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Title TLS addressed to "Teacher" from J.P. Laverty, Pres., Hoboken Board of Education, June 23, 1932.
Object Name Documents
Catalog Number 2009.016.0001
Collection Papers of Florence G. Miller & Family
Credit Gift of Charles J. Tramer & Frank Balogh.
Scope & Content Typed letter signed addressed to "Teacher" from James P. Laverty, President, Board of Education, 84 River St., Hoboken, June 23, 1932, regarding reactions by some teachers related to current economic stress and changes in school staffing and, apparently, salaries; essentially a warning to go along with the program. Single leaf, Board of Education letterhead.

Letter was owned by Florence Miller of Hoboken, a teacher in Hoboken schools at the time.

Full text is in notes. Refers to the "protracted business recession" (early years of the Great Depression), Mayor McFeely and the lower enrollment at junior and senior class levels.
84 River Street,
June 23, 1932

Dear Teacher:

The Board of Education thanks the teacher--loyal to local authority, with a true interest here in the progress of business finance, education, and other activities.

Health, happiness, home comfort is in Hoboken.

Reiterated is criticism contained in a letter mailed last April to a "group" of teachers. From a number of them came written or spoken acknowledgement. Some ignored the letter. Others exasperated, whispered words of derision. Many of them cherish a suburban realty obligation. The "mercenary" minded sustain defiance--the married woman teacher incubus shall be lifted from the monitress body force. Indefensible is refusal to help Hoboken extricate itself from difficulties incident to protracted business recession which has made for untenanted premises, shattered commercial trade, and restricted municipal financing.

Citizens of Hoboken merit gracious consideration--not silent or
contentious contempt.

In a careful and, constructive manner Mayor McFeely raises the revenue necessary for city purposes--including your wage. In some school districts salary has been deferred or defaulted.

The financial structure of this city is sound.

To keep the Board of Education solvent stringent economy will continue. A recent "Census" shows Junior and Senior High class totals will remain normal. Elementary enrol[l]ment will decrease. It portends class reconstruction and teacher force reduction. Local and state examination tests completed by the elementary and higher class students show creditable grade accomplishment.

Educational efficiency and facility shall be maintained.

The teacher constant in devotion to Hoboken should urge associates recreant in their duty, to give complete allegiance to this school district. The recalcitrant "group" must fully meet the April letter requirements. Evasion will not be countenanced.

Very truly yours,

J. P. Laverty
President, Board of Education.
People Laverty, Jame P.
Miller, Florence
Date 1932-1932
Year Range from 1932
Year Range to 1932
Search Terms Hoboken Board of Education
84 River St.
Imagefile 071\20090160001.TIF
Classification Education
Government & Politics