Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on August 26, 1952 · Page 24
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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 24

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, August 26, 1952
Page 24
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M, IM1 ARC HEftf AGAIN FINEST FOODS FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN are always available here. Buy the Btst Groceries oil thf time ond moke Hi* coming School Ytor the Best for your children. GROCERIES-MEATS-FRUITS VEGETABLES Plenty of Free Parking Here LAND'S GROCERY Mr. and Mrs. EARL LAND 900 NORTH COLLEGE PHONE 1212 Right on the Highway; Right on the Price Congratulations to Our Fine School Systems We are always pleased to work with and for our Schools . . . Fayetteville Plumbing Heating Company JACK ROBERTS, Manager 310 N. West Phone 730 Nothing like good light! NMmqtowtTT tow (iKlric Servant Opening of school reminds us of the importance of good light. Good light is most important to good work in school... and at home, too. Helping you get good lighting in your home and in the schools is a job Southwestern works at constantly. Call at South western's office and ask for the help of an experienced lig|tl^g adviser. This service is free. We are anxioius you get the greatest benefits from electric^rvice for lighting . . . and from all electrical a$puices. Gains Made By County Schools Lack Of Money And Teachers A Problem Yet Kennan, Head Of System 15 Years, Proud Of Growth By FRED STARR Although the schools in Wash ington County are faced wjlh fi nancial difficulties; some of then unable to have more than an eigh month term, and the tcache shortage is critical; yet the rec ords in the county supervisor's of flee show these institutions hav come a long way within the las 10 years. In 1941, by an act of the legis lature, the County Board of Edu cation together with the count supervisor came into existence The office of county supervise replaced the one, of county exam iner. The examiner had been elect ed by the teachers at annua meetings. J.-R. Kennan was elect ed as county examiner in 1937 an served in that capacity until 1941 when he was hired by the countj board to act as county supervise under the setup. In 1941 there were 122 separate school districts in the county unde the jurisdiction of 399 schoo board members. Today there are nine districts'with only 49 schoo board members. The number of teachers has been lessened only by two, because there wore so many small units requiring one and two teachers In 1941 there were 293 teachers employed in the county. Last year 291 instructors were on the payroll of the nine schools. Inflation Follows Raisei The 293 teachers in 1941 received an annual average salary o. $510. The 1952 teacher was paid an average salary of $1,800 However, due to inflation the 1941 salary was possibly as much in line with the cost of living as is :he present annual salary of $1,800, The assessed valuation of all lh» school districts 10 years ago was $8,997,466, in comparison with $17,979,179 at present. This increase of more than 50 per cent has been caused by the steady rise in value of real estate, the increase in the number of cattle in the county, more homes being built, and inflation along all lines. The enrollment in all county elementary grades 10 years ago was 6,894 compared with 6,207 of last year. The decrease In figures does not neces'irily mean fewer elementary pupils are now in school. Most of the schools arc using the 6-6 f ! z r i of putting the seventh and eighth grades in with the high school, while they were counted with the elementary grades 10 years ago. 315 Graduates In fhe 10-year period the high . chool enrollment has risen from 1,973 to 2,942. However, there is .but little difference in the number of high school graduates. In 1941 the county turned out 326 high school seniors. In the spring of this year only 375 were graduated --a'difference of 49. When you consider the number enrolled in the county high schools this 49 represents a goodly increase in the overall percentage. T'he number of beginners in the school year of 1940-41 was 1,236, while only 1,011 entered sciyol for the first time in 1951-52, Such a falling off of first graders is a result of the trend of migra'/in fiom the rural areas into the centers of poulatlon. The general census of Arkansas over the 10- year period from 1940 to 1950 showed the state had lost considerably in population. But even though we had fewer Beginners last year than we had 10 years ago, the average daily attendance was 7.936 compared to 7,192 in 1941. These figures tend to show we are keeping more pupils in school more days than we did 10 years ago. Taxes Lower In 1941 The people who are allergic to paying taxes will groan to discover that no school district in 1941 voted more than 18 mills, and one--Habberton--voted only three mills. That year Buckner voted six mills. Now the average mill- age for the nine schools is 35 2/3. In the 1940-41 school year Habberton paid a teacher $480 to teach an eight-month term. This teacher had an average daily attendance of 17, This school has now been annexed to Springdale, but is operated at present as a wing with one teacher and s i x grades. Nineteen buses transported 673 children to school in 1940-41 at a cost of $7,803. Last term 3.144 youngsters enjoyed the privilege of riding to school at the expense ot the taxpayer. They used 64 buses and the price \vns $74,370. Within the 10-year period the overall cost of operating the county schools rose from $260,899 to $997,323, Of these amounts the state paid $136.327 in 1041 a n d $421,734 last year. The Increase In the value of the buildings can be seen In the amount of money spent then-$3,361 -- for Insurance, and th« amount spent last year--$18,054, The school buildings In Washington County arc today Insured for $1,281,200. Term* Longer Now The average length of term 1£, B , year: ago was 163 dayt. Shady Gro/o, at O'Dell, had the shortest term in 1040-41 of 100 days. The average for last year was 172 days. The first County Board consisted of W. E. N. Phillips. Walter McWhorter, Walter Watk'ns, J. E. Bunch and H. D. Bogart. Mr. Bunch asked to be relieved from board duties three years ago, and Mr, Bogart died. T.'i* ether members are serving today, along with Sterling Pitt and H. E. Carter, filling the two vacancies. ·With the coming of consolidation the county board has been relieved of many duties, but still has the responsibilities of hiring the county supervisor and consulting with him on various school problems. Mr. Kennan has served contln- ously as head of the county schools for 15 years. He is proud of the growth they have made during ihli period, and feels the general public is becoming more school- minded every year. He predicts many cbanges and a much greater growth /or the nine Washington County school districts within the next 10 years. The bagpipe was popular with troubadors ,of the Middle Ages. It i* believed the first court jesters were women. A surface temperature of 700 degrees Fahrenheit is capable of quickly igniting most combustible materials. Nero was an accomplished performer on one type of bagpipe, says the National Geographic Society. The first compulsory pasteurization milk law was enacted in 1908 in Chicago. THE MILDRED JOHNSON KINDERGARTEN' Ages 4 to 6 Hours 9:00 to 12:00 School is located outside city limits, affording alt the advantages of country.surroundings. We will drive in for children, and bring them home. We also furnish mid-morning lunch. Phone 1655-J-l for Full Information. iff- ' I/ SUCCESS to the Progressive School Systems of Northwest Arkansas The Chemell FamOUS Specialized Meat Type Chicks--Long Time Record of Leadership i IHIII ·········· Ml!· I Illll III NICHOLS NEW HAMPSHIRE VANTRESS CORNISH CROSS INDIAN iRIVER CROSS 22 years of actual experience in producing meat type broiler chicks, and our capacity to furnish over a million of these chicks each month place us far in the forefront of broiler production in the entire Southwest. imasmmimmmmmuvmwm*aaG Our trucks are equipped to deliver these chicks in o radius of 1,000 miles or more U.S. APPROVED PULLORUM CLEAN Tell your son or nephew to consider specializing in Poultry Diseases in college. i * ,*·' « t Arkansas Broiler Hatchery 251 North Gregg, Fayetteville, Ark. - Phone 3129 or 3130

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