Salaries Slashed by Directors of Consolidated District as Economy Measure

MORTON, May 2 - Further retrenchment in the school budget for next year has been made by the board of directors. Salaries of all school employes [sic] were cut as part of the economies made necessary by the lowered tax valuations and the greater amount of unpaid taxes, which have made the problem of financing the schools increasingly difficult the past two years. The average wage paid grade teachers during the present school year is $120. This was on the basis of $100 a month minimum salary. The minimum next year will be $90 for inexperienced teachers new to the district and $110 for re-elected instructors. The high school teacher minimum salary is reduced from $140 to $120, with new experienced teachers receiving $130 and retained teachers $135. Salaries of principals are cut from $1,700 to $1,500 and the superintendent's salary is reduced from $3,000 to $2,800. Janitors will be paid as follows: Morton, $900 instead of $1,100; Mineral, $840 instead of $1,100; Randle, $940, instead of $1,000.

Contracts are being offered prospective teachers at present and it is expected the new teaching staff will be practically made up at the next meeting of the board, to be held at Randle May 6.

Source: The Centralia Daily Chronicle, Monday, 2 May 1932, p. 6.

Transcribed by Jenny Tenlen.