History Society presents program on schools

February 19, 2019

MT. VERNON — As part of the Jefferson County Historical Society bicentennial speakers series, Dr. Kevin Settle, former superintendent of Mt. Vernon City Schools, will present a program on the history of schools in Jefferson County at 2 p.m. on Feb. 23.

He will discuss the legal basis for establishing schools and explain how the county went from 142 schools in 1909 to 20 schools today.

Pictures of schools from some of the one-room schools to the new Mt. Vernon Township High School will be shown. An informal discussion will be part of the program.

Some of the facts that will be covered during the program include:
• Why the first city high school was located in the old Franklin School;
• The first teachers in the county were paid $4 per year per student; and
• The old Mt. Vernon High School opened in 1905 with 162 students.
The program is provided free of charge at the Schweinfurth Museum at the Jefferson County Historical Village, 1411 N. 27th St., Mt. Vernon. For additional information contact the Historical Society office at 246-0033.