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March 1, 1915

The Iola Register from Iola, Kansas · Page 5

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THE lOLA DAILY REGISTEl!. MONDAY EVENING, MARCH 1,1915. IS A M * HO ,00< MMI BOXD ISSI;K XKCKSSAKY; An opon loiter to tht-' public, sotting fortj! the conohisicns arid viewpoints of ftixtor I). >Ji:Clain. one of the op- posXHon members of the Srhool Boai'd. Sintjc al.'oiit the middle of Oecein^ hey last, llie oitlz .i 'hs of this community have been importuned, by advertisement throuRli the pres.s and otherwise, to vote the poard of Kducation iKindsJlo be u ^^od in'tlie erection of a nf\v tjiftli srhool buddins:— the nature and cjiaracter of whi'cli is vasne and uncertain, and the ultimate cost of whiclj^ will be jMi.iMif'.fMi, not includin? equip ^ient. Foll.owins tiu' disni.ssion at tlie Current Topics (.'hib in December, the short -statpinent of tlie oppo.'^ition members of Ihc Hoard publi.«hed in the . Hesisier. and tlie assurances current at thai time, it was hoped and bellevef' that this important feature would br fully presented to thef.. voters oi this District for tiieir free anr indepiindent action thereon, and ivith out tli.c injection of any pcr .sonal in terestpr prejudicial influence Flut ii this tlj.ere has been a dis.sppointment for ins '-ead of an impartial, present;! tion of the question, with a view o' supplying full inform .Ttiou: the major ity niemhcrs of tt.e Hoard, or pe 'r .sou: with t'neir authority and consent, havi adoptf .i u'H 'fhnfLs to ni .Tnufaci .ure r ,i 'n tlmenij rind crr -;itc pr'-judice rat !ic than {n supply c-;siiU !al.inl'ormatton- lndee<t null h thai has been said con sists di >tortfd or crrc .ucous stale ments-f-aiid as a lucmbfiaof the Hoard, and rocardlcss of any isersonal interest one way or another. Ih.c j .\riler does ifiot heli,<-\f> that tliis proiledurc shoiilfl continue inu'hallenced ' •Tlie Aotion of the Itoanl. On'.February tJth of Ithl.s year, over the name of Mr. Ralston as Presitieiu tjf Ihft Boara'. it was stated l !sat "after coiisiderins tiic matter for more than a yeag your Board of Kducati.on lia.s decidfSirl to a.-^k the voters of this dis- tric-t ip authorize a bund issue for the purpose ^of putting: up a new and larj:- or HiKh .School •• The first record the writer oar) finil uj^on this -matter' beforf^ tlie| Board was ai the .^^arch lfn4 tneetth?. ivhen .Mr. tCl.Mn. secoud- e.i bv .Mrj Riddle, carried a motion throu"!! to' have a committee appointed toivisit a number of cities and satisfy tjiemsolves as to the amount ot monev necesfary to 'spend in erectiiic a new high school huildinu: adequate for the needs of the City of loia; am' Messrs. Klein Riddle and Cowan were ai)poit)ted. \t (liiif finio the avorasrf dailj • iitfciidanoe in' tlie I«la Hiuli S<"ho<>l Hii -s less than i 'it, which (le- creased until for the ni"ntli ending-Xay pnh, the inerairc daily at- tendanro was 2.')7J!(;. This eommittff never n;nrie nr file'' , an\ reiiort, and »^\'cept spasni''«!ic effort-s pn the part of one or two niem- bpr.s of the Board witli wi;om Tjiis ln<^\ schooj; scheme lins iiet ome an obsession 150 fiirthor action was asked or taken,Mintil Dctober. Il'lt; and tlie Hoard,: lapsed into iif aiiparently sole an-d only iii;.'-po>.- .-,:' ,i ;>prowns" and I onfirmini: all Millions a!iv';i<;y tak"n by th'e sup"rinf'nd ''Vit. and .Tl 'owin.i; and' orderini.' j-.-iid I 'ill,; alr.iidy in- <urrcd On Von \ en in:; s-h'iol in Sciitcnibr r. l :'IJ ..,;.a cry <.;' <)•. .-r -rrowtbMl conditions jn thp lii;;:. sf lioo! '•utiie from the s!}|,icrinlend<-'nf. ar..J i.c'-was at a loss aji Ip !i .o-.v .-iM j .upils'.ould t;'- ar- comm<)dal.-'d: ' I.AO slate • inspectors ^laitp'^ped i'.' i;ie.-t in ,Iola on the \('r.v day s <J:i)fi! fiperied for t':;e p .i :r- pifsf of insi'e; fiii:.' t !:i' lii'_'h . S'IKIO! bifildihk' oiilj ; the .-r.-ool rooms on the third ;.f!onr. pre.-.ided .\e;irs before liy some t'l the mernlrers of t'.'.c j.resent Hoard; I'crame .ni ".-il'i' " wliic'i the Inspeefnr in:-i-l '-d .-'.oiild h:t\-- :cidi- tionalifire efiiiiiiriient . a • ^iionid been done at t;,e tinie i':i-y we:e jiro- ii.!ed;i new teachers must be provided for t.he rush fif jnipils indee<! applications had l>e'n tiad rind arran2 ;ed IM- fore the Hoard i as a knew there ; wa.s^ a tieniand 'ir «a •.acaiic>: more teachinir j'eriods hail to be ar- ranaerj and the riizh s^'hoo; iear::ers wo'ild-have to w'ork as 7 :iany iiours a.s the »rade teachers: and if theso teach- ins p^-riod.^ we.>-,-. not properly oti- serve^. the !-,i-.;ii school would IOSP its standf'ncr iwiiatever that really i -i in tile Xortii Central I'nion or Association or sonieihin,? of the kind, of col- leses,'- .\nd the averase (lail) atli-ndancp "f the hi:;h sdroul I'or the ni'-iitii t-ntliiiL' ((ftolMT 2ii<L 1!»H, was levs than iW: lor tie mttntlr endine Octoher 3<tth. Ie«is t^uin five (if these were post irra <lji|'ales: and ahtiut fiily were Karnes hiL'h school |^ui>il>—to which we w|ll refer later. .A.t';the October meeting. 1914. the "matter" came up. and would, have been 'pa.s.sed without furtiier consideration; at" that meetiug except for the efforts of tiios'/ of t;;e Ho^Trd who were './K 't in favf>r of tise prop'.'sition j'.nd ti '.eir. reqe.est for delay to verify tile urgency of the demand: however, on ;iJecnmVr 7t!i. 1J914. tl;*- original resoHition was pass>d over t:;e neaa- tive iote of -Mr .Co-^in and the writer, after a ijiolion to aji.iend it so as to sul.Siit to t!:e \r)te-s ,-n alternative projjositlon of tniildin^' a unit add .itior., pro^iosed liy the w;iter. was .voted ('oH '^li. as was Riso ? motion to submit .a?/itig with tiie propcsitioa a provLsion to |ebui:d Iet':.-rson fH'hooI—vvhi <:!i laltfcr motion .was not even se.-ondej. The*alternative "unit' propr)siti«n win be ^iseussed later; hut we wish (o call atli-ntion t t the fact tllat iite a ^erane i\.Aty atteiidancc at the liWa liish school for the iiiUitii endiny Nouiiilier :t:>ii, Ittll^ was less Ih^ii -J.'..".—fliree more than the aurasre daily alle»d- iili^ i'or Use same mouth the |»rec'cd- Inif:vciir. alid theuterace dail} alteijd. aii^e ill Jefferson .•MIIOOI was 3.'.7. ,^t Ihc Current Top! s Club meeijns' be(?e nabove rei-cieU to, wiien- tie- w rfl -r was imilei: to preM^nt ids vi4i»s, he went to i;reat lenjjti: in .shf/wiiiR tirat Cic financial, in'luslrial auJI /.-onune'rial conditions in l;ie <-om- tniinity made it unwise to add any ad- di ^onal burden unless It was impera-. liw.and that sue:) imperative demand . di| |nol e.vist. Oii tlie other hand, if it were deemed advisable to provide additional room for classes using the third floor or "attic ' as had recently become, that a science "unit" could be built just north of the present build- inK. along strictly modern lines and at a cost not to exceed $2.'),00rt.(>0 or 000.00 fully equipped, where the Manual Traininu. Domestic Science, Domestic Art, Agriculture, Botany, Physics and Chemistry Departments could bo amply accommodated, and later on. vvhen the conditions improve aiid the status of ttre community Is more fi .ved, a suitable administrative buildins .-puld be built on the present site, conforming in architecture and appear- .Huce with the unit already built . .Vnd AO insist that, this "unit" method of 'onstruction. with central heating. ii .ghting. and power jdant. is 'tlie most ipproved method of modern school luildin^^ and equipment. The buildings lie idain. never over two -story where here is ground space plentiful as in iiost sm .iil cities: and the massive. :hree -or -uiore-.story highly ornamenti- il structures— such as fiaye been pre- ented by cuts for your edification, are leither desirable nor necessary. Of oiirse. if we were in good condition in <i funds' plentiful, there probably vould be no oiiposition to rearing a iiemorial to t!ie sacHfices made by nemiiers. of liie Hoard for their long ervice, bearing the bold inscription n the corner stone. "Erected .\. D i '.'l.-'." etc. but just now it seems rath- , r i!l -ti :>ic 'l. esiieciall.v when we have list defeated a Soldiers' .Monument ri till.' public cqiiare. Some Data >Vor1h knowlnur. T'le City ol' 'lola !;as decreased in poiMil .-ition, v .itli 'in the last seven years fr<mi,about ]2.<«Hi down to about .S .OOO. riie valuation of school district So. le has deit -reriHed from $,S,.'')(ii>.t.i('Ji.t>'i to ej .iifi .ee. or at the rate of $":'.T.- Mili.i'c ;i y.r>ar, which at the rate of the present schcf)f ta.\ of 72c per hundred, and the sixth hi!;hest tn the state anion:: the fifty larirer cities, cuts off |".;':ep .00 per year. • Ti'.e threo larse,-t factories in the iistrict enipioyetl between S.".e and I'Pe n !i >n in H.eiT, and now employ less than i <:»J. T '.ie bondeil indeljtedness at the^ liresein tinie of tlie City of lola is iii;e .lH.'e.eO, e.xclusive of school bonds ;n the sum of $2!"».e.."0 .ee ftji] nnpail. and' :Sle2 ,ci ''0.r^P ' improvement bonds. .\hic''.. ar<> a direct liability of the :'ity: so tl'.at the total indebtedness to late .cjilcuialMig five to a family, is almost $2fU^.0t) per family if each' family paid its siiare of the tax—which. If course, if not true. Ti '.e total enrollment for the schools •n I '.H 'T was •2.T!i\ while the tola! en- rniinient at the besinning of the Se;i- •euiber Term. r.>lt. was less than 2 .''ee Tlie total cost of t!-,e schools for the ast '-even yenrs iias varied vc 'y iittle. •emsr S .'i'.U!; ec. ill limT and ?. S ';.'2-!4. IH.I liii:;: hut tiie cost of teai'hcrs has ncrease.l from .•?2''.7:'." IM'I in 1007 to i :''.1 .2eteo in 1 ;'l:'.; and the number of teacherj; in the iiicli scliool has in- .rrased from to. I:;. :ind salaries from $T.fN.s.eo j;i i ;iri7 fo app toX 1 m'Ui •!y Jl'i. .en in 1'.''1'-I'. The. s .il .-n-ie-; pyid t 'ie lola lligii .-^eliuid teai hers and ti'.e srrade teacher.-, are :iliouf the aveia;;e of the < ities • t' Kiinsa- with more t !i;in r ..iiei) ^nd • I.uili le.eeo population. AIMHII those Other Cities. <'o !i ;p :tri .=riis have been madi' with otiier c-ities 'tnat have recently built new higi: schools, witli tlie (.dnioiis •. iew of a|. pealing to tiie citizens UIM^U tieir feidiiiL' of t'lwii iiride and deterni- inatioii not to lie out don'— no, mat- re,- •.vl .al ihe use or e (,st uiav be: anri We will lldiuil tll.'ll tl.ey !!,-ne succeei|- • •'[ in iiucoverinL- eivie pride wlieri ii w ,(s lie-. I I' kiKiv. II To e\-|.'^t before, or ,il !er:-t :i'. former manIfe .^tiilion;- hiive iM -v i .e.. II shown in any material way. In farl. some of our rjlizc 'ns have openly admineii iheir pride in tiiis new 'matter" wiuj iiave never had enough pride to piirciiase and iin'iirove a i.o!i(e fir any proiierty in ttie rity, .lithouzb the .v iiave lived here for .1 (iei ;i(!c and enjoyed the benefits of t -:e coniniunity buiit up at otiier peo- liltt 's expense :but let us look at this list of cities .or such of them as we have availal .t'ie data: Popula- Vai"- Rate Ttion. ation. .VcH ton .' .**.I*"'"^ 3 n .-'c 'ie ^eei) .^tchi.-on lil.e 'H) lij.eoo,i,".""i ^.7, .Manhattan . . 7.ei(o " .4/t(n,i,ni)0 Wiciiita ^. 0 :'>.''"'i t>4.' iM.i.OPu Winiield - "-.liiW" s.ijiH.i.f.fip 4(5 Hutchison ... K..".'"! 21.-7e"(,ii() Chanuti' . ', s.eeri/.eo 7 .i Kraporia . I2."e.i"i '.'b.iKiu .".S -Veodesiia 4."f'> t;.eu !i.prMi (-;.7 lola . -_. S.oijO f;.i;0 (i ,OW» 7.2 The valuation in eight of the above ci'ties is in excess of $; iier individual of population, while that of lola is about $17,0.'}'} and the in the entire list, as well as having the iiighest tax rate with ti:e exception of (.'iiamite. wiiere the old high school liuiNiing burned and a new' one had to be buiit as well as a new .lunior high S '-hool building on tl;e other side ^of the City— not on the same site as th«; high school as Is the declared jmrpose lof (he scheme here. It will be observed that nothintr has been saiii iu any of this advertising |<ropaganda about f)ltawa. for lltey defeated a new hich SI hool sdheme of xhe promoters In Ottawa; and wit offer the suggestion, without any disloyally to lola. tiiat Ottawa is certaiely as educationally proud and'ambitious, arid as fi- nan'.ialiy able as we are, as they have no l^onded ' indebtedness to sjieak ' of ar .d tie tfliool levy but little more tiian half that of loja. it iiii;'!.l also be tioti .'d tiiat most of I'le abo'.e (lile-i are growing; tjiat priotieaily ail of il'.fin havi; state in- siitutions, and many.hav- colleges; and tlial the .-talus of, tln -lr schools l.s fix 'd. On the other hairi none of • these tiiinss oittaln witii us, and our Ifutur- I.S not fixed. We will assuredly ; iiii |/rc\(. financially, and perhaps slow- Iv ^alIl in population after the present uncertain con-dition is terminated, but ,jt''ere no improvement in sight. jjTh>»rp are 110 new industries coming.- nor improvements being made to those already here, such as to warrant the expectation of any great number of persons coming hwe for empjoyracnt and to make their home. It is natural that presidents or members of school board would not openly acknowledge they had made a mistake in spending public money, so the comment of the various boards of the a'uove cities i.s to say the least self- serving, if riot defensive; and the comment of such persons, as well as that of the vast number of visitors who •lave been brought here to advise our P'.-fipe, must be taken with full allowance as to their motives or interest in the matter—indeed tlii.s Is a good method of .ipprasial of our seyoral viewpoint*; here at home.. The Value of HMHI Schools. There is no argument whatever uii- on the question as to the universal desire for good schools, or any . other bcneticial, public institution; but the scliooI system is just as little understood and just as liable to abuse as any other phase lot' civil life. Good schools, good churches, good streets, good public utilities and public buildings are all inducements to citizenship; but they arc rarely the important of deciding iniliicement. Under the laws of this state the relative advantage of one city's schools over another of the same size is more fancied than real, and usually' the result of more publi (dty| from .some .source entirely i^emote llroiu the actual status of a school. It may be a football team, a basket ball team, a debating club, a glee club, or teachers and siiperintend- ent actively prominent in district, state and national associations. Buildings attract attention, "but except wlirMc? they are absolutely unfit for school purposes, like our .lefterson building, they are merely incidental to the e(|uipmeiit and teaching ability of the acinar instruitors. We shoubl keep up in instruction, equiiiiiient and in buildings— hnt it would hardly seem thill we should he so progressive as to want a new linilding before the old one was paid f«>r. and with ntter dis- resard to the rondilioii of some other bnilding dating hark in antitjuity. The desired citizenship of a community is made up of three general classes: The retired man, Ihe business man, and the workman. :The retired man is usuallyiono wliose ciiildren are .ibove school a¥;e. else ho hunts.a college to%vn if education is his inducement; the business man comes for improved business conditions: and the workman cofncs because he can secure employnient. | At the bottom of all of these inducements is tiie question of the town's condition, its property val- ation. the",possibilities for work and "the volume of its business. Business' builds townsvand lack of business kills 'hem; and cine of the first questions that any sensible man asks when he ontemidates locating in a town, is what will my residence and enjoyment of these ihipTOYoments cost me? What Does an ii;>i<U)m).lMI Itond Issue , .nean .Miidi has been said and many figures luanipulated in an cdTort to show tha; this issue of bonds will cost the peo |iIe of, this town nothing, or next to nothing. The favored way of stating Ihe flatter by the promoters is that it will only (ost l.'>c |ier thoust md more than we are now paying. But what does this mean'.' . It moans that instead of having your present bond i .ssne paiil off in four years, or at best five you' and your children will go on ;i .'iying tlie same aiuount annually for twenly vears. and instead of paying ^•j'l.i'iPii.iMi. you will "in the end have paid more tjian Jliiii.uoK.iHi. The levy for school purjioses now in this dis- 'ricl is the limit for general school purposes, and has been for all the tiii 'ie covero'l by this showing of the brrard. In addition to this they have been forced tr) borrow to meet current exiienses n average of l.'.HUu.bii [wr year for sev .'ral verirs. and I hey are -now almost that aiuount behind their current xpensi-s for the li.scal year.. .Vri matter how they may ligiire lo you - and von will ob.-'orve Vlia' it is easy fortbe fellow that it doesn'i cost anything to tU 'iire how Utile It would cost the (Mier fe !lf )W — ll'.is bond issue is a debt, lr ;ivviiii: inierest. and for wh'(ii a sinking fund, must be providi'd vear by ve .-ir averaging 11. He on every $1,000.00 for tweiitv years if the valuation stays up. and if it decreases the rate will be more. . . This arideil to your other taxes. u|>- on the basis and valuatirm of IfMt. makes your taxes in the Citv of lola more than $20.00 per Sl.OOO .OO, made U|) as follows: Barnes high school tax -$ .."0 jier M. State and county X.HO fier M. r,pp. school taxes 7.20 yier M., Citv taxes . ft.20 per M.' To illustrate in another way just wh.-!* this $*e ,oiiO.OO bond issue mean.s to vou r .t this time, it means that you will pay out in Interest on hond in- iiolttedness for Jhe schools more than the anionnt that wo"ld he necessary, o provide the relief thiit Is neicded for the hiirli whool granting eti^rythlni; fhej- say is true. The Junior Mis-'h School .Vheme. These |ironicters liave the effrontery to slate to you tiiat while the jires- .enl high s- iiool building is inadequate for the high scliool requirements with its classes of from "• to 30 pupils, .yet they propose usini; U for subst*ntially the same number of 7tii and Sth gradi: pupiLs with classes ranging from '2o to 4" The aurage daily attendanre of (he high school on January 2ind, 191."». w^is less than 'J'>'i, while the average dnily attendaiice of the 7th and Hfh grades of the same date was more than Hht, Hut they will|iell you that 5.". of these pupils viere |)romoted out of the •S-A into the high "-'school on .lanuary 2"th, Ifil"— w ;hlch is true, and. concerning wiiich we will have much to say later on; and by the same [iroinotlon a greater number passed from the •>-.\ into the 7-B at the same tlme-r-ln other words, there is very little dir- feretice between the number of pupils now actually attending the high school and t!ie number of pupils artually at- tepdiiig the 7th and 8th ghidt.-s. , j The Departrbental system, wlicTeby jfilgii si-hool mefflTods of teaching are jlbrouglit into the grammar grailes, is a fad of doublfii; advantage over Its < IIH- advantagi's whicli we will noflmder- lake to discuss here; and the .lunior sinuily means placing this Oepartmeiiral work in a separate build ing. It is their method 'of meeting the rorapiaints that rightly arise by rea- , son of vacant rooms in buildings that will result from their Iiigh school scheme, at the same time furnishing a means of- accomplishing the Junior | high school hobby that is the under current of this whole movement. All that they have said about the facility' of permitting pujiiLs of the 7th and Sth grades being promoted when they have faileii tn one or two branches, and allowed to take those over, is mere "sop' 'at tin's time. Why doesn't this obtain in all the grades ,and why hasn't it for years? The answer is that it is an inconvenienee to the teacher and superintendent, which the latter is now willing to waive and place upon the forim-r ;n order to put this scheme over .ts a matter ot" tuvt, every day that (lie pupil s |>endM in the reciiiar work of (lie etii, ;(h and Sth grade;* Is time well spenl, and if he bad to take a half }ear or u jear ot it over, or had io (ake supplemental work, he would he. spendini; his lime in a .•iludy of the thimrs that: are the most essential lo him no mutter what avenue of life he may follow. And to those who want to build the new building out of the fullness of their pride for things beautiful. It would certainly be a jar to their realizations when this fine large structure would rear itself up along side of the present high school that is so- dis-- tasteful. But more important than ali else to the citizens and their children, would be the injurious results that would follow from having 2.'')0 to 300 grade, pupils alpng side an equal number of high school ptniils, all on one of the smallest of the schoo) grounds, and were children of 12. t'J and 14 years of age would be subjected to the college spirit_ (diaraclerizin.sf the high school atmosphere in this city—a jiuh- lic exhibition of w'lieh took place on our streets a few days ago under the guise of a baskrr-ball rally, and a sjiectacle that ought to make every parent proiul (or idse not I of the high Ideals and lofty tr.aining that liis L'hilrlren receive for tiie money he spends. The Hames High School I'uplls. I'nder tlie Rarnes high school law. a levy is made upon tlie iiroperty of the county, which in 1014 was -"lOc per lirttOOO. towards payiijig any and all high schools in the bounty coming' within its provision their pro rata of the fund so raised in proportion to the hioney they spend on maintenance of high schools according to the provisions of.said law. towards such maln- enance. and whereby t'upi's from over the county shall he permitted to attend any such high school without the [layment of tuition. Not having the exact figures at •land.^ tlie amount rai.sed in .Mien Cciinty IS in the.neighborhood of $1. T,000.00 under this lavv, of which lola receivr^ri abniil $t ;.000.00 in 1014. and of which latter sum it paid or con- trihiiled in (axes about *:W00.O«. In addition to the payment of fchis sum by taxer., and calculating the cost per liupil of maintaining the ,high school, which is in round numbers $.'')0.00, the Barnes high school pupils, (of whom there are now more than 'itt in onr high schiMil) add the cost of at least $200i\iMi a year in the way of additional teachers, supervision aivd actual expenses. From this it will be seen tha.t there is some slight margin of profit ;it the 'iresent time; hut when you ad^i more than $.S()0().IM» per year hy reason of a iirosperli ^e bond issue in order to build additional aeeommodations for these Karnes high school pupils. i( needs a ver«' short . calrulation to •iliow that we will l >e (he loser hy several (hoHsand dollars a year. Indeed, inder present condilons, we have lo borrow annually front !ii :i(NNUMI to lii .VHMMHI (o (ide us over and as a de. ficK of tile current .rear, when we are already levying Ihe ma.vtmum allowed hj law. The Normal Training Course. There is Iii .-illllailierl In the liiL'li school a iiornnl 1 raining course, as the lavv :-ays "designed for those vvho intenil to i .er -ome te.icheis." We are unable lo stale how luanv pujiils are availing llieiuselves of this course, oi' what its proportioniile cost is; but we rlesire to call ^oiir altentifin to the fact that under the pi»e-,.nt policy of the school, no teaidier is hired in the high school that is not a college graduate, it being immaterial whether such teacher has exiierience or not; and no teacher is hired in the graded schools who has not had experience: so yon will see that (he only renull of the normal (raining department, so far as our schools are couremed. is to r|nal- ir'y (eaeliers for some olher schools— we derive no benefit whatever here at home. The .Vitricnltnral DepartmenL There is maintaineil in the high school an agricultural department, toward w'e.ich we receive $.700 .00 a year from the state; but more than that is spent for additional instructors, to say nothing of other costs and expenses-.lust what benefit we get, you can figure out yourself, but candidly the writer can see no advantage so t'&r~ as knovjierige is concerned that could not be acqquired in the botany arid chemistry courses of other departments. in;l it is simply a bid for outside pupils. . ^ The High School .Vtlendanee. When this "matter "first came up last fall, you were constantly' informed that tiiere were 2S ."i pupils in the high sfdiooi. and it is true that there were 'IS''- making up the total enrollment; but that included the name of every person that had been enrolled, whether he attended or not—in fact, calculating the average daily attendance ujion tile percentage of attendance, the actual enrollment in the iiigh school was as follows: Month ending Ocl. 2. ave attend. 263.07 on actual roll of 27u. Month ending Oi:t MO, av, attend . on actual r<dl of 2C»i. .VIonfh .;ndin? .Vov. 2-7. a." attend. 2i;4.BI • n actual roll of 204: .Month ending .Ian 2::, av. attend. 2 .71.0 oh actual roll of 2»)1. So tiiat on .lanuary 22nd, 101.7, there were at most 2t;i pupils on the roll of thi- Iiigh s hool, and (he report for the term show.s (hat '2ii pupils had with- dr.iwn from (he hlifli sch ^Hil durinir the (erm, so lhal the mlnuK the (hat had wididrawn lea»es i».'.l>. aeeordJnir lo Iheir own report. At the term beginning .lanuarv 25th, 1017. (and these are half terms in fact) there were 5;) promoted pupiLs into the high school; so that if these all are iniattendance there can t»f no —The man who refuses to spend money for garden seed can't ^xpect to pick a good crop of vegetable?. He has to take whatever happens to grow up. —The man who refuses to spend money for advertising can't expect to pick up a good volume of bupness. He has to take whatever happens to drift in. —Good business seed will gro\v at all times of the year. Plant yours now in THE lOLA DAILY REGISTER. Phone 18. 5' IS more than 31") impils in the high school at the present time, instead of :t4<i as they are slating to you, and you will find when the reports oome in, that the average daily attendance: of the high school right now is less than 300. .Vow assuming, for the sake of fairly presenting this matter, that there are 31-7 pupils, as indicated, of what are these composed. At least .70 Barnes high school pupils; At most .7-7 S-.V pupils promoted; leaving a balance of 210 pupils, not taking account of any post-graduates, that constitute the normal high school —and the question comes up as to how this conclusion is reached. .\s stated above, it is optional whether we elect to become a Barnes high school or riot ,and of course, if we take the Barnes hign school funds we must accommodate such Barnes high .•school pupils as come to us. But with the .7.7 ,S-.\ pupils that were promoted, the situation is different—hot that it can be remedied as to this present class and likewise the new- high school scheme will not give relief as to the iiresent conditions; however, the same authority that moves from come before the pu:jlic and. ask its continued sufferance. It is our belief, williout any (pies- lion whatever, that these third flour rooms should be abolished, but we do not believe that the arbitrary method attempted to be forced upon the community is either the best or most economical way of accomplishing this end. We see no reason, under the conditions we have set forth before, of crt?ating an additional debt upon the peopte of more than $liK >,OO0.ii'O, when just as complete and modern provision could be made for an amount less the interest that the community would have to pay on the debt. In his private business, no man "viould go deeper in debt in order to provide his family with better kitchen or sewing room facilities by building an critirely new- house back of and upon the' same lot or tract that his perfectly good and substantial house already stood; and why should a different rule be applied to the community? The Comment.. We have no intention of attempting to answer any comment upon this "matter" by any one of those that have been interviewed. We grant that every man, woman ^nd child,has a but when that do riot fall into line in I 'avor of their: plan?Wiat do you think ff ia scheme where (-ertain citizens ai o Interviewed id only those inte'-vie wid favoring' 0(1? f the school to engage ail siisl scheme are piib .is| \\ ti-it do voa thin'K management presuming architect and have plaijis drawn fori the proposed building before the com-, niunity has acted on the |q»iestion vMhat do you think of the high-hand':' ed pn.>cediire in this whole affair? WJhat w''ould you do under the cirf e :iniHlance^ in re-^ard to your private; business? , T(|, the vVriler it appiars that this comj^iunity is being exploited for per sonf^i aijibitioiis rather t necessity or public w-el sincerely hope that no you rjia5' determine on t tion, you will see to it he school board elected this siiring an for public are; and we , matter what iie bond quesr lihat riiemberf are nominated who have |in touch wM\ of all thft and abolishes «th grades from (he 1 rii^ht to his opinion;, buildings of the town, and eomhines I opinion is brought forth upon a pub- other grades, and forces children i ][(. question,, the public should consid- within » stone's throw of one huilding to travel Ihe length of the town lo another, and experiences other arbitrary | .omment. Personal interest should iiiithonly, with one word or at one j,,,.,, ^.^j. ,,„,,,i,. rpsponsibilitv and stroke ot (he i>en could remedy (h''< pnhlic good condition. How? Hy making no more j ,. , , mid-term promotions into the high ^''"'y 'lualified to school. .As it is now two classes are promoted into the high school, while only one is graduated. The class that eoes into the high school now will have lo iro there four and one-half years to finish a four-year course. Instead of lieing railroaded through the Kth, Tlh anri Sth grades into the high school so that more high school tea 'iiw ers can be eiiiployed, or those that are there be required to work longer, these pupils could with great benefit and no loss spend their time upon the fundamentals of every education.'such as arithmetic, grammar, spelling, geography, physiology and su|)pl<fiiientjir work rather than while their time away during this wasted half year on botany .agriculture, normal training, chemistry and manual training, domestic; art and domestic science. Common sense will convince you that there is something wrong with the system that promotes two classes into the high school each year and graduates only one. If the dictators of this policy are unable to overcome this abnormal condition in any other way, they can at least graduate two classes a year, while two are being promoted, as is done in every other city where dual promotions obtain. In short, the attendance of the high school, whatever the number may be, is not normal, but the result either of an inexcusable blunder or deliberate purpose—and it injures rather than of and chiHren in srhool. are the needs and demands schools, and have no 01 her object irj~ bec<iimins members of the Board beyond the sacrifice of the, L'ooijf of all the schocfts. V'erv truly yourjs, BAXTER E. •r it in the light of a4l the facts and under the various aspects of such vote should register their iiniiersonal conviction upon the question. In the light of all till; information they can get; and in this connection, It has t)een lirgefl iijion persons who pay little or no tax that they have nothing to lose through this botpl Ixsue. f'os- sibly not. directly, but the Indebieil- ness of a community is a direct liability upon they member of that coni­ niunity. and either directly or indirectly he p.-iys his full share; so let earh voter set off the benefits that he can count as surely resulting lo him from this outlay against the cost that likewise surely will come to bim. ronrlu>iion. In concluding this already too lengthy communication, a few- questions Iiresent themselves: When did you ever have an invitation, or were you urged to visit the high school before such visit became a part of this building scheme? When did you ever hear of the horrors of this "attic" until it served a jnirpose in this scheme? When did you ever hear anything of the crowded condition of the lola high -school until this scneme was sprung and the stage set in furtherance of if' When did your children complain to you of crowded conditions until the inspiration came from the high school authorities? When were your children organized .\n Appeal to Jfdlhers. \ ,Ulor lola Daily Rekister: |A fe \e lay i ago there appeared In tlie lolii Dai y Register, an article from a citr of lola in regard tb the jiroposi.- pf our .\ew High School. He said luhslance: That thoBe persons of izeni lion in our shoi, the an <-itV who are .N 'ot 'id ,be loo conscien polls and vote, for fs have given the diication which thf| prei'jod to mean an Sth! grade cducv tion abolishing the High Sdlool. If the first part of tlj be true, tliat only tax vote .then it means th W liiin is ill r time for thfi .McCLAIX. tax paycray. ious to go to when the tax _ necessities of writer Inter- their obligation c laaed, theret;y metilof '.X''' of the mothers of lola..'- iiere do you find amHunt of intere:^! manifest In our |e schools? In The watches closely tl of dhe child in school:] Wliri is it sees that the iinri i-r. faithful in attejidarce? The Who is it looks aft as VI (11 a.^ the spiritual child'' The Mother, believe that vou shoul| chi ^erP Shall I he d'sfranchi; on a proposition that w life and future use. •! ands of hoys and girls' S lall 1 be disfrapchi on i. projiosition of safj tion when the life ani eliil [ are endangered tha^ she works in that 'attic? •Shall I be disfranchised tiiere are men.. living is proposition' payers should dlsfranchise- thc gucatest .Mothers. Who e development The M( thftr. hlld is prorafit •lotli- >r the physical welfare of the rjo you mothers be disf raped from.'voting ill broat^en the less of thoitis-. ed from votiftg >ty and saniti- [1 health of my every mlriute of an fire trap here in who are narrow enough to wartt t ^e voiith of our city cut off from a because loia. High School education, and be satisfied with JUS tioti beginning or Sth grade e /Iu'ia- into a promotion scheme for any other helps the children and parents who I school or public building? are effected thereby. , When did the school management You have been urged and opporlun- ed to visit the high school and see it's crowded condition; and by all means go and see the carefii'Ny staged situation put on for dont' forget.-that , . crowded rooms, that they are crowded its promoters claim would he a glaring | s^oP 'orhication." malting'"theri; seTf": I - - - . , .. ^ 1 Ttjere are a few parents of lola who 'ever hold a scries-of "pink teas fori.^^,^ td th^tr , your entertainment? • '.children so that possibly they could When did the school managemetit 1 ^1^^^^, with an 8th grade edi ratibn I ever find It necessary to go before all | ^^^^ j,^^ parents here ak-e .Vot your benefit. Hut j the women's clubs to organize ''"'m i able to do this and th<> onlv heritage when they show you j into a scheme that if as necessary as ; ^^^^^ rhiidren is H Mijjh by reason of their own acts .and lo en- j fact to everyone? able them to make much ado about j W'hen were you ever asked to visit nothing; for if you had the authoritv | the .tefferson school and observe its condition? What Is to be the final fate of .lef- - — ferson School When the four rooms of other institution, if all that were to be i the 7th and Sth grades are vacated accommodated dm.::: the day. were ; there and taken to the proposed IV^" •"-",',V' ' to assemble at one time-aDd don't (unlor high school' j in our High School What is to happen to Lincoln School i ^^^^ ^V-ISHARD, that they have in the •'mattpr," you could' crowd any public building, or any room, or any street ear, or any \ SI piKtrting. The old saying: "Tie hand that icks the cradle rules the world," .is' true today as it ever was—Ihfin others, won 't you use your Right a|id ivilege and see to it tlhat you vote pn the 9th-of March to better conditions forget that Ihev insist there should IM- no more lhan^>> in a^rlass so that l( is a *iueslion of nnmlier of classes and not rrowded rooms . TJie-Attlf." .\s to the rooms in the lliird floor, concerning which there has {)een not a word for the long number of years they have existed, until they serve the purjiose of this building scheme, we are frank to say that they never shituld have been put there, and the management that did It ought to have been removtui at the time and forever barred from being connected In the future with any school or public buil.l- Ing And It la the limit of presumption upon the part of persons who committed or permitted such a blunder, view- when the Tlh and Sth grades are taken to the proposed .Lunior high school and five or six rooms are made vacant In that building?' What do you think of this sciieme that has forits purpose a Junior high rchool in the present hl?h school bulMing and vacates ten Card of Thanks. We wish to thank the neighbors and fi lends who Ko kindly .assisted us diir- li K the illness and death of our rno,- t! i-r and grandmother., Mrs. M..J. (llfiU: also for the many j beautiful floral t<i twelve I r,rtf,rlngs.--W. H. Sell^j and family, C. rcoms in the ward school.'i, and leaves \v. Iliser and family, .Mr. and Mrs. ;H. rhem Idle and unused .While' we bulldjF. Schallhorn. A. ('. Dftily and farafty. more room? R, Hlser. flertrudejltser. .Mi^rgaret What; would you think of a scheme that h^ for Its ultimate results the total ahftcidoninent of .Jefferson Schoo! building apd grounds?; What do- you think Ojf a scheme and the methods o' Its proijiotera, wherchy Brlnton, Ciladys Brinto . your children are questioned by the liig it in the most charitable light, to | teach.-?rs in open school because you JkColor.s. Card of Thanks. I desire lo thank all riiy friends w;hfV ijave been so kind during the illln *H .=t ,nd at the death of my wife.—T. JIL

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