REPORT OF TRUSTEES OF THE BEVERLY INDUSTRIAL
REPORT OF THE SECRETARY AND EXECUTIVE OFFICER
To the Trustees of the Beverly Independent Industrial School:
The year 1915 has been an important one for the Industrial School, for the reason that twenty-three young men received certificates of graduation from the school a larger number than in any previous year in its history. The graduation of seventeen of these students on December 16 was made the occasion for special exercises, at which notable addresses were delivered by His Honor, Mayor MacDonald, Deputy Commissioner Robert o. Small and Dr. Franklin B. Dyer, Superintendent of Schools of Boston.
Additional, apparatus and equipment has been added this year, making still more efficient the work of the science department and strengthening the library and office facilities.
A chronicle of the more important business transacted by your Board is here appended:
January 15, 1915.
Voted to grant certificates of graduation to:
James Clifford Cantley
Peter Leonard Boniface
Clarence Edward Hinkley
Allen Walter Burnham
Norman Augustus MacLean
Voted to grant certificates to:
Peter Eric Eberhardt Beck
George Clark Higgins
Clarence Andrew Brown
Chester Earle Leonard
Charles Alexander Carpenter
Horace Alonzo Lyman
John Francis Egan
Edward Charles McLellan
Franklin Rutger Ericson
Alden Lawrence Norman
Chester Dillon Hall
Albert Goodhue Pickett
Andrew Gentlee Hammond
Joseph Antonio Yess
Details concerning the work of the Industrial School may be found in the following report from Mr. William P. Taylor, Principal of the School.
(Signed) S. H. CHACE, January 27, 1916 Secretary and Executive Officer.
REPORT OF THE DIRECTOR OF THE BEVERLY INDEPENDENT INDUSTRIAL SCHOOL
To the Board of Trustees of the Beverly Industrial School:
This report is the seventh of the school and the fifth of my service as your Director. Former reports have contained de- tailed information of the organization and working of the school together with special reports as to courses of study, attendance, factory earnings, factory training, etc., so that these matters need not be repeated here. It is very gratifying to know that much of the material of these reports has been of service to other communities and schools, so that it is a pleasure to record the words of Dr. Franklin B. Dyer, Superintendent of the Boston schools, at our last graduation exercises, “From the Atlantic to the Pacific there are few teachers worthy of the name who do not know of the splendid work done by the Beverly Industrial School.” Here- after, material which is of definite interest to schools and communities or students outside of our city and yet is of little local interest; will be accessible in special reports.
Two periods are covered by this report: the sixth school year ending July 10, 1915, and the portion of the current year from July 26, 1915, a period of twenty-two weeks.
The term “Net” used above refers to the fact that the boys receive half of the regular, the other half going towards the expense of maintenance. The actual hour rate of earnings was seven cents and two mills. This is the lowest rate earned since the second year of school. It must not be inferred from this that the work of the teachers and boys is becoming inferior. There has never been a higher grade of work, so the lessened pay is to be ascribed to factory conditions which reach the boys in common with other workmen. It seems that conditions are to return to normal in the near future.
The rate of earnings for “B” is slightly higher than for “A,” and is caused by the maturity of the boys in that division.
On February 10, 1915, in the Mayor’s office, six boys were given Certificates of Graduation after undergoing a year’s test as full-time students in the factory. These boys were Elmer Stuart Anderson, Peter Leonard Boniface, Allen Walter Burnham, James Clifford Cantley, Clarence Edward Hinkley, Nonnan Augustus MacLean. At the present writing all are still at work in the factory one having been promoted to a foreman’s position.
As inquiries have often come as to the nature of the graduation certificate, it seems pertinent to put the form in permanent record here.
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In closing, I would again lay stress upon the importance of our taking up evening schoolwork for the men of our city. In two of my previous reports I have dwelt at length on this subject and am glad to know that steps are to be taken to extend the service of the school to the community. We have a large field for service, and I am sure results will be far beyond our expectations.
WILLIAM P. TAYLOR,