A Status Report from the Superintendent
|The Schools of this county have not reached that
degree of excellence that I had hoped to see it attained ere the close
of the 19th century. While
many of the prominent hindrances to progress have been relegated to the
past and their places supplied with modern conveniences and up to date
methods, yet we are handicapped in our efforts by a "trustee
system" which has degenerated into most palpable farce; and I hope
that our next legislatures, in their wisdom, will take hold of the
matter and give us something better.
Another, and the most difficult question with which we are confronted, is our finances. We get from the state barely one half enough money to pay the teachers as they should be paid, consequently many of our good teachers are leaving the ranks and engaging in other occupations. This condition of the affairs will continue until there is something done by the State to provide a better plan for raising a sufficient revenue to apply such teachers as should have the training of our children. Our people have been taxed to build, furnish, and repair School houses until there is a prejudice against any time of tax, and we cannot supplement the State fund by any local arrangement.
One thing that gives me great hope for the future of our schools in this county is the fact that nearly every one of them is being taught by our own citizens, whereas, a few years ago we were largely dependent upon other States for out teachers. Within the last four years there have been forty-nine graduates from our common schools, which is almost sufficient to teach all of our schools, and if we will offer such compensation for teaching as will justify young men and women of ability to adopt teaching as a profession, a life work, we will have such schools as our boys and girls should have the opportunity of attending.
Legislative document number 5 from The Biennial Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction of Kentucky, for the Two years beginning July 1, 1899 and ending June 30, 1901, H. V. McChesney, Superintendent of Public Instruction.