Mr. J.A. Smith Mr. H.D. Teal
Mr. L.J. Smith Mr. E.D. Maurice
Two of the major concerns facing the first five superintendents were school district annexation and consolidation. The law, with regard to school annexation, was loosely constructed and permitted annexation of one school district by another. Since the right to protest has always been a prerogative of the American people, not one proposal for redistricting was suggested without a protest. Stark County’s first superintendent, J.J. Armstrong (1914-19), met with strong opposition from the county’s large German farming population. Nearly all his consolidations of districts and student transfers were rejected by voters when submitted to referendum. Armstrong’s first four successors - J.A. Smith, H.D. Teal, L.J. Smith, and E.D. Maurice - were more successful in implementing the process of consolidation and standardization.
In 1925, H.D. Teal was appointed to the superintendency of the Stark County Schools. During his tenure, he focused on countywide examinations and countywide textbook adoptions. Under the leadership of Mr. Teal and Mr. Smith, the consolidation movement in Stark County increased considerably.
During 1930-40, superintendents L.J. Smith and E.D. Maurice laid the groundwork for additional consolidation of school districts. In 1935, the foundation program of education was established. A provision was included which required county boards of education to submit periodic reorganization plans to the State Department of Education. In 1943, a law was passed that required county boards of education to prepare and submit reorganization plans to the State Department of Education once every two years.