This Day In History: 1955-02-08
In the highest vote ever recorded up to that time in a Mahwah School District election, supporters of ousted School Superintendent Roy S. Austin were decisively elected over those who had supported his firing. It was expected that Austin would be rehired as District head at the special election scheduled for February 15th. Winning reelection was Board Chairman Cyrus F. Tibbels, and newcomers Howard Avery and Mrs. Shirley Storms. Robert Hopkins, the leader of the Anti-Austin group was defeated along with his running mates, Ronald Lewis and Julius Holland. The newly elected members were expected to team up with holdover members Charles Bartholf and Paul Gustavson against the remaining anti-Austin members still on the Board, Mrs. Alice Macarthur, Mrs. Edythe Glasgow, Mrs. Mabel Petrie and Harold Knowlton. The school budget also passed by a comfortable majority. Austin, Mahwah’s first Superintendent, had been accused of extravagance in his pressing for a bond issue to improve existing schools and build a new school on Ridge Road, and faced opposition for his plans to integrate the mountain children more fully into the schools, introduce ability grouping and spend money on expanded programs and a hot-lunch facility.