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Mail Tribune 100, Aug. 17, 1918

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

Aug. 17, 1918

PUBLIC SCHOOLS OPENING CHANGED TO SEPTEMBER 16

The public schools of Medford will open on Monday, September 16th, instead of on September 30th, as had been decided by the school board last spring. The change in date of opening was made by the board at its meeting Thursday night.

The board was enabled to make the change because of the fruit season being two weeks earlier than usual. Investigation into the fruit situation by members of the board developed the fact that the pear season will be practically over by that time and that the apples and Winter Nellis pears can be picked and handled without the aid of school pupils, hence it was thought best to open the schools earlier so that they could be closed earlier next spring.

Incidental to the approaching opening of the schools Superintendent William Davenport is engaged in some tall hustling to fill six or seven vacancies in the teaching staff caused by the resignations of teachers within the past week or so. The fact that most teachers throughout the country have now been engaged for the school year, together with the fact that Medford pays smaller remuneration than most cities of this size makes Mr. Davenport’s job a difficult one on so short notice.

The teachers who resigned recently, although under contract to teach in the Medford schools, can not be held to their contracts because of the Oregon law which permits a teacher to ignore a contract and resign within 30 days before the opening of the schools. On the other hand the board is held fast to all teacher contracts after they have once been signed, unless the signer resigns.

Two teachers who have just been hired to aid in filling the vacancies are Miss Anderson of Medford who formerly taught in the Marshfield schools, and Mrs. Winifred Stewart who for a time last year was a substitute teacher. The teaching staff of the school is scattered all over the country, and Superintendent Davenport today sent out notice to them to report for duty in this city on Friday, Sept. 13.

LOCAL AND PERSONAL

Tourists to Mount Ashland state that there is but one small snow bank left on the summit of the mountain. This is an unusual state for this butte, which generally holds its snow all the year around. This does not augur well for Ashland’s water supply for the rest of the summer.

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