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Mail Tribune 100, Aug. 27, 1920

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Aug. 27, 1920


The public schools of Medford will open on Monday, September 1, although a number of the orchardists have requested that the opening be deferred until later so as to enable the older pupils to help out in picking. This was decided on at the special meeting of the school board last night with Superintendent Aubrey Smith.

The board thought is best to open the schools on that date, as planned, and after the pupils had registered, and had been assigned to classes, if there was then sufficient demand for orchard help, the older pupils would be released by the board in co-operation with the Chamber of Commerce to work in the orchards, as long as their aid was necessary.

The matter of tuition to the high school was also considered, and the board decided no student living outside the city will be charged tuition unless he or she resides in a district supporting a standard high school. All pupils residing in a standard high school district must pay tuition. The amount of the tuition has not been specified as yet, but it will run between $60 and $70 a year. The county, under the state law which went into effect last year, pays the tuition of all those pupils attending the Medford high school who reside in a district not supporting a standard high school.

The board voted to accept the resignation of N. H. Franklin who taught in the Lincoln school last year and since has been connected with the Golden Rule store. Mr. Franklin has decided to give up teaching and take up a business career, and now that he is released will continue in the employment of the Golden Rule store.

To replace Mr. Franklin the board voted to employ Miss Amy Harding, former well known local teacher who did not care to teach last year because of the poor health of her mother and who had applied to be restored to this year’s teaching staff. The board also considered a number of routine matters in connection with the opening and conducting of the schools.


The crowning event of the Labor Day ceremony for the dedication of the Newell-Barber Field will be the dance given by the Medford post of the American Legion at the Natatorium that evening. The decorations, which will be especially displayed on that occasion it is claimed will be out of the ordinary and well worth seeing.

The co-operation under which the American Legion, the Chamber of Commerce and the Air Service are working for the success of the biggest day Medford has seen in years, is truly representative of the spirit of the city.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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