Volume 1, Number 10
Ninety-five Years Ago
Taney County - M. Clifford
School-houses. There are about twenty log school houses, and half finished.
Grounds. There has not yet been any pains taken in fixing up grounds.
Furniture. There is scarcely any furniture in the schools of this county.
Apparatus. None in the county.
Teachers. There are a few good ones, but many inferior ones.
Plan of Examination. Written and oral.
Grade of Scholarship. The grade of scholarship is very inferior but is as good as might be expected
from a county hardly yet organized.
County Association or Institutes. There has not been any held this year, owing to the small number of teachers, and some of them living in remote parts of the county, and could manifest but little interest in an institute.
Reports of School Officers. Reports of school officers have this year been very imperfect. There are only thirteen colored children in this county. There are no seminaries or colleges in this county. The schools have improved considerably during the past year. The school districts organized in this county are very imperfect, owing chiefly to the settlements being along the water-courses. In the winter these streams are swollen, and it is almost impossible to have winter schools, and as consequence the larger scholars stay at home and content themselves with a very limited education, while the smaller ones go to school in the summer time.
The people very generally manifest a great deal of interest in the cause of education.
Of the 1,145 children in the county, 300 are attending school. There are 14 teachers and their average salary is $25 (male) and $26.43 (female). There are 17 school-houses and 14 public schools, whose total value is $510.00. The amount of county fund is $1,089.00 and the township fund is $723.00. There are 13 colored children of school age, 6 males and 7 females. There are 613 white males and 519 white females. There are 155 males in public schools. There are 12 males and 2 females employed as teachers. There are 14 primary schools taught an average of 4 months, 3 frame and 14 log school-houses.
The school fund received from the State is $526.00 and $25.00 from the township. The amount of the county fund is $189.00 and the amount of the township fund is $302.50. Expenditures include $2,300.00 for teachers' wages, $20.00 for repairing school-houses, and $12.00 for renting rooms.
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