterling High School, a new library for Baytown Junior School and an addition to the Administration Building. UNRELENTING RAINS held up construction of a new 13-classroom addition at Travis Elementary School for weeks. It was a discouraging day indeed for the staff there one morning when water overflowed Hto some of the rooms, wetting down the first and second grade wings. After mopping up operations, the business of education continued as usual. HIGHLANDS Elementary School's new addition is near completion. The new media center is 85 per cent complete, Architect Jamw A- Davis said this week, inii walls are being installed in the classroom section. The new addition will give the school some badly-needed space next year. Classes at the schooi were crowded this year. THESE STUDENTS at Alamo Elementary School began to enjoy some of the benefits of the school district's extensive remodeling programs when their classroom was modernized with the addition of vinyl walls and attractive built-ins. Accelerating building costs have limited this phase of the capital improvements program, and several projects are due to be completed by school maintenance workers. INCONVENIENCE was turned into an adventure at Travis. Restroom doors were blocked by construction of new additions, so a foot stile was installed and the children climbed in through a window. Here, Linda Mapes demonstrates the ease of stepping through. END OF SCHOOL brings special hijinks from the faculty for the entertainment of students. Here, Travis Principal Leon Legler, all dolled up in a wig, a shirt with "King of Swats" imprinted on the back and assorted other paraphernalia, is caught in action at an end-of-school Softball game. RETIRING TEACHERS of the Cedar Junior School faculty are Mrs. Martha Thompson Irft Henry Holcomb and Mrs. Margery Hill*. They were among 17 retiring teachers and administrators recently honored at the annual Baytown Education Association dinner. HOMER MORRIS, a retiring teacher at Baytown Junior School, shows off the honor plaque he received from District IV, Texas State Teachers Association. Morris is completing 45 years of service in the educational field. MISS SYBIL JORDAN of Robert E. Lee and Mid Ethel Heirton of Horace Mann Junior School received honor plaques'from District IV, Texas State Teachers Association, for distinguished service to the teaching profession upon their retirement. Mrs. Jordan is completing 45 years and Miss Henson 46 yean in the teaching field. MISS EULA POTTER, retiring assistant principal at Robert E. Lee, presents her prized collection of Gander pins to REL Principal Henry Armstrong. Mis* Potter has worn the "captains" pins every football game day from 1948 through 1968. "Discarding these pins would be like throwing away the Ganders, and that I could never do," said Miss Potter. <X*&^^

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