|Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm
of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 8/28/1941.
"Education" Board Takes Second Lick at Calf
Females of the bovine family (cows to you, numskulls) lick their young
immediately after birth for reasons which every farmer knows. But
a cow does not lick its calf the second time.
Only the reigning triumviate of the Calhoun county board of education
and their advisors have the second whack at the calf.
Which all goes back to an order of the board arbitrarily transferring
teachers hither and yon in an attempt to strengthen, and lengthen, and
thicken a political organization which cares not for the welfare of school
children, the desires of school patrons, nor for moral decency or efficiency
in the schools of the county.
State Superintendent of Schools W.W. Trent promptly called the hands
of the three members of the triumvirate, gently and kindly pointing out
that such transfers cannot be made without charges being brought against
the teacher, or without the consent of teachers affected and the approval
of a majority of patrons of schools known by the board of education, or
at least they are or should be known to the county superintendent who is
paid a reasonable salary and a handsome traveling allowance for thinking
about such matters. And he should have sufficient character to advise
the board, even against the wishes of those whose boots he feels compelled
The taxpayers of the county pay for legal advice for the board.
Try to get 'em to use it.
But Dr. Trent has his eye on the board of education of Calhoun county
and the outside advisors of the board. He is not going to put up
with any shenanigans, and school patrons may feel safe about the welfare
of their children.
Dr. Trent is inquiring into some other irregularities of the board.
He wants to know how come the triumvirate make fish out of one and fowl
out of other teachers in the matter of removing a cloud of immorality,
inefficiency, etc., when only the circuit court has such power.
Be it said to the credit of President Levy H. Stump and Member Fred
F. McCoy that they did not join in any of this skull-dugery. The
record is clean so far as their votes are concerned.