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

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The United States sent its first radar beam to the moon on January 10, 1946.  Before summer a device known as the "Translator" had been developed by IBM and was introduced by F. L. Schlagle at a conference in New York.  The invention later was used at meetings of the United Nations to facilitate understanding among the various delegations.

The magazine of the National Elementary Teachers Association in April, 1946, carried an article and pictures concerning Parker School.  Superintendent F. L. Schlagle was presented a "Lord Elgin" watch.  Inscribed on it were the words, "F. L. Schlagle from Kansas City, Kansas Teachers - July 5, 1946."  In expressing his gratitude, Mr. Schlagle told the Kansas City delegation, "May I always be on time and make my speeches short."

At the World Conference on Education held in Endicott, New York, curing the summer of 1946, Mr. Schlagle headed the United States delegation of four.  On the first day at the suggestion of the Bolivia and other South American delegates, he was elected chairman of the convention.  Plans were made for a world organization of teachers.  Foreign visitors to the conference, Mr. Schlagle reported, expressed three wishes as to what they wanted to do while in America.  The four United States delegates then saw that the foreigners visited a school, ate a "hot dog," and attended a baseball game!  It was at this meeting that the "Translator" was first used.


Scheduled to open on September 9, school was delayed a week because of the prevalence of polio.  Only Junior College began on time, although teachers were on duty during the week.  In his address to the teachers, Mr. Schlagle told of the board's efforts in behalf of employees' salaries.  Although property valuation had fallen in twenty years from 143 to 89 million dollars, everyone had received at least a 30% increase since 1942.  Those lower on the scale were given extra increments as high as 81% for some.  The average was 45% above that of 1941-42.

With the return of young men from service, Junior College faced a housing problem of 635 students enrolled in September, 347 were G.I.'s.  In all schools, substitutes were needed.  They would be employed, the superintendent said, for several years in diminishing numbers.  Forty-one new teachers came into the system in 1946.

At the close of the year, President Truman announced that World War II had ended officially.  The coal strike, threatening to cut electric power, was called off by John Lewis, and Christmas lights glowed as usual.  Miss Sadie B. Mann, long a teacher of literature in high school and Junior College, died on December 20.  She was the only woman to receive a Doctor of Literature from Teachers College at Emporia.

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