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Teacher, exclusive of Assistants, by them employed, the sum of thirty dollars per year, and the balance of such amount shall be apportioned to the Trustees according to the average number of pupils in attendance at each School as compared with the whole average of pupils attending the Schools of the County and the length of time in operation." The law further provides that "the fixed sum to be paid out of the County School Fund in respect of each Teacher, to Schools returned as Poor Schools, shall be forty dollars," and that an amount not exceeding one-third more per pupil than the allowance to other Districts sharing such funds may be allowed, by the Chief Superintendent, in respect of attendance made by pupils.
Winter Term, 1884.-1. The amount of the County Fund apportioned this Term to Boards of Trustees was $47,288.77-increase $20.03.
$21,014.35 of the Fund were apportioned to the Boards of Trustees in respect to the services of Teachers (according to the length of these services within the prescribed Term)—increase $301.79.
The balance of the Fund $26,274.43 was apportioned to the several Boards of Trustees in each County in proportion to the average attendance of pupils and the length of time the Schools were open-decrease $281.76.
Of the Fund, $2,577.21 were apportioned as extra aid towards current support, to Boards of Trustees in Poor Districts-decrease $191.07. Other details will be found in the Table.
Summer Term, 1884.-The Fund apportioned this Term was $47,280.65 -increase $37.83.
$22,683.76 were apportioned to the Trustees in respect of the services of Teachers-increase $896.60.
The balance of the Fund $24,596.89 was apportioned to the Trustees in each County according to the average attendance of pupils and the length of time the Schools were in operation-decrease $858.77.
$3,091.25 of the foregoing was apportioned as extra aid to the Trustees of Poor Districts towards teacher's salaries-increase 281.99.
The whole County Fund apportioned for the above year was $94,569.43increase $57.86. Of this sum $5,668.46 was allotted as extra aid towards teachers' salaries to the Trustees of Poor Districts-increase $90.92.
Each Board of Trustees may readily determine its share of the County Fund, in as much as the Table shows the rate per pupil. This rate multiplied by the average number of pupils attending the School will give the amount apportioned on account of pupils. If the School has been open full time there should be an additional amount of $15 per term for services of Teacher. For each teaching day the School has been closed during the term, there will be deducted from that amount the proportion which the number of teaching days lost bears to the full term.
TABLE XI-SUPERIOR ALLOWANCE.
This allowance of $7,000 has been apportioned annually since November, 1879. One half to Teachers and half to Trustees, under the following regulations:
(a) No pupil shall be admitted from a department of a Grammar School to examination for the superior allowance. (b) If a School or Department which is eligible for classification fails to classify, the Inspector shall not, during the school-year, examine any of the pupils for the superior allowance, but a School or Department ineligible for classification solely because it has not been in charge of the Teacher for more than one term at the date of the Inspector's visitation, shall not be debarred thereby from presenting pupils for the examination for the superior allowance. (c) The school accommodation and the appliances required by the Regulations of the Board of Education, must, as provided for the school or department, be sufficient, in the judgment of the Inspector, otherwise, he shall not entertain the application for inspection for this allowance. (d) Each group or class presented under Standard VI or VIII, as the case may be, shall be examined by the Inspector upon all the requirements of the Standard,--optional subjects being excluded when taught, and special credit being given under Standard VIII for Latin (by excluding the subject from the divisor) in schools in Villages. (e) Any pupil who was a member of the School or Department during the term immediately preceding that in which the annual visitation is made, may, even though not belonging to the School or Department at the time, be presented in the group or class for this examination, but he shall not be reckoned as a member of the School or Department for any other purpose whatsoever. (f) The superior allowance shall be apportioned by the Chief Superintendent to Teachers and Boards of Trustees at the close of the school-year and be paid in the month of December.
For the year ended October 31, 1884.-213 Schools participated in the Superior Allowance-increase 80 schools. The number of pupils who successfully passed the examination in ungraded schools in Standard VI was 484increase 200; and in graded schools, Standard VIII, 436—increase 223; total passed 920-increase 423.
By act of the Legislature, the provisions respecting "Superior Allowance," were repealed, and ceased to be operative on and after the first of November last. In lieu thereof Boards of Trustees were empowered (47 Vic. Chap. 12.) to establish Superior Schools on the following basis:
(1.) One Superior School may be established in each County for every 6,000 inhabitants, and if the population of the County after being divided by 6,000, leaves a remainder of 5,000 or over, one other such school may be established, but not more than one Superior School shall be allowed to a parish.
(2.) Should the number of Superior Schools to which a county is entitled on the basis of population, be exhausted, the Board of Education may authorize the establishment of one additional such school on the recommendation of the Inspector, due regard being had to the educational circumstances of the district in which such school may be established.
(3.) If a greater number of districts compete to establish Superior Schools than the number authorized for a county, the Inspector shall, subject to the approval of the Board of Education, determine in which district they may be established.
(4.) Districts which desire to establish Superior Schools, shall make provision therefor at the first Annual Meeting after the passing of this Act, and the Trustees or their Secretaries shall forthwith notify the Chief Superintendent of the provision made.
(5.) Districts which shall have established Superior Schools under this
Act, shall be permitted to continue the same, so long as they are efficiently conducted and maintained.
Superior Schools are to be supported as follows:
There shall be annually granted from the Provincial Treasury in respect to each of the aforesaid schools established under this Act and conducted in accordance with published Regulations of the Board of Education the following allowance
To the Teacher of a Superior School holding a License of the First or Grammar School Class a sum not exceeding two hundred and fifty dollars, provided the Trustees of the District in which the school is established shall pay to such Teacher a salary not less than two hundred and fifty dolars per annum or ratably to the time taught within the school year.
All of the aforesaid schools shall participate in the County Fund apportionment on the same principles as other schools established under Chapter 65 of the Consolidated Statutes.
Superior schools should be free to all pupils residing within the parish in which the school is established, provided such pupils belong to districts in which schools are maintained.
The Boards of Trustees of the aforesaid schools shall admit to school privileges, provided there be sufficient accommodation, pupils outside the limits named in the last foregoing section, and may exact from such pupils a reasonable tuition fee, subject to the approval of the Inspector.
In accordance with the foregoing enactment, the following provisions were prescribed by the Board of Education.
1. Superior Schools in Cities, Incorporated Towns, and in Towns having four Graded Departments.-Boards of Trustees shall provide for giving instruction in at least Standards IX. and X. When instruction is not provided for or not given in advance of Standard X., work in Standard VIII., may be required of the Teacher, provided the daily average attendance of pupils in the higher standards is not more than 25. Should Standards [IX., X. and XI. be taught, no work in a lower standard shall be required of the Teacher, unless a Provincial Licensed Assistant is employed having a separate class-room.
2. Superior Schools in Towns or Villages having three Graded Departments. The highest Department shall constitute the Superior Schools, and shall not be called upon to perform work under Standard VII. of the graded course. Provision shall be made for giving instruction in a course specially provided for such schools, to extend over a period of three years.
3. Superior Schools in Districts having two Graded Departments.-The second or highest Department shall form the Superior School and shall not be called upon to perform work under Standard V. of the graded course. A special course extending over a period of four years shall be prescribed for such schools.
4. Superior Schools in Districts having no Graded Schools.-An ungraded school in a country district may be recognized as a Superior School, provided
a class-room Assistant is employed, if the daily average attendance of pupils is 30 or upwards. For such schools a special course will be prescribed.
5. The school accommodation and appliances in all Superior Schools must be satisfactory to the Inspector, who shall report thereon to the Chief Shperintendent.
It will be seen from the foregoing provisions that 49 Superior Schools may be established throughout the Province on the basis of population in the several Counties, beside an additional one for each County, should the Inspector see fit to recommend its establishment.
Every County in the Province has availed itself more or less of the provisions of the Act. Applications for authority to establish such Schools were received by the Department after the annual school meeting in October from 54 Boards of Trustees. The authority applied for was granted to 42 Boards, as they fully met the requirements of the Act and the Regulations of the Board of Education; and the Schools are now in successful operation. These are established at the following places:
In ALBERT County, at Hopewell No. 2, Hillsboro' No 2, and Elgin No. 2. In CARLETON County, at Brighton No. 3 (Hartland), Wilmot No. 6 (Lakeville), Wicklow and Simonds No. 4 (Florenceville), and Wakefield No. 7 (Jacksonville).
In CHARLOTTE County, in St. Stephen and at Grand Manan No. 1 (North Head). (Several other Districts in this County made application, but as they did not meet the requirements of the Act, their application was not complied with.
In GLOUCESTER County, at Saumarez No. 3 (Tracadie), and at Bathurst No. 16 (Bathurst Village).
In KENT County, at Wellington No. 1 (Buctouche), Weldford No. 9 (Bass River), Harcourt No. 5 (Weldford Station), and at Richibucto No. 2 (Kingston). In KING'S County, at Hampton No. 2 (Hampton Station), Kingston No. 5 (Clifton), Havelock No. 8 (Havelock Corner), Springfield No. 2 (Springfield Corner), Studholm No. 25 (Apohaqui).
In NORTHUMBERLAND County, at Newcastle No. 7 (Newcastle) and Derby No. 1.
In QUEEN'S County, at Chapman No. 5 (Gaspereaux), Johnston No. 4 (Waterville), Cambridge No. 1 (Lower Jemseg).
In RESTIGOUCHE County, at Addington No. 1 (Campbellton.)
In ST. JOHN County, in the City of Portland, at Lancaster No. 13 (Milford) and St. Martins No. 2 (Quaco).
In SUNBURY County, at Maugerville No. 2 (Central Maugerville).
In WESTMORELAND County, at Sackville No. 11 (Sackville), Westmoreland No. 7 (Trenholm Corner), Salisbury No. 1 (Petitcodiac), Moncton, Dorchester No. 3 (Dorchester), Salisbury No. 24 (Salisbury Station), a Border District.
In YORK County, at St. Mary's No. 3 (Marysville), Douglas No. 1 (Nash
wasis), Bright No. 1 (Keswick Ridge), Canterbury No. 4 (Eel River), MannersSutton No. 2 (Harvey Station).
Application was made by the Trustees at Edmunston, Madawaska County, for authority to establish a Superior School, but as the requirement relating to the Teacher's class of License was not met, the authority was not granted. It is expected however that Edmunston as well as other Districts desirous to establish Superior Schools will within a short time take the necessary steps to secure the authority to do so.
TABLE XII.-GRAMMAR SCHOOLS,
The number of pupils in the different subjects of instruction in schools which receive the Grammar School Grant, has already been given for each Term, under the summary of Table III. Details respecting each School will be found on reference to Table XII.
By Act of the Legislature of last session, the Grammar School Acts were repealed and the Grammar School placed under the direct control of the Boards of School Trustees of the District in which they may be established, and the property belonging to Grammar School Boards was vested in the Boards of Trustees of the School District in which it was situated. By the Act one Grammar School may be established in each County according to the following provisions:
The Board of Trustees of the District in which a Grammar School has heretofore been maintained may establish such school and continue the same so long as it is efficiently conducted and maintained.
If the aforesaid District fails to establish a County Grammar School it shall be competent for any other District to establish such School, and the District so establishing the School shall have the same privilege with respect to its continuance as if it had heretofore been maintained in the district.
Should several Districts within a County compete to establish a County Grammar School, the Inspector shall, with the approval of the Board of Education, determine in which District the School shall be established, the foregoing provisions being observed.
Districts which desire to establish a County Grammar School shall make provision therefor at the first Annual Meeting after the passing of this Act, and the Trustees or their Secretary shall forthwith notify the Chief Superintendent of the provision made.
Should a Grammar School not be established within a County the Board of Education is hereby empowered to authorize in lieu thereof the establishing of an additional Superior School in such County.
A Grammar School and a Superior School shall not be established within the same parish, unless the number allowed by law for the whole Province shall not be exhausted, and then only by permission of and under conditions to be imposed by the Board of Education.
The County Grammar School should participate in the County Fund apportionment on the same principles as other schools established under Chapter 65