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Mail Tribune 100, Sept. 15, 1920

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

Sept. 15, 1920


Figures of the registration in the public schools of Medford, which were submitted at the school board meeting last night, showed that so far there are 881 pupils in the grades and 315 in the high school, giving a total of 1,196, many more than were registered three weeks after the opening of the schools last year. Many pupils are still out working in the orchards or have not registered yet for some other reason and it is predicted that when all have registered the total number of pupils will reach not less than 1,300.

The members of the board present last night were Mrs. Milton Janes, John C. Mann, George A. Mansfield and J. O Grey. School policies and changes were discussed and much routine business transacted. Mrs. Richard Smythe, the other member of the board, is expected to return to Medford this week from her long vacation.

The most important action taken last night by the board was the lessening of the tuition charge for grade pupils of other districts from $5 to $4 per month, where a district send its entire school members to the Medford schools. The tuition charges of $5 each for any individual or group of grade pupils from any outside district, and the charge of $10 for pupils from another district attending the local high school remains the same.

This action was taken by the board after hearing a protest from a delegation of board members and patrons of the Kenwood school district, who declared that the tuition charge of $5 per pupil, together with the transportation charge of each pupil about $9 per month, was prohibitive for their school district.

The Medford board also took steps to try and prevail on the city council to establish a special patrolman to guard the many pupils at that school at the near-by street crossings from the heavy auto traffic mornings and afternoons when the pupils are coming to or departing from the school.

With the arrival of Miss Margaret Black from Corvallis yesterday, all the high school staff of instructors is on duty but Mr. Porter of Denver, the new head of the commercial department, who wired to President Mann from Denver last Saturday that he was sick, and that an explanatory letter was on the way. This letter has not yet arrived.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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