Leon Reporter, Leon, Iowa
Thursday, June 9, l904
'School Board Names the Teachers for Next Year -- Only Two New Teachers in the List.'
At the regular meeting of the Leon School Board Tuesday evening, the teachers with the exception of PROF. PIERCE, who was re-elected for next year, there being but two of the old teachers who were not re-elected, MISS NELLE SANGER, Principal of the South Building and MISS HARRIET KIRKPATRICK, who had charge of the fourth and fifth grades at the South Building, neither of whom were applicants for positions this year. There were a large number of splendid teachers to select from in filling the vacancies and they could hardly have made a mistake in selecting any of them, the only regret being that all could not be given schools. The two new teachers elected are MISS GRACE WALLACE, who takes MISS KIRKPATRICK's room, and MISS IRMA ALLEN, who takes the third grade at the South Building heretofore taught by MISS KATE OGDEN, who was promoted to Principal of the South Building at a salary of $45 per month. The new teachers are both graduates of the Leon School, and have had considerable experience in teaching, MISS WALLACE having taught for two years in this county, teaching one school near Garden Grove during the entire nine months just closed, while MISS ALLEN, after graduating, took a course at Drake University at Des Moines, and then taught for a couple of years at Grimes, the past year having been Assistant Principal of the Public Schools at Rockwell City. They are both young ladies whom we feel sure will give entire satisfaction to both the school board and the patrons of the Leon Schools.
In this connection a word about the Leon Schools will not be amiss for we believe that at the present time we have a corps of instructors who would be hard to beat. The schools are under the supervision of PROF. JAMES M. PIERCE, who came here last September and took charge of the school under rather adverse circumstances, but he has shown himself to be not only a thorough instructor but also a splendid Superintendent, and under his care the work done the past year has been most satisfactory, and rapid progress has been made by the students in every grade.
PROF. PIERCE was born in Henry County, Ill., in l866. His boyhood days were passed on a farm in Jasper County, Iowa, where he attended the common schools. After attaining his majority he attended for a year the Hazel Dell Academy at Newton, Iowa, and also spent a year at the Western Normal College at Shenandoah. During this time he had taught between times and made up his mind to adopt teaching as a profession. In l896 he entered the State Normal School at Cedar Falls, and completed the four year course, the Latin state diploma course, where he made a creditable showing, ranking as one of the best in the class. After graduating from the State Normal School he was elected Principal of the Public Schools at Redfield, Iowa, in l890, where he remained until elected Principal of the Leon Schools a year ago. He is a gentleman who commands the respect and admiration of both pupils and parents, and as an instructor and Superintendent has shown marked ability. He was re-elected as Principal of the Leon Public Schools a couple of months ago by the unanimous vote of the board, who were more than pleased with his work during the past year.
PROF. PIERCE, as stated, worked under great difficulties when he took charge of the schools a year ago, but he has met and conquered them all and the school work is now well in hand, with brilliant prospects for the coming year.
The course of study of the Leon Schools will be revised and brought up to date during the summer vacation and when school opens in September, Principal, teachers and scholars will go to work with renewed vigor and make the coming year a banner one in Leon School history.
The following is the assignment of teachers for the coming year and salary of each:
Principal - J.M. Pierce, $l,000 a year.
Asst. Principal - Hattie Drake, $60 per month.
8th Grade - Mate Parrish, $40.
6th & 7th Grade - May Caster, $37.50.
4th & 5th Grade - Hallie Moore, $37.50.
3rd Grade - Mrs. M.P. Lindsey, $37.50.
lst & 2nd Grade - Addie Crawford, $37.50.
6th & 7th Grade - Kate Ogden, Principal, $45.
4th & 5th Grade - Grace Wallace, $37.50.
3rd Grade - Irma Allen, $37.50
lst & 2nd Grade - Ethel Bowman, $37.50.
The election of janitors and music teacher was deferred until a latter meeting.
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May 19, 2003