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City Document — Wo, 5. 
REPORT 



OF 



THE COMMITTEE ON 



PUBLIC INSTRUCTION, 



IN RELATION TO 



MOEE SCHOOL A.GCOMMOMTIONS 



IN WARDS ONE, TWO AND THREE. 




ROXBURY : 

THOMAS PRINCE, CITY PRINTER. 

1853. 



CITY OF ROXBURY. 



In Board of Aldermen, March 14, 1853. 
Laid upon the table, and ordered to be printed. 

JOSEPH W. TUCKER, City Clerk. 



REPORT. 



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 



4 SCHOOL ACCOMMODATIONS. [March, 

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 
House. 

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- 
nying order. 

All of which is respectfully submitted. 

CHARLES HICKLING, 

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.