HISTORY OF EDUCATION IN PASCO COUNTY
Clay Sink School (Slaughter)
See also a page on the history of the Clay Sink/Slaughter community itself here. This page was last revised on Dec. 24, 2016.
1877-78. Hernando County school records show a school at Tillis Hammock.
1879-80. Hernando County school records show a school at Tillis Hammock. The trustees are shown as H. Slaughter and C. W. Bryant. (C. W. Bryant is age 60 living in Slaughter in the 1910 census.)
1883-84. A list of Hernando County schools indicates that a school was established at Kalon on Oct. 1, 1882. The teacher was R. S. Pringle and the trustees were Steve Weeks, Harrison Slaughter, and J. E. Mills. A 1916 map shows the town of Kalon in Hernando County, very near the Pasco-Hernando county line.
Oct. 3, 1887. School board minutes have: “Mr. Harrison Slaughter appeared in behalf of the patrons of Riverland School No. 30 regarding the appointment as trustees for their School [illegible] H. Slaughter and Chas Bryant. Upon motion their petition was granted. The trustees of said school recommended Mr. S. R. A. Kemp to teach the School. Upon motion the formality of an examination was waived and Mr. Kemp was appointed to teach the school under a 2nd class certificate.” (The Florida Death Index shows S. R. A. Kemp died in Hernando County in 1904. A grave marker in Clay Sink Cemetery has S. R. A. Kemp.)
Aug. 8, 1889. C. R. Lyon is shown as the teacher at Riverland school, no. 30.
Sept. 4, 1893. M. S. Slaughter is appointed supervisor of Riverland School, no. 30.
Aug. 2, 1897. Mamie Weaver is assigned to teach at Riverland School, no. 30.
Aug. 1, 1898. Miss Sallie Gant is appointed to teach at Riverland School, no. 1.
July 1, 1901. Annie Powell is appointed the teacher at Riverland School, no. 1.
July 6, 1903. Miss Irene Cooper is appointed the teacher at Slaughter school, no. 1.
Aug. 1, 1904. Gertrude Osborne is appointed the teacher at Slaughter school, no. 1.
July 3, 1905. M. Hill is appointed the teacher at Slaughter.
July 5, 1909. Myrta Shores is appointed the teacher at Slaughter.
July 7-8, 1913. Bernadee McMullins is appointed the teacher at Slaughter.
1915-16. 19 pupils are enrolled in the Slaughter school. The teacher is Lester Mikell.
July 5, 1921. Prof. H. A. Hammer is appointed the teacher at Slaughter.
April 25, 1924. The Dade City Banner reported, “The public school closed here last Friday, the pupils giving a nice play in the afternoon. Quite a number of visitors were present and enjoyed the exercises. Miss Vern Wingate, our teacher and her niece, Miss Pauline Collier, left for their home Monday. All regret to see her leave, but are hoping she will return to take charge of the school next fall. Mrs. Mary Price passed away last Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. T. O. Slaughter, at the age of 76 years. … Mrs. Price resided in Dade City until after the death of her husband some years ago, since which time she has been making her home with her relatives.” (Date of article dateline)
July 18, 1924. The Dade City Banner reports, “Slaughter school started July 7. We hope it will be a great success, as we have a real good teacher, Mrs. Mosely of Kathleen.” School board minutes give her name as Mrs. R. S. Mosely.
Sept. 19, 1924. The Dade City Banner reports, “Mrs. R. S. Moseley, our Slaughter school teacher, and daughter, who have been boarding at Mrs. J. E. Brown’s removed to Mr. Mills’ Friday, where they will reside in the future.”
Aug. 2, 1927. The Dade City Banner reports that D. A. Bars was appointed the teacher at Slaughter, and that, while the term will begin for most schools in Aug. 29, exceptions were granted to Oak Hill, Slaughter, and Pasco, which will start on Aug. 1 in order that the term could be completed in time for the children to help in the gathering of the spring crops.
Aug. 3, 1928. The Dade City Banner mentions Mrs. William Barr as the teacher in the Slaughter school.
July 2, 1928. D. C. Cripe is appointed the teacher at Slaughter.
July 1, 1929. H. A. Hammer is appointed the teacher at Slaughter.
June 1, 1931. The school board votes to open the Slaughter school on July 6.
June 15, 1931. Mrs. A. N. McNeal is appointed conditionally as the teacher at Slaughter.
Feb. 24, 1933. The Dade City Banner mentions teacher Miss Pauline Eiland at the Slaughter school.
Jan. 12, 1934. The Dade City Banner reports that federal funds would be used to build a new school building at Slaughter with provision that as much as possible be salvaged from the old building.
June 4, 1934. Mrs. Cora Kelley is appointed the teacher at Slaughter for the 1934-35 term.
June 3, 1935. Miss Gertrude Slaughter is appointed the teacher at Slaughter.
Aug. 23, 1935 The Dade City Banner reports that Miss Nealie Tucker is appointed the teacher at Slaughter.
Oct. 7, 1935. The school board decides that only the six primary grades would be taught at Slaughter, with the older students transported to Lacoochee.
June 4, 1936. The board votes that the Slaughter school would have the same opening date as the other schools. In April 1937 Slaughter was to operate as a strawberry school.
Sept. 8, 1936. Miss Noreen Tucker is appointed the teacher at Slaughter.
May 19, 1937. Mrs. Alice Atwater is appointed at Slaughter, district 1. She was reappointed on April 3, 1939.
Jan. 6, 1941. Slaughter patrons request the strawberry session be abolished, and the board approved the request.
1943. The Slaughter school is closed.