You are listening to “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
Today’s story is about Annie Rohrer’s teaching contract for the 1881 school year.
Her contract was between School District Number 16 in Davis County, in the State of Kansas and herself. Annie was a qualified teacher and the contract stated that she was to teach, govern and conduct the public schools to the best of her ability. She was to keep a register of the daily attendance and studies of each pupil and other records as the District’s School Board may require. She was to endeavor to preserve the good condition and order of the school house, grounds, furniture and such other district property as shall come under the immediate supervision of said teacher.
This contract was for a term of school months beginning on the 14th day of March 1881. She was to receive the sum of ………..$30.00 per school month.
The District agreed to keep the school house in good repair, to provide the necessary fuel and a school register for her to keep track of the required records the School Board requested.
The final paragraph of the contract was rather ominous. It stated: “Provided that in case said teacher shall be legally dismissed from school or shall have her certificate legally annulled, expiration or otherwise, then said teacher shall not be entitled to compensation from and after such dismissal or annulment.”