To the Trustees of the
Beverly Industrial School Gentlemen:
I have the honor to present herewith the tenth annual report of the Beverly Industrial School. Although this type of school was an experiment in 1909, Beverly has never had occasion to regret its establishment. It has brought more credit to Beverly than any other educational activity in which the city has ever engaged.
On this tenth anniversary, it seems proper to recall the names of those who were instrumental in bringing about the establishment of this pioneer school. Among them were Mayor Charles H. Trowt, the Beverly Commission on Industrial Education consisting of George H. Vose, chairman; Adelbert L. Safford, secretary; Clifford B. Bray, Samuel Cole, Albert W. Dodge, James B. Dow, Annie M. Kilham, Charles A. King, Walter H. Naylor, also the U. S. M. Corp., through Mr. M. B. Kaven and James A. Torrey, who introduced in the Board of Aldermen the order by which the school was established.
During the year the school had the largest membership in its history, and in other respects very favorable results have been attained. The evening school department has continued its success of previous years.
The Chronicle of Trustees’ Meetings which follows, and the report of Mr. Edgar A. Winters, Director of the school, furnish definite data regarding the worth of the year.
Election of officers, advisory board and appointment of committees.
Instructors and janitor elected for 1919.
Inspection of classroom equipment and work at McKay school and shop work at U. S. M. Corp.
Resignation of G. C. Russell, machinist instructor, accepted. William Jones and Joseph Wallis were elected instructors in pattern-making and auto repair in the Evening Industrial School. Voted to grant certificates to members of Evening Industrial School who have attended at least 75 per cent of the sessions.
Sessions for Day Industrial School rearranged. Voted to charge a tuition rate for non-resident pupils on full time.
Voted to use a portion of the Smith-Hughes money to increase instructors’ salaries.
Vernon O. Herrick elected machinist instructor. Certificate of graduation voted to George Arthur Gaudreau, Robert Thomas Nelson, Gilbert Bradstreet Peabody, James Gerald Perkins, Archibald Dewey Standley, Reldon Edwin Steel, William Frederick Jacobson. Certificates of attendance granted to 38 members of the Evening Industrial School. Tuition of fifty cents per week for non-resident students on full time in the factory was approved.
Budget of $2,900 for Evening Industrial School for 1920 adopted for presentation to City Government. Budget of $7,200 for Day Industrial School salaries and maintenance for 1920 was recommended to City Government.
REPORT OF THE DIRECTOR OF THE BEVERLY INDEPENDENT INDUSTRIAL SCHOOL
To the Board of Trustees of the Beverly Independent Industrial School:
I submit herewith the report covering the tenth school year of fifty weeks ending July 19th, 1919, and a part of the eleventh year, from August 4 to December 31.
The practical training that the Beverly Independent Industrial School is giving as it is organized, co-operating with a progressive, well-established industry, has increased its earning capacity of the pupils enrolled in a way that I consider worthy of mention, as it is not considered practical to give the pupils on part time an hour rating. The increase given on the regular piece work prices by the United Shoe Machinery Corporation during the current year has enabled the pupils on part time to increase their actual earnings for the last year from .139 to .224 per hour, which resulted in $888.07 more money being paid the pupils than in the previous year.
The value of the full time pupil in the industry was recognized by the company in July, 1919, by an increase of twenty cents per hour, making the minimum rating at present .55. All of the seventeen pupils on full time at present are making over their rating. The opportunity given the full time pupils of being transferred into different departments in the factory, which affords them a chance to become skilled in the higher branches of the trade and also to work for more than one fore- II man, is being greatly appreciated !by the pupils.
Seven of the ten pupils on full time received certificate of graduation on October 8th, 1919, the others continuing on full time in the school, as the state law requires that a boy must be eighteen years of age before he may be employed by the industry to operate all of the machine tools used in the trade except as a pupil in a trade school.
ELEVENTH SCHOOL YEAR FROM AUGUST TO DECEMBER 31, 1919
Limit in the capacity of the school reached, with waiting list established.
The outlook of the future for the skilled workman in the metal-working trades, and the opportunity offered by the school in the machinist trade resulted in a much larger registration at the opening of the term for the eleventh school year than could be accommodated, the capacity of the school being seventy boys on part time. We have a waiting list of fifteen boys, December 31, 1919.
The Federal Board for Vocational Education recognized the practical training of our school, as we have at present two pupils on part time placed in the school by them, under the Vocational Rehabilitation Act, which provides for the vocational training and return to gainful employment of persons disabled in the military or naval forces of the United States.
Since the opening of the school, August 4th, 1919, thirteen boys have been promoted to full time, making a total of seven- teen boys on full time December 31, 1919.
The purchase of Machinery’s Encyclopedia, and Modern Shop Practice for our library is proving very beneficial to the boys in the study of their related work.
EVENING SCHOOL – TRADE EXTENSION. 1918-19.
Classes opened November 13, 1918, for a term of twenty weeks, closing April 2, 1919.
New developments in Evening Trade Extension Courses by the use of the money from the Smith-Hughes allotment was authorized by the Board of Trustees offering courses in auto- mobile repair and wood pattern-making in February, 1919, which resulted in a registration of twelve for wood pattern-making and fourteen for automobile repair. Classes were started on February 24th, closing April 2, 1919.
May 6th with an average attendance of” 88.8 per cent for automobile repair and 81.8 per cent for wood pattern-making. The demand for the courses has been sufficient to warrant con- continuing the work.
The placing of cards announcing evening trade extension courses in the pay envelopes of the six thousand employees of the United Shoe Machinery Company proved a very prac- tical way to advertise evening courses for the man on the job, giving him an opportunity to improve himself during his spare time evenings.
Registration night was held in the High School building on Tuesday evening, November 6, 1919, giving those an opportunity to register’ who desired and others to make inquiries. School opened November 13, 1919, with the following enrollment.