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The Visitors of the Framingham Normal School submit the following Report.
The event of special interest in the past year's history of the school is the resignation of Miss Annie E. Johnson as principal. In August she was offered the principalship of the Bradford Female Academy, at a salary considerably in excess of that paid to her by the State. She deemed it her duty to herself to accept the offer, and accordingly did so; before, however, the Board had the opportunity to act upon her resignation, or to determine whether her salary should be increased. Her administration during the period of nine years has been one of eminent success, and she left the school at a period of its highest prosperity, with the regrets, cordial good wishes and high regard of all connected with the school and of this community. She will be long remembered as a popular, devoted and accomplished teacher. When she was installed as principal, in September, 1866, Governor Bullock said :
“We are here to-day to establish, to make, to consecrate another stage in this steady and beneficent progress. We commit for the first time to a woman's care and instruction, one of these grand public institutions. ... As the official head of the Board of Education, I need not say that they have arrived at this measure only after mature reflection and deliberation. ... We need not doubt that the experiment, if it can be called an experiment, will result in complete, triumphant success.”
The recent unanimous choice by this Board of Miss Delia A. Lathrop to succeed Miss Johnson, is significant evidence of our belief in the fulfilment of Governor Bullock's prophecy, that " woman's care and instruction” of a Normal School would prove a success.
The Visitors regret that Miss Lathrop's relations to the Cincinnati Normal School, over which she presides, prevent her acceptance of the offer made her.
Since Miss Johnson's resignation, the school has been under the care of Miss Elen Hyde, as temporary principal by appointment of the Board. Her long and intimate connection with the institution as a popular and efficient assistant since her graduation, has enabled her to perform all the duties of principal with facility, and perfect satisfaction to us. We regret that her health is such that she cannot remain permanently in charge. It is her wish that a permanent principal may be selected as soon as practicable.
At the close of the summer term, Miss Emily M. Bullard resigned, on account of ill-health, and Miss Mary C. Conant was selected to fill her place. Miss Edith W. Howe was also appointed for one term to take the classes in natural history left by Miss Johnson. During this term, Miss A. A. S. Parker, who has charge of the Model School, has rendered also some assistance in the Normal School.
A special appropriation of $3,500 was made by the last legislature for the construction of a well near the river, the purchase of a windmill, and the laying of pipes to the school buildings for the supply of water. The works have been completed and the school and boarding building are now most amply supplied with water for all purposes.
The chemical laboratory has been enlarged and fitted up in the best manner, and furnished with gas for experiments, and the cabinet of shells has been rearranged.
Some additional furniture has been put into the school-room. Improvements have been made on the school grounds by grading and setting out onamental trees.
Hardly any additions have been made to the library. The most valuable is a copy of the new and elegant edition of the "Trees and Shrubs of Massachusetts” by Prof. George B. Emerson, presented by him in person to the school a few days ago. The gift is specially prized because Mr. Emerson was formerly one of the Visitors of the school, and always its cordial friend.
A course of eight lectures on physiology and hygiene is now being delivered before the school by Dr. Mary J. Studley, a graduate of this school when located at Newton. The principal in her report to us says it is "an invaluable course, and its good effects on so many young women can hardly be overestimated.”
Justice to some of the assistants, especially to those who have been longest in service, seems to require that their salaries should be moderately increased. We would submit whether the great inequality now existing between the salaries of the respective corps of assistants of the various State Normal Schools is not a matter which should be considered by this Board. The late and present principals are strongly of the opinion that it is for the interest of this school that there should be but one examination and graduation in each year.
We renew the favorable notice made by us in our last report as to the management of the boarding building by the Matron, Miss Wales. We anticipate and recommend no unusual outlay on the buildings the coming year, beyond painting the outside of the boarding building and the enlargement of the dining-room.
The following statistics and statements are furnished to us by Miss Hyde :
“ The number of pupils admitted to the school during the year 1874–5 is : First term, September 10, 1874,
46 Second term, February 25, 1875, .
Total, . . . . .
First term, . . . . . .
Total, . . . . . . . . 142 "Since the opening of the school the number of pupils from other States and other countries has been 244, as follows: New Hampshire,
. . . . 99 Maine, . .
. . . . 34 Connecticut, .
. : . 11 New York, . Rhode Island, . Pennsylvania, . New Jersey, . Vermont, . Maryland, Florida, . Tennessee, Ireland, . Illinois, . Ohio, . Canada, , Minnesota, Indiana, . . Burmah, . . Sandwich Islands, . Michigan, . . South Caro'ina, . District Columbia, .