Interview with Reverend John Powis

What, can you talk about that night in May of '68 when the meeting was held to transfer the, the thirteen teachers and five principals.


In May the local Board had its, its regular meeting. I guess we were having meetings at that point about every two weeks. And on the agenda that night, McCoy had put an item to transfer 13 teachers and also some assistant principals. I guess there was five or six of them**. We came into the meeting and of course the, the issue was such an important issue we spent an awful lot of time. We, we, we, we really labored over it. We knew that there was really no demonstration district going on because these folks were the ones, the main ones, who were causing us so much, ah, so much, ah, sadness because of the way that they just weren't cooperating with the, with the experiment. But we spent a lot of time, we talked it out, we worked it out, we, we, we, we asked people from the community who came into the meeting and we finally came to a conclusion that, so that we could have a, a demonstration district. This is like eight months after it had begun that some of these people would have to be transferred, would have to go. But again, transferring teachers from one district to another, with the Board of Education, was something that was very ordinary. If a teacher was having problems, he would simply call up the Superintendent of Schools down at, at Livingston Street and the person would be transferred. No questions were asked. But when McCoy tried to do it of course that created the, uh, the scene of the century**.