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Of this amount the land and building for the Latin and English High Schools cost $57,510.81; the building for the Girls' High and Normal, $ 23,025, and the lot of the same, 5,962 feet, is estimated at $ 20,000.
Land occupied by School Houses.
Bigelow Bowdoin Boylston Brimmer Chapman Dwight. Eliot Everett . Franklin Hancock
14,000 square feet.
2 High School Lots 20 Grammar School Lots 52 Primary School Lots.
20,214 square feet. 263,638 197,462
The Primary Schools occupy a part of six Grammar School Houses. There are fifty-two buildings, owned by the City, which are occupied exclusively by Primary Schools.
Primary Schools in buildings owned by the City . 221 Primary Schools in buildings leased
All the Primary School Houses owned by the city are brick, except two small buildings, one of which is occupied by two schools, and the other by one school.
The sum of $5,000 was appropriated in 1859, and $5,000 in 1860, to furnish Primary Schools with single desks and chairs. These sums have been sufficient for furnishing all the rooms which had not been previously supplied, except about twenty-five. The Boston Primary School Slate, with copies on the frame for printing, writing, and drawing, has been furnished to a majority of the schools.
The next two tables show the teachers of different classes in the High and Grammar Schools.
Three special teachers are employed to teach vocal music in nineteen Grammar Schools. In one, the master is paid an extra salary for teaching this branch.
Regarding attendance as a subject of vital importance in the administration of educational affairs, inasmuch as it is one of the truest tests of the value of schools, and also an indispensable element in estimating the extent to which the means of education are enjoyed, I have accordingly prepared the following statistics relating to this subject, in order to present the state and progress of our schools, in respect to numbers, for the past five years.
In considering this subject, the first question to be answered is, What is the number of scholars belonging to all the schools? In our reports and returns, when we speak of the number of pupils educated in all our schools, we mean the average number actually belonging during the year, and not the number of different names enrolled on the records of the schools. This annual average, which is frequently named as the whole number of pupils in our schools, is ascertained by averaging the number belonging at the end of each month. No attempt has been made to ascertain the whole number of different persons enrolled during the year.
To find the average attendance the number of pupils