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Annual Report Of The School Board

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TheJBoard of Trustees, of Scliool District No. one, of the city of Ann Arbor, herewirh submit tlieir annual report for the school yearending September lst, 1879. The year just closed has been one of unusnal sticcess and prosperity. Under the management of an able and experienced Superintendent, and with a corps of faithful and efficiënt teachers, our Schools liave fully maintained their reputation, the higheet in the State if not in the country, for thoroughness, eíliciencv and discipline. RECEIPTS. Balance to credit to Litirary Fund 9 40 06 Balance to credit to General Fi'ii'l IC 97 8 51 03 Ta v votcd to puy Teachers Salaries 10,f25 00 Ta x yoted to pay ior TontillUon 1,000 00 Tax votod to pay Eomïa dae Fcbtmry lft. 3,500 00 T:-. vnted to pay interest on K"rts l,S0 00 1x Toted to pay repairs, nitor, incidental 5,0W 30 21M' 00 TB-o-mill tax 2,.ry)3 20 Cash recetved frorn Cüosophic Society, ' 5 00 Cash recelred rent for I.j-ceum in oo ('as!! rccciyeil Primary School Fnnd... 1,163 01 ('ns!i RecelTed Fine money, (Library Fii!i:l 72 go Cash recelved from non-residents, pupii s.saa 60 Casi] roceivo from resident Ipils 970 00 4,m 60 Total J803U 47 KXI'KNDITURES. Paid salaries of Teachers ÍI7 453 8S Paid JaTiitors services '970 00 Paid Librarían ... 30 00 Paid Analysis of Air 25 00 Paid for Ooal 242 04 Pai1 for Plans for First Ward School...' 25 00 Pald for taking Cereras for 187 25 00 Pald for work on First Ward School.... 199 93 Paid Bonds jsoo Paid for interest on Bonds 1,680 5 180 00 Paid for Wood 40Q q Pald for Renairs .....„". 833 !2 Paid for Incidental (other then state'í) 810 86 Paid for Furniture 212 91 }'!'j f Library i8 u "aid for Insurance 470 15 Paid for I'ainting Third and Fourth Ward Schools JOS 00 Pftid on account of P.tiniing Second Ward School X00 00 Paid for aeconnt Masón work Second Ward School J500 Paid for account of f 'arpenter work Second Ward School... 500 1,150 00 Pflid for Gas to Mny 31, lhTil 103 70 Balance on hand to credit I.ibrary Fund f 94 31 Balance on hand to credft General Fund. ... 1 smí jq 1 nm t Total f80,818 47 Pursraant to a vote of the last annnal meeting $3,500 of the bonded debt of the district has been paid and the bonds retired. The present bonded debt of the district is $17,500 becoming due as follows : On Februnry 1, 1880 fio.300 On Fobruary 1, 81 5 000 On February 1, 1882 „.... 2I000 The Board of Trustees recommend in view of the times, the growtli of the city, and the prospective revival of business and prosperity, that but S2,500 of the bonds becoming due on February next be paid, and that the board be authorized to borrow $8,000 upon the bonds of the district to pay the balance of the debt to become due Feb. 1, at a rate of interest not to exceed five per cent; two thousand dollars of the amonnt to become due Feb. 1, 1883, and two thonaand dollars annually thereafteron the lat day of February, until the whole is paid. This debt was incurred to bnild the addition to the High School building, and as with the present ampie accommodations in the Ward School buildings, the present high school building will be snfficient for its pupils for many years to come, it is but just that the future which is to enjoy the benefits of the building should pay a part of the costof its construction. The present bonded indebtednesa of the district bears interest at the rate of 8 per cent. per annum, and it will be necessary to raise by taxation the snra of $1,400 to pay the interest, to become due February 1. 1880. Exclusive of the estimated receipts froii two mili tax,primary school money and tuition fees, the Board estímate the amount necessary to be raised by taxation the coming year, as follows: For salarles of teachers ?10,4IX) For bonds due Febroary 1, 1880 2 500 For interest on bonds duo February 1, 1880.. 1,400 For insuranee on buildings and furniture... 250 For fuel 1000 For 1-ciua.irs and librarían IODO iorjauitor's services..:.".. ......". 1,000 8,550 At the last annual meeting the sum of $1000 was voted to be expended in the discretion of the Board for ventilating the school buildings of the district. This sum remains in the treasurr cijjciiueu. in oraer to aaopt tne very best of the Tarious systems of Tentilation recommended by competent ecientifie men, eeveral members of the Board have been investigating the subject, and during the coming year the amonnt raised, or bo much as may be necegsary, wlll be prudently and carefully expended for the purpose intended." Several valuable and permanent improvements and repairs have been made upon the school buildings durinj; the year. The interior wood work of the Third and Fourth Ward buildings, haa been painted and grained, and the outside of the ïhird Ward building painted. An addition contahiing two large commodious rooms has been made to the Second Ward building. Two pórticos buüt.and the old buüdingshingled, and thoroughly repaired. The Second' Ward building so long an eye-sore to citizens of the neighborhood, if not a disgrace to the district, will now compare favorably with the other ward buildings. The above table of expenditures represents all the claims against the district which have matured and been presented for payment. A few small bilis may be cutstanding, and a portion of the contract priee of the addition to the Second Ward building has not been paid as the building has not been accepted ; but there is suificient cash on hand to pay all demands on presentation. The Board desire to cali attention to an application on the part of the Wardens and Vestrymen of St. Andrew's Church, for a sale and release of such contingent interest as the District may have in the property known as the Mundy lot on State Street. The facts in relation to the case are briefiy these On the 20th day of June, 18G2, Mrs! Mundy executed a trust deed for said prope.-ty in whioh, after certain other provisions she made final disposition thereof in these words. "I do hereby give grant, bargain, sell, releaseand convey to the Episcopal Church and Society, of the City of Ann Arbor, known as the Wardens and Vestrymen of St. Andrew's Church, of Ann Arbor, all the residue and remainder of said real estáte as and for a parsonage for the use of said society and such societv as a dition of thia grant, from and alter the time the possession of said property shall be taken by such society or its Rectory, to keep such property and appnrtenances in good and proper order and repair, and the grounds to be kept with proper taste, with reversion to the School District of the City of Ann Arbor for the use and benefit of the Union School therein." The grantor died April 2G, 1871, and the church, ai soon as notified of the grant, accepted it upon the ccnditions named. In November, 1872, a suit was instituted by the husband of the grantor to set aside the deed - which, after contimiing in the courts for several years, was ultimately determined bv a decisión of the Supreme Court, in 1878 subetanstantially aflirming the validity of the deed. The whole barden of defending saidsuit feil upon the Church during its pendency, also, the valuable dwelling house on the property was destroyed by flre, and such local chances have taken place in the use of the property adjoining the lot that the same bas becoine almoet whollv unfitted for the purposes for which the donor had intended it. And in order te carry out in good faith the intention and spirit of the K'rant the Cliurch desires to acquire all the outatanding tegal and equitable interests in order that, by a sale of the ises, the proeeeds thereof may be used in the erection of a parsoiiage upon the church lot or elsewhorc in the city. It will be seen froin this statement tliat tlie School District -vvithin has no actual interest in the property referred to unless the church abandons the trast tliat the church has in good f.üth expended large sums in protecting the validity of the grantor's deed, and still desires to carry out the spirit oflthe grant by faithfiflly devoting the entire money arising from the same to the purpose intended, and that to do this it is necessary that the District dispose of its contingent interest to the Church. IXnder these circumstances the Board recommend that they be authorized to convey totheWardensandVestrymen ofSt. Andrevv's Chnrch, the contingent interest of the District in the property npon SUCh terms, and for snch consideraron as shall be deemed reasonable and just. For statistics bearing upon the peveral matters presented in the report, and for information of general interest, attention is inrited to the report of the Superintendent jast made and he?ewith Bnbmitted. The schooi censns jnst completed shows that there are 2,483 children of school age in the district. Schedule "A," accompanying this report, is an exhibit of the salaries paid teachers for the school year 1877 and Schedule "B" is a list of teachers eraployed for the school year 187S and xoiv, wiui ineir salaries. Schedule "C" is an estímate of the probable receipts and expenditures of the coming fiscal year. It will be seen by the statement above that the total amount received fromtuition, mostly from the High School amounts to the surn of $4,803 fiO. This large income has been secnred mainly by the reputation of our High School, which has been secured and can only be maintained by the ability and reputation of the teachers employed therein. It will be suicidal and disastrous policy to destroy the reputation of this school- now the largest and most flourishing prepnratory. school in America - and deprive ourselves of the large income it gives us by employing a low grade of cheap and inexperienced teacher?. Tbey would prove the dearest teachers in "the end. The Schools of Michigan have given it a world-wide fame. The srreat University located in our midet is flie chief glory of the State and our schools should be the pride of our city, an they are the chief cause of lts growt hand prosperity. Theyshould be gonerouply cherished and supported by a 1 1 our citizens and shouïd especially i-eceive the moral support of the poor - for in no city in the world have the chüdren of the poor such educational advantages as they have in the City of Ann Arbor. Kespectfuüy submitted, By order of the Board. W. D. HARRIMAN, Pres. John L. BnKLEiGir, Sec." 3ErTEBMKK 1, J879.


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