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KANSAN - Tuesday - 22 March 1921 - Vol. 25, No. 260


Parent-Teacher Delegation Allege Insanitary Conditions

Taxpayers Petition Selection of Site at Twenty-Second Street and Ridge Avenue - Question Goes Over

About twenty-five of the Parent-Teachers association especially interested in the Oakland school, Twenty-first Street and Muncie Boulevard, appeared before the board of education last night to protest alleged insanitary conditions existing in and about the school.  The board was asked to take immediate action toward selecting a site for a new school building.

N. P. Matlock, chairman of the protesting delegation, stated to the board that four acres, situated at Twenty-second Street and Ridge Avenue, had the approval of virtually all taxpayers as a suitable site and presented a petition to that effect.  The petition was signed by fifty-two taxpayers. 

David Freeman, board members and chairman of the committee to investigate school site, approved the trace recommended by the petitioners.  W. F. Barnhart, also a board members, stated that the recommendations as to location had been made by M. E. Pearson, superintendent of schools.

Mrs. Ida Mercer, formerly principal of Prescott school, Thirteenth Street and Ridge Avenue spoke of crowded school conditions there and stated that a new and modern school building for Oakland would afford relief in school housing.

Arguments fairly under way were interrupted when A. J. Stanley proposed that the matter go over until the meeting, April 4, that members of the board will have had opportunity to inspect conditions and sites.

Dr. L. B. Gloyne, health commissioner, re-stated in a recent letter to the board of education, assertions that insanitary conditions and surroundings prevailed at the Oakland school.  A report of such findings was filed by him about a year ago.

"If the board of education does not remedy insanitary conditions at Oakland school," said Dr. Gloyne this morning, "I shall send to the parents and guardians of each child in attendance a letter advising of conditions and recommend that the children be sent elsewhere to school."

Board of Education Answers Dr. Gloyne

Thank you to Don Jones (local historian on Street Names in Wyandotte County) for this contribution

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