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CITY OF BOSTON.
In School Committee, Oct. 13th, 1868.
Messrs. Page, of Ward Six, Ordway, Simonds, Haskins, Lamson, Cudworth and Allen were appointed the Committee to prepare the Annual Report of the School Committee.
Secretary of the School Committee.
In School Committee, Dec. 8, 1868.
ORDERED: That the Committee appointed to prepare the Annual Report of this Board be authorized to print with the Report the account of the Dedication of the Wells School House, with a sketch of the building; and, also, the Report of our lamented associate Mr. Henry A. Drake, on Corporal Punishment, or such portions thereof as the Committee may deem expedient.
BARNARD CAPEN, Secretary.
THE Committee honored by the Mayor with the duty of preparing the Annual Report of the School Board, present the following statement of the present condition of the Schools, with such suggestions as seem proper, for their further improvement.
Our population at the last census (1865), was 220,780; we have 43,109 children between five and fifteen years of age. Of this number 32,885 attend the public schools; or, accurately in decimals, .763 of the whole number. These children are accommodated in 4 High Schools, 27 Grammar Schools, 303 Primary, and 2 Licensed Minor Schools: 1,050 pupils belong to the High Schools, 17,450 to the Grammar Schools, 14,385 to the Primary Schools. To instruct them we employ 732 regular teachers, and 24 special teachers.
The average number of High School pupils to each teacher is 30.9. Average number of Grammar pupils to each teacher, 44.5; average number of Primary pupils to each teacher, 47.4. The total expenditure for school purposes for the year ending April 30, 1868, was $961,497.21. The whole amount appropriated by