near the mile lane so called where a place can be provided for the accommodation of said school. Nathan Adams reported for the committee.
This report was accepted and William Ward, Nathan Adams, Nathaniel Hall, Dudley Hall, Joseph Swan were appointed a committee to estimate expense, and report.
Thus the first step was taken toward our modern system of graded schools, all taught at public expense.
But there was some opposition to public primary schools shown when Mr. William Ward on May 5, 1819, presented the report of this committee in which the statistics of school population given in the previous report are juggled with in such a way as to show no necessity for the recommendation therein made, and this startling prediction is made: It does not appear to your committee that at no future year will the daily average number of boys and girls who attend the town school ever exceed the average number which have attended the year past.
This evidently represented the extreme conserv