Craven County Digital History Exhibit

Common Schools in Craven County, 1847

Title: Common Schools in Craven County

Creator: Lane, John T.

Subject: Education--North Carolina--Craven County

Description: Broadside detailing the progress of the Common Schools of Craven County during the year.

Publisher: Craven County. Board of Superintendents of Common Schools

Date: November 1847

Type: Text

Format: 1 page.

Identifier: ms24-1847School

Source: Purchase.

Coverage: Craven County (N.C.)

Rights: Permission to use this item must be obtained from the New Bern-Craven County Public Library, 400 Johnson Street, New Bern, NC 28560.

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COMMON SCHOOLS IN CRAVEN COUNTY.

THE BOARD OF SUPERINTENDENTS, on looking over the operations of Common Schools for the last year, find abundant encouragement. Education in our county, is advancing surely if not rapidly, and before long must shed its benign influence over its entire extent. Nine hundred and twelve children have been taught during the year, the rudiments of English education, for the unusually low sum of $2,627.00 thereby conclusively proving that the common school system is the cheapest manner of educating the rising generation. The BOARD would earnestly urge upon their fellow-citizens an increased interest and energy in the advancement of education. The whole structure of our Republican government and that of civil society are based upon the intelligence of the people--In the language of Gen. WASHINGTON, "Promote them as an object of primary importance, institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge. In proportion as the structure of a government gives force to public opinion, it is essential that public opinion should be enlightened." We must no, we cannot with safety, neglect this parting admonition of the Father of our country. He tells us to encourage schools, educate our children and seek knowledge for ourselves. Nothing that the Board could say on this head would add force to the advice of that great and good man.

The BOARD feel bound to say that large amounts of money remain due to some of the Districts, proving that schools have not been encouraged in those Districts, and in others the houses are not conveniently nor permanently located. In each District, the public should own a piece of land and house for the school, as near the centre of the inhabited portion of the District as possible. Justice, the successful operation of the school, and the Law require this. If the public owns the house, no one can disturb or break up the school; if the house is near the centre, each child will be within the reach of it; and as the school system is intended to be permanent, and for the benefit of all, these particulars must not be neglected. The BOARD have had under serious consideration, the propriety of withholding any further appropriations of money to Districts in which these important particulars are not attended to--it cannot remain quiet and witness a waste of the fund, or see it used for the benefit of the few.

The following is a tabular statement of the amount due each District in this County on the 1st day of October last from

THE COMMON SCHOOL FUND.

No. of  1843 1844 1845 1846 1847 Am'nt     No of 1843 1844 1845 1846 1847 Am'nt
District   $ cts $ cts $ cts $ cts $ cts     District $ cts $ cts $ cts $ cts $ cts $ cts
1   44.01 59.00 63.00 67.00 233.01     23   5.00   63.00   68.00
2     15.25 63.00 67.00 145.25     24       38.00 67.00 105.00
3       3.00 67.00 70.00     25         67.00 67.00
4     4.00 63.00 67.00 134.00     26     59.00 3.00 67.00 129.00
5       22.00 67.00 89.00     27         67.00 67.00
6   15.00 9.00 63.00 67.00 154.00     28   65.00 59.00     124.00
7       3.00 67.00 70.00     29         67.00 67.00
8         67.00 67.00     30         67.00 67.00
9         67.00 67.00     31   59.68       59.68
10         201.00 201.00     32     3.00 13.60 67.00 83.00
11     5.00 63.00 67.00 135.00     33   32.98 59.00 63.00   154.98
12     12.98 63.00 67.00 142.98     34       2.00 67.00 69.00
13     2.48 13.00 67.00 82.48     35       59.50 67.00 126.50
14         67.00 67.00     36       63.00 67.00 130.00
15   31.50   63.00 67.00 161.50     37   37.48     67.00 104.48
16         67.00 67.00     38       55.00 67.00 122.00
17       8.00 67.00 75.00     39     57.00   67.00 124.00
18       21.00 67.00 88.00     40 17.00 65.00 59.00     141.00
19         67.00 67.00     41       3.00 67.00 70.00
20         67.00 67.00     42       63.00 67.00 130.00
21       60.00 67.00 127.00     43     2.00 63.00 67.00 132.00
22         67.00 67.00                  

To enable the Chairman to keep his accounts for each year seperate and distinct, the draft from the Committee-men for money, must be for an amount not exceeding that due for each year. If the amount to be drawn, should be for more money than is due the District for any one year, there should be two or more drafts; for instance:--If the committee-men of District No. 4 should wish to draw $134.00 (the amount due that District) they should draw one draft for $4.00 and state in the draft that it is to be taken out of the funds of 1845, and another draft for $63.00 out of the funds of 1846, and the third draft for $67.00 out of 1847.

The following are the standing rules of the BOARD:

1st That all Teachers of common schools be required to procure certificates from at least two of the Members of the BOARD, of their good character and proper qualifications, and that they be required to present them to the Chairman with their order for money and that the certificates be renewed annually.

2d That the Chairman shall in no case pay any draft, unless it is accompanied with a report of the school from the Committee-men.

3d That the Chairman shall in no case pay an order drawn on him unless the whole of the Committee-men in the district have filed with the Clerk the acceptance of their appointment.

By order of the BOARD,

JOHN T. LANE, Chairman.

November 1847.

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No. 5--$34.00
6--48.00
11--63.00
15--19.50
32--66.00
35--15.50
38--14.00
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     258.00

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