|County||A Status Report from the Superintendent|
The public schools in this county have
progressed steadily until they can be reported in first class condition.
Every school, with one exception is under control of a teacher
holding a certificate of the first class.
We have lengthened our school term to seven and eight months.
The teachers are more and more wide awake.
It is not unusual now, for teacher to spend his or her vacation
at a good normal school. The
attendance is much improved. The
trustees system is a bar, in some cases, to progress.
This year they will employ a good teacher, next year in inferior
one, so that it is difficult to maintain a high and progressive
standard. It would be a
great improvement if the county superintendent could be made chairman of
the report, with a veto power. He,
necessarily, is well acquainted with the attainments of every
We have made fine progress with a county library, having
accumulated 335 volumes, costing $266.30.
We have some very valuable works.
We had a fine and very interesting institute this year, conducted
by Mr. R. M. Shipp of Winchester, Ky.
He is a very intelligent and valuable instructor, and out
institute was a grand success. I
held a colored teachers institute August 20th, lasting four days. It was
well attended and very interesting and instructive.
Mr. T. Augustus Reed was the instructor.
The county school buildings and
other property have increased in value greatly. We have now but one
indifferent school house. We
now have fifty-five good frame houses and seven brick, valued at
$40,000. We paid out teachers from a state fund $2.42, and from the
county tax fund $2.00 per scholar.
I am unable to note any opportunity for improvement, except as
The present superintendent has been in office steadily twelve years. Sore bereavement and increasing years seem to form a necessity for his retirement. He has the satisfaction of knowing that he carries with him the love and respect of all of the county teachers.
|This report is from||Legislative document number 5. 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.|