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Mail Tribune 100, Sept. 14, 1920

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.

Sept. 14, 1920

JACKSONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AT MEDFORD H.S.

Because of the Jacksonville school board’s inability to get a competent instructor to teach all the branches in the Jacksonville high school the students of that institution began attending the Medford high school this forenoon, and probably will continue to do so the entire school year, although the present arrangement is a temporary one, pending the outcome of a special school election to be held within ten days at the county seat to vote on the permanency of the present arrangements.

The Jacksonville high school has 25 students, and this large addition to the Medford high means that the tuition the county will pay for their attendance at the local high school will give that institution an income of $2,500. The county seat school board has been unable to find a teacher who could instruct in all branches of the Jacksonville high school, event though the salary of $1,400 a year was offered, and when school opened Monday, still without a high school head, the board had to act quickly.

Therefore, Principal G. W. Goddard and Mr. Launspach, board member, came to Medford and took up with Superintendent Aubrey Smith the proposition of having the Jacksonville high students attend Medford high, the Jacksonville board to pay the cost of their transportation daily between the two municipalities. Inasmuch as the state law provides that where a district in the county has to standard high school the county must pay the tuition of all pupils from that district attending another district high school, and Medford high could absorb the large delegation handily, Superintendent Smith consented to the temporary arrangement, which there seems to be no doubt will be made a permanent one at the special Jacksonville school election.

Hence, 18 of 25 Jacksonville students came over by jitney this forenoon to attend Medford high. The Medford school board will sanction Superintendent Smith’s action at its meeting tonight. The individual members of the member board have already given their approval.

The addition of so many students will mean much to the local high school in increased athletic and other lines of student body activity.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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