Sample of the Information contained in the Annual Report for the Year 1898.
A brief report is hereby submitted. We have not had as many weeks schooling this year as usual, owing to the following reasons:
First: “There was not the usual amount of school money raised, and, second, we have had unusual expenses to meet.
The Normal Readers which had been in use several years, were discarded and the Columbian Readers introduced. No other change in text books was made, except to introduce a
few copies of The Story of Our Country, a work on history suitable for younger pupils in that study.
No. 8 school house has been supplied with modern seats and desks, and general repairs have been made in all the school houses where needed.
The School Board of Derry notified us that they should not open the small school above Derry Depot. This district originally included a part of Londonderry, and at the present time most of the pupils live in Londonderry. We rented the house and engaged a teacher for it, thereby giving the pupils of that section the same advantages the other pupils in town had.
Our teachers were most of them experienced teachers, and appeared to be conscientious and painstaking in their work. Many of them are residents of Londonderry.
Number of visits by School Board, 41.
Number of children, between the ages of 5 and 15 years, reported by the Selectmen in April, 1897, 241; boys, 126; girls, 115.