Scott County Historical Society
Scott County, Virginia
W.D. SMITH AGAIN CHOSEN TO HEAD SCOTT COUNTY SCHOOLS
Veteran Educator Has Been Superintendent in Scott County For 47 Years
Quillin mentioned a
few examples of men and women from Scott County who have their present
reputation and position largely to their early training in the county's
schools. He also paid tribute to Smith for his unstinting aid in helping
At the time of his
appointment in 1886, Smith was the youngest of 117 superintendents in that
year. He is now the only
survivor of that group
is the oldest superintendent in the state in point of service.
T. West, of Louisa, and E. G.
Glass, of Lynchburg, were the last two from the group of 117 who died in
recent years as incumbents.
Quick to sense the drift of conditions, Smith began a policy of retrenchment three years ago during which time he has been able to reduce the school budget $37,000 annually.
During the same period of time the per
student cost in Scott county has been the lowest in the state.
Examples of nearby comparisons given by seconding speaker showed that records revealed Scott county spent $12 per student, Lee county $18, Wise county $27, Russell county $24. The same records show Lee county has 600 less students than Scott, but employs 37 more instructors, while Washington county has 700 more students employs 87 more teachers.
further example of school economy in Scott county was that 48 counties in
Virginia have less school population than Scott yet this county is
financed on a far lower cost.
In years past Smith has been prominent in
political circles serving for four years as chairman of the Democratic
organization in the Ninth district of Virginia and for a like period as
chairman of the Democratic party in Scott county.
Educational posts he has held include
membership on the William and Mary college board of visitors, member of
the board of trustees of Radford State Teachers college, and a trustee of
the old Shoemaker college.
Observers declared at the close of the
meeting here that the events of the day constituted one of the most
unusual tributes of respect ever shown to a living man in Scott county.