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Johnson County Democrat And Oxford Leader (Newspaper) - March 9, 1933, Oxford, Iowa AND OXFORD LEADER VOLUME FORTY-TWO OXFORD, IOWA, THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 1933 NO. 10 PATRONS OF THE OXFORD SCHOOLS We state these as facts -That last year there were four teachers in our high school. This year we are getting along with only three. It should be called to your attention also that our high school enrollment has increased from 48 to 60 this year. 2 That this year in order to increase thc efficiency of our high school instruction, two of our grade teachers who had special college training in History and Latin were shifted to the high school while their grade classes were being given instruction in music. -That every teacher in our school, except one, has a state certificate, which shows that he or she has completed at least two years of college work. Four of our seven teachers have completed four years of college In 1931-32 they spent $2,578.06 more than their income. While the present board was on during part of the 1931-32 year some of the, extra expense was already made by contract of the previous board and there was nothing the new board1 could do to prevent "the contracted expenditures. 12 -That on September 2, 1930, being the first day of the school year 1930. 91, each teacher in the Oxford School system was advanced or loaned 50 percent of his or her salary for the first month. The president of the board did not sign these warrants, altho the law requires both the president's signature and that of the secretary on cvery warrant issued. 13 -That the present Oxford school board, if kept intact as it has been work and hold degrees from the State ! the past year, intend to ask for only University of Iowa. Mr. Scott is one 118000 next year in the annual call, of the few superintendents t0 be^ em-j $9500 has been asked in the call for ployed here who posseses a Master's , the past three years, Decree, which indicates at least five years of college preparation. He also has had more than 10 years successful teaching experience. -,'�4 That our school has run more smoothly this year than for a number of years. The board this year refused to listen: to petty grievances of pupils, parents or teachers, until a matter was brought to' their attention only after an appeal from a decision of the superintendent. 5 �' -That when the State High School inspector visited here this year he commented very favorably on the way the school was being run and also on the high type of instruction being given by our present teaching force. 6 -That never until the present board was elected has there been a complete inventory of alL the school property. Before school closed last May every teacher was required to file a complete inventory of every thing in his or her room or department, thus1 enabling the district to readily settle any loss should the school house be destroyed by fire. � 7. -That the present board, for the first time in the history of the school, put through' a drastic rule to prevent the promiscuous buying of supplies and required that all purchases to be made for the school must be upon written order of the superintendent-and signed by some member of the board, 8 -That since the new board went on they have saved the district this year more than $3000 when compared with last years expenditures. Part of this savings-was effected in lowering teachers' salaries, in the renting of the Auditorium and the janitor service for said building. 9 -That if your taxes are higher this year, that it is not the fault of the school board,, but because last year people in Oxford turned in their property at a lower valuation thus making it necessary to increase the millage in order to get enough money to run both the town and the school. Besides this, more people asked for an exemption of their taxes last year, which makes it cost the other taxpayers more money to make up for the shrinkage caused by the tax exemptions. 10 :>-That if in previous years* the Oxford school boards had tried to balance their budgets as they went along, the present board would not be left with a. $2978.06 overdraft:at the beginning of the 1932-33 school year and the task of trying to reduce this. The present board is putting forth every effort to place our schools on- a pay-as-we-go basis. There was in addition to this overdraft numerous unpaid old bills, yet to be paid. � 11 ' -That, beginning with the school year 1928-29 and continuing down until the present board - members were elected, the old board spent annually on an ' average of $2600 more than their Income. J In 1928-29 they spety $2,980.59 more than their income, In 1929-30'they spent $2,764.31 more than their income,' 1930*81 they spent $2,588,82 more ih�n their income, While this reduction is a drastic one, the present members feel that it must and can be done. 14 -That an audit of the school board's books showed that from July 1, 1930 until January 1, 1931 only two warrants were signed by the president of the school board, altho |'uhe law. usquires � that all warrants (drawn. on the school treasurer shall be signed by both the president of the board and the secretary. , 15 -That in the straw ballot conducted by this newspaper last year 241 voters of the district went on record as saying they did not think an Oxford school board member should serve more than 6 years. Mr. Sponar is seeking another term after having served 6 years. 16 -That during the time P. T. Sponar was president of the Oxford school board, 'Superintendent Wells was permitted to teach the subject of Physics in our high school without ever having taken that subject either during his high school days or during his years in college, and that when questioned about this before the new board, Mr. Wells could not do otherwise than admit he was bluffing in trying to teach this subject. The president of the new board had in his possession Mr. Wells high school and college record and was prepared to produce these had the former superintendent stated other than the truth. 17 -That it is generally conceded that former Supt. Wells would never have instituted a suit against the school board trying to collect $2205 (for which he had done no work) and forcing the board to spend the tax. payers money to hire a lawyer to defend the suit, if he, Supt. Wells, had not been encouraged: by some people here in Oxford. 18 -That in 1930-91 school board members paid some school bills out of their own pockets, then presented the bills to rthe board for an O. K. ' 19 -That up until the time the new board took over the reigns it had been the custom for former boards to pay $25 or more for commencement speakers. The board instructed Mr. Wells last, year to cancel all arrangements for high price oratory for commencement, and Hon. H. D. Evans, District Judge, kindly consented to deliver the commencement address, making no charge for his services, and1 thus saving the taxpayers of the district at,least $25. 20 .-That the law suit instituted against the present board was unnecessary and uncalled for and would never have taken place had the men who constituted the Oxford school board in former years been familiar with laws governing the making of long-time' contracts with superintendents. 21 ' -That the records of the Oxford school board in former years are in such shape that it is almost hnpossi ble to make an accurate check up of the cost, of renting and maintaining the Auditorium. .This year � record has been kept of the various items .of renting the building and of maintaining 'athletics in our school, CHAS. SHERMAN HOME DESTROYED BY FIRE HERE WED. MORNING Fire Wednesday morning totally destroyed the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Sherman located on top of the hill on north Ohio avenue. The fire is supposed to have start-r; ed from a spark that fell on the front porch of the residence, where it ignited some dry pine cones1 from the large pine tree in the front yard. Mr. Agee of the Citizens Telephone company discovered the fire as he was stopping at the Wm. Watson house to repair the phone and Mrs. Watson immediately turned "in the alarm. The Oxford fire department responded immediately but by the time the men arrived the fire had gained such headway that it was impossible to save the hotfse or contents. How--ever, a piano and some household goods were saved, besides the fruit in the cellar. Everything else was destroyed. The brisk northwest wind helped fan the flames and for a time it looked like the C. 'E. Oakes house next door would; be destroyed also. Firemen played water intermittently on the Oakes property with no damage resulting. The fireproof shingle roof on the Oakes house was also responsible to some degree in warding off the flames. Mrs. Sherman was working in *thc kitchen at the northwest corner of the house and did not discover the flames until just about the time the alarm was turned in. Mr. Sherman was out in the country when the fire started and knew nothing of the fire until some of the neighbors drove out to get him. The loss was partially covered by insurance. . Fire Truck Proves Its Worth Located as the Sherman house was, on top of a hill higher than the water tower hill it would have been impossible to have thrown a.stream of water on the burning building with enough force to haye checked the Sherman fire or to have saved the Oakes property if it had not been, for the Oxford fire truck with its engine pumping water continuously for an hour and a half. Once again the people of Oxford have been shown the great advantage of the fine fire equipment of our town. OXFORD HIGH TEAM CARD OF THANKS We wish to extend to the Oxford Fire department and to our kind friends and neighbors, our appreciation for the assistance rendered us Wednesday morning when our home was destroyed. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Sherman, CARD OF THANKS �'� v. �'� We wish to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to the Ox ford firei department and all those who assisted in saving our property Wednesday during the Sherman fire. Mr. and Mrs. C E. Oakes. Mrs. George Yenter visaed her daughter, Mrs. Roger Reeve of Tiffin Tuesday. Mrs. Reeve is ill at her home; Mr. Merwyn Jones of Williamsburg: gave the sermon at the morning and evening services of the First Federated; church last Sunday SECTIONAL MEET In a pair of thrilling finishes, Marengo and Lone Tree high school bas>-ketball teams won sectional titles Saturday night to advance this week to the district tournament at Davenport. Marengo knocked off Tipton in class A, 29 to 26, while Lone Tree nipped Oxford, 35 to 32. The two winners from this section will start district competition Thursday at Davenport, according to pairings made Sunday by George Brown, secretary of the state association. Marengo drew a bye, and will meet the winner of the Dubuque-Burlington game probably on Friday night. In class B, Lone Tree drew Craw-fordsville for the first round. Comeback Victories Both of the victories Saturday night were last quarter comebacks. Tipton held a 14-9 lead at halftime over Marengo, and continued out in' front, 19-15 at the third quarter. Midway in the last period Tipton was leading 23-19 when Marengo broke loose with four field goals by Bar-tusek, aided' by free throws by his mates, to pull out to a 29-26 margin which they held onto for victory. Loss of Captain Simpson, rangy center, via the foul route in the third period cost Tipton what chances it had of winning the sectional title. In the class B final, the game was all upset in the last minute of action. Oxford was out in front except for the last 35 seconds of the game. At the quarter, Oxford held a 9-8 margin, and stretched it to 19-11 at the half. The third quarter finished, 25-20, and midway, in the fourth session Oxford led 90 to 24. Flake Scores "Chummy" Flake, who had been held scoreless' until that time, th % broke loose on the first of four field goals scored in the tail-end rush. With a minute to go, Oxford was ahead, 32 to 30. A technical foul on a fourth time out gave Lone Tree a gratis shot which Flake made good. There was only 35 seconds left, but that was time enough for Flake to take the tip-off and flip it under the basket, while Brown followed in a scramble under the basket to sew up the title for Lone Tree. The summaries: Lone Thee 35; Oxford 32 LONE TREE (35) FG FT PF TP YaRish, f................2 0 1,4 Pruess, f ...................... 2 0 2 4 Flake, f........................6 1 1 11 Brown, c........................ 5 2 1 12 Krueger g (c)............ 1 0 4 2 Keeler, g...................... O 1 2 1 Owen, g ...............0 1 3 1 Totals ....... .........15 5 14 35 BATTLE EXPECTED ON MONDAY AS SPONAR FORCES SEEK TO GAIN CONTROL OF SCHOOL BOARD Schrader, Simpkins and Sponar file nomination papers for school directors; Election held in Old Post Office Building Monday; Polls open from 12 M. to 7 P. M.; Sick ballots now available and can be voted. OXFORD AUDITORIUM COST OXFORD SCHOOL DIST. $355 THIS YEAR This year, and apparently for the first time in the history of the Oxford schools, an accurate check has been kept on the cost of renting and maintaining the Auditorium by the school district. s It will be recalled that the board rented the Auditorium this year for only four months, crowding in these four months nearly all of the school activities that had been carried on in nine months of last year. During the time the school district had the use of the Auditorium this year there .has been held in the building, 7 basketball games, 3 declamatory contests, 1 grade school operetta, two high school plays and one minstrel show. In addition the building has been in daily use for basketball practice, throughout the season both by the boys and the girls teams. The Report The report of receipts and expenditures for the past four months, or during the time the school board had the building rented this year, are as i-follows: For coal and hauling ..............$148.95 For janitor service.................. 34.00 For lights .................................. 30.04 For water.................................. 7-01 Rent of Auditorium ............. ... 260.00 Total cost ............................$480.00 Received from activities ..........$125.00 Total cost to school district $355.00 Taking this report as a whole it would not seem a prohibitive price for the district to pay for the purposes for which the building was utilized. LILLICK AND HOWELL LEAD DECLAMATORY CONTEST OXFORD (92) :PG FT PF TP. Pederson, f................. 4 9 2 Mann; f..........2 0 2 Bireline, c.................... 2 1 1 Eddy, g (c) ...... ....... 1 3 1 Leeney, g............ .... 3 1 1 Totals ......................12 8 6 11 4 5 5 7 22 �-That before a high school principal washired this, year, Miss Owen who had been receiving $160 per. month the laBt two' yearB, was offered the principalship of our school at $110 per^month. She emphatically, stated to the new board that she would not take less than $125 per month. Regardless of her statement the board elected her at a salary of $110 and offered her a contract which she refused. 'She was given two days to reconsider her action, but having failed to. accept within the given time, Miss Jones ' wa�' elected principal at a salary of $115, She agreeing to assume the princi.� palship of the high; school and in addition to have charge of the girjs' physical training, Miss Owen could not handle athletics and did not havt a four year college, degree-Miss Jones could handle the athletics, had an A. B, degree from the University of Iowa, and besides five years of teaching experience. OXFORD GROUP WILL GIVE FOUR PLAYS AT CHURCH ON THURSDAY Members of the Ladies Aid society will present four short plays, entitled "^Raising Money in Bingville," in the Methodist church; Thursday evening, March 9th. The characters are: Miss Ella Vayter-Mrs. Dewey Swanson. ;MrB. Ida Dunnit-Mrs, Henry Dee. "Mrs. Winna iPeg--Mrs. Robert R�PP< Mrs.: Anna Modesty-Mrs. Frank Schweitzer, Mrs. Katy Didd-Mrs. Charles Elliott. Miss Minnie Fish-Mrs, James Floerchinger. Mrs. Sylvia Snuffle-Mrs. Faye Honn. Mw. Lena Stout-Mrs. V. E. Har-ker. -Miss* Polly Waddle-Mrs. Homer Nunn, .:Misa Sophia Pillow- transportation by" galling,; eitb^f I|r?|| Schrader. or this newspaper, J
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