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We have examined the above financial statement and certify the

same to be correct.

E. C. ROSS,

JOHN SMITH,

CALEB H. BAUMES,

Committee on Finance.

Statistical.

Estimated population of the City, 25,000.
Number of school buildings, 6.

Number of sittings, 3.720.

The number of duly licensed teachers employed and teaching at the same time, for 160 days or more, during the school year commencing August 1, 1901, and closing July 31, 1902, was 102.

The number of children over 5 and under 18 years of age, residing in the city on the 30th day of June, 1902, was: Boys, 2.788; girls, 2,887; total, 5,675.

The number of private schools within the city (not including colleges, incorporated academies or seminaries, was 8.

The number of pupils over 5 and under 18 years of age registered as having attended such private schools some portion of the school year commencing August 1, 1901, and closing July 31, 1902, was: Boys, 454; girls, 578; total, 1,032.

The whole time the public schools were taught within the school year commencing August 1, 1901, and closing July 31, 1902, including legal holidays, was 198 days.

Of the teachers employed during any portion of the said year, the number holding State Certificates were I; Normal School Diplomas, 48; Training Class Certificates, 2; Licensed by Local Authorities, 52.

The number of licensed teachers who were employed in teaching during any portion of said school year was 9 male and 98 females; total, 107.

Number of children under 5 years of age in private kindergartens, 71.

The whole number of children of school age who attended the public schools some portion of the year commencing August 1,1901, and closing July 31, 1902, was: Boys, 2.080; girls, 2,031; total.

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Of which there was in the High School-boys, 152; girls, 163;

total, 315; Grammar School-boys, 376; girls, 385; total, 761. Primary School-boys, 1,552; girls, 1,483; total, 3,035.

The average daily attendance of children of school age was: High School, boys, 131-4; girls, 147-6; total, 279; Grammar School, boys, 314; girls, 329; total, 643; Primary School, boys, 1,124; girls, 1,066; total, 2,190.

The whole number of days of attendance at the public schools of all the children of school age, attending said schools was, boys, 301,402; girls, 296,198; total, 597,600.

Number of children over 8 and under 14 years of age residing in the city June 30, 1902, was 2,665.

Number of such children registered as attending the public schools was 2,361.

718.

Number of such children receiving instruction elsewhere was

Number of children over 14 and under 16 years of age residing in the city was 847.

Number of such children attending the public schools during the year was 383.

103.

255.

Number of such children receiving instruction elsewhere was

Total number of cases investigated by attendance officer, 1,376.
Total number of cases re-investigated, 146.

Number of children found to be trunts and returned to school,

Number of children committed to truant school, 12.

Number of volumes in Public School Libraries, 28,337.

Superintendent's Report.

To the Board of Education:

GENTLEMEN: I have the honor herewith to sumbit this, my second annual report of the Public Schools of this City, together with the reports of the principals and special teachers, for the year ending September 30, 1902.

Throughout nearly the whole year there has been an unusual number of cases of scarlet fever and diphtheria in the City, which have to quite an extent reduced our attendance.

While these diseases have not been confined to any particular locality, they have been especially numerous in the vicinity of West street and Liberty street schools. During the month of February the attendance at the West street school was reduced about one half from this cause.

In our judgment the prevalence of these diseases cannot be traced to the unsanitary condition of our school buildings, nor to the lack of proper care and diligence on the part of the health officer and the school authorities, as they have co-operated in all available means to control and eradicate them.

A large proportion of the cases reported were of persons not attending school, and quite a number were members of families who had no children in school.

There has also been an usual amount of illness in our corps of teachers, six of whom have been so seriously afflicted as to necessitate their absence from duty for protracted periods, in some cases for several months in succession.

We have in most cases been fortunate in securing competent substitute teachers for their places, but changes of this kind must to some extent impair the effectiveness of the work. It would seem that the best interests of the children would be served, when vacancies occur from indefinitely prolonged absences of teachers from any cause, if the places were filled by permanent appointments.

NET ENROLLMENT.

REGISTRATION AND ATTENDANCE.

Notwithstanding these serious drawbacks, the registration and
average attendance has been slightly in advance of that of the pre-
ceding year.

The schools have been in session 192 days, one day more than

last year.

The total registration for the year ending June 30, 1901 was

4,094; and the average attendance, 2,976; while that of the year

ending June 30, 1902, was 4,111; with an average attendance of
3,112.5.

The following exhibits of registration and attendance for the

year may be of interest :

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