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Big Year Anticipated by Public Schools at Celeste

Celeste School will open on September 11th, with a slightly larger enrollment than last year, according to Superintendent Clyde Heflin (picture).

Mr. Heflin is beginning his fifth term as superintendent of Celeste School, working with a board of trustees, the present membership of which includes: Joe LaFavers, president; Mack A. Pierson, secretary; W. B. Taylor, M. M. Pruitt, George McGee, H. H. Furr, and Elmo Duncan.

There has been no change in the school faculty. Lloyd Press will serve as the high school principal and coach, with the following teachers in the high school: Hubert Shields, vocational agriculture; Mrs. Agnes Breedlove, vocational homemaking; Mrs. Martha Dupre, commercial subjects and history; Mrs. Pauline Lee, English and speech; and Mrs. Lois Lewis, English and history. Mr. Heflin and Mr. Press teach mathematics.

The elementary school will be headed by Mrs. Edna Roach, principal, and the faculty will include Mrs. Jestena Hunter, first grade; Mrs. Mildred Heflin, second grade; Mrs. Mildred Barnard, third grade; and Mrs. Tommie Jo Shields, Mrs. Sarah West, and Mrs. Roach teaching the upper elementary grades.

Improvements are being made on the Homemaking Department, where a living-dining room and home nursing unit are being added, and on the vocational building and shop. Considerable painting is underway, with each of the elementary rooms being given a coat of paint; and the vocational building is scheduled to be repaired and painted outside.

The lunchroom will begin serving meals on September 12th, according to Mrs. Pauline Craigo, supervisor. Mrs. Craigo is assisted by Mrs. Ida Gibson and Miss Annie Williams. Mrs. Craigo promised that meals will continue on the high level of nutritive value and appetite appeal that has made the community justly proud of its school lunch program.

Miss Mary Eastwood and Miss Allegra Byers will teach private lessons in music and speech in their respective studies in the school building.

Custodian Dode Davis who is supervising repair to the various buildings reports that all rooms will be ready by the September 11th deadline.

Mr. Heflin reports that he anticipates an excellent school year, with much of the credit going to the splendid cooperation of the community and the school board, and the enterprise of a good corps of teachers. Several teachers have been getting some college work off this summer. Mrs. West and Mrs. Dupre completed work on their Masters degrees. This make a total of seven teachers in the system who now have Masters degrees.

The Fred Douglas School for Negroes, with Mrs. W. P. Fudgen as teacher, began on August 14th, and will be dismissed for a few weeks during cotton picking season.

(August 27, 1950, The Greenville Morning Herald)

Submitted by Sarah Swindell

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