Bay City, Mich., June 3 — A special meeting of the board of education was held Friday evening in the office of Superintendent of Schools Frank A. Gause, to receive the bids on the T. L. Handy Junior high school and to vote on the appointing of the school staff for the next year.
The building committee of the board of education met some few days ago and opened the bids that were submitted for material for the Handy school and last night they reported their recommendation to the entire board, with the result that the recommendation of the board was adopted.
The list of the teachers was then supplied to the board by Superintendent of Schools Gause, who said in presenting it, “When the Handy junior high school is opened a reorganization of the teaching corps will take place and consequently we have put off the electing of the supervisors and principals until after the election, their names not being included in the list which I have furnished you. I think it would be a far better plan if we waited until after the coming election before taking up the matter of appointing the supervisors and principals. There is no increase in the number of teachers but in some cases raises have been granted. The salaries for this year complete, will represent approximately $381,000 but next year we figure that even with the two additional teachers which we will require that we can still remain within the limit of $391,000. The primary school fund from the state will be about $135,000 next year, which is somewhat more than we have been accustomed to receive, so the difference will not be very material in the operating expenses of the schools next year, over this year. If any one says that we are paying too much for the operation of our schools, I will show them figures which will show that our school system does not cost as much per capita as other cities of the state.”
The list as submitted by Mr. Gause, comprises 186 teachers.
President Gallagher appointed the entire board as a committee to look into the list and instructed the superintendent of schools to have a copy of the teacher’s pay roll when a special meeting of the committee will be held following the election.
A discussion of the special bonding election and the preparations being made for it was indulged in, one member of the board suggesting that the clerks of the various election boards should have instructions as to their duties. Business Agent F. F. Price advanced the information that a special school of instruction will be held at the Eastern high school, Wednesday afternoon preceding the election at 4 o’clock when an attorney, the clerk of the board, and himself will be in attendance to give all necessary instructions to the clerks.
The special election, which will be held Saturday, June 11, is for the purpose of obtaining a loan of $1,400,000 to complete the construction of the new Central and T. L. Handy Junior High schools, the money to be borrowed upon the bonds of the Union School District of Bay City. The amount to be raised is what is needed to finish work on the high schools and also to add four rooms each to the now congested Lincoln and Trombley schools, and to provide funds so that the other 16 grade schools in the city can be properly painted and re-decorated for the preservation of the buildings and for the conservation of the health of the teachers and pupils.
The bonds to be raised will be made payable serially, within 15 years from the date of their issuance, and are not to draw to exceed six per cent. interest, payable semi-annually. The bonds will be issued at such time as the board of education shall deem necessary as the completion of the various portions of work call for.
The list of polling places is as follows:
First ward—First and second precincts, Sherman school; third precinct, Woodside school.
Second ward—First precinct, Dolsen school; second precinct, 923 N. Johnson street.
Third ward—First precinct, Farragut school; second precinct, Washington school.
Fourth ward—First precinct, High school (old building); second precinct, 1311 Columbus avenue.
Fifth ward—First precinct, Garfield school; second precinct, Lincoln school.
Sixth ward—First precinct, Fremont school; second precinct, 1000 Michigan avenue.
Seventh ward—First precinct, Reigel school; second precinct, Kolb school.
Eighth ward—First precinct, hose house, N. Linn street; second precinct, McKinley school.
Ninth ward—First precinct, Corbin school; second precinct, Trombley school.