Report of Supervisor of Schools, 1890

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This article contains the report of the Supervisor of Schools as it appeared in the 7th Annual Report.[1]

Report of H. B. Mitchell

To the Citizens of Old Orchard:

As I present my second report of our schools, I desire to acknowledge my thanks to Divine Providence, by which our teachers and scholars have been sustained in health, sufficient to attend to their school duties.

I think our average attendance would be materially increased if the parents had more interest in the education of their children. It is a sad state of things when parents will allow their children to remain away from school, day after day, and spend the most important part of their lives in ignorance and idleness. We have one hundred and fifty-five scholars in this town at present who draw school money; and one hundred who attend school. Some few attend school in other towns, and in some cases this may be necessary. But as far as possible our scholars should be kept in our own schools until they have passed through all our studies. I would call the attention of the truant officer to those children who are always found upon the streets and never in the school room, that his power may be felt when parents can no longer control.

Our teachers of last year are still with us. Mr. Fling in the high school is doing his work faithfully and efficiently, as the results show in the examination of his scholars each term. A class in Latin has been formed during the last term, which I think adds to the interest of the school and is full of promise. Miss Fling is one of our best grammar school teachers. She has a thorough knowledge of all the branches taught in such a school, and this with her excellent discipline must insure her constant success. Miss Mayberry, in the primary department, has a most trying, as well as important position; and I have been pleased of late to observe some improvement in discipline and instruction.

I desire to renew my request of last year, in regard to the accommodations and sanitary condition of our school rooms. If we cannot move our school house to a more beautiful and healthy location, I recommend that the town build suitable water-closets, and furnish proper sewerage and drainage as soon as possible, for the above named improvements are woefully neglected. You are also aware that we have no suitable building for our primary school; therefore, the welfare of our children demands that such accommodations be provided at an early day ; and I advise that a house for said purpose be erected, near where the school is now held.

I find it my duty to call your attention to the new law, which makes it the duty of every town to furnish all text books necessary to be used in our schools, at public expense. I have considered the matter with much care, in order to give you a basis upon which to act at your next town meeting ; for the money must be available for the purchase of said books, such as we need, as soon as next August, at which time the law takes effect. The Supervisor or Committee have a legal right to replace by others, such books as have been in use five years or longer. Those which have not been so long in use can only be changed by a vote of the town. I have assumed that such books as are now in use and can be used for the next year or two, will be retained without extra cost to the town. I therefore recommend that you raise at least two hundred and fifty dollars for this purpose.

Respectfully submitted,

H. B. Mitchell, Supervisor of Schools.

Old Orchard. Feb. 13, 1890.


  1. Town of Old Orchard, "Seventh Annual Report of the Town Officers of the Town of Old Orchard for the Year Ending Jan. 31, 1890" (1890). Pages 34-35.