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The Annual School Meeting

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The Annual School Meeting for District No. i.City of Ann Arbor (which includes the whole city and a portion of the adjoining town), was held, pursuant to statute, on Monday last. The polls were open at 10 o'clock a. M., in the Conrt House, and continued open until 2 o'clock P. M., in accord. anee with the terms of the notice and the usual custom. Messrs. James B. Gott, L. Gruner, and Lewis Risdon were declared elected, after which the business meeting was proceeded with. The annual report the Board was presentad and read, as follows : ANNUAL REPORT. The Board of Trustees ot School District No. 1, city of Aun Arbor, submit tlie rollowiug report for the school year ending thiB day, September 6, 1875: RECEIPTS. F rom balance to credit of General Fuml, Sept. 7, 1874. 1,222 00 " Balauce to credit of I.ibrary Fund Sept. 7, 1874, 188.1 " Tax voted to pay interest on bonds, 2,320.00 " " " " fuel, janitor's sirvices, insurance and incidentuU, 5,000.00 " Tax voted to pay teachers salarli-s, 19,600.00 " Two-mill tax, 3,202.04 " Primary School Fund, 1,199.00 " Fine moneys, 109.47 " Dog License ruoney, 20.00 " Lyceums, for gas, 47.00 " Tultlon, Fall term, Mfi&SO Winter term, l,3f,6.00 Spring " 1,207.00 " Bonda issued, as per vote of Annnal Meeting. 7,000.00 Total. 34,806.70 KXPKNDITUBKS. Paid Salaries of Teachers, 818,228.50 " Bonds due Feb. lst, 1875, 7,000.00 " Interest on bonds due Feb. lst, '73, 2,320.00 " For wood and coal, 1,588.32 " Insurance, 515.00 " Janitor services. 920.00 " Gas 142.15 " Library, 119.43 " Furniture and apparatus, 125.08 " Repairs, 816.07 " Incidental, and contingent expensa, 1,172.57 " Cash on hand, Library fuml, 166.73 " (.ash un hand, General fuud, 1,691.85 Total, Í34.805.70 Pursuant to a vote ot the last annual meeting, the bondu of the district to the amount of $7,000, due February lst, 1876, have beeu paid and retired, and new bonds ïsaued in the same Htnount, at 8 per cent. interest annual ly, the principal being payable February 1, 1880. The present bonded debt of the district therefore remains the same aa reported last ear, twenty-nme thousaud dallara ($29,000), Jayable as follows : Bonds due Fetiruary lst, 1876, Í5.000.00 " " " " 1K77, 5,000.(10 " " " " 1878, 5,000.00 " " " " 1879, 8,500.00 " " " " 1880, 10,500,00 Tolal, Ï29,000.00 Of this sura there will become ilue on the irst day of February next, principal, $5,000; interest on the whole sum at 8 per cent., S2,320. The Board recotnmend the payment of the principal by a new loan and an appropriation and tax levy tor the payment of the interest. This recommendation is made in view of the tact of the vote of the city to raite the sum of $4,000 for the State Hospital the present year. Exclusive oí estimated receipts from twomill tax, primary school money, and tuitiou fees, the Board estímate the amounts uecessary to be raised by taxatiou the coming year, as follows : For salades of teachers, Í10, 500.00 " Interest on bonded dobt, 2,320,00 " insurauce, 5(10,00 " fuel, 1,600.00 ' repairs, 1,000.00 " furniturt' ami hukii'ntals, 1,000.00 " jauitors, 1,000.00 $17,920.00 In making these estimates the balance on hand is not deducted from the estimated expenses, but is held as a reserve to meet a few unaudited bilis, and for unforeseen aud extraordiuary expenses. The Board would have been glad to have seen their way clear to a reductiou of expenses for the coming year, but could not do so with the certaiuty of maintaiuing the elliciency aud high standing of the schools. In the whole corps of teachers there are but three or f our, and those in the High School, whose salaries any one giving the subject full "and careful consideration would think of reducing ; and to reduce those would be to substitute iuexperienced teachers for teachers thoroughly tried and giving the best of satisfaction, and this at a possible saving of not to exceed $750. The High School is not only a necessity to our own pupils preparing for the University, but in its several courses is yearly fitting large numbers of both young men and woruen for entering upon the active duties of life. To continue its efficiency and maintaiu its standni'il 1 i +-i twwt tiMichiiHT t'filont. ntnef. Ho and that implies as liberal salaries as are paid fn other High Schools in this and acljoining States, or our teachers will De transferred to other places as sooii as expenence and reputation are acquired in our service. Besides, the High School, by its preparatory courses of study, attracts so large a number of non-resident pupila, that the cost per acholar is below that of any other High School in the State, while the aggregate cost to residents and tax-payers is reduced some $700 below that of the G-ranimar School, and this while the number of scholars enrollad in the former is more than fifty in excess of the enrollinent in the latter. To reduce the working corps of teachers is impossible, and to employ secondrate teaching talent for the saving of a mere pittance is to turn these non-resident scholars away, contributors the last year of $3,000 to the support of the High School alone, impair the character of the school, and at the same time increase the cost to our tax-payers. The Board find the accommodations of that portion of the central building occupied by the High School too narrow for the .number of scholars asking admission, and unless more room can in some way be secured, will be compelled to limit the number of non-resident pupils. As our educational interests and facilitieg ave what give our city both name and fume abroad, and make it a desirable residence and home, t'iis should not be done, but accomiiiodations should be provided for all. A pupil coming from a neighboring town or State one term brings a second oue the next, and the third term a family or two follow to rent other' wise vacant houses, become customers and patrons of our medíanles and merchants, and permanently increase our population. In one way increased accommodations may be secured without material extra cost. There are two vticant rooms in the Fourth ward building, to one of which one división (the half of the sixth or lower grade) might be transterred, vacating one large session room lud giving one small recitation room for other necessary use. The vacant Fourth ward rooms are as pleasant and comfortable as those in the central building, and the distance would not be matt nally greater for any scholar to walk. The Board suggest a resolutiou from this meeting recommending the chauge iudicated. The experiment not proving a success it could be abandoned at any time. A new school building m the Sixth ward, with au addition to the Second ward building, or a bmall building somewhere on South Maiu Street, wouid enable the Board to advance the grade of the Ward schools another year, and thns relieve the pressure at the central building, but the expenditure this would involve, which must be made soouer or later, the Board do not feel warranted in asking uiitil the finaucial outlook is better. For 8tatistics hearing upon the several matters preseuted in this report, and tor iuformation of general interest, atteution is iuvited to the aunual report of the Superiutendeut, just made and herewith preseuted. Schedule " A," accompanying this report is an exhibit of the salaries paid teachers for the school year 1874-75. Schedule " B " is a list of the teachers employed for the school year 187ó-'7U, with their salaries. Schedule " C " is an estímate of the probable receipts and expeuditures of the coming riscal year. The term of office of three trustees, Messrs. William W. Whedon, Lewis C. BisJon and James B. Gott, expires at the date of this aunual meeting. The new shcool census just completed gives the mimber of children in the district between the age of flve and tweuty, as '2,457, which is au iucrease of 59 over lust year's census. All oï which is respeotfully subintted. By order of the Board. E. B. FOND, President. Jas. B. Gott, Secretary. Aim Arbor, Sept. 6, 187i. The report was accepted without objection, md the appropriations reccommended therein were voted,


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