History of Education in Pasco County
SUMMARY OF SCHOOL BOARD MINUTES, 1960-1969
Compiled by Frank McCormick
MARCH 30, 1960Special meeting to appoint Principals.
Gulf High, Tommy Gibbs; Pierce Junior High (temporary), David H. Clark, Jr.; Richey Elementary, Fred K. Marchman; Elfers, Mrs. Mittye P. Locke; Dade City Grammar, Rodney B. Cox; Sanders Memorial, Thomas E. Benner, Jr. (Nomination contingent upon personal Interview with the Board of Trustees); Zephyrhills High East, Charles A. Henderson; Zephyrhills Elementary West, Arlies E. Ross; Lacoochee, Mrs. Agatha Andrews; Pasco High, W. A. Ferguson; Pasco Elementary, Dallas T. Parker; Pasco Junior High, W. G. Andrews; Trilby, Morris Olive; St. Joseph, Sr. Rosaria Matthiesen; Zephyrhills East Assistant Principal, James L. Turner
Moore-Mickens School, O'Dell K. Mickens; Floyd Academy, Vera Goodwin; Booker T. Washington, Ruby Lee Copeland
Supervisors: X. L. Garrison, General Supervisor; Olie S. Bandy, Director of Secondary Education; Eugene W. Hester, Attendance Office and Text Book Manager; John A. Haynes, Psychological Evaluator; Dr. A. Louise Robles, Reading Specialist
Superintendent Taylor reported to the Board that it was necessary to close schools on Thursday and Friday, March 17 and 18 because of the inclement weather and recommended that the days be made up on April 18, and May 30, Easter Holiday and Memorial Day on the school calendar. That the schools in New Port Richey and Elfers that were closed only one day, March 18, make up that day on May 30. The Board approved the above.
APRIL 12, 1960Appointed: Norman D. Fields, Zephyrhills High; Mrs. Carolyn Brice Hull, Zephyrhills Elementary West; Mrs. Sue K. Diamond, Pasco High
Included in the Pasco County Elementary Curriculum Study Committee Report was the following proposed Philosophy of Pasco County Public Schools:
"Schools are institutions of society and owe an allegiance to that society to carry out its purposes. Schools in a democracy must have their philosophical basis in the philosophy of democracy. We hold the following to be basic points of a democratic philosophy.
1. Democracy is a way of life and not limited to political forms.
2. Democracy guaranteeing political rights is not equalitarianism.
3. Democracy safeguards the sanctity of the personality.
4. Democracy entails obligations, as well as rights.
5. Democracy emphasizes the common good as a social aim.
6. Democracy emphasizes a flexible, functional organization of the group with freedom for all to contribute.
7. Democratic authority is derived from the situation, not from power under the law.
8. Democracy substitutes leadership for authority.
9. Democracy uses the method of group discussion, deliberation, and group decision.
10. Democracy emphasizes experimentation.
11. Democracy honors the will of the majority.
12. Democracy provides for peaceful settlement of disputes with respect for the rights of the minority.
13. Democracy requires an informed electorate.
14. Democracy abhors the callous use of force and violence as unworthy of civilized people.
We hold that these principles of democratic philosophy impose upon schools in a democratic society certain points of philosophy. Among them are these:
That the democratic culture furnishes the greatest opportunity within the cultural frame for the optimum and maximum development ot the individual.
That each individual is worthy.
That education is for all rather than the few.
The school has the responsibility of guiding its pupils in the directions indicated by the democratic ideal.
Education procedure draws upon the past, but is not bound by traditions, and all practices, past and present, should be judged on the basis of their consequences in experience.
Research has established certain facts about learning that must be recognized in curriculum revision. Among them are the following:
1. From birth, each human organism is unique, dynamic, and creative: different in potential from all other human organisms.
2. Education is a continuous process from the cradle to the grave.
3. The growth and adjustment of an individual cannot be accomplished without his cooperation and his own activity.
4. The greatest learning takes place when the direct and ongoing phases of learning are close together in time.
5. A person learns from his social milieu most of his basic behavior patterns. An integrated person reacts as a whole to his environment and to his environment a& a whole.
6. Interest is an important factor in learning.
7. Culture is dynamic and cumulative. The human organism is creative.
From these established facts, we believe it is imperative that our educational philosophy include the following:
1. That the schools in the American democracy not only have the responsibility for the teaching of literacy but also have responsibilities in the following areas:
(a) Vocational experiences including real work and the dignity of work.
(b) Home and Family life.
(c) Problems of personal living.
(d) Knowledge of the social system, including controversial issues.
(e) Moral and ethical values.
(f) Aesthetic appreciation.
(g) Democratic process.
2. That the school is obligated to care for individual differences.
3. That the school should take advantage of the natural interest.
4. That the school should offer children experiences that approximate the real life experience as closely as its limitations permit. It should be a small society of its own with selected experiences.
5. That the direct phase of teaching should be closely tied to the on-going process.
6. That the school must encourage flexibility, adaptability, and the ability to solve problems, rather than the answers to problems as they now exist.
7. That the school must judge its curriculum in the light of its total effect on the child and on his reaction as a whole to the curriculum.
8. That the school should permit and encourage experimentation and creativity.
The foregoing report and Philosophy was accepted and adopted by the Board.
APRIL 28, 1960Teachers appointed:
Gulf High School: Fannie L. Dixon, Larry Gillespie, H. Dean Griffin, Carl Hannah, James S. Keating, Juanita Kimzey, Thelma B. McCurdy, James E. Panneli, Cloyd A. Petro, Joseph Caruso, Daniel H. Purvis, Jr., Helen Richey, Elizabeth Sanford, Fred H. Smith, Thomas E. Webb, Bernice Y. Worth, Norman Dennis Fields
Pierce Junior High School: Marion L. Crawford, Grace Johnson, J. Wesley Pritchard, Herbert L. Whalley, David H. Clark, Jr., Bruce Dutton, Bobby Lee Knowles, Clarice Thompson, Albert E. Woody, John Shea
Pasco High School: Frank Blocker, Nestor Giordano, Robert Booth, James Karr, James Brown, Ruth Fingerhut, Mildred Byrd, Gerald McClure, Bertha McKillips, Lillian Martin, Raymond Campbell (Probation 1 year), David Congleton, Edward Mylod, Charles Corbin, Wilma Peden, Lawrence Edington, Floyd Philmon, Jack Dudley, Fred Phagan, Elizabeth Hale, Bobby Rogers, Ann Henderson, Albert Smith, Judson Hetrick, John Mangan, Royce Johnson, Robert Hershey, Nadine Ferguson, Robert Kitzmiller, Edward Madison
Lacoochee Elementary School: Mary Brinson, Anna Campbell, Marguerite Goetz, David Mobley, Eddie Szaro, Georgia Wells
St. Joseph School: Sr. Mildred Gelis
Sanders Memorial: Mildred L. Armstrong, Thelma Clark, Marjorie A. Courbat, Robert L. Adams, James A. English, Gertrude L. Godwin, Helen R. Gates, Gertie B. Moss, Michael J. Daly, Ralph D. Cripe
Richey Elementary School: Mrs. Alberta Bartholomew, Mrs. Jennie D. Keller, Miss Helen Snell, Mrs. Charlotte Marsgon, Mrs. Ellen Norfleet, Charles Ralston, Mrs. Martha Williams, Miss Eleanor Johnson, Mrs. Marguerite C. Marchman, Jack L. Bargert, Mrs. Julia M. Jones, Miss Christine Maynard, Mrs. Ernestine O'Farrell, Mrs. Alda Vanderwater, Mrs. Margaret Wimpy
East Zephyrhills Elementary School: James L. Turner, Assistant Principal, Mrs. Faith F. Coe, Mrs. Laura Anderson, Mrs. Elsie Clark, Mrs. Pauline E. Higgonson, Mrs. Laveta H. Garrison, Mrs. Marguerite I. Gooding, Mrs. Willie May Ellmaker, Mrs. Dorothy Armstrong, Mrs. W. A. Worthington, William Baker, Darwin Clark, Miss Alice White, Mrs. Celia Anderson, Miss Alice M. Zimmerman
Zephyrhills High: Mrs. Betty Hall, E. L. Kretschmar, John H. Geiger, James Eikeland, Miss Caroline Jones, Lamar Calhoun, Mrs. Katherine W. Swing, Mrs. Marjorie Parantha, Lewis Wynne, Earl F. Reitz, Miss Ann Grayson, Mrs. Alpha S. Gill, Jack L. Wilson, Mrs. Constance C. Kaylor, W. A. Worthington, John Clements, John T. V. Clark, Stanly B. Kendrick, D. C. T.
Pasco Junior High School: Mrs. Jewell M. Brewton, S. H. Garden, John R. Hester, Mrs. Joy T. Giordano, Homer W. LeBlanc, Mrs. Myra M. O'Berry, Earl E. Taylor, Mrs. E. Jane Bentley, Eddie Brown, Elmo Collins, Jr., Mrs. Marilyn J. Johannes, Victor Giordano, Mrs. Veta A. Neal, William R. Phillips, Mrs. Rosemary Trottman
Trilby School: Mrs. Frances B. Peacock
Pasco Elementary School: Mrs. Amy Chadwick, Mrs. Annis Reedy, Mrs. Martha Keyser, Mrs. Jean Ward, Mrs. Joyce Watson, Mrs. Martha Falcetti, Mrs. Mabel Williams, Mrs. Frances MacRae, Mrs. Julia Roseman, Miss Jane Thomas, Mrs. Mary H. Ferguson, Mrs. Carolyn Dudley, Mrs. Sarah Ward, Mrs. Helen McNeil, Mrs. Margaret Hawk, Mrs. Myrtle Smith, Mrs. Euphemia Rowland, Mrs. Ellen Watson, Mrs. Corrie Moore, Mrs. Evelyn Pittman, Miss Marianne Morgan
Dade City Grammar School: Miss Thelma Lovett, Mrs. Verna Ross, Mrs. R. W. Baker, Mrs. Flo Pollack, Mrs. Alice Groover, Mrs. Ruth Weightman, Mrs. Goldie Sigworth, Mrs. Ila Dowling, Mrs. Evelyn Adams, Mrs. Essie Mae Blitch, Mrs. Marie Annette Buchholz, Mrs. Mary Stubbs, William Fingerhut, Mrs. Mary S. Laurie, Mrs. Sarah Kate Rhodes, Mrs. Helen Thompson, Mrs. Daisy Wells, Mrs. Elizabeth Council, Mrs. Sally Gibson, Mrs. Marion Sedwick, Mrs. Mabel Temple, Mrs. Edith Blocker, Mrs. Annice Fernandez, Lamar Watson, Mrs. Grace Dew, Alfred Ball
Zephyrhills Elementary West: Isabel Barnes, Hettie Jane Price, Peggy Ann Padgett, Mrs. V. E. Gall, Anne Tipton, Dorothy D. Turner, Gloria Camero Fernandez
Elfers Elementary School: James F. Clark (Probation), Bill A. Kotis, Catherine Stuart, Amy May Harmon, Cora Bell Gilmore, Mrs. Mary Kinchen
Mickens High School: Bessie Barefield, Arrewintha S. Campbell, Mozelle D. Ford, Cora E. Hill, Hayes W. Howard, Claudie Lewis, Martha L. Lewis, Willie V. Silas, Thelma E. Thomas, Dorothy B. Trammer, Inez Wright, Alice Trueblood, Thelma B. Yarn, Maye Daisy Williams, Melvin Dennard, Mike C. Ardis, Louise P. Gilbert, Hiram J. Goodwin, Mary H. Marshall, Christine E. Mickens, Allie Dee Penix, Neal Williams, David Brundidge, Ethel V. Strong, Naomi Jackson
Floyd Academy Junior High School: Ida Mae Robinson, Susie Johnson, Harold Hagins
Teachers to be allowed a maximum of three (3) years credit on experience in public schools and accredited institutions:
SALARY SCHEDULE FOR INSTRUCTIONAL PERSONNEL Pasco County, Florida 1960-61
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The above salary schedule will be followed with the exception that no principal shall be paid less than $300.00 above the highest paid member on his faculty.
County staff administrative salary supplements:
General Supervisor $100.00 per month
Director Secondary Education 75.00 per month
All other county wide personnel 50.00 per month
All members of county staff, and other authorized trips, use Board of Public Instruction courtesy card when on out of county trips on school business. If round trips is 100 miles or over the Board of Public Instruction courtesy card and $.05 per mile will be allowed.
Request for leave: Robert J. Hershey - professional leave to attend summer school beginning June 9, 1960.
JUNE 14, 1960Teachers appointed:
Pasco High School: Ivan Hugh Everett, George McDonald, Wayne Cole Malone, Jim Story, Mrs. Barbara Ann Malone, Mrs. Barbara F. Richmond, Mrs. Yvonne Warren Sickler
Zephyrhills High School: William R. Jeffries, Mrs. Lois Wachob, Norman D. Fields - transferred from Gulf High
Elfers School: James Woodrow Cox
Sanders Memorial School: Brian Neville transferred from Lacoochee Elementary
Gulf High School: Mason B. Oldham, Mrs. Patricia Oldham
Mickens High School: Lee H. Henderson, Alice T. Cade
JULY 12, 1960Teachers appointed:
Pasco Junior High, Miss Wyonia Cummings Pasco Junior High, Julius Frank Barish Sanders Memorial, Miss Maxine Margaret Smith Sanders Memorial, Miss Wilma Louise Cozart Zephyrhills West, Eldon Smith Pasco High, Omar H. Ergle Pasco High, Donald Dixon Murray Pasco High, Mrs. Patricia Beam Murray Pasco High, Mrs. Ann M. Henderson Pasco High, Mrs. Ruth O. Jones Mickens, William Glover Mickens, Jeffery Sims
JULY 27, 1960Appointed: Zephyrhills High, Arthur W. Riley; Zephyrhills High, Edith N. Austin; Zephyrhills High, Charles Edward Waller; Pasco High, Robert L. Leal; Lacoochee, Mrs. Ann Harris
Substitute Teacher Salary
1. A contract shall be issued on an annual basis with salary stipulated on the conditions contained herein.
2. No teacher shall be paid less than ninety per cent of the salary allotment for the rank of such teacher.
3. A certificated substitute teacher is considered as instructional personnel for determining the annual apportionment from the foundation program fund.
4. In case a substitute teacher for a regular teacher whose certificate is of a lower rank than that held by the substitute, the pay in that case shall be the same as that of the regular teacher whom the substitute teacher is replacing temporarily.
Salary Schedule (Per diem basis)
Rank No. of Certificate - Salary per diem
I Doctor's degree $22.00
II Master's degree 19.00
III Bachelor's degree 17.00
IV, V Associate of Arts degree (two or three years of college work) 11.00
Emergency Teachers, No rank, no certificate (may not be employed more than ten days consecutively.) 8.00
Exception to Above Salary Schedule
1. Regularly employed teachers on authorized leave of absence may return to the classroom on a substitute basis, when circumstances justify, and shall receive the same rate of pay as that received when granted the leave of absence, provided this does not exceed that received by the teacher for whom teaching as substitute.
2. Retired teachers of Pasco County Public Schools shall be paid on the same basis as teachers on leave of absence.
AUGUST 9, 1960Appointed:
Sanders Memorial, Marion L. Crawford, Sr. Principal; Sanders Memorial, Mrs. M. L. Crawford; Sanders Memorial, D. Hobson Laird, Jr.; Dade City Grammar, Mrs. Patricia Smith Carver; Zephyrhills High, JOe Antonio Machado; Lacoochee, Freeman Arney; Lacoochee, L. Jerry Keisling; Pasco High, William J. Bohanan, Jr.
AUGUST 18, 1960Appointed:
Pasco Elementary, Mary McKay Gates; Pasco Junior High, Merton Gates
SEPTEMBER 13, 1960Eldon J. Smith transferred to Trilby as teacher and principal. Professor O. K. Mickens and Dorothy Trammer, member of the faculty of Mickens High School, appeared before the Board as it was the desire of the Board to warn and discuss with Dorothy Trammer the seriousness and unbecoming of a teacher to be involved in a shooting incident, and to admonish her that such action on the part of a teacher could not be tolerated, and to inform her that she was on probation this year because of her conduct.
Superintendent Taylor reported to the Board that the school buildings were opened to the public during the hurricane and that several hundred people were sheltered in them, and that the principals were to be commended for cooperating and offering their schools services for those requiring and needing a safer place to stay.
Request for leave of absence approved for the following: X. L. Garrison, Mrs. Agatha Andrews, Mrs. Sarah Kate Rhodes - Professional leave to attend meeting on School Health Problems, sponsored by the State Department of Education and the State Board of Health, at the University of Florida, September 22, 1960.
Member Hatcher moved that the action of the Superintendent in renting the Board's residence at 523 West Florida Avenue to Charles Corbin Band Director at Pasco High School and the residence at 525 West Florida Avenue to W. G. Andrews, Principal of Pasco Junior High School, at fifty dollars per month each be confirmed. Member Kirkland, seconded the motion, and on vote the motion carried.
OCTOBER 11, 1960Appointed:
Lacoochee: George L. Sarver
Zephyrhills Elementary West: Mrs. Beulah Flynn, Mrs. Ann Tipton
Pasco High: Mrs. Wilda Knapp, D. Hobson Laird, Jr. transferred from Sanders to Pasco High.
Sanders Memorial: Mrs. Jean S. Neville
Secretaries custodians and lunchroom managers appointed:
Zephyrhills Elementary School: Mrs. Stella Green - Lunchroom; Charles Kalbaugh - Custodian
Zephyrhills High School: Mrs. Jean Sellers - Lunchroom; Mrs. Maybell Surratt - Sec.; Arthur Williamsen - Custodian
Pasco High: Mrs. Vera Boyett - Lunchroom; T. P. Ploof - Custodian; Vernon Vines - Custodian
Pasco Junior High: Mrs. C. A. Collins - Secretary Mrs. Margaret Boyett - Lunchroom Gordon Ammons - Custodian
Dade City Grammar School: Mrs. Earl F. Croley - Secretary Mrs. Ida Johnson - Lunchroom Jessie Haymons - Custodian
Elfers Elementary School: Mrs. Annie Lee Ginn - Lunchroom LeRoy S. Sawyer - Custodian
Sanders Elementary School: Mrs. Sylvia Reno - Secretary; Mrs. Exilda M. Fairbanks - Lunch; Vernon H. Matz - Custodian
Richey Elementary: Mrs. Marion Mott - Secretary Mrs. Eunice Heinkel - Lunch Earl Balcon - Custodian
Gulf High School: Mrs. Dorothy Acree - Secretary; Mrs. Ruth Hicks - Lunchroom; Wilfred Campbell - Custodian
Pierce Junior High: Mrs. Katie Frierson - Lunchroom; R. D. Parker - Custodian
Mickens High School: Irene F. Gause - Secretary; Margaret Davis - Lunchroom; Ennis Hansberry - Custodian; Arthur C. Hillman - Custodian
St. Joseph School: Mrs. Ruth Colley - Lunchroom; Mrs. Marie Gude - Custodian
FEBRUARY 14, 1961Appointed:
Pasco Junior High, Mrs. Miriam Parker; Lacoochee, John R. Terwilliger; Dade City Grammar, Mrs. Frances Elizabeth Futch Stone; Zephyrhills West, Harold Crounse; Mickens: Doris Deloris Green, Louversa Thomas Herbert
APRIL 11, 1961A school of instruction for custodians would be held on June 15 and 16.
Gulf High School, Tommy Gibbs; Richey Elementary School, Fred K. Marchman; Elfers School, Mrs. Mittye P. Locke; Dade City Grammar, Rodney B. Cox; Sanders Memorial, Marion Crawford, Jr.; East Zephyrhills School, Charles A. Henderson; East Zephyrhills School (Assist.), James L. Turner; Lacoochee Elementary, Mrs. Agatha Andrews; Pasco High, Watler A. Ferguson; Pasco High (Assist.), Wayne C. Malone; Pasco Elementary, Dallas T. Parker; Pasco Junior High, W. G. Andrews; Trilby School, Eldon J. Smith; St. Joseph School, Sr. Catharine Dunne
Moore-Mickens, O'Dell K. Mickens; Floyd Academy, Vera L. Goodwin; Booker T. Washington, Ruby L. Copeland
General, X. L. Garrison; Director of Secondary Education, Olie S. Bandy; Attendance Office and Text Book Manager, Eugene W. Hester; Reading Specialist Dr. A. Louise Robles
APRIL 19, 1961Appointed:
Gulf High School: Mrs. Jacquelyn Atkinson, David H. Clark, Jr., Marion L. Crawford, Jr., Mrs. Fannie L. Dixon, Mrs. Mimi Gene Finley, Larry Gillespie, Dennis Carl Hannah, Mrs. Grace Johnson, James S. Keating, Jr., Mrs. Juanita Kimzey, Miss Bobbie Lee Knowles, Mrs. Ferne Mann, William Mann, John Mngan, Mrs. Thelma B. McCurdy, James E. Pannell, James W. Pritchard, Mrs. Helen R. Richey, John Shea, Robert F. Searcy, Mrs. Elizabeth Sanford, Fred M. Smith, Edward A. Syron, Bruce Stirewalt, Mrs. Clarice Thompson, Thomas E. Webb, Herbert L. Whalley, Albert E. Woody, H. Dean Griffin, Thomas E. Weightman
Pasco High School: Frank E. Blocker, William J. Bohanan, David L. Congleton, Jack Dudley, Ivan Everett, Elizabeth Hale, Robert Hershey, Ruth O. Jones, Hobson Laird, James Karr, Edward Madison, Wayne Malone, Patricia Murray, George McDonald, Wilma Peden, Barbara Richmond, Albert E. Smith, Robert Booth, Mildred Byrd, Charles Corbin, Omar Ergle, Ruth Fingerhut, Ann Henderson, Judson Hetrick, Nestor Giordano (Jordan), Robert Leal, Robert Kitzmiller, Barbara Malone, Donald Murray, Gerald McClure, Bertha M. McKillips, Floyd Philmon, Yvonne Sickler, George Sarver
Zephyrhills High School and East Zephyrhills Elementary School: Mrs. Faith F. Coe, Mrs. Elsie D. Clark, Mrs. Laura G. Anderson, Mrs. Pauline E. Higginson, Mrs. Marguerite I Gooding, Mrs. Laveta H. Garrison, Mrs. Willie May Ellmaker, Mrs. Dorothy H. Worthington, Mr. William B. Baker, Mr. Darwin B. Clark, Miss Alice White, Mrs. Lots J. Wachob, Mrs. Celia A. Anderson, Miss Alice Zimmerman, Mrs. Betty Hall, Mr. Jack L. Wilson, Mr. Arthur W. Riley, Mr. James Eikeland, Mr. W. A. Worthington, Mr. Charles Waller, Mrs. Alpha S. Gill, Mr. Earl Reitz, Mr. E. L. Kretschmar, Mr. John H. Geiger, Miss Kathryn Ann Grayson, Mrs. Constance Kaylor, Mrs. Katherine Swing, Mr. Norman D. Fields, Mr. John F. Clements, Mr. William R. Jeffries, Mrs. Marjorie B. Parantha, Mr. John T. V. Clark, Mr. Lewis K. Wynne, Mr. Stanley B. Kendrick, Mr. Lamar Calhoun, Mr. James Kramer, Mr. William Lindsey
Lacoochee Elementary School: Mrs. Georgia Wells, Mrs. Marguerite Goetz, Eddie Szaro, Jerry Keisling, Mrs. Mary Brinson, Mrs. Anna Campbell, David Mobley, Mrs. Betty Ruth Dean
Sanders Memorial School: Mrs. Mildred Armstrong, Mrs. Maxine Law, Mrs. Marjorie A. Courbat, Mrs. Jean Neville, Brian Neville Mrs. Gertrude L. Godwin, Miss Helen Gates, Mrs. Gertie B. Moss, Michael Daly - (Probationary service another year), Mrs. Carolyn Crawford, James A. English
Trilby School: Mrs. Frances B. Peacock
Elfers School: Bill A. Kotis, Nathan Abbey, Mrs. Catharine Stuart, Mrs. Amy May Harmon, James W. Cox, Mrs. Lorena Abbey, Mrs. Cora B. Gilmore
West Zephyrhills School: Mrs. Vianna E. Gall, Peggy Ann Padgett, Mrs. Esther Fedor, Mrs. Dorothy D. Turner, Mrs. Hettie J. Price, Mrs. Ann Tipton, Mrs. Beulah Flynn, Mrs. Gloria Fernandez
Dade City Grammar School: Mrs. R. W. Baker, Mrs. Verna Ross, Miss Thelma Lovett, Mrs. Elizabeth Stone, Mrs. Alice Groover, Mrs. Goldie Sigworth, Mrs. Ila Dowling, Mrs. Ruth Weightman, Mrs. Evelyn Adams, Mrs. Essie Mae Blitch, Mrs. Mary Stubbs, Mrs. Grace Dew, Mr. Wm. Fingerhut (1/2 time), Mrs. Patricia Carver, Mrs. M. A. Buchholtz, Mrs. Mary Scott Lauri, Mrs. Helen Thompson, Mrs. Sarah K. Rhodes, Mrs. Elizabeth Council, Mrs. Mabel Temple, Mrs. Marian Sedwick, Mrs. Sally Gibson, Mrs. Edith Blocker, Mrs. Annice Fernandez, Mr. Lamar Watson, Mrs. Evelyn Pittman (1/2 time), Mr. Donald Barger
Pasco Junior High School: Mr. Julius F. Barish, Mr. Elmo Collins, Jr., Mr. Merton F. Gates, Mrs. Joy T. Giordano, Mrs. Jewell M. Brewton, Miss W. Lee Cummings, Mr. John R. Hester, Mr. Victor Giordano, Mr. Homer W. LeBlanc, Mrs. Veta M. Neal, Mrs. Miriam M. Parker, Mrs. Rosemary W. Trottman, Mrs. Muriel F. Miller, Mrs. Myra M. O'Berry, Mr. Edward E. Taylor
Pasco Elementary School: Mrs. Amy Chadwick, Mrs. Carolyn Dudley, Mrs. Annis Reedy, Mrs. Sarah Ward, Mrs. Martha Keyser, Mrs. Helen McNeil, Mrs. Jean Ward, Mrs. Martha Falcetti, Mrs. Myrtle Smith, Mrs. Mabel Williams, Mrs. Mary Ferguson, Mrs. Frances MacRae, Mrs. Corrie Moore, Mrs. Julia Roseman, Mrs. Evelyn Pittman (1/2 time), Miss Jane Thomas, Miss Marianne Morgan, Mr. W. C. Fingerhut (1/2 time), Mrs. Margaret Hawk, Mrs. Joyce Watson, Mrs. Euphemia Rowland, Mrs. Maxine Davis, Mrs. Mary Gates
Richey Elementary School: Mrs. Jennie D. Keller, Mrs. Marguerite C. Marchman, Mrs. Alberta W. Spearman, Mrs. Julia Jones, Miss Christine Maynard, Mrs. Ellen Norfleet, Mr. Charles Ralston, Mrs. Alda Vanderwater, Mrs. Ruth Smith, Mrs. Ernestine O'Farrell, Mrs. Eleanor D. Johnson, Miss Helen Snell, Mr. Jack Bargert, Mrs. Margaret Wimpy, Mr. James Clark, Mrs. Lois Pritchard, Mr. Vincent T. Shaffer, Mrs. Martha Williams, Mrs. Gail C. Foster, Mrs. Marisue Marsh Weightman
St. Joseph School: Sr. Mildred Gelis
Floyd Academy: Susie Johnson, Ida Mae Robinson, Harold Hagins
Mickens High School: Bessie F. Barefield, Arrewintha S. Campbell, Melvin Dennard, Moselle D. Ford, Cora E. Hill, Hayes W. Howard, Claudia Lewis, Martha L. Lewis, Willie V. Silas, Thelma E. Thomas, Inez O. Wright, Alice S. Trueblood, Thelma B. Yarn, Maye D. Williams, Mike C. Ardis, David L. Brundidge, Louise P. Gilbert, Hiram J. Goodwin, William L. Glover, Lee H. Henderson, Mary H. Marshall, Christine E. Mickens, Allie Dee Penix, Naomi J. Petty, Jeffery Sims, Neal Williams, Mr . Homer W. LeBlanc, Mrs. Muriel F. Miller, Mrs. Veta M. Neal, Mrs. Myra M. O'Berry, Mrs. Miriam M. Parker, Mr. Edward E. Taylor, Mrs. Rosemary W. TrottmanLeave of Absence Granted Mrs. Elizabeth H. Sanford, Gulf High School. From the 1961-62 school year to care for older sister in Calif.
James W. Brown, Pasco Junior High. From the 1961-62 school year as now being offered a teaching associatedship at Indiana Univ.
Mrs. Thelma B. McCurdy, Gulf High School. Gulf High Beta Club to State Convention, Jacksonville, April 26, 1961
Frank E. Blocker, Pasco High School. Sick leave for three weeks April 17 to May 5, 1961.
Eugene W. Hester. Professional leave to go to Red Cross, Jacksonville.
Retiring: Mrs. Daisy B. Wells, Mrs. Isabel H. Barnes
Superintendent Taylor reported to the Board the need of a policeman at the Pasco High School and Pasco Junior High School.
JUNE 13, 1961Appointed:
Zephyrhills High, Joseph H. Baldwin; Zephyrhills High, Miss Marion Joyce Ditter; Zephyrhills High, Mrs. Margaret K. Wenner; Pasco High, Miss Theresa Elizabeth McBride; Pasco High, Horace Allen; Mickens, Mary Helen Pender.
JULY 11, 1961Appointed:
Pasco High: John H. Edwards, Jr.; Sanders Memorial, Mrs. Clara Sue Wesley; Zephyrhills High, William Kustes; Dade City Grammar, Don Harold Aughenbaugh; Mickens, Georgia L. Mask; Mickens, Mattie Lavon Puckett; Mickens, Rosalind Olivia Hinson
JULY 26, 1961Appointed: Pasco Junior High, Mrs. Emily Jane Bentley; Sanders Memorial, Mrs. Eleanor McIntosh; Pasco High, David F. St. John
SEPTEMBER 12, 1961Appointed:
Pasco High, Hazel Harrison; Pasco High, Charles Gilmore Douglas; Pasco Junior High, Robert R. Smithwick; Lacoochee, Robert Neighbour; Lacoochee, Gertrude Neighbour; Zephyrhills West, Ester P. Austin; Mickens, Betty Jean Turner; Mickens, Sandra E. Black; Mickens, Harold Dee Wright
OCTOBER 10, 1961The following recommendation to revoke certificate was presented. and read by Superintendent Taylor:
RECOMMENDATION TO REVOKE CERTIFICATE
In accordance with the provisions of Section 229.17 (16,230.33 (21) and 231.38, Florida Statutes, and State Board Regulations relating to the revoking of teachers' certificate, I, Chester W. Taylor, Jr. Superintendent of Public Instruction for Pasco County, Florida, do recommend the revoking of the teaching certificate (Graduate 62675) issued September 9, 1958, to [name deleted] for the following cause:
In that [name deleted], as evidenced by Case #55286 of the Criminal Court of Record of the County of Hillsborough, Florida, did unlawfully commit the abominable and detestable crime against nature, and
That as a result of these charges, [name deleted] was suspended and later dismissed by the Pasco County Board of Public Instruction effective June 3, 1961.
It would appear, therefore, that [name deleted] has destroyed his effectiveness as a teacher in the schools of Florida.
Therefore, your Petitioner respectfully requests the State Board of Education of Florida at its regular place of meeting in the Capitol Building at Tallahassee, Florida, to revoke said certificate of [name deleted] as provided by law in the public interest.
This 10th day of October, 1961
Chester W. Taylor, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction of Pasco County, Florida, as Petitioner.
State of Florida
County of Pasco
Personally appeared before me this day Chester W. Taylor, who upon being by me duly sworn, deposes and says that he i person who signed the above and foregoing petition, and that has read said petition, and the facts and statements set for are true and correct.
C. W. O'Berry
DECEMBER 12, 1961Appointed:
Pasco High, Renee Stanley; Lacoochee, Elizabeth McClure
FEBRUARY 13, 1962Appointed:
Pasco High, Miss Dorothy Jennell Hart
MARCH 8, 1962The Board had a general discussion on the entire administration of the Gulf High School during the current 1961-62 school year and possible investigation procedures thereon.
APRIL 10, 1962Delegates to the FEA Convention in Miami.
Trilby, Mrs. Frances Peacock; Pasco Junior High, Elmo Collins Merton Gates; Lacoochee, Mrs. Anna D. Campbell William D. Mobley; Gulf High, Miss Bobbie L. Knowles, George T. Gleason, Jr. Mrs. Fannie L. Dixon; Dade City Grammar Miss Thelma Lovett, Lamar Watson; Elfers, Mrs. Lorena Abbey, Mrs. Vera Green; Sanders Memorial, Mrs. Mildred Armstrong; Richey Elementary, Mrs. Marguerite Marchman, Fred K. Marchman; Pasco Elementary, Mrs. Carolyn Dudley, Mrs. Annis Reedy; Pasco High, Judson Hetrick, Robert Kitzmiller, Mrs. Ann Henderson, Wayne Malone; East Zephyrhills, Mrs. Laveta H. Garrison, Mrs. Dorothy Worthington, John H. Geiger, W. A. Worthington, Charles A. Henderson; West Zephyrhills, Mrs. Esther Fedor; County At Large, Chester W. Taylor, Jr., X. L. Garrison, Mrs. Margaret Hawk, Eugene W. Hester
Leave Request Approved
Mrs. Ruth Fingerhut, Pasco High; Mrs. Juanita Kimzey, Gulf High; Mrs. Marjorie Parantha, Zephyrhills - Professional leave to attend FHA Convention in Clearwater, April 13, 1962 FHA Convention in Clearwater,
Ralph D. Cripe - Professional leave to attend State Convention of American Guild of Organists at Tampa, May 7 and 8, 1962
Mrs. Yvonne W. Sickler, Pasco High - Maternity leave for the first part of 1962-63 school year. To resume duties in December.
Principals appointed: Gulf High; Richey Elementary, Fred K. Marchman; Elfers, Mrs. Mittye P. Locke; Dade City Grammar, Rodney B. Cox; Sanders Memorial, Marion Crawford, Sr.; East Zephyrhills, Charles A. Henderson; West Zephyrhills, Arlies E. Ross; Lacoochee, Mrs. Agatha Andrews; Pasco High, Walter A. FErguson; Pasco Junior High, W. G. Andrews; Pasco Elementary, Dallas T. Parker; Trilby, Eldon J. Smith; St. Joseph, Mrs. Catharine Dunne
Moore-Mickens, Odell K. Mickens; Floyd Academy, Vera L. Godwin; Booker T. Washington, Ruby L. Copeland
General, X. L. Garrison; Director of Secondary Education, Ollie S. Bandy; Attendance and Text Book Mgr., Eugene W. Hester; Reading Specialist, Dr. Louise Robles; School Nurse, Mrs. Eleanor Mercer
MAY 15, 1962Teachers appointed:
West Zephyrhills: Anne Tipton, Mrs. Hettie Jane Price, Peggy A. Padgett, Mrs. Vianna Gall, Beulah Flynn, Mrs. Dorothy D. Turner
East Zephyrhills: Mrs. Laura G. Anderson, Mrs. Elsie D. Clark, Mrs. Laveta H. Garrison, William B. Baker, Darwin B. Clark, Mrs. Lots J. Wachob, Mrs. Celia Anderson, Mrs. Betty J. Hall, William A. Worthington, Joseph H. Baldwin, Mrs. Constance C. Kaylor, Mrs. Katherine Swing, Lamar Calhoun, John F. Clements, John T. V. Clark, Charles E. Waller, Mrs. Lillian B. Johnson, Mrs. Pauline Higginson, Mrs. marguerite I. Gooding, Mrs. Willie Mae Ellmaker, Mrs. Dorothy H. Worthington, Miss Alice White, Miss Alice Zimmerman, Mrs. Margaret K. Wenner, Jack Wilson, Mrs. Marion J. Ditter, Earl F. Reitz, William R. Kustes, William R. Jeffries, Stanley B. Kendrick, Mrs. Marjorie B. Parantha, Lewis K. Wynn, Charles W. McKinney, D. Hobson Laird
Pasco Junior: Julius F. Barish, Elmo Collins, Jr., Miss W. Lee Cummings, John R. Hester, Victor Giordano, Mrs. Muriel F. Miller, Mrs. Emma J. Bentley, Mrs. Jewell M. Brewton, Merton F. Gates, Mrs. Joy T. Giordano, Homer LeBlanc, Mrs. Veta A. Neal, Mrs. Myra N. O'Berry, Mrs. Miriam M. Parker, Robert R. Smithwick, Mrs. Rosemary Trottman
Pasco Elementary School: Mrs. Carolyn Dudley, Mrs. Annis Reedy, Mrs. Sarah Ward, Mrs. Martha Keyser, Mrs. Helen McNeil, Mrs. Jean Ward, Mrs. Margaret Hawk, Mrs. Myrtle Smith, Mrs. Joyce Watson, Mrs. Mabel Williams, Mrs. Mary Gates, Mrs. Corrie Moore, Mrs. Julia Roseman, Mrs. Evelyn Pittman, Mrs. Mary Dupree, Miss Jane Thomas, Miss Marianne Morgan, W. C. Fingerhut, Mrs. Martha Falcetti, Mrs. Euphemia Rowland, Mrs. Mary Ferguson, Mrs. Frances MacRae
Dade City Grammar School: Mrs. Elizabeth Stone, Mrs. Verna Ross, Miss Thelma Lovett, Mrs. Alice Groover, Mrs. Goldie Sigworth, Don Aughenbaugh, Mrs. Elizabeth Council, Mrs. Ruth Weightman, Mrs. Annette Buchholz, Mrs. Mary Stubbs, Mrs. Marion Sedwick, Mrs. Sarah Kate Rhodes, Lamar Watson, Mrs. Edith Blocker, Mrs. Annice Fernandez, Mrs. Mary S. Laurie, Mrs. Mabel Temple, Mrs. Sally Gibson, Mrs. Ila Dowling, Mrs. Grace Dew, Mrs. Evelyn Adams, Mrs. Essie Mae Blitch, Donald Barger, Robert Richmond
Lacoochee: Mrs. Mary Brinson, Mrs. Marguerite Goetz, Jerry Keisling, David Mobley, Eddie Szaro, Mrs. Georgia Wells, Mrs. Anna D. Campbell
St. Joseph School: Sr. Mildred Gelis
Trilby School: Mrs. Frances Peacock
Sanders Memorial: Mrs. Wilma L. Cozart, Mrs. Gertrude L. Godwin, Mrs. Marjorie A. Courbat, Mrs. Gertie B. Moss, Mrs. Carolyn S. Crawford, Brian P. Neville, James A. English, Miss margaret Engstrom, Mrs. Mildred L. Armstrong, Mrs. Sue Wesley, Miss Sylvia A. Holladay, Michael J. Daly ?, Ralph D. Cripe, Mrs. Eleanor Mclntosh
Pasco High School: Miss Dorothy Hart, Frank Blocker, David L. Congleton, Jack Dudley, Horace Allen, Mrs. Mildred Byrd, Charles Corbin ?, Omar Ergle, Ivan Everett, Miss Elizabeth Hale, Mrs. Ann Henderson, Mrs. Ruth Jones, Robert Kitzmiller, Mrs. Bertha McKillips, Mrs. Barbara Malone, Donald Murray, Mrs. Wilma Peden, Robert Richmond, Mrs. Yvonne Sickler, Dave St. John, Mrs. Renee Stanley, Mrs., Ruth Fingerhut, Mrs. Hazel Harrison, Judson Hetrick, Nestor Giordano, Gerald McClure, Edward Madison, Wayne Malone, Mrs. Patricia Murray, Floyd Philmon, George Sarver, Albert Smith, Charles Douglas
A discussion was held concerning the re-appointment of: Charles Corbin, Pasco High School; Michael Daly, Sanders Memorial; George Sarver, Pasco High School.
Attorney Dayton advised that these names would have to be returned to the School Trustees for re-consideration if there was a question concerning their re-appointment. The Superintendent was directed to inquire into some of the complaints and to determine if any action should be taken. Mrs. Anderton stated that if Mr. Corbin signed the agreement for one more year of probationary service it would be satisfactory for him to remain at Pasco High School, she also requested that the Superintendent discuss with Dr. D. L. Deal, information concerning Mr. Sarver. Mr. Kirkland indicated he desired not to have Mr. Daly re-appointed, but as his name had been included on the recommendation for re-appointment to Sanders Memorial by the Principal and School Trustees it appeared that charges would have to be lodged against the teacher in order to dismiss him.
Mickens High School: Bessie F. Barefield, Arrewintha S. Campbell, Mozelle D. Ford, Cora E. Hill, Hayes W. Howard, Claudia Lewis, Martha L. Lewis, Ida Mae Robinson, Willie V. Silas, Thelma E. Thomas, Alice Y. Trueblood, Dorothy B. Trammer, Maye D. Williams, Inez O. Wright, Mike Ardis, David L. Brundidge, Melvin Dennard, Louise P. Gilbert, Hiram J. Goodwin, Mary H. Marshall, Christine E. Mickens, Allie Dee Penix, Mattie L. Puckett, Jeffery Sims, Betty Jean Turner, Neal Williams, Harold Dee Wright, Thelma B. Yarn
Floyd Academy: Harold Hagin, Susie Johnson, Moses D. Holmes
Leave of absence granted: Dr. Louise Robles - Professional leave May 16, 1962, to attend Educational Television in Lakeland, and May 25, 1962, to attend conference in St. Petersburg on summer reading program No. 7.
Tommy Gibbs - Professional leave to enroll at Auburn Univ. June 11, to 15, 1962
Mrs. Nadine Ferguson - Maternity leave for the 1962-63 school year.
Mrs. Margaret Scheiderer - Maternity leave for the 1962-63 school year.
Mrs. Alta D. Gray - Sick leave, beginning May 18, 1962
Mrs. Julia Roseman - Sick leave, beginning May 14, 1962
Homer LeBlanc - Sick leave, beginning May 18, 1962
Tommy Gibbs - Gulf High School - Effective June 15, 1962
Jack L. Watson - Zephyrhills - Effective June 8, 1962
Mrs. Mary Lee King - Gulf High - Effective June 8, 1962
Mrs. Jacqueline D. Atkinson - Richey Elementary - Effective June 8, 1962
Miss Dora Singletary - Gulf High - Effective June 8, 1962
JULY 10, 1962Appointed:
Pasco High, Mrs. Martha Jane Walker; Pasco Junior High, Frank K. Brown
JULY 25, 1962Appointed:
Pasco High, Lane M. Goodson
AUGUST 14, 1962Appointed:
St. Joseph, Sr. Ceceilia Heintz, Principal; Sr. Gertrude Whalton
Pasco High, Miss Clarice O. Brown, David Joseph Nemes, Harry G. Rhodes; Zephyrhills High, Mrs. Jean Darlene Wickstrom, Walter J. Quick; Pasco Junior High, Owen Dale Williams, Joseph D. Geiger; Dade City Grammar, Rebekah Baker, Donald Murray transferred to Dade City Grammar from Pasco High; West Zephyrhills Elementary, Mrs. Donald Whiteside Rhodes, Ferd E. Renniger, Principal
AUGUST 29, 1962Appointed:
West Zephyrhills Elem., Mrs. Loris E. Johnson, Mrs. Ann Tipton; Pasco Junior High, Lavern L. Saphore; Pasco High, Mrs. Louise Morrison, Mr. Benjamin Senti, Mrs. John Knapp; East Zephyrhills Elem., Mrs. Rita Bergs; Zephyrhills High, Mrs. Georgia H. Skyless
Trilby: Mrs. Beverly Jane Stone - August 20 to November 30, 1962; Mrs. Gerald McClure, Dec. 3, 1962, to June 11, 1963
Floyd Academy: Benjamin Franklin Broxton
FEBRUARY 12, 1963Pasco Junior High, Katherine H. Goodson; Sanders Memorial, Thomas Samuel T. Sams; Pasco High, William H. Ford
APRIL 24, 1963Appointed:
Principals: Gulf High, W. R. Durden, Jr.; Richey Elementary, Fred K. Marchman; Elfers Elementary, Mrs. Mittye P. Locke; Dade City Grammar, Rodney B. Cox; Sanders Memorial, Marion L. Crawford, Sr.; Zephyrhills High, Charles A. Henderson; West Zephyrhills, Arlies E. Ross; East Zephyrhills, Ferdinand E. Renninger; Lacoochee, Mrs. Agatha Andrews; Pasco High, W. A. Ferguson; Pasco Junior High, W. G. Andrews; Pasco Elementary, Dallas T. Parker; Trilby, James L. Turner; St. Joseph, Sr. Cecilia Heintz Moore Elementary, H. J. Goodwin; Mickens High, Odell K. Mickens; Floyd Academy, Vera L. Goodwin; Booker T. Washington, Ruby L. Copeland
General, X. L. Garrison; Director of Secondary Education, Olie S. Bandy; Attendance Officer and Text Book Manager, Eugene W. Hester; Reading Specialist, Dr. Louise Robles; Speech Therapist, Glen E. Jackson; School Nurse, Mrs. Eleanore Mercer
East Zephyrhills: Mrs. Laveta Garrison, William Baker, Mrs. Marguerite Hardesty, Mrs. Pauline Higginson, Mrs. Dorothy Worthington, Mrs. Willie Mae Ellmaker, Mrs. Lois J. Wachob, Miss Alice Zimmerman
West Zephyrhills Elementary: Mrs. Marguerite Goetz (Transferred), Mrs. Hettie J. Price, Mrs. Celia Anderson, Mrs. Anne Tipton, Mrs. Vianna Gall, Mrs. Dorothy Rhodes, Miss Peggy Padgett, Mrs. Dorothy Turner, Mrs. Beulah Flynn
Trilby: Mrs. Frances Peacock
Sanders Memorial: Miss Louise Cozart, Mrs. Gertrude Godwin, Mrs. Mildred Armstrong, Mrs. Marjorie Courbat, Michael Daly, James English, Mrs. Elizabeth Broughton, Mrs. Beula Young, Mrs. Gertie Moss, Thomas Sams, Ralph Cripe, Mrs. Carolyn Crawford
Pasco Elementary: Mrs. Annis Reedy, Mrs. Sarah Ward, Mrs. Jean B. Ward, Mrs. Margaret M. Hawk, Mrs. Mary E. Dupree, Mrs. Euphemia M. Rowland, Mrs. Mary Ferguson, Mrs. Martha Ann Kimbrough, Mrs. Julia M. Roseman, Mrs. Evelyn Pittman, Miss Marianne Morgan, Mrs. Carolyn Dudley, Mrs. Helen McNeil, Mrs. Martha Keyser, Mrs. Myrtle Smith, Mrs. Martha Falcetti, Mrs. Mabel C. Williams, Mrs. Mary Gates, Mrs. Frances MacRae, W. C. Fingerhut, Miss Jane Thomas, Mrs. Joyce Watson
Dade City Grammar: Mrs. Verna Ross, Mrs. Rebekah Baker, Mrs. Goldie Sigworth, Miss Thelma Lovett, Mrs. Alice Groover, Mrs. Ila Dowling, Mrs. Evelyn Adams, Mrs. Mary Stubbs Mrs. Essie Mae Blitch, Mrs. M. Annette Buchholz, Mrs. Evelyn Pittman (Part time), Donald Murray, Mrs. Mary Scott Laurie, Mrs. Sarah K. Rhodes, Mrs. Elizabeth Council, Mrs. Sally Gibson, Mrs. Mabel Temple, Mrs. Marion Sedwick, Mrs. Edith Blocker, Mrs. Annice Fernandez, Lamar Watson, Mrs. Grace Dew, Donald Barger, Don Aughenbaugh
Elfers: Bill A. Kotis, James W. Cox, Mrs. Catharine Stuart, Mrs. Cora B. Gilmore, George J. Tsalickis, Nathan Abbey, Mrs. Eleanor McIntosh, Mrs. Lorena Abbey
Richey Elementary: Miss Eleanor Johnson, Mrs. Julia Jones, Mrs. Jennie Keller, Mrs. Marguerite Marchman, Mrs. Ruth Smith, Miss Nell Bennett, Mrs. Lauzanne Casson, Mrs. Ellen Norfleet, Miss Christine Maynard, Mrs. Lois Pritchard, Miss Helen Snell, Mrs. Alberta Spearman, Mrs. Louise Talton, Mrs. Virginia R. Welch, Mrs. Thelma Bosley, Mrs. Martha Williams
Pasco High: Horace Allen, Frank Blocker, Mrs. Mildred Byrd, David Congleton, Charles Corbin (Held over), Charles Douglass (Held over), Jack Dudley, Omar Ergle, Ivan Everett (Held over), Mrs. Ruth Fingerhut, William Ford, Miss Elizabeth Hale, Mrs. Ann Henderson, Judson Hetrick, Mrs. Martha Walker, Mrs. Sylvia Williams, Mrs. Ruth Jones, Nestor Giordano, Robert Kitsmiller, Gerald McClure, Mrs. Bertha McKillips, Ned Madison, Mrs. Barbara Malone, Wayne Malone, Mrs. Patricia Murray, Mrs. Wilma Peden, Floyd Philmon, Harry Rhodes, Mrs. Yvonne Sickler, Albert Smith, David St. John
Gulf High: Bobbie Knowles (Leave), John J. Mangan, Grace Parker, John F. Shea, Helen H. Richey, Clarice Thompson, James Pritchard, Alberta E. Woody, David H. Clark, Jr., Herbert Whalley, Marion L. Crawford, Jr., Fred Smith, J. C. Akins, Mrs. Patricia P. Carmolli, Fannie L. Dixon, Ralph L. Cramer, Don H. Crawford, Bill Foster, Mrs. Irene Isaacson (resigned), Charles C. Mabe, Gwynette Richey, Miss Julia Rebecca Sever, Mrs. Maxine Webb, Thomas E. Weightman, S. E. Young, Vincent T. Shaffer (transferred Richey), Robert Wayne Henry, J. Bartow Levi, Thelma McCurdy, Juanita Kimzey
Zephyrhills High: Lamar Calhoun, John F. Clements, Mrs. Alpha S. Gill, Mrs. Constance C. Kaylor, Ernest Kretschmar, Jr., Earl Reitz, W. A. Worthington, William R. Jeffries, Miss Marion J. Ditter, William R. Kustes, Will H. McRaney, Green Napier, John T. V. Clark, Jr., John H. Geiger, Mrs. Betty Jane Hall, S. B. Kendrick, Mrs. Marjorie B. Parantha, Mrs. Katharine Swing, Lewis K. Wynne, D. Hobson Laird, Jr., Mrs. Lillian B. Johnson, Charles W. McKinney, Clyde R. Mills, Mrs. Georgie H. Skyles
Pasco Junior High: Julius F. Barish, Mrs. Jewell M. Brewton, Elmo Collins, Jr., Joseph D. Geiger, Victor Giordano, Mrs. Veta A. Neal, Mrs. Miriam M. Parker, Mrs. Rosemary W. Trottman, Mrs. E. Jane Bentley, Frank K. Brown, Merton F. Gates, Mrs. Joy T. Giordano, Homer W. LeBlanc, Mrs. Myra M. O'Berry, Ralph E. Ross, Owen D. Williams
Lacoochee Elementary: Mrs. Mary Brinson, Mrs. Anna Campbell, David Mobley, Jerry Keisling, Eddie Szaro
Moore-Mickens: Arrewintha S. Campbell, Mozelle D. Ford, Cora E. Hill, Hayes W. Howard, Claudia Lewis, Martha L. Lewis, Ida Mae Robinson, Willie V. Silas, Thelma E. Thomas, Alice Y. Trueblood, Dorothy B. Trammer, Maye D. Williams, Inez O. Wright, Thelma B. Yarn, Hiram J. Goodwin (Principal Elementary), David L. Brundidge, Melvin Dennard, Louise P. Gilbert, Mary H. Marshall, Christine E. Mickens, Allie Dee Penix, Mattie L. Puckett, Jerry Sims, Betty Joan Turner, Neal Williams, Harold Dee Wright, Mike C. Ardis, Carolyn S. Reid, Mildred B. Smith, Janice R. Jackson
Floyd Academy: Susie Johnson, Benjamin Broxton, Harold Hoggins
Member Anderton requested that the names of Charles G. Douglass, Charles Corbin, and Ivan Everett be removed from the recommended list of Pasco High School. After discussion of the three teachers named, Mr. Williams suggested that the three names be removed and that further study on the three teachers be made and a decision on their re-appointment be determined at the meeting of May 29, 1963. Mrs. Witt moved that the recommendations be accepted and the appointment of each teacher made with the following exceptions: Charles G. Douglass, Pasco High; Charles Corbin, Pasco High; Ivan Everett, Pasco High
Consideration of these teachers will be continued at the next meeting on May 29, 1963. Mrs. Anderton seconded the motion, and on vote the motion carried.
West Zephyrhills, Miss Constance A. Ransick; Gulf High, James V. Cater, Mrs. Jerry B. Cater; East Zephyrhills, Mrs. Margaret McKinney; Dade City Grammar, Miss Betty Lou Fults, Miss Patricia Swann, Mrs. Thelma S. Hinson
JUNE 11, 1963Leave of Absence Granted:
The Pasco Agriculture Teachers to attend the State Agriculture Teachers' Conference in Daytona Beach from July 8 - 12, 1963. W. A. Ferguson, Principal, Pasco High School and all other principals -- Professional leave to attend the Principals Summer Conference in Clearwater, July 17 - 19, 1963.
Lacoochee Elementary, Miss Emily Imogene Crosby; Pasco Elementary, Stephen Justice Walding, Jr.; Pasco High, John Woodall, Walter Stewart, William McCormick, Elodee McCormick, Duron Beeler; West Zephyrhills, Mrs. Jean McClain Murphy; East Zephyrhills, Mrs. Betty Jo Riblet, William F. Skyles, Jr.; Zephyrhills High, Joseph H. Baldwin; Sanders Memorial, Mrs. Sarah Bess Stewart Wagner, Miss Marsha Kay Lowman
JUNE 26, 1963Appointed:
Pasco High, Caroline Bell
JULY 9, 1963Appointed:
Pasco High, Ruth-Hall Trammell, Mrs. Marilyn S. Eddy
JULY 24, 1963Appointed
Pasco High, Phillip R. Morgan; Lacoochee, Mrs. Sue Richardson
AUGUST 13, 1963Appointed:
Pasco High, Mrs. Elizabeth Berg Bradley Miss Ferne Futral, Monroe S. Slocumb; West Zephyrhills, Charles P. Martin
AUGUST 28, 1963Appointed:
Pasco High, Ray Harold Mann; St. Joseph, Sr. Mary Ann Carollo; West Zephyrhills, Miss Debra Bryce
SEPTEMBER 10, 1963Walter Ferguson resigned from Pasco High.
OCTOBER 15, 1963Pasco Elementary, Betty W. Cox; Dade City Grammar, Dorothy B. Waters
JANUARY 14, 1964Lacoochee, Mrs. Freda Holt; Pasco Junior High, Miss Mary Bandy
Please note: From this date forward, the schools are growing too rapidly to list the staff members in each school.
MARCH 7, 1967Superintendent Taylor discussed with the Board plans and proposals to develop course of study which will be beneficial for inmates at Zephyrhills State Prison Camp, noting that he and Mr. Robert Kitzmiller, Math-Science Coordinator, had visited the prison camp to discuss the proposals with the State Prison representative.
Superintendent Taylor discussed with the Board proposal for Freedom of Choice Plan for the 1967-68 School year. Member Williams suggested that school plan be changed to allow choice of school only for the Dade City-Lacoochee area and that school assignment by district be used for the Zephyrhills, Land O' Lakes and coast areas. Attorney Dayton recommended that no change be made on the school plan at this time. Superintendent Taylor discussed with the Board pending construction projects planned to correct over-crowded conditions in schools now, and noted that it would be most difficult to close down certain schools to place pupils in overcrowded schools; but that by the next school year, 1968-69, it would probably be possible to do this. Attorney Dayton advised that it would be well to adopt or revise school plan with regard to closing Booker T. Washington School next year when space for pupils is available in other schools.
After discussion, Mrs. Witt moved that the Board continue with freedom of choice plan as adopted for the 1966-67 school year and that choice of school forms be sent to parents in the same manner as previously used between March 31 through April 30, 1967. Mr. Williams seconded the motion, and on vote the motion carried.
The Board discussed plan to amend Freedom of Choice plan and the Attorney was instructed to prepare proper documents in this regard.
Attorney Dayton reported that the hearing on the Board's H.E.W. suit was postponed by Judge Lieb, and that there was going to be oral argument on the 7 cases heard in the U. S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals and decision rendered in February concerning guidelines litigation and re-hearing by the 12 active judges in the 5th Circuit in Jacksonville on Friday, March 10th, and that he and Attorney Morris White were planing to attend.
Attorney Dayton reported that he had ordered the survey for the Krusen property adjacent to Zephyrhills High School, noting that the order had been placed with Elmer Mullins, who had turned it over to Deuel & Day Engineering Co.
Attorney Dayton discussed with the Board the Katherine Swing claim for Workman's Compensation and reported that the question as to whether or not the Industrial Commission has jurisdiction to determine the question of coverage has now been raised by the Insurance company. The Board discussed generally problems connected with coverage for workman's compensation, and whether or not the costs of the suit, attorney's fee, etc., can be collected.
The Board discussed plans for course of study at schools for the coming year, and the reasons why high school physics was not offered at Pasco High for the 1966-1967 school year, noting that this course is offered only every other year.
Attorney Dayton discussed with the Board the status of its H.E.W. suit. and advised that the Administrative Hearing is now set for May 25 1967, Thursday, in Washington, D. C. He also reported that he and Mr. Morris White, Attorney, had attended the re-hearing in Jacksonville, Florida, of the suits relating to desegregation in schools in Mississippi and Louisiana.
MAY 2, 1967Leave Request:
Horace Allen was granted Professional leave for April 27-28, 1967, to attend Meeting on Development of Title III Operational Proposal at University of Florida, Gainesville.
W. C. Fingerhut was granted sick leave for April 21, 196/.
Charles C. Mabe was assigned for Temporary Duty for May 1, 1967 to attend State Student Star Teacher Awards at Ocala, Florida.
Morris machine requested Professional leave for June 5-9, 1967. to accept job as leader at Boys Camp in Ridge crest, N. C.
After discussion, Mrs. Witt moved that the request of Mr. Morris machine for professional leave be declined and that a request for personal leave would be favorably received, and that all other leave request be approved as presented. Mr. Hatcher seconded the motion, and on vote the motion carried.
Mr. Williams presented request from Mentally Retarded School at New Port Richey, for use of the Sanders Memorial School auditorium at Land O' Lakes, for a benefit program on Saturday evening, May 6, 1967, at the usual rental rate. After discussion, Mr. Williams moved that the board grant the request. Mrs. Anderton seconded the motion, and on vote the motion carried.
The Board discussed with Attorney Dayton matters pertaining to school desecration problems. Attorney Dayton reviewed with the Board the history of the H.E.W. suit, noting that the present administrative hearings are scheduled for May 9 and May 25.
Attorney Dayton presented and read proposal for Compliance prepared at the Board's request after conference with Mr. Albert T. Hemline General Counsel for Department of Health, Education and Welfare The Board discussed certain items in the proposed Agreement for Compliance. Exception was taken to signing Form 441-B and the Board Discussed alternatives. It was brought out that this might jeopardize the Board's suit, which is to be continued until October, 1967. Superintendent Taylor stated that he did not think the Department of Health. Education and Welfare should be operating school system in Pasco County, and went on to say that as a Constitutional Officer of the State of Florida, he could not force teachers to cross the color line to teach in another school. The Board discussed areas of disagreement.
After discussion, certain deletions and corrections were suggested and recommended by the Board. Attorney Dayton was instructed to telephone Mr. Hemline in Washington, D. C., to present these changes to him.
Attorney Dayton reported back later in the day, advising that Form 441-B would have to be signed and submitted in order for deferment of Federal School Funds to be lifted, but that other changes were agreeable.
Mr. Williams moved that the Board adopt the Proposal for Compliance as corrected and amended. Mrs. Anderton seconded the motion, and on vote the motion carried, and the following Proposal was adopted, twit:
A PROPOSAL FOR COMPLIANCE
To: Honorable Albert T. Hemline, Attorney
Department of Health, Education & Welfare
General Counsel, 3774 ROB
7th and D Streets, SW
Washington, D. C. 20201
Agreeable to our understanding, as Attorney for the Board of Public Instruction of Pasco County (hereinafter called the Board), I have prepared this Proposal for Compliance for approval by the Board and approval by you in order to resolve the differences between your Department and the Board.
At the outset the Board joins me in expressing our appreciation for the uniform courtesy and co-operation that you have shown in this matter. The Board has never defied nor intended to defy the Civil Rights Act or any law which prohibits discrimination in the public school system because of race, color, or national origin. The purpose of the suit which the Board filed against HEW was to determine what the law was. Like five of the thirteen Federal Judges who passed on the meaning and intent of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, this Board did not believe that the Civil Rights Act required the forced mixing of pupils or the forced transfer of faculty in order to achieve racial balance.
Notwithstanding the fact that its funds were at first cut off and then deferred, the Board proceeded with its own freedom of choice integration plan which resulted in approximately 17% of the Negro school population attending previously all white schools. Although there are still some points of the law which we would like to have judicially interpreted, we believe that the recent decisions in the solaced Jefferson County cases have sufficiently clarified the law so that we can reach an agreement as to what steps are necessary to bring this Board into full compliance.
OBJECTIVES AS DEFINED BY THE COURT
It now seems clear that the Fifth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals has ruled that every School District must convert its school system to a unitary school system without impairment of the education standards and welfare of the school children of Pasco County. This we feel is possible but only with the co-operation and assistance of the teachers, students, and citizens of Pasco County which co-operation and assistance is earnestly solicited by the Board.
MAKING ONESELF OF PASCO COUNTY A UNITARY SYSTEM IMMEDIATELY
We are attaching as sectional map of Pasco County. We have indicated the location of all the schools in Pasco County and the three zones which we have previously used in our desegregation plan. We first invite your attention to the West Pasco County zone. This includes the attendance are for the following schools: Hudson, Booker T. Washington, Richey Elementary. Gulf High, and Elfers Elementary School. There is also a former Gulf High School. This building is used this year to house pupils who will attend the new Hudson school which is now under construction. The west coast zone is the most rapidly groaning area of Pasco County. It will be noted that the only all negro school is the Booker T. Washington School located in Port Richey. This is a two teacher school and although the plant facilities are new and good, the school has approximately 40 pupils and 2 teachers for 8 grades. Although it will cause some overcrowding and perhaps use of temporary facilities, the Board will close the Booker T. Washington School for the next school year, 1967-68, and absorb this school into the present system. This will achieve a unitary system for the west Pasco County area, and should bring this area into full compliance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
LAND O' LAKES AREA
The central area of Pasco County is referred to as the Land O' Lakes area. This only contains one school, grades 1 through 9. There are only four Negro children residing in this attendance area. These children have elected to be transported to Dade City to attend an allegro school under the present freedom of choice plan. However, for the school year 1967-68, the Board will declare the Land O' Lakes area as an attendance area and will require these Negro school children to attend the Land O' Lakes School as this would be their attendance area. This would make the Land O' Lakes area a unitary school area also.
EAST PASCO COUNTY
At present 1,082 of the total Negro school population of 1,132 reside in the East Pasco area. This area contains three Negro schools: Floyd Academy at Lacoochee and Moore Elementary and Mickens High in Dade City. Floyd Academy now has grades 1 through 8 and 5 teachers. This site is not desirable for expansion purposes. The Moore Elementary School and Mickens High School are both on the same campus and are frequently referred to as the Moore-Mickens School. Both of these schools have an allegro student body and an allegro faculty. The school plant and site, however, are good and these schools particularly are a source of pride for the Negro community as well as the white community. For example, in a recent spelling contest in which all of the schools of Pasco County participated, the winner and runner up were students of Mickens High School. A few weeks ago a Mickens High School student won the science fair award at Searing in competition with students from schools and from other high schools in Pasco County and in six other counties. The fact that this school is an excellent school of course complicates the problem of abolishing it or converting it into part of a strictly unitary system as required by the Federal Courts.
LONG RANGE PLAN FOR EAST PASCO COUNTY
The other schools, the so-called white schools in Pasco County are; Lacoochee School; Dade City Grammar School and Pasco Elementary School, both in Dade City; Pasco Junior High School and Pasco High School, both in Dade City; and Zephyrhills West Elementary, Zephyrhills East Elementary, and Zephyrhills High School, all located in Zephyrhills. All of the white schools have adequate plant and site facilities except the Lacoochee school. The State Department of Education has long recommended the closing of the Lacoochee school and the Floyd Academy. The Board plans to close both Floyd Academy and the Lacoochee School as soon as adequate room can be found to accommodate these students. At the present time, the Board is in the process of piece meal construction of a new Pasco High School in Dade City on the site which is now being used as a Junior High School. When this site is completed, the Board plans to move the Junior High School to the present High School site and to move the High School to the new site. Plans are in the process to make this school plant large enough so that it and the Zephyrhills High School can accommodate all students now attending Mickens High School and then the Mickens High School will be abolished.
The plant for Moore-Mickens school will be converted either to a Junior High School or a new Elementary School having an integrated faculty and student body but without a higher percentage of Negro students or faculty than any of the other elementary schools or junior high schools in the area. Also, possibly a new elementary school will be constructed on a new site somewhere between Dade City and the Lacoochee area in order to facilitate the closing of the Floyd Academy and the Lacoochee school.
All of the Zephyrhills schools, both Elementary and High School are now integrated as far as student body is concerned. There is no all-Negro school in the immediate Zephyrhills vicinity. Formerly Negro students in the Zephyrhills area were transported to the Negro school in Dade City. Most of the Negro students in the immediate Zephyrhills area, however, attend the Zephyrhills School. There is a Negro community in Lumberton, some of whom now attend the Moore-Mickens school as well as the schools in east Pasco County. The great bulk of the Negro school population, however, resides in the immediate Dade City area.
In achieving the objective of making east Pasco County a unitary school system, the Board is faced with the problem of lack of funds and lack of adequate facilities to make this transition possible. However, when this is accomplished, all of Pasco County will have a unitary school system such as the Federal courts require. That is, a system which has neither white schools nor Negro schools but simply has schools.
IMMEDIATE PLANS FOR THE EAST PASCO AREA
For the school year 1967-68 the Board plans to use its freedom of choice procedure. Of course freedom of choice plans will no longer be necessary for the west Pasco area nor the Land O' Lakes area since this will be a unitary system for the year 1967-68. In the east Pasco area the forms to be employed will be the same as have been previously employed and the method for transmission to the student will be the same. This method does not comply with the directives as issued by HEW. The Board assures HEW, however, that there has been and will be no coercion or duress employed to force Negro children to elect to go to previously all-Negro schools. In fact, the result of this method speaks for itself. We hope that HEW will permit this Board to use the system that it has successfully employed in the past. The Board believes that with the use of this system the percentage of Negro school children who will attend previously all-white schools will be substantially increased. The time prescribed by HEW for filing for the issuance of the form has also expired. The present form, a copy of which is attached, will go to the students as soon as possible. The board has had very good success with this system not only in the results achieved but also in the fact that at least 98% of these forms are returned. The method employed, in the opinion of the Board, better assures the return of the forms than the method required by HEW.
With regard to faculty integration, this Board, since the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, has adopted a policy of not considering race, color, or national origin in the assignment and employment of teachers. The Board has had no applications of teachers who desire to cross the color line. If such applications had been received, the Board would have considered them without regard to race, color, or national origin and if the assignment could be made without lowering the educational standard of the school, such assignment would have been made. The Board considered that the forced transfer of teachers would probably deplete the school system of its faculty and cause great chaos and confusion in the administration of the school affairs. Because of the distribution of the Negro population in Pasco County, the Board would have been required, under the instructions of HEW, to send Negro teachers for example 40 miles or more from their home to a new school on the west coast of Pasco County which would have caused understandable objection. However, the Board will not only permit, but will actively encourage the crossing of the color line by teachers with the hope that this can be done without impairment of the educational standards of the school. In other words, if a teacher is qualified to teach English in the high school and is white and a previously all-Negro school needs an English teacher, there is no reason why this teacher should not teach in the previously all-Negro school and by the same token if a Negro teacher is qualified to teach English in high School and a previously all-white high school has a vacancy for such an English teacher, the Board would hope that this teacher would accept such position. The Board sets 20 as the minimum number of teachers to cross the color line in the entire Pasco County school system. This does not mean 10 Negro teacher to teach in previously all-white schools and 10 white teachers to teach in previously all-Negro schools, but 20 teachers who will cross the line whether it be 15 Negro teachers and 5 white teachers or 15 white teachers and 5 Negro teachers. The teacher recruitment in Pasco County is handled largely through its County Superintendent and principals. The Board hereby instructs the Superintendent and the principals to make every effort to hire competent qualified teachers of a race other than which is predominant in the respective schools of the county. In new assignments particularly, principals and superintendents are requested to find competent teachers to cross the color line in teacher assignment.
FORM 441 B
With regard to the Form 441 B, this has been a great obstacle for the Board. The Board frankly does not feel that HEW has the right to require a special oath or assurance from this Board. The Board members are under oath to follow the law just as you, the Commissioner of Education, and other Federal officials are under oath and the Board sees no reason why it should make an act of special obeisance to HEW. Also, the Board does not feel that it has the right to bind future boards nor does it have the right to agree to follow directives of HEW which might be unlawful or unconstitutional. However, since all of the counties and all of the school boards in Florida have signed this form except those under court order, if our other differences will be resolved, the Board will not allow this to obstruct the final solution of our problem. The Board will, therefore, agree to execute Form 441 B, subject to the right to withdraw in the event either the administrative proceedings or the pending Court case is not dismissed as planned.
It is our understanding that in consideration of this promise on our part, your Department will immediately lift the deferral of Federal funds for Pasco County so that these funds may be considered in planning for the school year 1967-1968, and that the present administrative hearings now scheduled for May 9th and May 25th will be continued until October, 1967, and then if the performance of the Board matches the promises contained in this proposal these administrative proceedings will be dismissed. Also, the pending suit brought by the Board against HEW in the Federal District Court will by stipulation be continued until October, 1967, and if our differences are then resolved this suit will be dismissed by a joint stipulation of the parties without prejudice to the rights of either party. It is understood, however, that in the event of the failure of the Board to carry out this proposal and the things specifically agreed for the 1967-68 school year, that you may elect to proceed with the administrative hearing. On the other hand, if the Board considers that your Department has exceeded its lawful authority or has failed to comply with your portion of our understanding this Board may again resort to the Federal Court for relief.
I hope that this will mark the end of all litigation between your Department and the Board and that we can work in harmony together in the future so that your mandate under the 1964 Civil Rights Act will be fully met and the educational standards and welfare of the Pasco County schools will not be impaired. Again, let me take this opportunity of thanking you for the personal interest, consideration, and co-operation that you have shown throughout this entire matter.
/s/ George C. Dayton
GEORGE C. DAYTON
Attorney for the Board
APPROVED AND AGREED TO BY:
/S/ Chester W. Taylor, Jr.
Chester W. Taylor, Jr.,
/s/ C. P. McCabe
C.P. McCabe, Chairman
/s/ Carl Hatcher
Carl Hatcher, Vice Chairman
/s/ Mrs. Mack Anderton
Mrs. Mack Anderton, Member
/s/ Margaretta C. Witt
Mrs. Margaretta C. Witt, Member
/s/ Ted Williams
Ted Williams, Member
After further discussion, Mr. Williams moved that Choice of School Forms be prepared the same as last year with dates for choice to be from May 2 through May 31, 1967, for the East Pasco Area only. Mr. Hatcher second the motion, and vote on motion carried.
AUGUST 15, 1967Mr. Jim Geiger and Mr. Lewis Wynne met with the Board, explaining that they were representing Mr. Jack Morgan, CTA president, who was unable to attend, to request that the Board grant a day of professional leave for teachers to attend FEA Information Day in Orlando, on August 24, 1967. It was estimated that about 75% of the teachers are planning to attend. Mr. Geiger expressed appreciation to the Board for the good relationship which the teachers of Pasco County have with the Board.
Before action of the leave request. Superintendent Taylor reported on Meeting on August 14, 1967, in Orlando, at which time State Superintendent Floyd Christian delivered directives regarding FEA sanctions.
Attorney Dayton reviewed proposed statement of policy, and reminded the Board that it was their legal duty to provide education for the children of Pasco County, and that loss of personnel would affect Minimum Foundation Program allocations.
Mr. Fred Marchman, Principal of Richey Elementary School, was present at the meeting, and suggested that the Board grant this request and it could mean only a change in meeting place as there is a professional meeting date scheduled for August 23, 1967, in the School Calendar.
After further discussion, Mr. Williams moved that the Board authorize the Superintendent to approve professional leave for a building representative from each school and for the officers of the Pasco County Educational Association and personal leave for all other teachers upon proper request being made in writing to the Superintendent for August 24, 1967, to attend the FEA Information Day in Orlando. Florida. Mr. Hatcher seconded the motion, and on vote the motion carried.
The Board discussed the complications which might result from the day of leave for teachers on August 24th. Mrs. Will moved that pupil registration be changed to Friday, August 25, 1967, instead of August 24 and 25. Mr. Hatcher seconded the motion, and on vote the motion carried.
Attorney Dayton presented and read prepared statement of policy. It was moved by Member Williams, seconded by Member Witt that the Board adopt the following statement of its policies with regard to the situation caused by the imposition of teacher sanctions and that copies of this Statement of Policy be circulated to all of the teachers of the Pasco County school system and that a copy be given to the public press.
STATEMENT OF POLICY
The Board believes it would be helpful to the teachers of Pasco County and to the public if the duties, views, and policies of this Board were made clear. At the outset the Board wishes to make it crystal clear that it does not have any quarrel with our teachers. This Board believes that during this unfortunate crisis all of the teaching staff will continue to abide by the law and will continue to conduct themselves properly in a truly professional manner. Therefore, this is not to be construed as a threat, warning, even as a suspicion that any teacher would be guilty of wrongful conduct.
The Board fully recognizes the well established need for additional funds from state sources in order to provide for the proper educational requirements of our state and county. However, the School Board members and the County Superintendent under the law are required to carry out the duties of the offices which they hold. One of the major responsibilities of such officials is to properly staff the schools and to carry out an effective instructional program. The imposition of sanctions does not relieve school officials, including their agents such as principals and personnel officers of this legal responsibility. We shall continue our efforts to see that the Pasco County schools are staffed with the best available instructional personnel.
In order that no teacher will be misled about the attitude of this Board or be unknowingly persuaded into any imprudent action, the Board states the following matters of law and policy:
1. If a teacher is absent from duty in violation of his contract he is subject to loss of pay and may have his contract terminated as provided by law.
2. The claiming of sick leave pay when a teacher is not ill or otherwise entitled to it is a violation of law.
3. Teachers cannot legally withhold services which they have contracted to render, including extra classroom services not spelled out in the contract document.
4. The County Board plans to operate its schools in any eventuality. Any other position by this Board would abdicate our legal and constitutional responsibility to provide an education for all the children of the county.
5. With regard to the immediate situation concerning the so-called "Professional Day" called by the Florida Educational Association to be held in Orlando on August 24th, the Board states: That the Superintendent be authorized to grant Professional Leave to one building representative from each school and to officers of the Pasco County Educational Association and that personal leave be granted to all other teachers who so request.
DATED this 15th day of August, A. D. 1967.
THE BOARD OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION OF PASCO COUNTY
By: /s/ C. P. McCABE
Attest: /s/ CHESTER W. TAYLOR. JR.
On vote the motion carried, and the Chairman declared the Statement of Policy unanimously adopted.
Mrs. Aileena S. Davis President of Pasco County Association of Insurance Agents, appeared before the Board and presented check in the amount of $6, 503.00 representing the return premium due on the five fire policies currently in force for the Board, noting that the return premium bases in large part on the downward rate adjustment as a result of improvement and eliminating frame buildings or replacing them with buildings of superior construction.
Superintendent Taylor requested the Board to confirm award to lowest bidder for painting at Moore Elementary School and for painting at Mickens High School, said bids having been received and opened on Thursday, August 10, 1967, at 2:00 P. M. in the presence of the Chairman, the Superintendent and Attorney, as follows:
Bidder Moore Elementary
Mickens High Leonard Hansberry, Dade City $895.00 $1,345.00 Harry Holman, Dade City $840.00 (Ace.) 1,390.00 Harold Tipton, Dade City $885.00 1,295.00 (Ace.) R. F. Parker, Dade City $950.00 no bid
Mrs. Anderton moved that the Board confirm acceptance of low bid of Mr. Harry Holman in the amount of $840,00 for painting at Moore Elementary School, and acceptance of low bid of Mr. Harold Tipton in the amount of $1,295.00 for painting at Mickens High School. Mr. Wiliams seconded the motion, and on vote the motion carried.
SEPTEMBER 5, 1967Appointed:
Dade City Grammar School, Mrs. Ann Cimador (until Dec. 9, 1967), Miss Patricia Ellen Hanley eff. Dec. 9, 1967; Lacoochee Elementary, Mrs. Katherine Goodson (until house is sold); Pasco Elementary, Mrs. Virginia James (through Dec., 1967)
Superintendent Taylor discussed with the Board the personal situation involved in hiring Mrs. James, Mrs. Goodson and Mrs. Cimador, advising that Mrs. James and Mrs. Goodson are former teachers of the Pasco County school system, and that due to the emergency situation in finding and hiring teachers due to NEA and FEA sanctions, these three teachers have consented to teach if they will be allowed to resign as indicated in the letters of recommendation. Superintendent Taylor advised that Miss Hanley is doing her intern teaching now and will be graduating in December, and will replace Mrs. Cimador at that time.
After discussion, Mr. Williams moved that due to the emergency in hiring teachers at this time, the recommendations be accepted as presented and the appointments of each be made as read. Mrs. Witt seconded the motion, and on vote the motion carried.
The Board discussed existing teacher vacancies and pupil overloading particularly at East Zephyrhills Elementary School, Gulf High School, Richey Elementary School, Hudson Elementary School, Elfers Elementary School and the need for additional teacher units and portable classrooms to relieve these overloads. Superintendent Taylor presented enrollment figures for the first day of school, showing increase of 361 over last year. He stated that the enrollment figures for the end of the first week had just been received, showing total enrollment on September 5, 1967 of 8628.
Request for leave and granted:
Mr. E. S. Young - Professional leave for September 12, 1967, to attend Agriculture Teachers Conference Tampa; Mrs. Fannie Dixon, Mrs. Evelyn Pittman, Mrs. Marguerite Marchman, Miss Betty Jean Turner, Mrs. Helen Richardson, Mrs. Betty J. Hall, Mrs. Margaret M. Hawk, Mrs. Elizabeth Hart - Professional leave to attend Florida Association of School Librarians Audio-Visual Fall Workshop on Oct. 5-7, 1967, Clearwater, Fla.
SEPTEMBER 30, 1967Superintendent Taylor referred to letter of September 6, 1967, from State Superintendent Floyd Christian, containing Suggestions for Dealing with Mass Resignations of Teachers, and recommended that the Board establish procedure for accepting resignations.
The Board carefully reviewed and discussed contents of letter.
It was moved by Mrs. Witt, seconded by Mr. Williams that the Board adopt the following policy and procedure with regard to teacher resignations:
STATEMENT OF POLICY
The Board regards teachers' contracts as a contract between the County Board and the teacher as an individual. Therefore, the Board requires that all resignations be submitted individually to the Board in accordance with the following prescribed procedure in order to enable the board to take action which will be in the best interest of the teacher and pupils.
The Board requires that resignations be in writing and include a specified reason or reasons for offering the resignation, also, that resignations must bear the signature of the teacher's principal together with the recommendation of the principal for or against acceptance of such resignation by the County Board.
The County Board considers the contract as an individual relationship and requires that it be treated as such by both the teacher and the Board.
The Superintendent is instructed to notify all principals to notify all teachers of the following regarding resignations:
a. The resignation will not become effective unless it is accepted by the County Board. The resignation may be accepted or rejected at the discretion of the county board. A resignation from a continuing contract may be terminated at any time by the mutual consent of the teacher and the County Board.
b. If he leaves, his certificate could be suspended for a period of one year from the date of such violation.
c. If he fails to carry out his contract in defiance of a court order, he might be held in contempt of court.
d. If a teacher on continuing contract resigns, the continuing contract will be terminated and cannot be reinstated. Under existing law, the teacher would be required to render a new term of probationary service consisting of not less than two years before he could be issued a new continuing contract.
e. A teacher in probationary status who interrupts his tenure by resigning would begin a new term of probationary service. This means a teacher who is in his third year of probationary service would be required to render a new three year term of probationary service to become eligible for continuing contract status.
f. County boards and county superintendents are obligated under the law to keep the schools open. This means that they must make every effort to fill any vacancy with the best qualified person available.
On vote the motion carried, and the Chairman declared the policy adopted.
Mr. Williams moved that the Superintendent be instructed to contact citizens, principals and other individuals to teach on emergency basis during emergency. Mr. Hatcher seconded the motion, and on vote the motion carried.
Superintendent Taylor reported on his meeting with CTA salary committee on Wednesday, September 27, and called meeting of principals on Friday, September 29th.
The Board discussed newspaper articles and publicity given to misunderstanding regarding salary increases for teachers.
Mr. Williams moved that the Chairman and Vice Chairman sit with the Superintendent on meetings with CTA salary committee. Mrs. Witt seconded the motion. After further discussion, Mr. Williams withdrew his foregoing motion and Mrs. Witt withdrew her second to the motion.
Mr. Williams then moved that the Chairman appoint two members of the Board to sit with the Superintendent on CTA Salary committee. Mr., Hatcher seconded the motion, and on vote the motion carried.
Whereupon the Chairman appointed Mr. Williams and Mr. Hatcher to sit with the Superintendent on CTA salary committee meetings.
There being no further business to come before the Board at this time, upon motion by Mr. Hatcher seconded by Mrs. Anderton, the Board voted to adjourn at 2:00 P. M.
/s/ C. P. McCabe
/s/ Chester W. Taylor, Jr.
OCTOBER 3, 1967Pasco County having employed for 1967-68 approximately 400 teacher units, will require more funds than that provided by the state.
After having met with Superintendent Taylor, Mr. O'Berry, finance officer, Mr. Jack Morgan, President of the Classroom Teachers Association, members of the Principals Association and members of the Board, we find a sincere willingness to resolve the differences which have come about through the fault of no one individual, but because of circumstances which have developed so rapidly during the legislature and immediately following - these circumstances have created misunderstandings on the part of all concerned.
The Teacher representatives and administrators have indicated a willingness to understand and help clarify the misunderstanding which has existed up to this time.
All of the principals and teachers with whom we have talked with a single exception have stated that the one issue of dissatisfaction remaining is centered around the understanding they had that on top of the salary schedule adopted last May that the amount appropriated by the legislature for teachers' salaries would be added to the salary schedule with a 10% amount being withheld for administrative purposes.
The teachers' representatives have further stated and the administrators have concurred that the additional amount of money could be agreed upon.
Recommendations and Concluding Statements:
1. In an effort to resolve the misunderstanding relative to the implied salary adjustment subsequent to the exact state figures being known, it is recommended that the School Board evaluate the financial condition, the number of additional teaching positions authorized, and the projection of the adopted salary schedules to determine what amount could be added to fulfill the understood intent of the Board.
2. The Board and Teaching profession should establish more formalized procedures to maintain necessary communications.
Superintendent Taylor stated that it has been a most unusual year, problems were created that we have never been confronted with before. Teacher units earned last year were not determined by the State Department of Education until July, 1967. He noted that it is very difficult for the parties concerned to place themselves back in April or May, 1967, when sanctions were imposed, but every newspaper and T. V. program indicated that this would be the most difficult time ever in recruiting teachers because of sanctions. The largest increase ever in enrollment in Pasco County indicated that additional teacher units would have to be provided, and you are running a calculated risk when you are doing this, in the first place, to adopt a tremendous salary increase available to the present teachers and to attract new teachers. There were weeks when the figure was almost like the New York stock exchange, not knowing what the teacher units allocated to each school would be under the MFP. Then, there were the serious problems of reducing the primary classroom pupil-teacher ratio.
The General Study Committee of lay citizens, board members and others, recommended that 25 additional teachers be employed and an additional 1/2 mill be levied to provide additional teacher units. I am serious when I say I would do it in exactly the same manner. I have a responsibility to the children in these classes when it comes to adopting a solution to the problem. The education program must come first. The situation became acute when the Board decided not to levy the 1/2 mill but to ask for a 2 mill B & B levy. The salary schedule adopted is one of the best in Pasco County since I have been Superintendent. The class loads - I am very proud of the reduced class loads, particularly in the primary grades. We thought we had employed almost all the teachers we needed up until September 5th, when we saw that this was going to be another bumper year - 535 increase in enrollment. In years past, in allocating teacher units, we used to sit down and haggle and if a school earned 23.4 units, it got 23 units instead of 24 units. The Board realizes there is a problem in reducing teacher loads and this is one of the problems we found ourselves in trying to live up to the cut in the MFP funds returned to the county and the salary schedule increase adopted in May.
Superintendent Taylor went on to say that there is simply a difference of opinion, a difference about the amount of money to be re-distributed. It depended on what the county was to receive, the 3% holdbacks, local effort, retirement matching funds required for the first time this year, which made the problem complicated. It was obvious that additional units were needed now that school had started and as for salary increases, there was no question but that we would revise and improve it. Superintendent Taylor further stated that at the September 5th meeting, the Board authorized 5 additional units and on September 15th the problem of large classes still confronted us, and additional teachers were approved by the Board. On September the 5th the Board authorized the transfer of $50,000 from Administrative Building construction. Also, at the meeting on September 15th, discussion was held again and because of the additional units the Board agreed to transit the $40,000 budgeted for buses with the idea that the Pool purchase plan for buses would not be developed until December and the buses not received until the next fiscal in July or August. The Board would transfer whatever was necessary of this $40,000 to meet salaries for additional teachers and for the salary increase I think that's the problem that we face and I assure you it is a real problem in determining and making a decision on on additional growth. I would do the same thing again because I was making an educational decision for the boys and girls, and I don't think it will ever get into the same situation as this year. Reducing the teacher loads is one of the finest educational improvements we have made and with the salary schedule adopted in May -- most counties adopted salary schedules in August, 1967, -- that, in general, is where we are at this point.
Attorney Dayton stated that he thought it should be made clear that the crux of the controversy was that nothing more could be done until firm figures came to the Board from the State, that an effort would be made at that time, by the Board to see what increase could be made in teacher salary schedule, and I am sure that there has never been any individual to make a promise or commitment that there would be a certain percentage, in fact could not make any such commitment. So, what we are haggling over here and now is that the Board is certainly agreeable to going ahead with their original intention, to see if some increase can be made. I don't see how this misunderstanding has grown to say that a certain percentage has been promised. As suggested by the State Department of Education, it seems that this was done by faulty communications. I think it should be clear that the Board intends, and did intend, to make a re-study as soon as we had the firm figures. Until then, we do not see how the Board could have set how much increase could have been made or on what basis. This thing with the legislature passing laws, the governor vetoes, here and there, and school financing, is unbelievably complicated in the first place.
Attorney Dayton went on to say that he has represented the school board for more than 30 years and I have never known a more conscientious school superintendent who had the express interest in the welfare of the school students of Pasco county. The School Board has from the first, intended to make a study of this when the figures are in and now the figures are in, and I do hope this can be resolved for the good of the school children in Pasco County. I think it is due to misunderstanding and lack of communication.
Superintendent Taylor stated that he recommends that as result of this serious situation that we establish some vehicle for a better system of communications particularly on salary in the future That the salary committee is agreeable that this vehicle would probably eliminate any confusion in the future. He stated that he has already been told that two members of the school board will sit on each side of him when they meet with the salary committee He stated that it hits deeply with him when the teachers, the people I have tried to work with and for are the ones who have not understood or misunderstood. I am not criticizing the committee members in their decision. I had learned, I thought, in my initial years as superintendent, not to act until it as been thoroughly and completely explained to the Board before any firm commitment on my part could be made. I hope that we can establish a vehicle for more direct communications.
Member Williams stated that he felt we had such a vehicle when the Salary Committee was established with 5 lay members, superintendent, 2 board members, and teachers. I feel that someone decided not to use this vehicle. The general Study Committee was charged with over-all program, salaries included, but a CTA Salary committee is a specific area of discussion. I felt we had a good representation from all over the county.
Board Member, Mrs. Anderton, questioned why the CTA did not come directly to the Board.
Mr. Jack Morgan, president of the CTA, came forward and stated that the committee has been in discussion with Mr. Taylor since last May. The last session was had a week ago when we were told there was only $53.000 in the salary fund, and we went back and had a session of the salary committee. We went back to Mr. Taylor and asked to see you. I was informed at that time that you had called yourselves together to discuss only millage and some member on the Board had another meeting to go to and he did not know if that could be taken care of We had set up a CTA meeting for Wednesday night. I am sure we should be criticized for not coming directly to the Board. Before I come to the Board, Mr. Taylor is my boss and he is going to know that we have requested to come here.
Mr. Taylor replied that when the Board had met before, it had been in session for 12 hours. When the Board is meeting, anyone can come in, any action would have to be verified by the Board.
Mr. Morgan stated that Mr. Taylor had told him that it was an open meeting and that the committee could come in.
Superintendent Taylor explained that the millage election was the main discussion of the Board. It was a special meeting to explain the 3 ballots for the coming election in November and the Board was talking of having separate school millage election. I explained that something as important as this salary question could not be done in a hurry and that this meeting today would be a time for the CTA to meet with the Board.
Mr. Morgan stated that the teachers are at a distinct disadvantage. That he would still go through the Superintendent and I will continue to go through the Superintendent. Every teacher in the County supports Mr. Taylor. Every teacher thinks the Board did an exceptional thing - only two other counties in the state had a pay scale set up. Some way or another it got away from us. I believed that we were going to get 90% of the money and that the majority of the teacher Served this. Then, when it came back and we are told that a different amount, and it is quite a difference from what it should be we feel that we had been slighted. We were really looking for some way to come to some sort of agreement when all of this discussion came up about resigning. We looked long and hard for some other vehicle to use. We do not have it. At a meeting of the CTA, I, was asked to ask the teachers for their resignations. I did not go out and ask for them. They were given to me. I feel like for better relations we had better start over and wipe out everything and I believe every agreement should be written down but we can not go on with these verbal things. In all honesty, I do not think there is one teacher who blames Mr. Taylor or any board member. I think they think this is what was promised to them. The little money makes no difference. They thought they had been told they were going to get something and they did not get it. This up-set them more than anything.
Member Anderton asked if Mr. Morgan knew when this started.
Mr. Morgan replied that he was not present, but he thought it happened at the General Lay Committee's report to the Board, about the 1/2 mill and the money that was coming from the State to be used for teachers salaries. If I may just say one more thing - and it was done - new teachers were told this, the principals told this and we were told this. When you hear it from the principal, it is true, you believe it, you do not question it. We need to establish this vehicle in the hopes of not having something like this develop again. This sort of thing is alien to us all. I don't like it. I like to have my life in place. I have a little bit of an idea how Mr. Taylor feels. I know I have nothing of the responsibility that he has. I hope we can wipe the slate clean and start from scratch, that we build the relationship we had last year, and we had a good relationship, and that we work over-time to keep it.
Attorney Dayton stated that the Salary Committee and the Superintendent put in a lot of time and effort before the questions could possibly be resolved. Here you rush into print and blame Mr. Taylor What about this effort to put the liar's cap on Mr. Taylor I do not think he is responsible for this misunderstanding. There is nothing on the Board's record to commit 90% of the funds. We have read the papers where Mr. Taylor has broken his promise and the Board has broken its promise.
Mr. Morgan stated that if they had had some method of communicating, there would not have been this difference The teachers dislike this very much. The teachers really believed they were to get 90% of the money. I believed it.
Chairman McCabe stated that Mr. Morgan has stated that he .s willing to wipe the slate clean, for the two groups have a committee set up to work this thing out.
Member Williams stated that he thinks we have a start - we have a team imposed of 3 people, two board members and the Superintendent. We think we have meant to work out this thing. I am thinking that we have procedures to go through and then we come to something that we can not agree on.
Mr. Morgan stated that then we bring in a third party, who does not have your interest at heart. He can not tell you what to do, you can accept his recommendations if you want to.
Mr. Williams replied that basically the teachers can negotiate working conditions, and that is it.
Chairman McCabe questioned how much of this money could go toward salaries, that he thought we could ask Mr. Taylor if he has some recommendations.
Superintendent Taylor replied that going back to the countdown we had Saturday, and the number of teacher units appropriated out to the schools, and you don't know when these will be filled, now that we have the number allotted and we have a firm figure with the budgetary amendments and the 400 units we have employed, and received in state allotments $364.64, we can see that we have approximately $200.00 per teacher rather than $150.00 per teacher, which the Board was committed to from the beginning, and that we could sit down and see what increase could be provided. We do not know of any other veto or changes that we have not been apprised of. I think we can say we have $80,000 we can add across the board and establish plateaus between Ranks II and III, or II and I, as to the amount that is to be re-distributed, not talking about the commitment in May. We are talking about additional monies now that we have employed the units we are going to get this school year and the money that we can definitely say can be put into teachers' salary.
Mr. Morgan stated that $200.00 across the Board increase would be agreeable. He stated that he feels that if this is proposed, he will carry it to them and he will bring back an answer within a reasonable length of time. I think it is the intent, not the money. The Board's intent was to do this, and we did get it a little mixed up on the way, and the intent was not to slight the teachers, but the intent was to give them their share of the money. I am sure feathers will cease to be ruffled and we will become a Pasco County family again. And, I thank Mr. Seay and Mr. Myers for coming down.
Mr. Rodney Cox, principal of Dade City Grammar School, came forward and stated that he would like to say that the CTA salary committee negotiated all day on this thing and I think unless all of us are willing to give, the Board, the CTA, and the teachers are willing to give a little, we can sit down and get this problem resolved. No one has to lose face in this thing and we want honor in the compromise. No teacher wants to see the schools closed. We all want to keep the schools open.
Member Williams stated that you say to keep the schools open - it makes me shudder to think a teacher with a contract would not fulfill the contract.
Mr. Cox answered that all we need is for people to sit down and say we made a mistake, that we are willing to sit down, and if everyone felt that there would be so much money from the state less 10% - wherever we got the information - that they would understand that there would not be that much money from the state.
Chairman McCabe asked if there were any members of the audience who wished to make a statement or question.
Several individuals made observations and comments. One question asked was whether or not the teachers are receiving the salary recommended by the General Study Committee in the spring. Superintendent Taylor replied that the salary schedule had been increased as recommended and that the teachers were receiving the schedule amounts. 150 teachers have received from $500 to $1000 increase, and 170 teachers have received increases from $100 to $2400. In fact they have already received one check on the increased salary schedule. (Salary schedules were passed among the audience.)
Superintendent Taylor then made the following recommendations:
RECOMMENDATIONS OF COUNTY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT
1. That a more formalized procedure be established and agreed upon by the Board and Classroom Teachers' Association for future recommendations and negotiations.
2. Now that we have firm data in terms of positions authorized and in contractual obligations, the Board is in a position to execute a revised salary schedule which was the intent last Spring when a new salary schedule for 1967-68 was tentatively adopted. Because of the previously adopted Budget Amendment of September 5th and 19th, I feel that the Board is now in a position to increase the teachers' salary schedule by the amount of $200 per teacher unit and this is my recommendation.
Member Williams moved that the Board accept the Superintendent's recommendations and adopt a new salary schedule of $200.00 across the Board raise and in that schedule discontinue the scale of NTE score and increase those persons without NTE score to the higher level which had been Continuing Contract with NTE score. Also, that a committee of this Board meet with the Classroom Teachers' Association Committee to study and recommend to both the Board and the Classroom Teachers' Association a formal procedure for future communication and negotiations between this Board and the Classroom Teachers' Association. Mr. Hatcher seconded the motion, and on vote the motion carried. (There were no dissenting votes; Mrs. Witt was absent).
Mr. Morgan, CTA president, stated that as soon as this discussion was over, he would meet with the CTA salary committee and they would submit their recommendations in about an hour.
The Board returned to its regular meeting place in the Courthouse to complete any unfinished business and await decision of CTA salary committee.
Attorney Dayton reported that Board of Directors of School Board Attorneys Association is to meet in Orlando during the first of October, and one of the matters to be discussed was "mass resignations of teachers."
Mr. Jack Morgan, CTA president, and CTA salary committee appeared before the Board and advised that the CTA salary committee had unanimously accepted the Board's offer and will call a meeting of the general association of CTA on Wednesday evening at Sanders Memorial School and request them to accept the salary as recommended. Further, the committee requested that the report of Mr. John Seay, Associate Superintendent to State Superintendent, be included verbatim in the Board's minutes of today's meeting.
Mr. Williams moved the vouchers be approved for payment and approved bills be paid and the vouchers be listed in the supplemental Minute Book. Mrs. Anderton seconded the motion, and on vote the motion carried.
Mr. Williams moved, seconded by Mrs. Anderton, that the following revised salary schedule for 1967-68 be adopted, and on vote the motion carried, and the Chairman declared the following salary schedule adopted.
SALARY SCHEDULE FOR INSTRUCTIONAL PERSONNEL Pasco County, Florida 1967-68
[Not reproduced here because of the complexity of the chart]
OCTOBER 17, 1967The Board discussed the possibility of mass teacher resignations, Attorney Dayton again discussed the recommendations of the School Board Attorneys and reported that he had attended the Executive Council of Florida School Board Attorneys in Tampa, which had met with State School Superintendent Floyd Christina, and recommending that the school board adopt a Resolution urging the Governor's Bi-Partisan' Committee on education to do all possible to resolve the situation, and also adopt a resolution urging and joining with the State Superintendent to file injunction or suit to prevent school teachers from walking off job if the FEA decides to do this at its meeting set for Sunday, October 22, 1967, in Orlando. Attorney Dayton went on to state that the local board may have to declare a school holiday or holidays should the teachers walk off the job, in order that the school calendar be met and the 180 teaching days be complied with.
After discussion, Mrs. Witt moved that the Board adopt the following Resolution:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Public Instruction of Pasco County that the Bi-partisan Committee on Education and the Florida Education Association be urged to make every effort to resolve the problems facing education in the State of Florida and that this School Board goes on record as urging an immediate solution to this problem and pledges its cooperation if needed to help in arriving at a solution to the current crisis.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to State Representative Fred Schultz, Chairman of the Bi-partisan Committee on Education, and Phil Constans, Executive Secretary of the Florida Education Association.
DONE AND RESOLVED in open and regular session this 17th day of October, 1967.
BOARD OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION OF PASCO COUNTY, FLORIDA
By: /s/ C. P. McCabe, Chairman
Attest: /s/ Chester W. Taylor, Jr.
Mrs. Anderton seconded the motion, and on vote the motion carried and the Chairman declared the Resolution adopted.
Mr. Williams stated that he is not in favor of a Resolution for injunction to keep the teachers on the job, in light of the situation which have developed in Broward County and Pinellas County, wherein injunction was brought to force teachers to stay in the classrooms and the teachers do not teach but just put in time in the classrooms.
Attorney Dayton explained that the question is whether or not the teachers as public employees can strike.
After more discussion, Mrs. Witt moved that the Board adopt a Resolution as follows:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Public Instruction of Pasco County that should negotiations fail completely and our schools are faced with mass resignations then in that event our School Board Attorney is directed to take any necessary legal action alone or in conjunction with the State Board of Education of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction in order to keep the schools open.
BOARD OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION OF PASCO COUNTY, FLORIDA
/s/ C. P. McCabe, Chairman
Attest: /s/ Chester W. Taylor, Jr.
Mr. Williams seconded the motion, and on vote the motion carried, and the Chairman declared the Resolution adopted.
The Board discussed the problem of continuing school if the teachers do walk out, and whether or not the Board could staff the schools with substitutes during this time, or whether school holidays should be called for this period.
Mrs. Witt moved that notice be sent to all schools in the county that teachers who stay on the job, will be paid for the time the other teachers are out or the schools are closed. Mr. Williams seconded the motion, and on vote the motion carried.
Finance Officer presented and explained Monthly Financial Statement for September, 1967. Mrs. Witt moved that the Board accept and approve same. Mrs. Anderton seconded the motion, and on vote the motion carried.
Mrs. Witt moved that vouchers be approved and warrants be issued for approved bills, and listed in the Supplemental Minute Book. Mrs. Anderton seconded the motion, and on vote the motion carried.
Upon Motion by Mr. Williams, seconded by Mrs. Witt, the Board voted to adjourn.
/s/ C. P. McCabe
/s/ Chester W. Taylor, Jr.
Board of Public Instruction of Pasco County Dade City, Florida February 16, 1968
OFFICIAL STATEMENT OF PASCO COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM
Pasco County schools will be open Monday, February 19, 1968 and thereafter.
The Board of Public Instruction adopted a policy in September, 1967, and reaffirmed this policy in October, 1967, and again in January 1968 not to accept mass resignations, that all resignations must be submitted individually to the Board in accordance with prescribed procedure in order to enable the Board to take action which will be in the best interest of the teacher and pupils.
All school administrators and teachers have been thoroughly acquainted with the Board's policy and procedure as to resignations. Obviously, each teacher should know that mass resignations are not acceptable nor legal resignations. The teacher's certificate could be suspended and the contractual status terminated and not reinstated, if the teacher does not continue on the job until a resignation is accepted by the County Board.
County Boards and County Superintendents are obligated under the law to keep the schools open. Each teacher should understand that the Board and Superintendent has a legal responsibility as well as moral responsibility to provide education for the students of Pasco County. This means that they must make every effort to fill any vacancy with the best qualified person available.
Some volunteer teachers, retired teachers and others who have not completed their college preparation for teaching, have already indicated their willingness to serve in a temporary capacity. Anyone who is interested in teaching in emergency status on a temporary basis, should contact the office of Chester W. Taylor, Jr., County School Superintendent.
Mr. Raymond B. Stewart, President of the Pasco County Administrators Association, presented and read a prepared statement noting that they are confused and quite concerned and hoped that this whole thing might be resolved in a few short days. However, based on a review of principals, it appears that there will not be a sufficient number of teachers who are expected to be at school on Monday and for the next few days nor will there be enough substitute teachers. That it is their recommendation that there are not enough teachers to keep schools open and that the Board of Public Instruction declare a school holiday to relieve this until the matter can be resolved.
Superintendent Taylor recommended against adopting this policy because the teachers, who will be at school Monday will be there anyway and the others, who need to be informed of the facts, will be down at Curtis Hixon Hall for the F. E. A. area meeting.
Various principals and supervisors spoke recommending that the schools be closed and holidays declared until the matter can be resolved, citing safety factor for pupils and the confusion which will result with only a few teachers on duty.
Chairman McCabe reminded the principals that they have had this education package bill explained to them and they have been instructed to explain it to their faculties.
Superintendent Taylor reminded the principals that they are directed to call their teachers together to explain this to them and to attempt to prevail on the teachers to continue on the job.
One principal, Mrs. Locke, advised that she had anticipated the problems and had orientated substitute teachers and felt that the situation at Elfers Elementary School would be under control Monday and until the situation is cleared up.
The high school principals brought out that they had problems peculiar to the high schools only, specialized classes, etc.
Superintendent Taylor reviewed the school year so far under FEA sanctions, noting that the Board would probably feel a need to extend the school year anyway to make up for operating the schools during 2-3 days during this emergency. He suggested large class loads, double sessions, and team teaching as a method of alleviating the problem.
After further discussion. Superintendent Taylor reminded the principals that posting F. E. A. notices on the schools was illegal and should not be done.
All Board Members indicated a willingness to help principals find teachers and lay persons to help out during the emergency to keep the schools open.
Mrs. Witt moved that if sufficient personnel is not available, the County Superintendent be authorized to decide that an emergency exists and schools be closed and pupils returned home. Mr. Hatcher seconded the motion, and on vote the motion carried unanimously.
MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION PASCO COUNTY, FLORIDA February 20, 1968
The Board of Public Instruction of Pasco County, Dade City, Florida, met in regular session in the Courthouse, this 20th day of February, 1968, at 1:30 P. M., there being then and there present Mr. C. P. McCabe, Chairman, Mrs. Margaretta C. Witt, Mrs. Mack Anderton, Mr. Carl Hatcher, and Mr. Ted Williams, Members of the Board. Also present were Mr. Chester W. Taylor. Jr., Superintendent of Public Instruction, and ex-officio Secretary to the Board, Mr. George C. Dayton, Attorney for the Board, and Mr. Wynn O'Berry, Finance Officer.
The meeting was called to order by the Chairman.
Visitors present at the meeting were: Mrs. D. L. Deal, Mrs. Sam Fallin, Mrs. Charles McClung, Mrs. Robert Bardin, Mrs. John W. Guy, and Mr. Wm. B. Goodson, attorney, all of Dade City, and Mr. Ted Hiott, Crystal Springs.
Chairman McCabe inquired of the Superintendent if there were any resignations. Superintendent Taylor reported that he had not received any communications oral nor written as to resignations of teachers.
Chairman McCabe then inquired if there were any Requests for Leaves. Superintendent reported that there was no need to present requests for leaves at this time as most of the conferences had been canceled out and that he did not think any were being planned for the next few days.
Superintendent Taylor then reported on the "Teacher Walk-Out" in Pasco County Schools, advising that 142 teachers were out on Monday, out of total of 392, and about the same Tuesday.
Superintendent Taylor recommended that the Board designate an organizational day or days to develop programs for permanent school schedule, now that volunteer teachers and substitute teachers have responded. This may mean double sessions at some of the schools, particularly the high schools, and staggered schedules or some other changes in the elementary schools.
Superintendent Taylor reported that some students made an attempt to take advantage of the situation, but over-all, the students have been very cooperative in understanding of the relative confusion that resulted Monday morning in getting things going.
Mr. Williams suggested that Thursday and Friday, February 22 and 23, be designated as reorganizational days or work days for teachers and principals, and that statement be prepared and sent to parents of students explaining the purpose of the work days and what is being done.
The Board discussed amending the school calendar in order to make up the two organizational days by eliminating two of the pupil holidays later in the year, such as March 15th, Parent conference Day, or May 30, Memorial Day.
After further discussion, Mr. Williams moved that the Board designate two teacher work days and organizational days for Thursday and Friday, February 22 and 23, with school to resume on Monday, February 26, 1968, with the school calendar to be amended later to make up these two school days, and that the Superintendent be instructed to send statement to parents advising them of the school situation. Mrs. Witt seconded the motion, and on vote the motion carried.
NOTICE TO PARENTS
The Board of Public Instruction, in regular session today, adopted the following change in the 1967-68 school calendar
In order to provide for the instructional operation of the schools, Thursday and Friday have been designated as pupil holidays for organizational and planning days by the teachers and principals so that they may develop schedules that will enable the instructional personnel who are on duty to operate schools on a permanent basis.
The organizational changes that will be developed may require double sessions at some of the schools, particularly the high schools, and staggered schedules or some other change in the elementary schools. Schools will re-open as usual on Monday, Feb. 26th.
We are prepared to continue to operate schools and now that we have had schools in session and the volunteer teaches and substitute teachers have responded, we can determined the regular teachers who will be involved in these permanent reorganizational changes.
We appreciate the cooperation and patience that we have experienced during this difficult period.
Chairman McCabe discussed with the Board what action is to be taken regarding the teachers who did not report for work and have continued off the job. Members of the Board stated that it was their understanding that some teachers had removed the roll books and lesson plan books from school, and some teachers had advised the students to be uncooperative with the substitute teachers.
Superintendent Taylor stated that some teachers had sent in letters requesting that the resignation letters signed previously should be ignored and voided.
The Board discussed and considered thoroughly with the Attorney the legal situation and implications of the teacher absentees. It was suggested that punitive measures not be taken such as revoking teaching certificates, but that Board accept teacher resignations. Chairman McCabe requested that the Attorney tell the Board very clearly whether or not the Board can accept resignations that it does not have. Attorney Dayton agreed that this was a good point.
Mr. Wm. B. Goodson, attorney in the audience, inquired that if a resignation is accepted today and if the teacher shows up next Monday at school, what will the Board do.
Attorney Dayton referred to Florida Statutes 231.44 and 231.47, and advised that if the Board goes through procedure to suspend teachers who did not report for duty, it would need to wait 10 days, then give notice of suspension, set hearing, and it would probably take the balance of the school year to clear the matter. Attorney also referred to Florida Statutes 230.33 (7) H.
Superintendent Taylor suggested that if he is presented with mass resignations in writing, he could not legally accept them, and requested some authority from the Board.
After further discussion, Mr. Williams moved that:
(1) The Board consider that all teachers who have been willfully absent from duty have violated their contracts.
(2) That the Superintendent be authorized to accept resignations of such teachers when submitted.
(3) That if any teacher has been willfully absent from duty but returns to school, the Superintendent shall suspend such teacher until the next meeting of the Board.
(4) That at the next meeting of the Board that this Board consider suspension of all such teachers who have not resigned.
Mr. Hatcher seconded the motion, and on vote the motion carried unanimously.
MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION PASCO COUNTY, FLORIDA February 24, 1968
The Board of Public Instruction of Pasco County, Dade City, Florida met in special session in the Courthouse this 24th day of February 1968, at 3:00 P. M., there being then and there present Mr. C. P. McCabe, Chairman, Mrs. Margaretta C. Witt, Mr. Carl Hatcher, and Mr. Ted Williams, Members of the Board. Also present were Mr. Chester W. Taylor Jr., Superintendent of Public Instruction and ex-officio Secretary to the Board, Mr. George C. Dayton, Attorney for the Board, and Mr. Wynn O'Berry, Finance Officer. (Mrs. Anderton was absent, having heretofore notified the Superintendent that she would be unable to attend the called meeting.)
Chairman McCabe called the meeting to order and announced that this special meeting had been called to discuss and plan for the continuation of school since the teacher "walk-out."
Present at the meeting were: Mrs. Gay Helfrick and Mrs. Betty Schindel New Port Richey; Mr. William B. Goodson and Mr. Robert D. Sumner Dade City; as well as school principals, Mr. Fred K. Marchman, Mr. O. K. Mickens, Mr. W. R. Durden, Jr., Mr. James Walker, Mr. David H. Clark, Jr., Mr. W. G. Andrews, Mr. Ferd Renninger, and Mr. Tom Weightman, Assistant Principal of Gulf High School, and Mr. A. P. Anderson, teacher at Gulf High School.
Chairman McCabe reported that Mr. Robert B. Kitzmiller, Supervisor of Mathematics and Science, had requested a few minutes with the Board at the beginning of its meeting, and if the Board had no objections, Mr. Kitzmiller would be asked to come forward.
Mr. Kitzmiller read aloud a statement which he explained was his resignation effective February 23, 1968, and turned over his keys to the Superintendent. When asked for his written resignation, Mr. Kitzmiller advised that it was included in the resignations being submitted by F. E. A. representatives.
Superintendent Taylor reported on the two reorganizational work days held at the schools, noting that plans have been worked out for continuing school with the aid of teacher applicants, and others.
Superintendent Taylor discussed with the Board the education package bill and the amount of money to be distributed to Pasco County Schools. The Board discussed Capital Outlay program and possibility of another B & B millage election. Attorney Dayton advised that a proposed special bill for this B & B election had been submitted to the legislative delegation but he did not know the outcome of it.
Chairman McCabe requested a school by school report on the existing situation.
Pasco Junior High School - reported the largest number of teachers out - but that the situation is about worked out and school should resume on Monday with everything in good shape.
Pasco High School - Principal Rayburn out of town today -however, the situation is under control and with use of substitute teachers and other volunteer teachers school will resume on Monday.
All elementary schools - reported little or no difficulty except for special classes such as band, music and some physical education classes.
Mickens High School - reported that there were still some problems, but Superintendent advised that these are expected to be worked out by Monday morning.
Gulf High School - Principal Durden presented proposed schedule for double sessions to relieve the pupil load at the school at one time, as follows:
DOUBLE SESSION TIME SCHEDULE GULF HIGH SCHOOL EFFECTIVE FEB. 26, 1968
FIRST SESSION (747 Students)
GRADES 9, 10, 11, 12
First bell 6:55 report to first period
First Period 7:00-7:50
Second Period 7:52-8:42
Third Period 8:44-9:34
Fourth Period 9:36-10:26
Fifth Period 10:28-11:18
Sixth Period 11:20-12:10
Busses will Load at 12:50 The lunch room will serve lunches for students in grades 9-12 until further notice. This may be stopped at any time.
GRADES 7 and 8
First Bell 12:45 Report to first period
First Period 12:50-1:40
Second Period 1:42-2:32
Third Period 2:34-3:24
Fourth Period 3:26-4:16
Fifth Period 4:18-5:08
The Board discussed student absentees and possible effect on this by walk-out of teachers. Superintendent Taylor advised that the school system will not ignore absentees of students under 16 years of age.
The Board discussed whether or not to accept resignations of teachers even though they might not go through the principals as the Board's policy requires and that it would be harsh to take punitive action, that is revoke teaching certificates.
The Superintendent then advised the Board that he had been handed a file folder by two of the teachers who are now absent from duty and was told by them that the file contained their resignations and also the resignations of the other teachers who failed to return to work. Superintendent Taylor advised the Board, however, that he had not had an opportunity to examine the file to see if these actually were resignations or if the resignations were in the proper form. He also advised the Board that he had received letters from some teachers to the effect that they had previously signed a resignation and turned it over to the Florida Education Association but now wished to withdraw this resignation and asked that their resignation be considered void. For this reason he would like to make a study of the resignations before they were considered by the Board. Thereupon the Board recessed to permit the Superintendent and the Assistant Superintendent, Mr. Marchman, and others to review the resignations and report to the Board after the recess.
After recess the Board reconvened and the Superintendent stated that practically all of the resignations appear to be in the following form:
____________________, Superintendent of Public Instruction
I hereby request that the Board of Public Instruction accept my resignation from employment in the public school system of this county, to be effective as of the date of the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board.
I can no longer render professional service to an agency of Florida government which the public, through its elected state officials, does not support in a responsible manner. I believe this fact constitutes good and sufficient cause for this request for release from the contract of employment.
That the following words in the original form of resignation had been deleted:
"as of the date of the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board."
"I believe this fact constitutes good and sufficient cause for this request for release from the contract of employment."
The following named teachers signed separate resignations in the above form:
ADMINISTRATIVE: Robert B. Kitzmiller, Supervisor; Alta D. Grey, Visiting Teacher
DADE CITY GRAMMAR SCHOOL: Essie Mae Blitch, Sally W. Gibson, Audrey D. Burger, Sharon Geiger, Marie A. Buchholz, Verna H. Ross, Don H. Aughenbaugh, Sarah K. Rhodes, Mary S. Laurie, Anne H. Tipton, Marcia W. McGahee
PASCO HIGH SCHOOL: Lee J. Dudley, Michael R. Turnage, Dianna J. Fluker, Allan O. Williams, James McCullough, Rosamond A. Douglass, Jerry Keisling, Charles G. Douglass, Lucy G. Brunk, Cheryl G. Love, Mary Erpenbeck, Joan R. Fistick, Richard C. Brunk, Elizabeth A. Geiger, Amy M. Williams, David E. Haile, Wanda L. Pope
PASCO JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL: Joy T. Giordano, Merton L. Gates, Richard E. Endress, Douglas A. Beck, Carol A. DeRosier, Victor Giordano, Miriam M. Parker, Frank K. Brown, Junelle H. Silvey, William H. Harris, Elmo Collins, Jr., Charles J. Corbin, Emily J. Bentley, James W. Geiger, Jean A. Denny, Sylvester G. Deans, Lillian C. Collins
WEST ZEPHYRHILLS ELEMENTARY: Peggy A. Padgett, Robert J. Hill, Merle H. Coumbs, Bernice Rooks, Mary H. Jones
PASCO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Carolyn S. Dudley, Margaret D. Hawk, Betty W. Cox, Julia M. Roseman, Don C. Williams, Phyllis B. Fountain, Virginia C. Trowbridge, Clarence R. Crouse, Mary M. Gates, Martha Endress, Henry O. Walls, Lillie R. Dennard, Annis Reedy, Debra McCullough (maternity leave)
ZEPHYRHILLS HIGH SCHOOL: Charles A. Rice, Jack B. Morgan, William A. Worthington, Carolyn S. Cushing, Lewis K. Wynne, William R. Kustes
EAST ZEPHYRHILLS ELEMENTARY: Pauline Higginson, Mary Sue Richardson, Anne B. Kirkland, Dorothy H. Worthington, Nancy T. Braswell, Robert R. Stiteler, Lois Wachob, Ernest Abner
GULF HIGH SCHOOL: John F. Shea, Charles C. Mabe, Harold C. Anderson, James E. Campbell, Robert Prham, David R. Powell, Susan R. Barrett, James F. Cain, Fay Dritsos, Martha S. Parnell, Billy G. Foster, Jack G. Moss, Janice M. Bane, Howard A. Beck, Sarah J. Britton, Stephen B. Schaefer, Marvin A. Jones, Gordon L. Tucker, J. C. Akins, Martha E. Roberts, Albert L. Henderson, Jesse J. Hughes, Ronald L. Fritchley, John G. Williams, Sally M. Thompson
RICHEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Ruth J. Morris, June D. Pearson, Martha Fritchley, Marisue M. Weightman, William J. Stokes, Mary S. Hess, Richard C. Kulp, Ella Ruth Smith
MICKENS HIGH SCHOOL: Mike C. Ardis, Alvergin A. Crowe, Wilbert L. Bradley, Wanda Harris, Jeffrey Sims, Melvin Dennard, Ear line Wynn, Lou Jean Johnson, Neal H. Richardson, Eunice C. Harris, Sandra D. Randolph, Esther W. Henry, Josephine Richmond
FLOYD ACADEMY: Carrie Hall Bowman
SANDERS MEMORIAL SCHOOL: Beulah H. Young, Mildred C. Armstrong, Ada B. Cole, Yvonne Reyniers, Ralph D. Cripe, Clella M. Holt, Jennie Henry, Joseph A. Souto, James A. English, Dorothy Watts, Roy Lee Cole, Harold L. Barnes
ELFERS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Annie L. Thigpen, Lorene M. Abbey, Margaret M. Scheiderer, Arbin R. Hill, Judy L. Monroe
It was then moved by Mr. Williams, seconded by Mrs. Witt that the resignations of the above named teachers and instructional personnel be accepted. On vote, the motion carried unanimously. (Absent was Mrs. Anderton.)
The Superintendent advised that he had removed from the file the resignations of the teachers who were not absent from duty and who had advised that their resignations if received should not be considered.
The Board reviewed and discussed its policy regarding resigned teachers, who might re-apply for employment. It was brought out that no punitive action is contemplated.
Superintendent Taylor presented the following salary schedule for "emergency" teachers, who are replacing the walk-out teachers, and recommended its adoption:
Per Day $15.00 - High School
Per Day $20.00 - Any College
Per Day $25.00 - College Degree, Bachelors
Per Day Rate of Rank held - Certified Teachers
Mr. Williams moved that the Board accept the Superintendent's recommendation and adopt salary schedule for "emergency teachers" retroactive to Monday, February 19, 1968. Mr. Hatcher seconded the motion, and on vote the motion carried.
The Board then considered other business.
Mr. Williams discussed with the Board the proposed auto inspection center to be located in Land O' Lakes, as advertised by the Pasco County Board of County Commissioners. It was noted that this is relatively close to the school there and the proposed Junior high school site.
Mr. Robert D. Sumner, Attorney for the Board of County Commissioners, was in the audience and reported that this matter is to come before the County Commissioners at its meeting on Tuesday, February 27th.
Mr. Williams moved that Attorney Dayton be requested to appear before the County Commissioners requesting them to consider another site for the auto inspection center. Mrs. Witt seconded the motion, and on vote the motion carried.
TO BE REINSTATED AFTER "WALK-OUT"The teachers who resigned during the "Walk-Out" had an option.
(1) Seek employment elsewhere.
(2) Apply for a position in the county after resigning.
Pasco Board of Instruction rehired the majority but dismissed others.
(1) Teacher apply for position.
(2) If the principal recommended the teacher and the board approved, the individual was hired on an annual contract for one year or probation period which was the same for a teacher who had been on continuing contract in one county within the state and transferred to another.
(3) After the one year, the individual was eligible to return to continuing contract status.
DECEMBER 23, 1969Accepted low bid of $1,141,372.00 on Phase I of Pasco High School
AUGUST 4, 1970Floyd Academy closed.
DECEMBER 16, 1969
The Board reviewed and discussed its status with regard to implementation of a unitary school system in Pasco County by January 1, 1970. Superintendent Taylor reported that he had heard nothing further from HEW. However, he was of the opinion that some consideration should be given by HEW to the opening of bids on December 23rd for the beginning of the comprehensive high school with construction ready for use at the beginning of the 1970-71 school year to accommodate students from Mickens High School and Pasco High School.
Mrs. Barnard reported that in her meeting with Congressman Cramer, he had stated that he felt there was nothing more to be done in postponing the unitary school system, but he would try to find someone to contact to find out what our status is with HRW.
Superintendent Taylor reported that letter replies had been received from Senator Gurney, and that probably by the next meeting Sen. Gurney will have been able to find out more information and will have written us.
Superintendent Taylor reviewed with the Board situation of other counties in Florida, particularly Taylor County which has had its federal funds cut off.
Attorney Dayton advised the Board the situation now is that the Board is required to file an alternate plan. Dr. Hartzell suggested that the Board start working on an alternate plan, noting that regardless what action the Board takes, it will meet with disfavor in many areas.
Mr. Murphy suggested that certain grades, grades 1, 2 and 3, or grades 1 and 2, from all Dade City area schools be consolidated in classes at the Moore-Mickens school at the beginning of the 1970-71 school year and that the students at Mickens High School be distributed in the new comprehensive high school and to Zephyrhills High SChool, and the students in Moore Elementary School be distributed throughout the other schools in the Dade City area.
Attorney Dayton read and reviewed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, noting that the law does not require transporting or transferring students and teachers to correct racial imbalance in the public schools, but that the Courts have ruled otherwise.
Dr. Hartzell expressed doubt that the comprehensive high school will be ready by next September and that the new elementary school south of Lacoochee certainly will not be ready since the site has to be approved by the State Department of Education before plans can be prepared for the school.
In order to bring about a unitary school system in the Pasco County School District, students will be assigned to schools as follows:
ST. JOSEPH'S ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - All students in grades 1-5 residing in the St. Joseph's School zone will attend this school.
RICHEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - All students in grades K-6 residing in the Richey Elementary zone will attend this school.
ELFERS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - All students in grades K-6 residing in the Elfers Elementary zone will attend this school.
HUDSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - All students in grades 1-6 residing in the Hudson Elementary zone will attend this school.
GULF JUNIOR-SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL - All students in grades 7-12 residing in the West Pasco School zone will attend this school. These students are attending and will be attending school next year on double shifts.
LACOOCHEE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - All students in grades 1-5 residing in the Lacoochee Elementary School zone will attend this school.
DADE CITY GRAMMAR SCHOOL - All students in grades 1-5 residing in the Dade City Grammar School zone will attend this school.
PASCO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - All students in grades K-5 residing in the Pasco School zone will attend this school.
MOORE-MICKENS SCHOOL - All students in grades 6-7 residing in the Dade City Grammar School zone, Pasco Elementary School zone, Lacoochee Elementary School zone and St. Joseph's School zone will attend this school.
PASCO JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL - All students in grades 8-9 residing in the Dade City Grammar School zone, Pasco Elementary School zone, Lacoochee School zone and 9th grades from the Land O' Lakes area will attend this school.
PASCO HIGH SCHOOL - All students in grades 10-12 residing in the Dade City Grammar School zone, Pasco Elementary School zone, St. Joseph's School zone, Lacoochee School zone and Land O' Lakes School zone will attend this school.
WEST ZEPHYRHILLS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - All students in grades K-3 residing in the Zephyrhills School zone will attend this school.
EAST ZEPHYRHILLS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - All students in grades 4-6 residing in the Zephyrhills School zone will attend this school.
ZEPHYRHILLS HIGH SCHOOL - All students in grades 7-12 residing in the Zephyrhills School zone will attend this school.
ADDENDA TO APPENDIX A1. There are no strict school attendance zone boundaries between the Hudson, Elfers and Richey Elementary School. No such strict zones are now required to implement integration.
2. Regarding the Lacoochee Elementary School, all students who last year attended either the Lacoochee Elementary School or Floyd Academy shall attend the Lacoochee Elementary School for the 1970-71 school year. All first grade pupils in the Lacoochee Area will attend the Lacoochee Elementary School for the 1970-71 school year. All pupils in the Lacoochee Area who attended schools in the Dade city Area last school year shall attend the Dade City Grammar School for the school year 1970-71.
FOUR YEARS OF FRUSTRATION
(45-15 Year Around School)In an attempt to relieve the very badly crowded situation, Pasco County Schools went to year around school known as 45-15. The students in each school were divided into 4 groups-A, B, C and D which was known as tract A etc. Three tracks were in school at one time and the fourth track was on vacation for 15 days. When the track on vacation returned, another track was on vacation. At the end of the grading period, all tracks were suppose to end at the same place in the course.
Mr. Ralph Martin, Director of Year Round Schools Operation, appeared before the Board and presented and explained the revised alternate proposals for St. Joseph school as requested by the Board:
1. Without St. Joseph School operating for the 1973-74 year.
2. With St. Joseph School operating under the 45-15 plan with a student attendance area containing approximately 100 pupils as follows:
ST. JOSEPH'S ELEMENTARY SCHOOL School Boundaries
North - Hernando County Line
South - 500 Feet south of Darby Road
East - From Hernando County Line south on 1-75 to County Road 41 east on 41 to Jessamine Road, south on Jessamine Road to State Road 577, 500 feet east of 577 to Darby Road.
West - The west side of Big Fish Lake due north to Hernando County Line.
Track A - West: 1-75
East: Jessamine Road
North: State Road 577 extended east to Jessamine Road and west to 1-75.
South: 500 Feet south of State Road 578, east to Jessamine Road, west to 1-75.
Track B - North: Hernando County line.
South: 500 Feet south of Darby Road east to Thomas Prairie Creek Road, west to the end of Darby Road.
East: A line extending from Thomas Prairie Creek Bridge on Darby Road North-Northwest to the Hernando County Line, including section one.
West: Big Fish Lake
Track C - North: 500 Feet south of State Road 578, east to Jessamine Road, and west to a point 500 Feet west of Thomas Prairie Creek Bridge.
South: West on Darby Road to Stanley Branch, then 500 feet south of Darby Road to the Thomas Prairie Creek Bridge.
East: 500 Feet east of State Road 577
West: Thomas Prairie Creek Bridge.
Track D - North: Hernando County Line
South: From 500 Feet west of the Thomas Prairie Creek Bridge on State Road 578, east to 1-75, north on 1-75 to State Road 577, east on State Road 577 extended to Jessamine Road.
East: North on Jessamine Road to county Road 41, west on 41 to 1-75, north on 1-75 to Hernando County Line.
West: From a point 500 feet west of Thomas Prairie Creek Bridge on State Road 578, a line North-northwest to Hernando County Line, to include section six.
Mr. Ralph Martin, Director of Year Round School Operations, appeared before the Board and made a progress report on this.
1. Advised that he had visited and talked with all schools about problems in various groups.
2. Recommended that each school develop a parent information program to keep parents and the public informed about the 45-15 program as well as other information relating to the particular school.
3. Reported that scheduling for the secondary schools is going according to plans and that Mr. Paulsen from Illinois has been in the County and completed the preliminary work on this.
4. Requested that complaints on track or school assignments be presented in writing to him, and advised that the Board had set up an appeal committee to approve track or school change.
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA
May 30, 1973
Mr. Ralph Martin
Pasco County Public Schools
603 South 7th Street
Dade City, Florida 33525
Dear Mr. Martin:
This letter is a follow up to our conversation related to development of a cooperative internship between the Pasco School District and the University of South Florida doctoral program in education.
Specifically this letter contains a suggested strategy for employing the intern to collect, analyze, and report data related to the 45-15 school organization.
It seems important that provisions be made to develop information related to at least five basic questions:
(1) How has achievement changed when comparisons are made between previous years and the coming 45-15 school year?
(2) How have the costs of schooling changed under the 45-15 organization as compared to previous organizations?
(3) What are the concerns of students, parents, teachers and administrators as related to 45-15 organization?
(4) How have attendance, failure and drop out patterns changed?
(5) What are the most important logistical problems related to implementing 45-15?
In my opinion, it will be important to have data and information related to the preceding questions so that plans and decisions can draw upon a data base rather than subjective general assessment. I believe it would be a mistake to try to evaluate the effects of 45-15 on costs, achievement etc. in the first year of implementation. A carefully designed and executed evaluation study would require far more personnel than one intern.
January 2, 1973---Rodney Cox takes office as superintendent
45-15 began July 1973 for the 1973-74 school year and continued through the 1976-77 school year.
1997Pasco High will graduate 260
Land O' Lakes will graduate 270
Saddlebrook will graduate 26
Zephyrhills will graduate 248
Gulf High will graduate 274
Hudson High will graduate 260
Ridgewood High will graduate 318
River Ridge will graduate 340
This research project could not have been completed without the assistance of Donna K. Taylor, Micrographics Technician, and Carol Jean Nettles who operate a most efficient Microfilm Department for the Pasco Board of Public Instruction.
The following contributed information or directed me to the source of information. Many Thanks to each of you.
Abernathy, Betty; Allen, Thelma; Andrews, Joy Jordan; Barnard, Vivian; Blocker, Edith; Blocker, Norman; Cleveland, Anna S., Secretary to the School Board; Crumpton, Freddie; Dew, Grace; Geiger, Elizabeth; Gibson, Sally; Jones, Ruth; Kistler, Judith P., Instructional & Administrative Personnel; Martin, Linda; Oliver, Margaret; Reilly, Jeanette; Rhodes, Sarah Kate
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