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City Document — Wo, 5.
THE COMMITTEE ON
IN RELATION TO
MOEE SCHOOL A.GCOMMOMTIONS
IN WARDS ONE, TWO AND THREE.
THOMAS PRINCE, CITY PRINTER.
CITY OF ROXBURY.
In Board of Aldermen, March 14, 1853.
Laid upon the table, and ordered to be printed.
JOSEPH W. TUCKER, City Clerk.
The Committee on Public Instruction, to whom was sub-
mitted the orders in relation to providing more school ac-
commodations for Wards One, Two and Three, and the
adding another story to the Dearborn School House, have
heard the statements made by a sub-committee appointed
by the School Committee to present their wants to the City
Council, and have duly considered the same, and now beg
leave to Report :
That in the opinion of this Committee, additional school
room accommodation in Ward One is much needed. The
present School House on Yeoman street is crowded with
scholars, and the city now hire a room on East street for the
temporary accommodation of the surplus.
These scholars are constantly increasing in number, and
of course must be provided for : and as the present location
of the School House now erected on Yeoman street will
doubtless be a permanent one, your Committee recommend
that the building be turned round, bringing the broad side
to the street, and that a pediment front be added, thereby
providing entries and stairs, as presented on Plan A, Fig. 1,
■which is submitted with this Report, and thus giving four
rooms measuring nineteen by twenty-four feet, which will
accommodate about two hundred and fifty pupils. This
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will be all that Ward One will probably require for some
time to come.
Plan B also submitted, will show the interior appearance
of the rooms, after the alterations shall have been made ;
excepting that your Committee would not sanction the
crowding the pupils into so small spaces as there indicated.
Sixty are as many as can be properly attended to, in each
room, and yonr Committee think that if the number should
not exceed fifty, that the physical comfort, as well as the
intellectual advancement of the scholars, would be much
improved. This plan* will also show the position of the
building after its removal ; by which it appears that the
passage way on one side is but three feet, and on the other
five feet. Now as your Committee have before stated that
this locatioti will undoubtedly be permanent, they further
recommend that a strip of land on the south east side be
purchased if practicable, measuring twenty feet on Yeoman
street, and running back the length of the present School
House lot, and be added thereto. Your Committee do not
think it necessary to offer any arguments to show the ne-
cessity of this purchase, as by casting an eye upon the Plan.
B, they think it must be apparent to all.
Your Committee have been informed that the whole ex-
pense of moving and making the alterations as shown upon
Plan A, can be made for a sum not exceeding $1400 ; and
thinking this the cheapest way that the wants of Ward One
for the present instruction of the Primary School pupils can
be met, they have unanimously recommended the alterations
as above stated.
The city has within the last year lost by fire one Primary
School House in Ward Two ; and another is called for
to supply this loss. Also more school accommodation is
asked for in Ward Three, and should be provided to meet
the rapid increase of the population in this section of our city.
The school rooms here are now densely crowded ; some
containing as many as seventy-six, seventy-eight, and one,
ninety pupils, which we must all admit to be detrimental to
their health, comfort and improvement.
1853.] CITY DOCUMENT.— No. 5. 5
Your Committee in surveying the whole ground in rela-
tion to the Schools in Wards Two and Three, have come to
the conckision, that one School House would meet all their
wants at present, and they unanimously recommend that a
suitable and ample lot be set apart on the Stony Brook land,
now belonging to the city, as shall be agreed upon by the
School Committee, and the Committee on Public Property,
and that a plain, substantial brick building, two stories
high, containing four rooms in each story, be erected with
a foundation and walls sufficiently strong to permit another
story to lie added, if it should become necessary at any time
hereafter. Your Committee have been informed that such
a building can be erected at a cost of $1000 for each room.
The School Committee have asked that another story
may be added to the Dearborn School House in Ward Five,
for the accommodation of the excess of female scholars now
existing in the city, and increasing; but your Committee
had been informed that such addition was not practicable or
safe, as the foundation of that building would not admit of
it. To make this certain, they directed a letter to Mr. Hus-
ton, the builder, in relation to this matter, and his reply cor-
roborated their previous information. They therefore recom-
mend that no addition be made to the Dearborn School
Your Committee are of the opinion that the necessary
room for these female scholars can be found in the Vernon
Street School House for this year, if not for a longer time.
They therefore recommend the adoption of the accompa-
All of which is respectfully submitted.
For the Committee.
SCHOOL ACCOMMODATIONS. [March.
CITY OF ROXBURY.
In Board of Aldermen, March 14, 1853.
Ordered, That the Committee on Public Property cause
the alterations to be made in the Yeoman Street School
House in Ward One, as recommended in the Report of
the Committee on Public Instruction of this date, and
that they purchase the adjoining strip of land, as there
recommended, if it can be purchased at a reasonable rate,
and that they carry out the recommendation in relation to
the appropriation of a suitable lot of the Stony Brook land,
and cause a brick School House to be erected thereon,
provided the erection, alterations and repairs, together with
the purchase of land on Yeoman Street, shall not exceed
the sum of dollars.