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From the Vault: News from the March 7, 1963 edition of the Press & Journal

Posted 2/28/18

Schools approve record budget, set minimum salary at $4,200 for teachers

A record budget for the school year of 1963-64 was approved by the Middletown Area School System at its monthly meeting …

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From the Vault: News from the March 7, 1963 edition of the Press & Journal


Schools approve record budget, set minimum salary at $4,200 for teachers

A record budget for the school year of 1963-64 was approved by the Middletown Area School System at its monthly meeting this week.

The total budget of $1,772,295 will find the Middletown district contributing 61.85 percent, Royalton 8.6 percent and Lower Swatara Township 29.55 percent. The budget will be presented for adoption at the April session.

The directors acted on the following matter: Set the minimum salary for teachers at $4,200 to meet salaries of other third class districts.

Superintendent George W. Feaser stated the new scale will cost an additional $8,900 in the 1963-64 budget.

The board elected these teachers to fill two vacancies in the fourth grade at Grandview Elementary School: Miss Virginia K. Snyder, a graduate of Elizabethtown College, and Mrs. Pauline L. McAuliffe, a graduate of the University of Tennessee.

The board acknowledged receipt of a teaching contract from Miss Patricia Ann Clark, who will serve as a primary teacher. A contract also was received from Ronald J. Poorman recently elected woodwind instrumental instructor.

Results of a vocational agriculture survey among students of the eighth, ninth, 10th and 11th grades were presented to the board members. Conducted by High School Principal Edward Brunner, 11 of 452 contacted indicated a desire to take the course.

In addition to this number, there are now seven students in Lower Swatara Township who are taking the course at Lower Dauphin High School.

The directors later elected William L. Woods, of Confluence, to teach vocational agriculture and general science. He is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University.

The resignations of two teachers were received and accepted. They are: Dorothy Sharp, fourth-grade teacher at Grandview, and Mrs. Helen K. Weingartner, physical education instructor at Feaser.

Mrs. Mary A Rodgers was approved as an addition to the list of substitute teachers in the Middletown Area School System. Mrs. Rodgers had done substitute work in borough schools between 1957 and 1959.

More than $1,100 missing in series of burglaries

Two paychecks and cash amounting to $883.26 were stolen from the Schieffer Grocery Store, Ann and Lawrence streets, in a bold daylight theft Monday.

Borough police said Karl Schieiffer, proprietor, who reported the theft, said the money was stolen sometime between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. According to the report, Schieffer is an agent for the American Express Agency, and the cash represented money orders which were written recently.

He told police the money was kept in a small gym bag on a ledge at the rear of the counter, and believed it was stolen while he was busy waiting on customers at the meat counter or while outside the store getting kerosene from a pump.

Burglars also entered Bretz Grocery, 104 Ann St., on Monday and carried away $75 taken from a cash register and an undetermined amount from vending machines.

Entrance was gained through a cellar window and a trap door into the store.

Three other burglaries were reported last week. A window sash was broken in the office at the Reidinger Coal Yard, Witherspoon Avenue, on Friday. Bernard Reidinger, who reported the burglary, said nothing was found missing.

An undetermined amount of cash was taken from a vending machine at the Penbrook Candy Co., West Emaus Street, sometime between last Thursday night and Friday morning. Entrance into the building was made through a door to the furnace room.

Approximately $130 in cash was reported missing from two pinball machines at Etter's Service Station, South Union Street and Keystone Avenue, on Friday. Police said the machines were opened with a screwdriver. The loss including property damage amounted to $250.

Outstanding teams recalled with passing of school gym

The Press & Journal salutes the passing of Middletown High’s gymnasium as the focal point of varsity basketball competition.

Born in adversity, the 27-year-old structure has been retired with dignity. Its boards will long reflect the memories of outstanding teams and players who cavorted over them.

And no team since the gym was constructed will boast a better record than the 1962-63 combination.

Girders for the new gymnasium-auditorium annex were set in place on July 10, 1936, There were 12 of these measuring 22 feet in length and were supported by four larger girders 3 feet in width and 72 feet long.

It was a typical July for the area. Temperatures mounted to over a hundred degrees. On July 14, a hurricane-like thunderstorm, born of the heat, thrashed its fury. The newly set girders bent like wire. It was a disheartening sight. The H. L. Alexander construction company immediately set about to replace the damaged girders.

Russ Mathias’s Blue Raiders played their first game on Dec. 7, 1936 a date the Japanese were to perpetuate forever in the minds of Americans just five years later, The new gym has a rated seating capacity of 800, but many more have often crowded inside the doors. The auditorium will seat 1,250, more than the planned auditorium in the new high school. Middletown High's new gymnasium, however, will accommodate 1,400 — 800 on the home side and 600 on the visitors side.

Middletown High almost made it a championship year in their new gymnasium. The Raiders of 1936-37 lost a close game to Swatara Township which cost them the league title.

But there was no doubt about the 1962-63 team which retired the gym. Russ Trimmer’s Raiders turned in their second straight season without a league loss.

While varsity games will no longer be played on the old floor, the school officials have decided to retain the facility for a combination auditorium and athletic site.

Headlines from the edition

• Eleven auto accidents keep borough police busy

• Ex-Middletown man heads E-town Jaycees

• Mearl Balmer named Science Fair grand champion

• Londonderry Cubs observe Scout Sunday

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