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/ 00l00[alakoff 00ems m|l i i i i Year Malakoff, Henderson County, Texas 75148 [riday, March 12, 1971 Number 10 I | 00'e00her00H00dsM00t00E00Y C'HOOL BOARD GE IN FINAL S SSION Malakoff school board, constituted, round- their final regular ses- as a unit here Monday With Superintendent How- nn taking full advantage present majority board April trustee candidates, lg Mrs. L. O. Robertson, sociated during the coming year, and a strong effort was launched to tie their hands in the future regarding personnel by Dunn's request for sanction for continuing contracts for the majority of the present faculty. Other quick push attempts by Dunn were board approval of the text book committee recom- }' inrumbmt, were pre- mendations of the text. book as the 70-71 beard jumped committees for new text books gun with the faculty line- to be used here next year, the ,r the coming year. Hir- authority to chop off the sal-  71-72 faculty in March aries of the math and science Year denies trustee hope- teachers back to regular state he privilege of helping to salary schedule, and the per- any members of the fa- mission to use that, about Which they are to be as- $3,000, elsewhere for faculty members Dunn thought were more worthy of the extra pay. Also Dunn wanted one more custodian hired "if the people expect the gym to be kept clean," and additional secre- tarial personnel to work after- noons all summer. Past on to greet the 71-72 board were bogged down ef- forts for a program of sex edu- cation and payment for the jun- ior high gym roof which was installed last fall under the con- dition that the contractor offer- ed a 15 year bonded guarantee ahd was later found to be not not bonded. Hiring the faculty came about ito,y .F-a,e/e, fire station workmen are pre- for the new Malakoff fire A new stall must be finished the truck is now being euipp- ed in Tyler. Firmen are doing the labor for the stall. City bought the truck. People to supply firemen mo- ney for materials for stall. Have you? | tSe First Baptist Church, $100,- educational building taking '.Reflects pretty new entrance }oildng chapel, located at right above. An older building, not pictur- ed, located to the left of construction will be removed when new building is finished. ing in the sunshine, the painter .ing Kirby's Dry Good a pretty 3o!, for spring. Maybe the fresh paint idea will catch on all over the business district. Carney has started something. If Carney can we cam when Supt. Dural asked that the present board hire the fac. ulty "because the new menbers would not know anything about their backgrotmd." Mrs. L. O. Robertson mentioned that the first job of a new board in Ma- lakoff was to hire the faculty, and she preferred that the policy remain as in the past. Board member Hemer Ray Trimble, Jr. stated that he did not recall if the board had a policy about when teachers were to be hired, lint that he would suggest that hiring the teachers in March become a standard board policy, if they were to be hired in March this year. Dunn had t faculty broken down into four lists from which he made recommendations. The first list co teachers, "now under continuing con- tract" which he wanted to e- tend. Mrs. L. O. Robert.son ques- tioned how he had arrived at the conmi contract basis for teachers who had not been in the school system the three years required before a con- tract of that nature could he given. She noted that the core tract status of many of them had not been brought before the board for approval to her knowledge, and asked who had approved the continuing con- tracts. The teacher may terminate the agreement at the close of any school year by giving a- bout a 30 day notice before the following school year begins. The other contract is the one year probationary contract, which may be terminated by the board at the close of any school year by giving the teach- er notice in April that their con- tract will not be renewed. By the board's order 28 teachers were placed on the one year agreement, and a total of 18 were awarded continuing con- Garrison Named Cof C President Eddie Garrison, president of the Citizens State Rank, is the new head of the Malakoff Chamber of Commerce. Garrison will be officially in- stalled May 14 at the armual installation banquet of the lo- cal organization. Buddy Thomp- son elected Vice President and Claude Bmkston elected Secre- tary will also he installed, com- pleting the 1971-72 official slate. Out going president, Eddie Souza, was elected to the board of directers which also includes Ed Reichelt, Jerry Garris, J. After a long discussion the A. McLain, Oresta Jackson, bom'd voted mmnimously to de. Ray Donnell, Carney Kirby, M. lete the names of all those on the superint list of con- tinuing contracts who had not been teaching in this system for three years. Eight teachers were deleted from that list of 25 and one was added. The ad- dltion was a teacher who qual- flied by length of service and satisfactory teaching back- ground as far as the board was concerned. The second list con- tained a list of 10 who were re- commended to be elevated to the continuing contract status. All of these teachers have not completed a year of teaching in the school system at this time. The third list contained 11 teachers to whom Dunn re- quested that a probationary contract be offered. The fourth list conta the two names he did not recommend to re-hire. Had the board accepted Drum's list the in coming board would have oly had the op- portunity to decide on 9 or 10 members of the faculty dur- ing their entire tenure of office which is 3 years, unless some of the teachers resign or the school grows to the extent that new teachers are required. Continuing contracts offer the teachers the schools maximum contract These teachers are not required to be nominated or reappointed each year. I,. Drake, and Gilbert Bocell. ReicheR, an attorney, and Jerry Garrison, local imurance agency owner, are both new- comers to the Chamber's board of directors. In the business session the or- ganization discussed more new heusing and advertising this lake area as projects fox the caing ycar. Councilmen Unopposed Malakoff inetmabont council- men Ed Arthus and Bud Du- laney are unopposed for re- election. Rex Phinny is opposing Mayor O. A. Phillips, Jr. Caney 2nd Saturday, Sun Trades Day This is R--The big second Saturday weckend at Caney City. The monthly Trades Day event is drawing mm'e dealers, buyers and traders each month. Caney sales displays include any number of collectors items such as antique bottles, cut glass, furniture, fruit pars. Al- so hand made novelties and other 'flea market' finds. It happens all day Saturday and Sunday. Mayor Travis , Matthews in. rites area residehts to get in on the fun. "If they don't want to buy we'll rent them a place to set up a sales stall," he said. Coming up April 3 is the an- nual Lions Club shrub and tree sale. tracts. The board advised Dunn to try to get by without an ad- ditional custedian for the re- maining part of the school year. Also the board reluctantly gave permission to cut the salary of math and science teachers to the state salary schedule. Ask- ed how tha{ would suit those teachers by a member of the board, Dunn replied, "It does not matter, math and science teachers are plentiufl now. We had to pay them more back when we hired them." He said he wanted the money he would save by cutting those salaries to pay department heads that he was going to select. He said he had not made up his mind who would head the depart- ments, and was "instructed by the board to report back to the board before giving the raises he had in mind. Extra summer personnel was authorized. Dunn said that the library would be kept open all summer each afternoon by this person. He said she could also work in his office when she was not busy. Mrs. Jerry Brown works mornings during the summer months at the super- intendents office. Regarding a sex education program which the trustees authorized Dunn to work out which would have the sanction of the ministers of the com- murdty, Dunn said 2 of the ministers were opposed to such a program. Bruce Smith, board member, stressed that for rea- son of health sne program of sex education should be offered, and he did not want to see the matter dropped. The board passed that subject fox later discussion. The texbooks wore not ap- proved, pending more study of the books termed "controvers- ial." President Bill Bradshaw made the recommendation to delay approving the textbooks. Other business included wrapping up the election plans with the candidates drawing for slots on the ballots. Mrs. Merle Welborn was named election judge for the Malakoff box and was to select three clerks. Residents of the Tool area will vote for Malakoff trustees there ,a the usual poll- ing place. Two officials were Congressman Dowdy- One 0] Two.... A year ago this month Con- gressman John Dowdy was in- dicted by a U.S. Grand Jury. He's charged with conspiring to accept a $25,000 bribe. Since last year he has dwindled from a robust 200 plus Ixamds to a skeleton 150 odd Ixmnds. He's suffered a varied list of aft- mets which now include chru ic anxiety, depression, and mental stress. Previously con- fined to a nmnher of b06pitals during the year, he's now rest- trig at ,his Aflem home, March 4th, John Key, Jr., his attorney, and Dr. Norris Holt, both of Athens, were in Baltimore, Md., for a heating before Judge Rozell Thomsen in Dowdy's behalf. Dr. Holt testified the Congressman's health was such that he could only undergo about 15 minutes of questioning at a time, then he'd require an hoers rest. Judge Thomsen accepted Dr. HoR's testimony over that of the doctor hired by the govern- merit who opined Dowdy was in shape fro- the  29 trial. The Judge set the new trial for May 1st. Dowdy is required to appear at the Bethesda Na- val Hospital April 14 for an ex- amination, health permitting. This is a persoml ordeal for the Congressman. This is a great injustice to our congress- tonal district -- which has not had representation for about a year, and doesn't see represen- tation with in the next year and perhaps never again as present- ly constructed. Redistricting will shuffle our county around. Congressman Dowdy has given no indication that he plans to resign from that post. Surely depression and mental stress are he_icaps to efficient public service at any level. Cru- el as R may seem the pressing affairs of our nation should not be retarded by the emotional attRude or chronic ill health of one Congressmen are paid about $41,000 per year. Including Mrs. Dowdy, a paid member of his staff, the Dowdys reportedly em'n about $60,000 per year. There are others on the office pay roll. Mr. Dowdy, who probably won't ask for re-elecou sup- port is one of two. lie's an ethi- cal statesrrmn to step aside now in the interest of our govern- me or he's the mam of things which now cloud his pub- lie image. Here's to the first thing -- We the people of Texas need this assurance, especially at this time. assigned to the Tool voting box. The candidates for trustees and the order in which they will ap- pear on the ballot are: Larry Surls, Bill Miller, Mrs. L. O. Robertson, Jim Harris and Ben Woolverton. 3 places are to he filled. Books Need Check, Call Trustees Now/ Is it possible that your tax money for public edu- cation is being used to glorify Communism, put the United States down, support the theory of evolution over God and inspire revolution as a means of curing our ills? Some say that it is possible for sure in 1971-72. Mayor O. A. Phillips, Jr., Gilbert Bocell and this writer agree that it is possible. To panic would please the Communists. Is this fact a fault of your school teachers, school board, school administrators or the State Board of Education? Yes! Theirs, but yours and the Malakoff News also. The high school world history book, "A Global History of Man" will not be offered in the Ma- lakoff schools next year, because Carl Anderson did not consider it a first or second choice from the five history textbooks that the Texas Educational Agency has adopted for use in the Texas Public Schools. It could well be selected as the world history textbook for neighboring schools. We have examined this book, (which was available at the office of the Superinten- dent at the Malakoff Schools) to find that we agree fully with Elite Hopkins of the Longview Daily News who had this opening paragraph in the January 12, '71 editorial, "Textbooks to Oblivian." "If textbooks hand-tailored to downgrade Amer- ican freedom and culture and glorify foreign idealogy and revolution in the minds of our youth can lead this nation down the road to oblivion, then we may be on our way with adoption by the State Board of Educa- tion of a next text entitled, A Global History of Man." The lenghty accurate report of the book contain- ed this statement of fact, "Christianity is relegated to insignificance in this text compared to such other religions as Buddhism and Islam. And in a clear case of indoctrination of young minds, the "religion" of evolution is strongly presented as though evolution were the only possible explanation of life." This book does not include the United States and England as cultures worthy of note in the history of man. The major cultures as listed in the index are Soviet Russia, Latin America, China, India, Sub-Sa- haran Africa and the Middle East. In summary it points to the weaknesses of the United States, paint- ing a picture of hopelessness, helplessness and creating a mood of depression which is adverse to the very prin- ciples on which this nation, under God, has become the greatest nation in the world, a living example of free- dom. Each year local school boards, on or before March 31st, take final action regarding which books will be used in the schools of their district. They do not have to accept the books which are recommended by the local textbook committees which is usually composed of teachers who will be teaching the subjects in Mala- koff. The board can require substitutions. For each subject teachers are usually supplied a choice from 5 which have been previously approved by the Texas Educational Agency. The textbooks rated question- able by Mr. and Mrs. Mel Gabler of Longview, (stated by Dr. N. D. Geddie, Jr. of Athens to be two of the most knowledgeable people in the state on the content of our textbooks) were called to the attention of the local committees, to the administration and to the school board by this writer. Supt Howard Dunn and others suggested Friday that the board might  fit to postpone the adoption of textbooks, scheduled on the board agenda last Monday night, until the content had been re-examined by members of the faculty, ad; ministration, trustees and others. It was a different story, however, Monday night as Supt. Dunn and High School Principal Don McKin- nerney pushed for a blanket adoption of textbooks which included questionable first and second choice science books rated by the Gablers "not recommend- ed" and "not acceptable" for the seventh grade. Also a questionable second choice World history book. Dunn said that he had heard of no controversial reports regarding any of the textbooks and the high school principal agreed, saying that all books had been adopted by the State Department of Education and that Henry Hamilton who selected the seventh grade science held a masters degree in that field. They in- dicated confidence in his ability to select the texbooks without personally reviewing them or having them re- See Books, page 2