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KCKS Public School System, 1819-1961
by Nellie McGuinn
Copyright USD 500, Feb 1966

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1944

The Fourth War Loan was launched with full page ads and screaming headlines.  Money to finance the closing months of fighting in World War II had to be obtained.  Movie fans, on January 31, had an opportunity to see and hear a movie star, Errol Flynn, at Memorial Hall, where he appealed for the purchase of the war bonds. 

Printed charts in the newspapers showed the allotted point values for various foods.  Workers by the thousands were urgently needed for the North American Aviation plant.  Senior boys appeared in news pictures as they drilled, getting ready for army enlistment upon graduation.  On January 29, birthday of the state he loved, the death of William Allen White was announced. 

In spite of the difficulties of wartime traveling, seventeen Kansas City teachers attended the NEA convention in Pittsburgh in July.  Superintendent F. L. Schlagle was a candidate for president and teachers wanted to make sure he was elected.  Mr. J. C. Shankland, principal of Central Junior, made the nominating speech.  On July 6, Mr. Schlagle was elected by the convention delegates by a two-to-one majority and installed the next day of president.  It was the first time in NEA history that a native Kansan had headed this largest organization of teachers. 

Teachers continued their war efforts.  Under the sponsorship of the Council of Clubs, booths for the sale of War Savings stamps were set up in downtown stores.  Groups from local teachers' organizations served at this work.

Administrative changes were announced.

A reception for Mr. Schlagle in honor of his election as NEA president was held on September 23.  On December 2, a dinner was given at the Chamber of Commerce.

School schedules were:

The enrollment on opening day exceeded that of the previous year by 571.  Junior College dropped to 149 students at the Horace Mann building and to 81 at Sumner.  The superintendent feared compulsory military service might have to continue after the war and warned of the danger of its destroying freedom as it had in Germany.

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