1st School Report of Dr. Oliver Bronson
to the
Florida Superintendent of Schools
for St. Johns County Public Schools
Department of Public Schools
Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction of the State of Florida
Showing the Results of the First Three Months after the Opening of the Common Schools
Tallahassee
Charles H. Walton, State Printer.
1870

St. Johns County

Board of Public Instruction appointed Feb. 25, 1869. Organized April 30, 1869. N. D. Benedict,
Chairman; O. Bronson, County Superintendent.

Schools. --- Number of youth between 4 and 21 years of age, 910. There are four schools in
operation, employing three teachers; three new ones are preparing to commence. Two hundred and
twenty-nine pupils are registered; average attendance, 204. Of one hundred pupils 19 have no
father, 9 have no mother, and 4 are orphans. About 1/3 of the whole are represented as being
unable to purchase the needed textbooks.

Each of the teachers has taught previously. One is a graduate of the New York State Normal
School, and has been a very successful teacher in that State for ten years.

Visits by school trustees, 37; by county superintendent, 20; by others, 85.

School-houses. ---One good school-house has been erected by the General Government. Another
in use, probably the oldest in the State, was built by funds left for the purpose many years ago by a
benevolent gentleman. This has been recently refitted and newly furnished. Each house is well
supplied with blackboards, charts, and other useful and convenient articles.

One school receives $1,000 from the Peabody Fund. Although recently organized, the patrons and
friends of this school are highly pleased with the progress thus far attained. It is indeed a model
school, and is steadily increasing in numbers. Another school is liberally aided by the
American
Missionary Association of New York.

Both these schools are the centres of much interest and are visited by large numbers of guests from
abroad.

The county superintendent and the board have been zealous in their endeavors for the establishment
of schools of high grade in St. Augustine, under such auspices as would insure the co-operation of
all the citizens. Their labors have been gratuitously performed and have been crowned with success,
which is the highest reward.

(Note: no idea what the fourth school was!)
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