Tuesday, June 28, 2016

School Bond Proposal Approved

This article appeared in the Marshall News Messenger on Sept. 15, 1976. It is the results of the 1976 bond proposal which produced what is now Marshall High School.

By Isabel Lewis
News Messenger Writer

A 57 percent majority of Marshall voters approved the $10 million school improvements program here Tuesday, opening the way for a new high school and renovation of other schools in the district.

An unofficial total of 4,543 voters went to the polls, with 2,599 voting for the program. Voting against the issuance of bonds were 1,939 voters.

The final tally was in by 8:15 p.m., following the 7 p.m. closing of the seven polling places.

With the first box in, that of polling place 2, Lions Community Center, the program was trailing by 43 votes. From that box the number of votes was for 230; against, 273.

However, the other six boxes each had a majority for the issue.

Following the successful election, Superintendent of Schools Truitt Ingram said he was "most pleased" with the results and "anxious to move ahead" following the voters' approval.

Ingram expressed thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Flowers, co-chairman of the Citzens Steering Committee, and added that he had expected the issue to be carried by a 60 percent margin.

"A lot of work is still to be done," Ingram noted after the tally, saying that the election will not be final for 30 days. He said the district must market bonds, receive final plans from the architectural firm, and award contracts before the actual construction will begin.

The estimated $8 million new high school should be under construction by spring, he predicted. Ingram said the new school should be ready for students by the 1979-80 school year.

Architects Swanson, Hiester, Wilson and Claycomb Inc. of Dallas were hired in January. The 200,000-square foot high school will be built on the southeast portion of the city near the intersection of Pinecrest Drive and U.S. Hwy. 59.

Included in the new school will be an athletic complex, vocational training area, a media center and modern resource center. The facility will be designed to handle 1,600 students, with room for expansion.

The remainder of bond funds will go toward air conditioning and renovation of the existing Marshall High School, Pemberton High School and J.H. Moore Elementary.

Funds will also go toward various projects in each of the other local school district facilities. All schools in the district will be air conditioned in the improvements program.

It was the first bond issue put before voters in the Marshall Independent School District in 14 years.

A jubilant crowd of workers on the improvements campaign met following the election in the Marshall Chamber of Commerce building.

Marshall school board president Ernest E. Marshall expressed happiness over the election's outcome, and added that he was "hopeful everyone will close ranks now, and help us get the project started."

Ingram thanked the citizens who worked on the campaign, and noted, "I know you'll be proud of the final results coming out of this election."

Flowers had similar thoughts, saying, "I believe everybody will be proud of the new school." He added, "I hope everybody will get together now, so that we can move forward to bigger and better things."

Election judges said after the election that voting was particularly heavy near 7 p.m,, probably due to mid-afternoon heavy rains.

Although the voter turnout was one of the largest in any local school election, approximately 75 percent of the estimated 16,700 registered voters in the district did not go to the polls.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Statement Of The Superintendent: 1915-1916

The article below is titled "Statement of the Superintendent" and appears in the 1915-1916 publication of "Marshall Public Schools; Announcements and Synopsis of the Course of Study" for that year -- exactly 100 years ago from this past school year in Marshall ISD.

By F. L. Masterson
Superintendent, Marshall Public Schools

The history of two successive school years can never be written alike, though in general outline, the second is, or ought to be, very largely a repetition of the first. When conditions are normal, radical changes do not have an uplifting effect upon the schools. The school system which renders the highest degree of service and which meets the demands of the community most admirably in the one that advances with a normal, unhampered growth. In the public schools, we have assembled the various interests of the community, and a more beautiful picture than a harmoniously working and efficient system of public schools can not be presented. Nothing adds more to the picture than a strong, community sentiment in favor of the schools. And since the schools are the great factor that they are in the lives of the children, and are at the very heart of us all, at the beginning, I beg to solicit the cooperation of each student, each teacher, and each patron of the city in the management of the Marshall Public Schools.

Since the schools are public property, it is not surprising that their needs are often neglected. I understand that the conditions in the schools for the past several years have been so crowded that they were a menace to good work. Last year they were so congested in the High School that it was necessary to dismiss the juniors and seniors at the close of their recitations. This fact has been mentioned as a cause for an unusually large number of failures. by a re-arrangement of the seats in the Auditorium, it is believed that all students of the High School can be taken care of to an advantage so long as the schools are in session. Adding fifth or sixty seats to the Auditorium will naturally increased the problem of discipline, but it is thought that this arrangement is the best that can be effected under the circumstances. Next session the compulsory attendance law will be effective and will enforce the attendance of a great number of children who have been out of school heretofore. Let us hope that in another year the congested conditions may be relieved by additional buildings. In the meantime, the patience of the entire community is solicited, and the attention is called to the fact that the value of general cooperation for the purpose of securing new buildings can not be overestimated.

There will naturally arise from time to time difficulties that will usually have their origin in the school room, and occasionally the conditions will develop a misunderstanding. Should a patron become dissatisfied with the treatment of his child, he is respectfully invited to take the mater up with the child's teacher. If a satisfactory settlement is not reached, the principal should be consulted. Only the rarest cases should come to the Superintendent, though he will at all times be glad to advise with an aggrieved party who is unwilling to accept the settlement that is offered by the principal. Suspension oer expulsion shall be used for punishment only as a last resort. When an agreement is not reached through the Superintendent, cases may be appealed in writing to the School Board. When a case has been appealed from a teacher to a principal, after a pupil has made trouble, before passing upon it, a strict account will be taken of his record in cooperation of the parent or the guardian will at all times be appreciated. However, it is of primary importance in a settlement that the teacher shall be satisfied, as the law provided that the parent shall govern the home, the teacher the school.

It is needless to say that the parent should often enter the world in which the child lives; both profit by an exchange of conditions and ideas. For the child to lead aright, the sphere of his life must be continually elevated through the purification of his mind and the advancement of his ideals. I have the profoundest sympathy for the boy or the girl whose heartthrobs of love are not felt by a tender and watchful mother and a devoted father. I shall ever advocate love and the inspirational power in the home and in the school, but under certain circumstances, the employment of the gigantic forces means their abuse. I wish to suggest a harmful tendency that is sometimes found in the home and in the school and that is hard to justify. I refer to the growing laxity, the lack of proper restraint, and the irreverence for the constituted authority. These are usually a consequence of an effort to avoid what is really essential, firm treatment. The child who breaks the laws of his home and the school with impunity is apt to defy the laws of his country when he becomes a man. Anything that approaches fairness, regularity, and exactness, even remotely, in the government of a child is vastly to be preferred to the lax, hit-and-miss manner of dealing with him. Education, wherever is is found, is simply a means of organizing the powers of the individual, of bringing them into subjection to the will, for systematic government and utilization of them, or of turning them into ethical or practical account. These ends are best and most easily achieved under the regime that is severe when severity is necessary, that is never hard, and that is conducted by a parent or a teacher who is kind, considerate, positive and just. But the motive-force of such a person should be a great heart that beats in unison with the God who gave the child.

Except as changes are hereafter announced, the rules and regulations that prevailed last session and that are found in the Course of Study for 1913-1914 and will be carried out in the present year.

A standing invitation is extended to the patrons to visit the schools. Your visits will show an interest in and a love for the child. They will do more than that. They will inspire him to a greater interest and a firmer determination to accomplish the ends for which the schools are established. In matters pertaining to the Marshall Public Schools, the cooperation of all the people of the city will at all times be appreciated.

Respectfully,

F. L. Masterson

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

MISD Dream To Come True Soon

This article was published in the Marshall News Messenger. on Sept. 2, 1979. It outlines the beginning of the Gifted and Talented Program in MISD.

By Cindy E. Hallum
Staff Writer

A three-year dream for Marshall Independent School District administrators will soon become a reality, thanks to a Texas Education Agency program especially designed to meet the needs of gifted and talented students

The dream, according to Pat Smith, assistant superintendent of the local school system, began about three years ago. The goal was to set up a program for gifted and talented students in MISD.

The reality is a grant from TEA. Smith recently received word from the state office that a major portion of the money asked for had been granted.

The funding for the grant came out of House Bill 1610 and Senate Bill 350, recently provided by the 66th legislative session. The bills mandated that the Texas Education Agency would offer state support in the amount of $1,800,000,000 in 1979-80 and an additional $2,700,000 in 1980-81 for a number exemplary programs for identified gifted and talented students.

"In the grant, you can get up to $150 per student," Smith said, adding MISD asked for a total of $13,500, most of which would go to pay a teacher-coordinator.

However, the grant was cut back some $3,400. Now, Smith said the school district could be called on to help with the program.

According to Smith, gifted and talented children are those who by virtue of outstanding achievement or ability, excel or show potential to excel in one or more of four areas.

The areas include general intellectual ability, specific subject matter aptitude, ability in creative and productive thinking and leadership ability.

The local gifted and talented program would only include two categories the first year -- ability in creative and productive thinking and leadership ability, Smith said.

"We feel like leadership and creative and productive thinking are two areas our gifted and talented students excel most in," she added.

Within the past three years, Smith, along with Wendell Jones and a local committee of parents of gifted and talented children, have drawn up guidelines for the so-called organization of students and developed a definition of the program.

The grant, submitted to TEA this summer, will entitle 30 fourth grade students, 30 fifth graders and 30 sixth graders to be a part of the gifted and talented program. Smith said the group was named "R2 D2" meaning reaching, realizing, daring and doing.

Gifted and talented students are those having an I.Q. of 115 or above. Teachers of gifted and talented students nominate students with an above B average for the program. Smith said the students are screened by a committee to see if they possess creative potential in the arts, hobbies and other activities.

"We want to find the needs and interests of the exceptional students," Smith said. Marshall has already seen the need for the program and with the availability of the grant, the once upon a time dream is coming true.

Smith said the main objective of the gifted and talented program was to keep interest stimulated in the students. However, she pointed out the administrators, along with the task force composed of Mrs. A. Krohn, Steven Albrecht, Greg Beil, Mrs. Sally Guillion, Terrance Wagner, Robert Lyle and Bishop Curry, want to keep the program at low profile.

"Some of these students are so smart, they feel strange," Smith said. "We don't want to single them out for their intelligence but we do want them with a stimulation to learn," she added.

According to Smith, about 15 percent of the public schools in Texas have implemented or are trying to implement a program for the gifted and talented. She noted Marshall's three-year concern for their students but funds were not available until now.

In Education Update Scholastic Magazine, Dr. Edwin W. Martin, deputy commissioner for the Bureau of Education for the Handicapped, said the gifted and talented program stemmed from a general desire for a class to meet the individual needs of students, In Martin's article, he pointed out in 1972, a Congressional report found that less than four percent of the nation's gifted and talented were being adequately served.

Martin's article also said the development of abstract thinking, the sharpening of reasoning abilities, practice in creative problem-setting and solving and a full range of expression need a program to be encouraging to the students.

The local program would be more of a "pull out" program for the first several years, Smith said. "We're not going to meet on any certain day or school," she said. "We will probably meet twice a month, transporting the gifted and talented students to different schools in the district."

Local community volunteers will be called on at different times for assistance in teaching the students, Smith said. For example, the students could take a field trip to an engineering company and let a local engineer speak to them on his field.

"We want to use all of our gifted and creative people on the program," Smith said. "We are very hopeful we can involve our local people."

Smith pointed out the special education programs had been in existence for several years while no programs had been available for the gifted and talented.

"The gifted and talented kids have been overlooked for a long time and I'm glad we have finally gotten a program for them."

Friday, June 17, 2016

Kiwanis Sponsors MHS Key Club

This article was published in the Marshall News Messenger on Sept. 2, 1979. It announces the formation of the first Key Club at Marshall High School.

The Marshall High School Key Club has been organized with 23 charter members under sponsorship of the Marshall Noon Kiwanis Club. It will be affiliated with Division 13, Texas-Oklahoma District, Kiwanis International.

The Kiwanis-sponsored youth organization of Key Clubs is said to be the largest of its kind in the world.

Its objectives are: to develop initiative and leadership; to provide experience in living and working together; to serve the school and community; to cooperate with the school principal; and to prepare for useful citizenship.

The local members is composed of 23 boys and girls from the 10th, 11th and 12th grades who are regarded as "key students with fine character and ambitions."

Eleeza Littlejohn was elected by her fellow members as the first president. Other officers are Keith Hawkins, vice president; Denise Daniels, secretary; and Ava Marshall, treasurer.

Other charter members of the local club are Neal Walton, Angie Cole, Kyle Krohn, Karl Krohn, Laura Beil, Belinda Hordern, Kevin Neu, James Hordern, Kent Faulkner, Charmaine Davis, Kevin Faulkner, Ann May, Pam Lane, Noreen Matthews, Pamela Horton, Julie Roller, Lisa Cato and Sandy May.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Bethena Rogers Honored For 37 Years With MISD

This article appeared in the Marshall News Messenger on April 2, 1979. It features the retirement of longtime MISD superintendent secretary, Mrs. Bethena Rogers, who served five MISD superintendents over the course of 37 years of service to MISD.

By Cindy Edwards
Staff Writer

Everything good must come to an end -- and, after 37 years of service in the Marshall Independent School District, school superintendent secretary Bethena Rogers' work is coming to an end. Working in the local administrator's office, that is.

Mrs. Rogers, wife of Web Rogers, was honored Monday at a luncheon held in the home of Mrs. D.B. McGeorge, 700 East Ave. Present at the luncheon were school board members, principals and retired school personnel who worked closely with Mrs. Rogers through her years as an administrator's secretary.

Special guests for the luncheon and the reception at the Civic Center included the five superintendents that worked with Mrs. Rogers.

Dick Dennard, who served the Marshall schools as superintendent in 1942 gave several brief comments about his days with Mrs. Rogers. "I suppose the day that I hired Bethena Rogers was one of the finest days in my profession," Dennard said. Dennard recalled that the job of administration secretary started off paying about $65 a month. However, Mrs. Rogers quickly spoke up to remind him that her first check was for $60 a month. Dennard went on to say that he had never known a person more alert than Mrs. Rogers. "She's an uncommonly able person," he said.

"Bethena was one of the finest and most capable persons in the employ of Marshall schools while I was superintendent," former superintendent Vivian Hackney said. Hackney served with the local schools from 1949-1958. "If Bethena hadn't been here, I don't know if I would have lasted," he added. Hackney also pointed out that Bethena was everything that an administrative secretary could be. "I treasure her friendship, along with Web's," he said.

Attending the luncheon was also a great pleasure for Von Rhea Beene, superintendent from 1958-1967. "She always made me look better than I was," Beene said. Beene compared Mrs. Rogers to a common verse of his. "Every job is a self portrait. Autograph it with excellence," he said. And, according to Beene, Mrs. Rogers does everything with excellence.

Turning to a more humorous side of the occasion, Paul Manning related some funny events in the tenure of his position. "What I liked about Bethena was that when it came time for the board agenda, she brought it in to me to sign and asked if there was anything else," he said. He went on to tell his experience the first day on the job as administrator. "The first day that I walked into the office, Bethena told me that I was the fourth superintendent and that I would be the best one yet," he said. "And, now I see why. She could make you the bet you could be."

Present school superintendent Truitt Ingram served as master of ceremonies at the luncheon. Ingram feels that Mrs. Rogers sets the highest of standards, professionally and personally.

Board President Ernest Marshall presented Mrs. Rogers with a resolution declaring April 2 as Bethena Spencer Rogers Day and added that the proclamation will become a part of the school board minutes. Mrs. Rogers was also presented a plaque by the administrators and ad diamond pendent from the school system.

In closing remarks at the luncheon, Mrs. Rogers had little to say. However, she did thank everyone at the luncheon for attending. "I don't deserve it," she said, "but I'm certainly grateful."


Friday, June 10, 2016

Marshall "Quiz Kids" Show No Mercy

This article appeared in the Marshall News Messenger on Jan. 21, 1979.

SHREVEPORT -- In the midst of the super Bowl season, a team of Marshall High School "quiz kids" trounced their Shreveport opponents in a battle of information storage capacity last weekend.

The final score was 360-0 in the preliminary round of the Centenary College-Fabsteel Quiz Bowl contest between Marshall High School and Booker T. Washington High School of Shreveport, placing the Maverick squad in a second round of competition, this time against Bossier City's Parkway High School.

Channel 12 (KSLA-TV) of Shreveport will tape the next contest on Feb. 14, with the actual broadcast date yet to be announced.

Representing MHS as the first team from the local school to participate in the quiz bowl were David Lyons, captain; Alan Foster, Anita Osborne, Jeff Foss, Ken Lattimore and Joey Watson. Instructors Beth Echols and Nancy McClaran coached the team and other faculty members who worked with the students were Anne Newman, Georgette Ellis, Celia Lewis and Richard Frost.

Centenary officials confirmed that the Marshall students amassed the highest score of the current school year.

The Fabsteel Corp. financed bowl is sponsored by Centenary College; area high school teams "battle it out" in the Hurley Music Building on campus, vying for a chance at the on-camera finals.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Principal "Graduating" From South Marshall

This article appeared in the Marshall News Messenger on May 26, 1976. It is a feature on longtime MISD educator, Mr. C.A. Maule.

by Liz Schlittler
Lifestyle Editor

The South Marshall Parent Teachers Association will honor C.A. Maule Jr., principal, at an open house on Thursday afternoon at the elementary school.

Former students and friends of the longtime principal are invited to share the occasion, according to PTA president, Mrs. Richard Bailey.

Mr. Maule, principal at the school for 19 years, is ending his career with the Marshall Independent School District at the close of the spring semester.

"I am not retiring," he stated. "I have just reached the end of eligibility in Marshall schools."

"It has always been my desire to be useful...I'm not going to sit down," commented the personable Mr. Maule, who has endeared himself through the years to many students with his friendliness, concern and dedication to service.

"I want to be used as long as I am physically and emotionally able to do what is needed," he pointed out. "There is nothing I like more and cherish more than being useful to the community around me.

"The community has contributed so much wherever I have lived," he added. "This is my way to show my appreciation."

Coming to Marshall from Texarkana in the fall of 1957 as principal of South Marshall School, Mr. Maule has 26 years experience as a school principal. he served an elementary school in Texarkana, Ark., for seven years.

V.H. Hackney, then superintendent of schools, was instrumental in bringing the native Mississippian to Marshall. "He has continued to be a dear friend throughout these 19 years," Maule stated.

Born March 13, 191, he is the son of the late C.A. Maule, a highway contractor, and Daisy Clark Maule of Vance, Miss. His schooling began in Vance and continued in Pankin, Ark., and Memphis, Tenn. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Ouachita Baptist University at Arkadelphia and a master of education at East Texas State University.

"I deliberately chose the elementary field after one year as an instructor in a junior high school," he said. "I found my love in elementary school and for 26 years it's bee a joy."

Through the years he has attended many workshops and completed additional college work to improve his administrative techniques in elementary school work. "Most every year I have been involved in some part of graduate work, not for credit, but for improvement."

The friendly Mr. Maule went on to say, "It has been my privilege to serve some of the finest people in the school business," giving recognition to Hackney, Dr. Von Rhea Beane, Paul Manning and Truitt Ingram, members of the school board and the administrative staff of MISD.

He has been an active member of the South Marshall PTA, serving in most offices of leadership and currently as parliamentarian. He was honored several years ago with the presentation of an honorary life membership in the Texas Congress of PTA by the South Marshall organization.

For the past two years, he has served the Third District Texas Congress of PTA as vice president of Harrison, Marion, Cass and Morris Counties.

Active in the Marshall Education Association, he was the 1975 president, having served as vice president and president-elect. he is a 32nd degree Mason, member of Lodge 22 and the Dallas Consistory, and active in the Optimist Club of which he has served a vice president.

Ordained in his early years as a Baptist minister, the South Marshall principal was a pastor of the Woodlawn Baptist Church for 10 years and more recently served as interim pastor at Bel Air and Victory Baptist Churches.

He married Miss Lucile Gough 48 years ago in Meridian, Miss., and they are the parents of two children, Lt. Col. Charles G. Maule, stationed at Eglin AFB in Florida, and Mrs. Ralph (Gay) Marbury Jr., who serves as his secretary at the school.

Mr. and Mrs. Maule are ardent bird watchers and enjoy gardening, however, he said the yard has suffered this spring due to the illness of Mrs. Maule.

The dedicated principal has witnessed many changes at the school during his 19 years. He began work in a building built in 1916. As the need for additional space arose, new wings were added, now a part of the present site. The old building was razed in 1967.

The staff of 19 has grown to 26 at the present time with an enrollment staying around 350-360. This includes the public kindergarten. South Marshall School was one of the first to have public kindergarten, he said.

The building is climate controlled now, he went on to point out. There is a centralized library, with one of the largest collection of books for a library its size in Marshall.

Maule is especially proud of the reading lab which offers to every student an opportunity to achieve on his own level. South Marshall piloted the first reading lab and has been written up by the Texas Association for other schools to visit and observe.

Also instituted at the school is the individual guided education program in reading skills, he pointed out. "I had hoped to be here to help institute a math program in the near future."

The school has acquired audio visual equipment and teaching aids through the years, some of which was purchased by the PTA, he stated. Other projects of the organization mentioned by the principal were the cyclone fence around the block-size school grounds and and just recently a new curtain for the auditorium stage.

Mrs.Bailey is being assisted by her PTA membership in entertaining for Mr. Maule on Thursday.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Marshall High's Education Program Praised

*This article was published in the Marshall News Messenger on May 24, 1976, in regards to the ongoing Program and Facility Assessment of that time.

By Isabel Lewis
News Messenger Writer


Marshall High School's educational program was given praise in the Program and Facility Assessment given the school board.

The three-member study team gave the additional commendation that "there is every indication that, provided adequate facilities and certain additional course offerings, the faculty and administration would provide an instructional program comparable to any in the state."

The study also cited the administration for giving priority to classroom instruction, adding that "evidence is found on every campus of system-wide planning and coordination."

The local school district's teachers were also commended, with the study noting that "the faculty demonstrates professional competence and a high level of training. It is apparent that the district places a high priority on professional development."

Under the heading of recommendations, the study team first suggested that the school district construct a new, comprehensive climate-controlled facility for the high school program.

That new facility, according to the team, should include provisions for central learning facilities, academic instructional areas, science laboratories and centers, a business education department, fine arts programs, a multi-media resource center, a comprehensive vocational division, physical education, dining facilties, gymnasium space for boys and girls, storage space and room for teacher preparation, health and counseling services and administrative offices.

Study team chairman Dr. Langston Kerr of Stephen F. Austin State University also noted that consideration should be given to adding a laboratory program in building trades. He stressed the need for vocational training in the school district, with the study noting that consideration should be given an auto mechanics course, a welding program and similar courses for the "entire building trades industry."

An intramural program was recommended, with Dr. Kerr adding that he has since learned the school district is already planning such an addition.

"The adult education program in Marshall should be expanded," the study stated, "to include opportunities for re-training as well as initial training experiences."

Also recommended was a plan by which community interests and needs "can be fed into the curriculum planning process on a continuous basis."

While noting that a school library "is a functional part of the total instructional program," the study reports that the current high school library "is inadequate to properly serve the student body."

The science laboratories were also found to be too small, as were the cafeteria and band hall.

Recognition was given the high school's "broad range of course offerings," with three fields suggested.

They include economics, psychology or personal adjustment and occupations or career information.

"Additional options" were also recommended for consideration for "one quarter offerings in English Language Arts, Science and Social Studies."

They are: The Many Themes of Twain; Modern American Heroes; American Wit; Political Science; Social Problems and Research; Ecology; and Geology and Astronomy.

"Supportive programs" were also mentioned in the 53-page study, with recognition given the "very well planned student activities program open to all students on democratic basis. All activities are sponsored, taught or supervised by faculty and administrative personnel."

"Eligibility requirements in University (Interscholastic) League events are strictly enforced," the study further states and "there is a well functioning student government."

As with the section on facility use and planning, school board members will use the section on the school curriculum as a guide.

At the end of Friday's board meeting, when members were presented the study by Dr. Kerr and Dr. Von Rhea Beane, Superintendent of Schools Truitt Ingram noted that the board will consider all aspects in the study before making future, permanent moves.

Dr. Beane is executive director of the Region VII Education Service Center. Also a member of the study team was Dr. J.B. Jones of Texas Southern University, Houston.