When the PTA ruled

DEL MAR — A long time ago when the city was a village of 350 permanent residents and scads of summer visitors, the PTA was the decision maker besides the school board of trustees.
Everybody who was anybody was a PTA member and some from the ranks were school trustees. Ada York, county superintendent of schools, made the major decisions like signing all the kids’ certificates for perfect attendance and good penmanship.
The local PTA had its own budget and it was always in balance. It was considered to be irresponsible if it wasn’t so it never was. As can be expected expenses were closely monitored. When PTA President Ida Elliott requested a partial handout of $15 to buy an electric refrigerator the request was denied so the ice box remained in use.
Trustees played no favorites. Gardener Max Siedenburg spent $11.25 out of pocket to purchase fertilizer from Wilken’s Seed & Feed Store in Solana Beach and he was called on the carpet. The request for reimbursement was denied because it was not budgeted. Neither was the gasoline it took to drive in Siedenburg’s Dodge truck to the nearby community.
The PTA played a major role in passing bond issues. Not all were successful, however. Some residents wanted to make it clear they weren’t rubber stamps.
Items reported in their newsletter Del Mar Nuggets were efforts to teach children good table manners, provide layettes to expectant mothers and made provisions for boys to take showers.

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Eileen W July 14, 2011 at 2:00 pm

I inherited a collection of postcards addressed to Miss Ada York when she was teacher in Worcester, Massachusetts from 1900 to about 1915. I was curious, so I did a Google search and your article came up. She is proving to be quite an interesting woman.

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