under the direction of the trustees, though novel, is honorable to the town, and affords a pleasing presage of future improvement.’
If, as he says, twenty-one districts were established, and to each a schoolmistress was assigned for those from four to seven, then, as the whole number was 425; each teacher had about twenty pupils, and the cost for each child was a little more than $2. The address also informs us that two of the schoolhouses on the peninsula were of brick, two stories high.
In eulogistic mood, Dr. Bartlett
goes on to say: ‘The free schools were the glory of our ancestors, they are the boast of New England
, and the palladium of our future prosperity.
We cannot refrain from congratulating our fellow-citizens on a situation of their public schools so auspicious to the best interests of the town, so gratifying to the dearest hopes of parents, and bearing such honorable testimony to the eminent ability and fidelity of the instructors.’
The records of the school board that have come down to us begin with May, 1814.
According to their By-Laws, the trustees met for organization the first Tuesday following the second Monday in January each year; other meetings to be held as desired.
Special meetings could be called by the secretary on direction of the chairman or two members.
The treasurer was to give bonds for $6,000. All bills were to be examined by tile chairman and secretary, and to be approved in writing, if found correct.
The officers of the board were the same as last given.
August 18, 1814.
Voted to Captain Miller
$250 for the use of Districts No. 3
In November the school of Messrs. Andrews
was examined by the trustees, and a large number of highly respectable visitors.
president opened the exercises with prayer.
All were gratified with the behavior and proficiency of the children, and, considering the confused and agitated state of the town, this was highly honorable to the instructors.
The exercises closed with prayer by Rev. Mr. Turner
. February 10, 1815, the trustees met at Captain Daniel Reed
's (end of the town) to visit No. 5, under
(number of scholars, twenty-eight), also No. 4,