Remember When: Quaker Valley approves corporal punishment policy

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 | 9:48 AM


In the Herald this week 47 years ago:

• Sewickley native Willard H. Douglas Jr. became the first African-American elected to serve on the Third District Committee of the Virginia State Bar.

• Bill, Jamie and Barker Wardrop held the fourth annual Pink House Invitational Enduro at their mother's Sewickley Heights home over the July Fourth holiday. David Standish was the overall winner, while Bill Boyd was voted “Rider Extraordinaire.”

• St. James Catholic Church was awaiting the recommendations of an emergency task force convened by the Diocese of Pittsburgh in response to the Supreme Court's ruling against the Pennsylvania Nonpublic Elementary and Secondary Act of 1968. The law had provided state subsidies to teachers of non-eligious subjects in parochial institutions and was a vital source of funding for the diocese's schools. No changes were expected for the forthcoming 1971-72 school year.

• A preview party for the new Heinz Hall was held July 6. The performing arts venue was slated to open Sept. 10. A luncheon provided for members of the press inside the main foyer included “box lunches in Horne's boxes tied with red yarn, and red bandanas to use as napkins.” Horne's also was sponsoring the Pittsburgh Symphony Fashion Gala later that fall.

• Quaker Valley School District published a written discipline code for the first time. The written policies spelled out for the first time what had been practiced under unwritten rules in the district's schools. The policy included a lengthy discussion of corporal punishment, which was to be conducted by the principal or a designated representative in private with a second employee serving as witness. The guidelines were set to be reviewed annually.

Find the entire Herald archive — dating from the first edition of Sept. 19, 1903 — on the Sewickley Public Library's digital research archives at sewickleylibrary.org.

Melanie Linn Gutowski is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.

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