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1899 1899

2,018,088 855,621

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Acton,
Littleton,
Westford, :
Foxborough,
West Newbury,
Medfield,
Walpole,
Billerica,
Merrimac, .

750 00 500 00

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1899 1899

1,311,568 2,433,071

300 00 450 00

500 00 750 00

1,500 00 July 1. Dr. F. H. Fuller, Josiah R. Gordon, Foxborough.

West Newbury.
1,500 00 April 1. Robert S. Gray, Wal. George Washburn,
pole.

Medfield.
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1899 1899

1,841,914 1,300,829

15 14

375 00 375 00

625 00 625 00

1. Of the foregoing districts, those numbered 33, 34, 39 and 45 were authorized by special acts of the Legislature, - the 33d and 34th by chapters 246 and
341, Acts of 1894; the 39th by chapter 371, Acts of 1895; and the 45th by chapter 433, Acts of 1897. One town has been added to the 34th district since its formation.
These districts could not furnish schools enough to permit an organization under the general law.

2. For comments on certain data contained in the table, see page 182.

3. In gathering so many facts for the first time about these districts, it is quite possible that some errors of detail may appear. Corrections of such errors will be welcomed.

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District Superintendencies. - Section 3, chapter 466, Acts of 1898, requires that the certificate of a superintendency district on which the payment of money to the district by the State is based shall be approved by the State Board of Education before it goes to the State Auditor. It has become important, therefore, that the Board should have in its possession various data relating to the organization and administration of the superintendency districts. Table XXIX, has been prepared to show such data. The districts are arranged in the order of their formation, or very nearly so. The valuations for a district are given for the valuation year (May 1 to May 1) during which the district was organized, and are taken from the official report of the Secretary of the Commonwealth. The number of schools for each town is taken from the returns of the school committee covering the year of formation. It may occasionally vary a little from the actual number of schools at the precise date of the organization. Occasionally a district has been modified by the loss or the addition of a town, so that, though it dates in one sense from the year given, it may have to be technically regarded as dating from the time when it assumed its present shape. A few districts that could not have been formed under the general law have been created by special acts of the Legislature. The valuations and numbers of schools for the towns of a district vary somewhat at the present time from those with which it started. Whether a district is legally constituted or not, turns, in part, on whether its valuations and aggregate number of schools were within the prescribed limits at the time

formation, and have not since exceeded the allowable margin of valuation.

Towns not under Supervision by Superintendents. — The following table shows what towns are not under supervision by superintendents, and gives for each of them the population, the valuation, the number of public schools returned and the number of different pupils attending them during the year. Like the list of superintendencies, it is based wholly upon the official returns of the school committees.

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Franklin County.
1. Ashfield,
2. Bernardston,
3. Heath,
4. Leyden,

1,013
778
476
363

516,721
393,333
152,293
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XXX. Towns without Superintendents of Schools - Con.

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Worcester County. 1. Ashburnham, 2. Auburn, 3. Charlton, 4. Dana, .

2,148
1,598
1,877
717

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1,021,575
562,408
887,630
314,041

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XXX. Towns without Superintendents of Schools - Con.

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The Two Groups compared. — The five towns of the foregoing list whose valuation exceeds $2,500,000 are Amesbury, Danvers, Ipswich, Nantucket and Lancaster. They are ineligible to receive State aid under the district supervision law. The remaining 78 towns are eligible to such aid.

The following statement gives the totals of population, etc., for the two groups of eligible and ineligible towns:

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Movement of Ineligible Towns towards Supervision by Superintendents. — The movement for the past five years towards supervision by superintendents on the part of towns ineligible to State aid is brought out in the following statement :

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1895, 1896, 1897,

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73,196 $57,144,046
60,407

48,830,798
61,805 48,072,086
35,798 25,256,304
28,083 19,621,421

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12,110 10,408 11,049 6,140 4,789

11 7 5

1898, 1899,

142 108

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