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1912-04-26 Minutes of a meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Bellingham
State Normal School held in their room this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. 
Present: Chairman J. J. Edens, Trustees Donovan and Hammer, Principal
Mathes and the Registrar.  The minutes of the meeting of March 18th were
read and approved.  Principal Mathes presented the appended:  MEETING OF
WASHINGTON.  April 3, 1912.  Moved by Dr. Mathes that we elect a chairman
and secretary for this meeting. Motion carried. By motion, Mr. G. A.
Fellows was elected chairman, and H. N. Stronach, secretary.  Moved and
carried that all actions taken by this general Board shall be ratified by
the Board of Trustees of each normal school before becoming effective and
official.  Principal Showalter, of Cheney, reported on our normal school
lands. A general discussion followed, touching the manner in which these
lands are now handled, proceeds from sales of same, interest on cash fund,
etc.  Moved by Dr. Mahan that the three normal school principals, as a
Committee from the trustees, be named to act with the other institutions to
recommend some legislation regarding the sales and the handling of our
normal school lands. Motion carried unanimously.  Moved by Dr. Mahan that
the three normal school principals also make recommendations, through their
Board of Trustees, to the State legislature, with reference to the
distribution of the interest and lease money derived from normal school
lands. Motion seconded and carried unanimously.  A general discussion then
followed touching matters of vital interest to the three normal schools,
which was finally embodied in the following resolution:  BE IT RESOLVED by
the three normal schools that we recommend as follows:  (1) That the school
year shall begin on the first Tuesday in September, of each year, and close
about the first of June following.  (2) That the summer session shall begin
on the Monday following the annual Commencement, and close not later than
August first following.  (3) That the month of August shall be known as the
regular midsummer vacation.  (4) It shall be the duty of the principals of
the three normal schools each year before the publication of the annual
catalogues, to prepare a uniform calendar for use in all of the normal
schools in the state for the following school year.  (5) The salaries of
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1912-04-26 normal schools in the State shall be paid, each year, in twelve
equal monthly payments, beginning with September; but it shall be
understood that the salary of any teacher shall not be paid for the months
of June and July, when such teacher, at his own request, is excused by the
Board of Trustees from teaching in the summer session of the institution
for that year, and it shall further be understood that each member of any
faculty shall, without prejudice, be entitled to be excused from work in a
summer session each alternate year, under conditions stated in this
paragraph.  (6) That teachers who may wish to be excused from service in
any summer school session shall so signify such desire to the Principal not
later than April 1st preceding the summer session.  Moved and carried that
it is the sense of this meeting that a uniform contract would be
advantageous, and that the matter be submitted to Mr. Lund to prepare a
draft with a view of having same approved and adopted by each of the normal
schools.  Moved and carried that we heartily endorse the Page Bill now
pending in the United States Congress, and that we co-operate in every
possible way to bring about its final passage during the present session.
Touching the Page bill, the following resolution was adopted: "We believe
the Page Bill provides more completely and more adequately for all the
provisions of practical education than any bill of similar character having
been proposed in our national legislative body. We feel that such a measure
will guarantee a basis for the furtherance of this all-important
educational work which is both needed and demanded throughout our country."
 (Copies of this resolution to be sent to our senators and representatives
in Congress).  SIGNED: CHENEY NORMAL SCHOOL  by N. D. Showalter, Prin.  G.
A. Fellows, Trustee.  C. P. Lund ".  H. W. Collins, ".  BELLINGHAM NORMAL
SCHOOL  By E. T. Mathes, Prin.  J. J. Donovan, Trustee.  Emerson Hammer, ".
 J. J. Edens, ".  ELLENSBURG NORMAL SCHOOL  By W. E. Wilson, Prin.  E. P.
Wolff, Trustee.  J. D. Cornett, ".  J. A. Mahan, ".  Meeting adjourned.  H.
N. STRONACH, Secretary.  It was ordered that the recommendations made by
the conference of Trustees and Principals of the three normal schools at
Cheney be approved by this Board and made effective for this school as soon
as present contracts with teachers expire.

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1912-04-26 The principal presented the appended:  State Normal School 
Bellingham, Washington.  To the Board of Trustees:  The regular session of
the school year for 1911-1912 will close Wednesday, June 5th, and the work
of the year has witnessed a number of important improvements.  Among these
improvements may be mentioned the completion of the organization of the
high school department in the training school; the addition of assistant
teachers in the departments of English, foreign languages and home
economics; the construction of some thirty oak book cases, the purchase of
nearly one thousand volumes for the library and the employment of an
assistant for this department; the erection of an open-air school building;
the construction of a dozen pieces of playground apparatus; the
installation of several drinking fountains, and the purchase of more than
four thousand dollars' worth of apparatus for the various departments of
the institution.  While there has been no increase in the attendance over
the previous year, the requirements for admission have been raised, and
several new elective courses have been offered. The outlook for the summer
session of 1912 and for the coming school year is very encouraging, and, in
order that adequate preparation may be made for the session of the coming
year, the following items are respectfully submitted for the consideration
of the Board of Trustees.  First: There is urgent need for an additional
critic teacher in our training department. The gradual increase in the
enrollment in our junior and senior classes has likewise increased the
number of practice teachers each quarter, until at present it is necessary
for certain critic teachers each to attempt to supervise, some quarters of
the year, daily, the work of twenty-five to thirty practice teachers. It
will be necessary to pay $1,200.00 to $1,400.00 per year for this
additional teacher. It can probably be arranged so that the employment of
this additional supervisor may be delayed until February, 1913, but we urge
the desirability of formally establishing the position at this time, so
that the work for the coming year may be intelligently outlined and
assigned.  Second: The establishment of the ninth and tenth grades in the
training school has increased the enrollment of that department until we
have at present about 160 children in the seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth
grades, one half of whom are boys. These eighty boys, together with the
forty young men in the normal school, should be given additional
opportunities for industrial training. The work in manual training offered
in the institution at present is highly satisfactory for the girls in all
classes of the institution, and these is plenty of work, with the girls
alone, to occupy the full time of the two teachers now in the department.
We recommend, therefore, the establishment of a department of industrial
training for men, and the employment of a young man, for this coming year,
if possible, to take charge of the work in manual training for the boys of
all grades and classes in the institution. To carry forward this work
successfully, this young man should be provided with materials from which
to contruct, with student labor, a small wooden building in which to carry
on his work. The salary for this position should be not less than $1,200.00
for the first year.  Third: The very limited appropriation granted to this
institution by the legislature for general printing purposes has, for a
number of years, proven a constant handicap in the daily work as well as in
the general advertising features of the institution. We believe, therefore,
that it would be wise to provide equipment for a small printing office in
the institution and have the same operated as a part of our regular manual
training work. In this way, much printing could be done for the school with
practically no cost except for materials used. Such an equipment need not
cost more than $200.00 for the first year, as we already have considerable
available material in our equipment for the writerpress, which is a
printing machine for duplicating typewritten work.  Fourth: During the past
year, through a temporary arrangement, we have been able to give the young
men of the school some systematic instruction in physical training, and by
an expenditure of about $30.00 to $40.00 per month, this arrangement could
be continued through another school year, and thus provide competent
physical instruction for the young man, both in the gymnasium and on the
athletic field. The young men of the normal school and of the high school
grades have petitioned for this work, and it should, if possible, be

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1912-04-26 Fifth: Owing to the failure of Mr. T. A. Bonser, of Spokane, to
report for work in the department of zoology last September, it was
necessary, just at the opening of the school year, to reorganize, to a
limited extent, the assignments for work in the science departments for the
current school year; but in the judgment of the writer, little loss was
sustained as a result of the readjustment, and it is not believed that it
will be necessary to fill that department for the coming year; but some
provision should be made for carrying on the work of the department.  We
suggest two or three methods for taking care of this question:  (a) The
department may be continued and Mr. Moodie given the position of Professor
of Botany and Acting Professor of Zoology.  (b) The two departments might
be consolidated into one general department to be called the "department of
biology." If this is done, it will be necessary for teachers in other
departments to assist in the work of this department, which is not always
satisfactory or desirable, from the standpoint of members of the faculty. 
(c) The work of zoology might be added to the department of botany, and the
work in physiology and hygiene added to the department of school nurse. By
this plan, we probably could provide satisfactorily for the work of the
department, for the present at least, and this we believe is the most
desirable solution of the problem. In making this re-adjustment, it is
recommended that the salaries of the teachers in the departments affected
be reconsidered and suitable increases granted.  Sixth. No department in
the institution has met with more universal endorsement than that of Home
Economics, and this department is seriously in need of additional room. By
a readjustment of our museum, a large part of the third floor of the
science building may be made available for this department, but the
alterations necessary to render the rooms suitable for domestic science
work would cost probably $250.00. If the Home economics department were
moved to the third floor, the Y. W. C. A. might be moved to the basement,
which would give an additional room for the high school work, and this will
be needed in the near future. Unless we can see our way clear to erect a
cottage within two or three years for the home economics department, the
readjustment suggested above should be made at the first opportunity. 
Seventh.  It is recommended that the Trustees authorize the further
investigation of available lands for a demonstration garden, and that such
steps be taken as may be necessary to lease land upon which to begin such
demonstration work not later than April, 1915.  Eighth: The resignation of
Miss Ruth A. Gottlieb, as School Nurse, makes it necessary to secure a new
instructor for that position. The importance and steady growth of this work
make it imperative that the position shall not be left vacant for the
coming year, and a number of letters of inquiry have already been sent out
asking for candidates for the position.  Ninth. We beg to report the
resignation of Prof. G. Sidney Stark, as teacher of stringed instruments,
and wish to recommend strongly Mrs. Mamie Davenport Engberg, of this city,
to fill the position made vacant by the resignation of Mr. Stark. We
recommend, further, that the position be tendered Mrs. Engberg upon the
same or similar terms as were accepted by Mr. Stark.  Tenth. A study of the
Recommendations passed at the joint meeting of the Boards of Trustees of
the three State Normal Schools, held in Cheney, April 3rd, 1912, will
suggest the need of a readjustment of the salaries of our faculty if these
recommendations are adopted by this Board. The following brief analysis of
the question will suggest the minimum increase in salaries that will
approximately cover the extra service demanded of each teacher.  At
present, we really demand of each teacher three weeks of Summer school work
in addition to the regular school year to entitle him to pay for all twelve
months in the year. Under the new plan proposed, each teacher will be
required to work about seven or eight weeks in addition to the regular
school year to be entitled to pay for all twelve months of the calendar
year, which means that we will require about one month more of work under
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1912-04-26 from each teacher annually than we require under the present
plan.  It seems clear, therefore, that we must increase the salary of each
teacher at least by the amount of one month of his salary if we are to
compensate him for the extra service required under the new contract. This
will mean an increase of $3,650.00 for the year and will increase the cost
of salaries about $2,130 for the remainder of the present biennium.  In the
light of other urgent needs, as outlined above, this question of
readjustment of salaries should receive very careful and yet, if possible,
favorable consideration.  All of which is respectfully submitted. 
Principal.  The principal was authorized to investigate the matter of
securing a man to assist in the teaching on the Manual Training department.
 He was also authorized to purchase a small printing press and some type. 
He was further authorized to engage a student assistant in the department
of Physical Culture at a salary of from $30.00 to $40.00 per month.  Miss
Montgomery appeared before the Board by request to present her grievance
that Miss Gray had been sent to Spokane to attend a meeting of the deans of
the northwestern state schools while she, Miss Montgomery, had not been
granted expenses to attend a meeting of the Inland Empire State Teachers
association at Pendleton, Oregon, several years ago. The discussion
extended over an hour but no action was taken.  Trustee Donovan read a
personal letter from Governor Hay announcing that he had been compelled to
postpone his visit to Bellingham and this school until about the 20th of
May.  The chairman offered the written resignation, addressed to him, of
Miss Gottlieb as School Nurse in the Department of Hygiene to take effect
Sept. 1st, 1912. It was ordered that the resignation be accepted.  The
appended bills were approved for payment:  MAINTENANCE FUND  J. Wayland
Clark, Registrar, Revolving Fund - $386.75.  Ehrlich-Harrison Co. - 98.40. 
Bausch and Lomb Optical Co. - 30.00.  Engberg's Pharmacy - 29.55.  Trunkey
and Sons - 472.14.  Whatcom Co. Ry. and Lt. Co. - 47.90.  Graham and Munch
Drug Co. - 16.00.  Union P., P. and S. Co. - 21.15.  Munro and Haskell -
23.55.  Earles-Cleary L. and S. Co. - 35.13.  Morse Hardware Co. - 22.08.

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1912-04-26 LOCAL FUNDS  Peter Frank - $1.75.  Ida E. Powell - 8.00. 
Nobles Bros. Dairy Farm - 1.00.  A. P. Erickson - 179.65.  Whatcom Co. Ry.
and Lt. Co. - 10.89.  Ulrich and Horat - 68.20.  F. L. Blodgett - 53.22. 
J. E. Flick - 12.95.  Wilson-Nobles-Barr Co. - 62.75.  Pellin ?? Bay
Grocery Co. - 4.40.  John Rindal - 51.83.  The Ford Creamery Co. - 136.51. 
Palace Meat Market - 2.70.  Pacific Steam Laundry - 9.10.  Pacific Tel. and
Tel. Co. - 5.80.  B. B. Furniture Co. - 4.05.  Gin and Co. - 6.66. 
Bellingham Truck Co. - 14.80.  Whatcom Co. Ry. and Lt. Co. - 31.75. 
Christopher and Blythe - 7.90.  Sweet Grocery Co. - 188.75.  A. C. McClurg
and Co. - 17.15.  Lowman and Hanford Co. - 8.42.  Montague and McHugh -
2.60.  Ruth A. Gottlieb - 10.00.  The Board adjourned until 2:30 P. M. May
7th, 1912.  There being no further business, the Board adjourned.  Minutes