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

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President Franklin D. Roosevelt died on April 12 and Vice-president Harry S. Truman succeeded to the presidency of the United States.  Mussolini and Hitler, leaders of Italy and Nazi Germany also died in 1945.  The United Nations Conference on International Organizations met in San Francisco from April 25 to June 26 for the purpose of drawing up a charter.  Superintendent F. L. Schlagle, as NEA president, was one of the three educational consultants present.

The consultants worked all during the meeting to get education written into the charter as one of the social and economic phases.  Representatives of educational interests from many countries were entertained at an informal reception by Mr. Schlagle and his associates to bring the problem of education before the delegates.  The NEA sent teaching materials to high schools and colleges.

The first atomic bomb was exploded on July 16, 1945.  On August 6 and again on August 9, President Truman authorized the use of the bomb on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan.  The results were devastating, thousands being killed or badly injured.  On September 2, unable to fight this latest enemy, the Japanese surrendered.  United States troops were sent to Korea on September 8.

Addressing the opening convocation, the superintendent discussed "Education and Its Place in the U. N. Charter."  He told of plans for a contract with the Veterans Administration for counseling returning service men.  Frank H. Jennings, O. Q. Claflin and George W. Mears were appointed by the board to serve on a joint committee for a Memorial to the dead of World War II.  Health work went on in the schools, although doctors examinations had been dropped.  An office was considered more suitable for such examinations.

A recent law passed by the legislature permitted students to choose the high school they wished to attend.  Johnson and Wyandotte counties sent 32 students to Kansas City schools. Thirtt teachers joined the school staff.  At the library, filled with important records, an automatic fire alarm system was installed by the American District Telegraph Company.  Mr. Schlagle left November 1 for London for a follow-up conference on the San Francisco meeting.

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