Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on August 11, 1974 · Page 24
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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Sunday, August 11, 1974
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m Northwest Arkansas TIMES, Sun., Aug. 11, 1974 PAYETT1VILLI, ARKANSAS Descendant Of Pioneer Family County Superintendent Claims To Have 1 Best Job In World' By PAT DONAT TIMES Stalfwrlt "You couldn't move Tt 'Washington Co team or mules," Kennan, county s visor whose roots wi the early 1800s. .Kennan, who sa best job in the unusual man. Uni he followed his own advice. Many years ago, ' intendent of school Kennan told his sti are two important tl -- and only two. r the selection ot a the second a job. "If you are goir who you build it with. are doing a j i ' and she can't if you like she, But can say, in the world. NAT writer ove me out nty witli a says J. R. :hool super- were estab- is ancestors r outpost in s he has the rorld, is an ual because advice. : while super- 1 at Elkins, udenls there hings in life The first is spouse and ng to build ily, you had med careful with. If you m don't like , neither will t help you. our job you the best job th," Kennan said. Kennan has remained in Washington County because he loves it. "I think a man should go to one place and stay. I had opportunities to go to Oak Ridge and help build the atomic bomb and to go to California at a high salary. But I stayed here," he said. Kennan stayed despite the fact that he has never made more than $8,500 annually on his job which he has held since 1937- ACCEPTS POSITION The first task Kennan had as county examiner, as the job was then designated, was to distribute free textbooks for grades one through eight. The salary was $2.100, considerably above:the $1,100 he was. receiving ; as a member of the Fayetteville High School faculty. "We had 31 one-room schools, 22 two-room schools and when I came I distributed about $1.5 million worth of books during the first year. We worked out of the basement of the courthouse," he said. Kennan's first objective was o improve tne rural scnoois in :he county. He went back to his alma mater, the University ot Arkansas, and developed a curriculum .to bo carried out in all the schools. "We worked out a schedule and showed how it was possible to teach geography and history simultaneously, and how you could teach three classes of mathematics at the same time. You can do it, you know," he said. The average attendance in the one-room schools was 29 pupils. "I visited .everyone ,of them twice' a year. We worked out their budgets, and I worked until 1941 without a secretary," he said: Consolidation in 1948, which brought higher educational opportunities to many students, is the one accomplishment of his tenure in office which 'gives Kennan the greatest pleasure. CONSOLIDATION ' ' ' P r i o r lo 1948, before reorganization the schools in Arkansas were in a chaotic condition. When I came to the job we naa lo percent ui me KIUS in the county going to high school/The day the new organization act was passed we put 987 kids on the bus who had never been to high school before," he said. Kennan is far from satisfied with the status of education even today. "We have been in a program for about 20 years where we are trying to adjust education to the benefit of the children' I don't think we have accomplished it, but I think we are in a position to do so with strong leadership. But the thing that disturbs me today is that we are 20 years behind in a good school program. We gel so involved with our history and the ways in which we were taught, and the ways we understand, that we don't look out in the field and see what the harvest out there is for the rising generation," he said. DEVELOP RESPECT Kennan .thinks that the biggest problem faced by scnoois today is developing a respect for authority, and for Get Special Training At Springdaie Disadvantaged Children SPRINGDALE -- Education for children with disadvantages such as low income, moving from school to school or learning problems requires special attention and federally funded programs designed to provide aid in these areas have been set up in the Springdaie school district. Norman Crowder, assistant Echool superintendent in charge of planning federally funded programs, stated that there is always a need for the programs summer school program to accomodate, hopefully, all the tudents who are behind in their school level. Children eligible for the Title program are recommended by heir teachers and are below class level achievement as a ·esult of placement by the Science Research Associates (SEA) test. Teachers this year recommended about five times as many students who partici- nigrant program with a Titlejpaled in the program. The child from a low income amily who is not eligible for he medical benefits of the Title I program just because he is up with or ahead of his grade level in school can also be assisted. "We still have an avenue to help," explained Corwder. This avenue is through groups and area citizens who donate money and clothes to the schools. "We gave away nearly $1001 worth of clothing l a s t year, estimated Crowder. In addition le saw that services, such providing glasses for students who needed them were made available. All that, some children need for progress in school is proper clothing," s t a t e d Crowder. Crowder recognizes the importance of federal funds but said "I think the projects have done the. school. "Democracy is respect. 1 think the main objective: of the school system is to :each children to respect the school and then they can respect the law when they 'gel a '111110 bigger. We haven't impressed them enough with the responsibility they have to the school", he said. Kennan' also has some misgivings about making education too easy a n d ' f r e e . He is also concerned about discipline in the school and would like to see;programs developed to foster.' a respect for free enter' prise. "I am sold oh the idea of career education -which wouW begin in the'third grade. We have to f stop 'glorifying the president of an institution and start glorifying the people who do a good job," he said. He also thinks it would not | be a bad idea to charge tuition or; students : above: the' ninth _rade. "This could he just a oken payment but I don't think anyone should get through this ite without paying : somebody something for the things he a!u£s and that are worthwhile o htm. He may go hungry, bul hat never hurt anybody, a least not for long. I have gone hat way," he said. "I think the opportunity for youngsters today [is the greatesi t has ever been. Bul, I'thinl :oo they · are difficult to find It is difficult, for a k i d - t o si down and figure out. His mama wants him to he a senator an he,might make a 'good mecha nic," he said. Kennan thinks Ihcre are nany good teachers today. The teacher has become so ilghly professionalized and the eed for more money because f inflation has become so vital o Iheir survival that it has to liange the attilude of teachers. 'I think today we have as nany good teachers'as we ever xad. I think we have many tea:hers who are as conscientious as they can be. But on the other and they have and .this s what it boils down lo," he aid. Kennan started his pursuit of education in a Washington bounty rural school, located al Tutlle. The school was a large vhile building with one teacher and 57 students. "We lived a mile .away from the school. The school had one end closed and that was where he blackboard was. There were Iwo very large doors al Ihe olher end. I was in the first ;rade for Ihree years and star- .ed when I was five years old," Kennan said. . O N E READER .He'wasn't'retained in Ihe first grade 'that long, the readers ivere not graded until he. was in the fourth grade. "There was only one reader for the firs four grades when I started and you. got over so far in the book every year, We. went to schoo only six months," he explained 'Kennan was taught the tradi lional reading, wriling anc arithmetic. He recalled that his textbooks graphy, ' a .. . and arithmetic book. "The arithmetic was the most mportant subject ; we had. The eader was rather a supplementary thing."We learned the ABC's first and then tried to pul the letters together.. I had an old wooden desk, no library material and I walked to school everyday and carried lunch. The dogs came with us and ale he surplus. We had a 'good :ime and enjoyed recess more than the other," he said. . NOT ORGANIZED ~" Athletics was not a: highly organized activity-in the rural school.' "We played ball witli a ball we made of twine and would choose up sides. There were some tall Irees oh the school ground and we had swings and we swung from one ;o another," he said. Kennan had been going to school for seven years when the school got a", basketball. "This was the first basketball thai came into the county. We would walk four or. five miles to play another school. We didn't go on a horse or wagon, we walked played ball and'walked back,' he remenisced. · , Kennan's teachers includes Fred 'Watson and E. Rastus Mason- "I attended that schoo until I finished the eighth grade and then insisted my parents let me go to the'high schoo at Elkins. They :let me laki a horse lo carry, my books the first day and I walked eigh ·miles every day for eight week rom sun-up until sun-down," [ennan recalled. BUYS HORSE ; Kennan bought a hors* at Goshen with his summer earn-. ings and entered the Elkins High School. ' · . ' .' . "I put a saddle on that horse and .when schopl' started" in, Elkins I was in the ninth grade. got up every morning at 5 a.m., milked six cows and went o school for four years and ivas neilher absent or tardy. Kennan graduated with a class ot six. "I have always een.'grateful to. Elkins because, here were a number of farsighted citizens over there who established a high school. It was. four 'rooms, ; two upstairs and two down, with a dog trot separating ! the ground 'level.' The and included Fry's Geo- history, spelling text to take my eighth grade exami nation and get into hrgh school I passed and worked all sum mer hoeing corn for $1 'a da; high school was upstairs ran Ihe entire length of the building. II had a sliding panel door that made Iwo classrooms or an auditorium, he explained; Kennan 'graduated in 1924. His jest field was mathematics and he then enrolled al the University of Arkansas where he received a bachelor of arts and a master degree. . ! ; In 1931 he returned to Elkins as superintendent,_a position he held for three years when he came, to Fayetteville High School where he wrote the mathematics course. While there he also taught economics and history and sponsored the school debate team. One of his star pupils was A- D. McAllister Jr., a Fayetleville altorney today. entitled Title I and the Migrant Student Program which have been in operation for the past eight years. Both of the programs are funded for Ihe most parl through Title I, the Elemenlary Secondary Education Acl for use in developing programs for the educationally disadvanlaged child. The migrant student program has in the past beeti set up as a summer school program bul Crowder said thai this year he plans to incorporale the pro gram in the regular school year. Funds in the amount of $36,000 (the same amount for the contract for the 74-75 school year) provided 86 children of migrant workers a six week summer school session laught by eight teachers this summer. ENRICHMENT Two enrichment classes, for migrant students ahead of their grade classification with the objective of increasing the students capability in math and reading by six m o n t h s, were included in the program in addition to regular classes designed to increase the capabilities by Ihree months according to Charles Smilh. director of the summer school programs held at Jones Elementary School. "With many of the childrer ^ve meet this pretty stiff objective. We have well qualified teachers and the pupil-teacher ratio is low," Smilh commentec on the success of the program. To be eligible for the Migran! Student Program, a student'? parents musl have moved the Springdaie school distric within Ihe past year for the purpose of seeking or having employment in agricullure o agriculture related work. Onci a student has attended a pro gram, if his' family continue to live in Ihe Springdaie area he may continue in the progran for five years. The Title I program in targcl schools is designed for students who are educationally behind. The program included this year two classes of educable mentally retarded special educalion classes and one for physically handicapped which served 348 students during the regular year and a summer school for 91 students taught by five teachers. Target s c h o o l s must meet guidelines set by the Tille I program. Also included in the Title I program are special services for those students from low income families such as medical care, dentist work, clothing and glasses. Summer school for the slu- denls provides everything the students need each week day from 8:30-1:30 including trans- lorlation, a hoi meal and a milk to regular classroom training the children also have physical educalion daily library and twice a week. ist for students needing special training in this area, a nurse and social worker. FIELD TRIPS Field trips were also part of Ihe agenda for summer school with students visiting battlefield memorials at Pea and Prairie Grove, a factory in Rogers, fire and police stations and a 7.00. Crowder explained that more students with fewer teachers participated in the Title 1 summer schopl program than in the migrant program because fewer students meel the requirements of the migrant program and Tille I services were maintained throughout the entire school year wilh limilec funds. During the 74-75 school year Crowder plans to have full time teachers, a full time nurse ant n half time social worker during the regular school year ner and Patty McMasters Volunteers Hunl r Trap Raccoons In Connecticut LISBON, Conn. (AP) -- When raccoons get hungry, Harry Ely g o e s t o w o r k . The Lisbon man is une of about 80 volunteers in a state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) program who respond when farmers want to keep Ihe furry creatures from eating their crops. The volunteers are authorized o hunt, trap and shoot rac- :oons where they are damaging crops. The owner of the proper- s' where Ihe hunt takes place must give his permission. "It's kind of hard to say exactly how much is saved in the state in terms of crops," said Dennis P. DeCarli, chief of DEP's wildlife division. "We do (now that the volunteers are remendous help lo farmers vho stand lo lose a lot in terms of time and lestruction." Volunteers po break, In addition music training a speech Iherap- money with crop in Ihe program s' jegun more than 10 years ago, ive throughout Connecticut, bui most are in the northwest part of the state. DeCarli said. Farmers whose crops are icing eaten by raccoons nolify conservalion officers. Volun teers are sent to hunt down the nibbling nuisances. "Most of the volunteers have coon hounds and will track th offenders when the farmer asks , them to," said conservation of icer Stanley J. LeBuis of Nor wich. Conn. "If we capture a live animal, we usually take i to an area removed from where il is causing Ihe damage." Ely said raccoons have i sweet tooth for corn. Much o the damage to crops is don. early in the fall, he said, bu problems also occur with rac coons digging up corn that ha just begun to grow. Volunteers must comply will department guidelines, El, said. Their permits are subjec to annual renewal. They mus give .conservation officers de tails of their cases and] are no allowed to keep, sell or giv away raccoons caught in th line of duty. ENRICHMENT CLASS conducts ses sion for from left Kevin and Karen Hoepf- (TIMESphoto by Ray Gray) Live It Up BY fFV w 'l H. D. MCCARTY s ^j^^JU Chaplain of the Razorbacks flf | 4 j|| Hr $j Uli By H.D. MCCARTY Chaplain of the Razorbacks The older and wiser (?) I jet increases my appreciation for Xing David when he prayed, "give me understanding that I might find life!" (Psalm 119:144). One of the greatest stupidities of human existence s the destruction of one another hrough war, hatred, gossip, bitterness, and unlhoughlful, as well as malicious criticism. Continous denouncements and charges against the church are excellent illustrations of man's unloving judgement. I am always hearing the same old ines..."I'm not coming to your ;hurch because Member So-and- So cusses". ..or "I know Deacon 'ious and he's a hypocrite'*. ..or, .;'·'! know someone in your church who's having an affair, so don't expect me to take Christianity seriously". ..or still yet.. "Preacher Blotz is too cocky so I'll never listen to him!" ect, etc. By the non-church-goer's standards, it would seem that no one should be in church unless they are perfect. What folks don't seem to understand is that :he church is not a museum for saints, b u t a hospital for who ever lived was rejected by the crowds then and it would he the same today. The church is nothing more than a spiritual hospital for the spiritually sick. Some folks don't think they're sick but in reality they arc. I have known dozens of folks who refuse lo see the doctor for fear he'll find something wrong with them and put them in the hospital. The non-church crowd is re- diculous in their two-faced attacks. (At least th o s e who do criticize. ..some non-church folks couldn't care less.) On the one hand, they criticize the :hurch if we let sinners of all jreeds in...cussers, drinkers, gossips, selfish types, immoral. etc. ..because we have "hypocrites" in the church. All heal- ng is not instantaneous. When one "joins" the c h u r c h he doesn't immediately leave all his sinful ways behind him. A Joy with a broken leg isn't icaled the minute he sees a doctor, or a woman with mental problems who sees a psychiatrist. On the other band, if the church folks try to keep "sinners"^ out and let only "the saints" in, they arc accused of self-righteous, pious, holier-than fhou religion. All of us detest this. What's the answer? Truth! For the church not to welcome sinners is like a surgeon refusing to use his operating table, or a' lawyer refusing to s e e people who are in trouble, or i hospital limiting it's services to the well and healthy. The church I'm a member of constantly fails to reach it's goal. All other churches I know of fail with us. But we do have a goal! Jesus Christ! What's yours? Phver Acquired PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -The Portland Storm acquired Benjaman Mayes on waivers Friday from the Jacksonvill* Sharks of (he World Football League. He was expected to join the WFL club today. Maycs, 28, a two-year pro veteran, played with Buffalo and Houston of the National Football League, leaving the NFL in 1970. At 6-foot-5 and 255 pounds Maycs plays defensive end or defensive lackle. He gradunlcc from Drake University. this is the place in FAYETTEVILLE ; J Across from Evelyn Hills , 1609 N. College Q Evelyn Hills Shopping Cinlir Metiers Photo Drive-In Store, Fayetteville 1609 North College across from Evelyn Hills For Color Prints From Kodacolor film ITS MELLERS PHOTO DRIVE-IN STORES Across from Evelyn Hills 1609 N. College Metiers Photo Drive In Stores Across from Evelyn Hills 1609 N. 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