Administrator oversaw desegregation of Manatee’s public colleges
MANATEE COUNTY – Former Manatee County Colleges Superintendent William H. Bashaw, recognized and revered for overseeing public schooling in the course of the interval of racial integration, died Feb. 9 at age 91.
“His contributions had been many and profound,” Superintendent Cynthia Saunders stated in an announcement. “Our prayers are together with his household and family members and we hope they discover consolation that the varsity that bears his identify can be a shining reminder of his legacy.”
“His work with children didn’t simply cease on the naming of the varsity,” Bashaw Elementary Faculty Principal Joshua Bennett stated. “His contribution continued via his lifetime of labor for our college students.”
Bashaw ceaselessly attended occasions on the Morgan Johnson Highway campus named after him, continued to make donations to its arts and music packages and contributed $500 yearly within the identify of his late spouse Myrtle Bashaw to purchase books for the media middle.
The Bashaws additionally engaged in an annual custom for 33 years of awarding a scholar in every fifth-grade classroom with a $50 examine for the work and character they demonstrated.
“It was a pleasure to see the scholars gentle up when their identify was introduced for the Bashaw Award,” Bennett stated.
A local of Gainesville, Bashaw joined the Navy at age 17 to serve in World Battle II.
He married Myrtle Mae Walton in 1951. They each taught on the U.S. highschool on the Guantanamo Naval Base in Cuba earlier than settling in his hometown of Gainesville.
Bashaw, who earned a doctorate in schooling, taught courses and served as an athletic coach on the College of Florida’s P. Okay. Yonge laboratory faculty.
The Manatee faculty district employed him as its assistant finance officer in 1962. In 1968, he grew to become assistant superintendent within the administration of Superintendent J. Hartley Blackburn. He received promoted to superintendent in 1970, turning into the longest serving particular person in that function.
Bashaw “started his tenure in the course of the turbulent days of segregation and is famous for restoring calm to the district throughout that period,” the varsity district acknowledged when asserting his loss of life. “He additionally oversaw a interval of speedy progress and main building tasks, together with seven new colleges and main renovations to a number of elementary colleges. Faculty Board members praised him for his means to work effectively with folks and his shut consideration to budgetary issues.”
Bashaw retired in June 1983. He remained lively in Palma Sola Presbyterian Church, Bradenton Kiwanis and several other neighborhood advisory boards.
He’s survived by his second spouse, Betty Allen Landers Bashaw; his youngsters, Jeaneen Bashaw Downe of Brandon and Chadwick Bashaw of Jackson, Missouri; his step-children, Chuck and Lindy Landers, David and Denise Landers, Mark and Pam Landers; and 7 grandchildren.
A memorial service can be at 2 p.m., Feb. 23, at Palma Sola Presbyterian Church, adopted by a reception. The household plans a personal interment at Fogartyville Cemetery.
Memorial contributions could also be made to the church or Bashaw Elementary in assist of the varsity’s media middle.
Shannon Funeral Houses is answerable for preparations.