A Status Report from the Superintendent
The public schools of this county are growing in efficiency, and have the confidence of the public, though it is a fact, to be regretted, but some districts have had very poor schools taught in them on account of inexperience and lack of common sense on the part of the teacher, and on account of patrons who interfere with their teaching, thinking that they can give competent advice, which is seldom the case. We need teachers will make sure that they are right, and then go ahead.
Corporal punishment has not been abolished, and the public is not ready for such a step; for some children, though few, are so taught at home that they cannot conceive of any government only by the rod.
Taxation for lengthening the term of school, in some districts where it is not been tried thoroughly, is unpopular, and there are various other drawbacks to schools in this county; however, we have many excellent schools, and poor schools are few.
We need a different school system from the present trustee system. Thee should be a county board of not more than seven members, who should elect the superintendent, and the superintendent should have the power of appointing the teacher in the various districts, which appointment should be ratified by the board. This county board should receive all taxes collected from that county, directly from the sheriff, thus using all the money collected in a county by direct taxation for the benefit of that county.We need a compulsory educational law that would compel every child under fourteen years of age to attend school for five months every year. [three months was common at this time]
from Legislative document number 5 of 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.