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Cochrane, 1967: Pay raises for teachers and planning the Centennial celebration

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We’re going back to Canada’s centennial year, 1967, as we look back at Cochrane history this week.

On the front page of the Northland Post on March 23rd is a report about public school teachers getting a raise. Public library archivist Ardis Proulx-Chedore reads an excerpt from that story.

“Salary schedules may not be quite as complicated as grant calculations, but they are getting into the same class, running into pages of detailed qualifications and extra payment provisions.”

The article goes on to say that the new general practice was to set out the salary ranges in levels, reflecting the certificates, degrees and experience held by each teacher. Incidentally, caretakers got an extra 15 dollars a month.

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High School

Level 1 – $4,500 to $6,700

Level 2 – $4,800 to $7,400

Level 3 – $5,200 to $8,200

Level 4 – $5,800 to $9,200

Public School

Level 1 – $4,500 to $6,700

Level 2 – $4,800 to $7,400

Level 3 – $5,200 to $8,200

Level 4 – $5,800 to $9,200

ALSO ON THE NORTHLAND POST FRONT PAGE

Under the headline “Centennial program growing fast”, was a report about the local centennial committee meeting. As Proulx-Chedore reads, it was recommending that homeowners and businesses begin planning for July 1st decorations.

“It was noted that some citizens have already made a start and the call of the Board of Trade earlier last week to stores and other commercial establishments to dress up was acknowledged with appreciation.”

If you’re ever researching Cochrane history, the archives at the Cochrane Public Library are a great resource.

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