School enrollment decrease watched: After steadily ascending at a rate of 100 per year for the past 10 years, the opening day enrollment of pupils in the Hull schools has dropped – 172 over New England School Development Council formula projections and 69 from the actual enrollment for opening day in 1971. The startling facts were pronounced by School Superintendent Charlton at Monday’s SC meeting and started a wave of speculation as to the causes and effects of the drop. “If this trend proves true by Oct. 1, then our whole scale of population projections will have to be revised,” said Charlton. October is the deadline for filing official enrollment figures with the state Department of Education, and the enrollment figures are a significant factor with relation to the adequacy of school buildings and future space needs.
Softball benefit for Jimmy Fund: A softball game has been planned for Saturday, 1:30 p.m., at Bayside Field to benefit the Jimmy Fund. At that time the Hull Fire Department will play the Massachusetts National Guard stationed at Fort Duvall. This should be a most exciting game to attend and at the same time help the Jimmy Fund.
Primary voting expected light: The State Primary at the Hull Memorial School on Sept. 19 will have voting hours from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Less than 20% of Hull’s 5,518 enrolled voters are expected to cast ballots based on records of total votes at primaries for the past 10 years. Local interest will probably be centered in the county treasurer contest, which has Hull’s Charles F. Gould opposed by Lawrence F. Marden of Abington for the Democratic nomination. Also interesting will be the size of the total voters scored by Republican candidate Bill Weeks and Democrat candidate Gerry Studds in their nominations for the 12th District Congressional post vacated by Congressman Hastings W. Keith. Neither Weeks nor Studds are opposed for the nominations, but trends may become visible in their vote-getting strength from the opposite parties and from independent voters ranks, as well as from voters of their own parties.
Panels approved for bargaining: On motion of Attorney David Dray, the Hull School Committee on Monday unanimously approved assigning panels of two of its members and the superintendent for collective bargaining with the school nurses, secretaries and cafeteria workers with contract decisions to be made by the entire SC. “The entire board would bargain with the teachers and of course would also make the final contract decisions. All members would also be welcome to attend any bargaining sessions at which the board is represented by a panel,” said Dray, who conducted a personal survey of 165 Massachusetts towns and found that 114 do not use a full school committee in collective bargaining.
HYFA helps youth: The Hull Youth Football Association is again active this year in training more than 200 Hull youths in various age brackets for a series of league games this fall. The training is valuable not only in building healthy minds and bodies, but in molding future characters and is having a marked effect of reducing youth problems and delinquency in Hull to a significant degree. It is inspiring to watch the youngsters not only in weekend games, but in practice sessions at Bayside field evenings. The dedicated coaches give these sessions the full college treatment with grass drills, tackling dummies running thru scattered tires, and finally a run around the entire field.
Flag salute: The school committee approved the flag salute policy currently in effect on recommendation of Superintendent Charlton after a brief discussion Monday. During the discussion, member Neal Brown said in effect that in his opinion teachers should lead the salute daily in the schools, but that students should not be obligated. Dr. John Silva disagreed and Superintendent Charlton pointed out that it would not be equitable to exempt students from the obligation and not adults.
Entertainers cited: The “Kopy Kats,” popular entertainment trio, were honored for aid to American prisoners of war Sept. 9 evening at the Grey Finch, Nantasket, with owners Mr. and Mrs. William Ferreira of Hull as hosts. A large attendance cheered as Joe Abramo, John Vaca, and Russ Adams were presented citations by officials Mr. and Mrs. Charles Boyle of the Bronx, N.Y. POW Committee; an Americanism Award by Commander Henry Ellerbush of the Bronx VFW Post, and a citation from the Stars and Stripes Post of the American Legion, Manhattan, N.Y.