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..SIL.TEIIHIAL EDITION ('111sm*Hews. Mr. Pulask:L In.) THURSDAY, JULY 13, 1961 R Cons. Grade School Nowl o, New Grade School Addition, 1952 Has 16 Fine Classrooms Enrollment Is Up to 383. Two Rooms For Every Grade. The Mount Pulaski Cormolidat- ed Grade School has shown growth in enrollment, area served, valuation and school plant in the 15 years since its organization. The district was formed in 1946 when legislative action spelled out the end of the coun- try school. The pupils of most of these area schools made use of the Mount Pulaski Grade School building and enrollment totaled 237. Valuation for the district that first year was $3,900,000. Paul Huston was the first principal. Enrollment by grades was: first 24; second, 28; third, 36; fourth, 31; fifth, 32; sixth, 24; seventh, 33, and eighth, 29. Vluation increm 6 Million The 1947-48 school year saw PRINCIPAL JOSEPH KAFKA the addition of more area to the district and an increase in valu- ation to $1000,000. Total enroll- ment that year was 254. Board members for the 1947-48 year, were: K. M. Anderson, pres- ident; Robert Dittus, secretary, and Lee McCain, William McGee, Everett Sams, Gene Manes, and Robert Rothwell. Teachers that "year included: V. Bishop, Alberta Lisk, Russell Bane, Lola Hahn, Mildred Kurtz, Wilma Long, Marie McGee, Flor- ence Pinney, Margaret Tierney, i Jessie Turley, Lester Wemtz, and Anna White. S. L. Ketchie became the prin- cipal in 1949. Valuation rose to $11,000,000 and enrollment was 260. The 1951-52 year saw an in. crease in valuation of $12,400,- 000. Enrollment was again 260. New Additlms in 1952 The new addition to the school was opened for the 1952-53 year. i A kindergarten was started for the first time that year and en- rollment had climbed to 293. Valuation for the district was $12,900,000. Board members at the time of the opening of the new addition were: Robert Rothwell, president; Robert Dittus, secretary; Harry Van Hook, William McGee, Gene Manes, Everett Sams, Otto Ey, and Dean Scott. J. A. Kafka be- came principal of the school that year, and still continues in that capacity. Valuati Up To S17,000,000 The 1955-56 year marked an- other increase in size for the district when 18 sections south- east of town were annexed. En- rollment jumped to 366 and total valuation stood at $17,000,000. The railroad car explosion in June of 1958 did some $28,000 damage to the school, which was repaired. In 1959 an eighth grade room was added at the northwest corner of the gymnasium and in 1960 three more rooms were added behind the gym, replac- ing the bus depot at the north- NEW ADDITION TO rooms for the use of those who attend activities at the school. The office of the principal is at the junction of this corridor with one that leads into the old build- ing. The board of directors room adjoins it and is equipped with modern furniture that adds to the dignity of the rest of the building. With the opening of the new addition a splendid cafeteria for pupils and faculty members, was constructed in the old gym. An ultra modem kitchen and equip- ment has been of invaluable ser. vice to the handling of meals for the pupils but for other uses the public has required. east comer. Enrollment for the 1960-61 school year was 383 and valu- ation $20,800,000. Present mem- bers of the board of education are: Harry Martin, Jr., president; Robert Dittus, secretary; Everett Sams, Harry Van Hook, Dean Scott, George McGee, Dr. Leland Cross, and, Kenneth Johnson. Enrollment by grades for the 1960-61 years was: Kindergarten, 41; first grade, 47; second, 38; third, 42; fourth, 48; fifth, 44; sixth, 48; seventh, 31; eighth, 44. The school enrollment has in. creased to such proportions that instead of the original eight classrooms there are now 16 class rooms for the eight grades. A Modernized School Plant One of the highlights of the Mount Pulaski Consolidated Grade School building is the gymnasium that features a 46x 74 foot maple playing floor, and a spacious 52-foot wide stage. A huge clock for basketball timing and keeping a running score, is above the stage, sitting where it can readily be seen. Conortable bleacher seats on the entire west side of the gym offer plenty of seating capacity. Dressing rooms are on either side of the stage and shower rooms under the stage for use of either boys and girls, or, visit- ing teams. Along corridor running from the gym to the south entrance is adjoined on either side by class- rooms. On the west side next to the gym door entrance is the teachers lounge, which was furn- ished by the Parent.Teachers As. sociation, in one corner of this room is also the ticket window. The next room is occupied by the second grade, and the next two by the first grades, and then the kindergarten room with a fairyland touch. On the east side of the corridor is the third grade room. All rooms are modernly equip- ped and lighted with the latest in design and service. Along the corridor to the soufl are rest VOTERS APPROVE GRADE BOND ISSUE (Mca'ch 29, 1951) Voters of Mount Pulaski Con- solidated grade school district No. 33, expressed their approval Tuesday of the additional bond issue of $95,000, necessary to have sufficient funds to carry out the building program, by a vote of almost 2 to 1 -- 396 For, and, 205 Against. A previous issue of $195,000 was found insufficient due to a tr-mendous jump in prices. MOUNT PULASKI (Nov. 13, 1952) The dedication of the Mount Pulaski Consolidated Grade School addition was a very suc- cessful affair Friday evening with an audience that well-filled the !gymnasium floor and bleachers, enjoying only the extremely at- tractive surroundings but the well balanced program as well. The program opened with the school band playing the "Star l Spangled Banner". The grade I school quartet made a big hit i with the audience with their singing of "I Hear America Sing- ing". Members were Eugene Froschauer, John Ey, Gary Shull and John Zumstein, accompanied by Miss Joan Douglas, vocal in- structor. Robert Rothwell, presi- dent of the board, in his welcome thanked the community for their fine new school. He then intro- duced Supt. Nickell, speaker of the evening. Vernon L. Nickell, state super- intendent of schools, was intro- duced by Principal Joe Kafka. After words of praise to the board of directors and the community for a building of which they might well be proud, gave his audience a highly interesting address in which he stressed the broader scope of educational methods today over those of yes- teryears. E. H. Lukenbill, county super- intendent of schools, in his talk said the community should re-! 3ice over what it had acoomp-i MEMBERS OF BOARD OF EDUCATION who serv- ed at the time of the enlargment of the school. Left to right are: Robert Rothwell, President; Har- ry Vn Hook, William McGee, Dean Scott, Gene fished in the erection new building. That cess was attested to by audience present. He mended the teachers work they had been and the cooperation  munity which would things for the school praised the communitY t willing to share its sources and invest it thus helping to tellectual, moral and of the community. Mr. Rothwell members of the Board tion, William McGee, Sams, Gene Manes, ry Van Hook and Des/I Robert F. board, and their fine cooperatior| they had devoted to tion of the new Three former were on the boar d  building program were also Kelsey M. Anderson, rick and Lee introduced the Mildred Kurtz, 8th Wm. DeSpain, 7th gl Munson, 6th ac !Long, 5th; Miss 4th; Mrs. Verne Mrs. Florence PinneY Wilbur Schroth, 1st Bruce Enselmman, Mrs. Bernard mental. The cooks, bus drivers, also took are: Mrs. Vivian Irene Holmes, cooks; and Ted Aderman, Harry Milner and. bus drivers. Manes, Everett Sams and Otto EY',d along with Scott and Sams are still r the board.Times-News Photo. ST pIw & #'tknv ILogan county making an exhibit;classes; second o,.,s " Vb.A vA, [at the State Fair this year. This[and. third on one cu,  to 1 COUNTY SCHOOL ]school has won prizes for a num-[premiums arnountea AT STATE. FAIR ber of years, but this year made] We extendandcong'teacrt# a better showing than ever. The[ the pupils o i 0 (December, 1925) [school had exhibits in each of[Mount Pulaski sc The Mount Pulaski elementary]the seven classes of school work[ excellent record- ool  School was the only school inland was awarded first on five[ Lo. Co. CONSOLIDATED GRADE SCHOOL IN 1952 WAS IMPORTANT