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Third annual report published by the Board of School Trustees City of Vancouver for the year ending December… Vancouver School Board 1905

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Thos. Duke
Wm. Clubb
R. P. McLennan
J. B. Ferguson
Jas. Ramsay W. B. McKechnie, M.D.
V. W. Odlum.
Chairman Wm. CivUBB
Chairman School Management Committee W. B. McKechnie, M.D.
Chairman Building Committee  R. P. McLennan
Chairman Finance Committee R. P. McLennan
Superintendent W. P. Argue, B.A.
Secretary and Building Inspector s C. W. Murray
"Assistant Secretary   Miss F. I. Parker
Attendance Officer     John Paul
W. B. McKechnie, M.D., Chairman
Thos. Duke
J. B. Ferguson
R. P. McLennan, Chairman
Jas. Ramsay
V. W. Odlum
R. P. McLEnnan, Chairman
W. B. McKechnie, M.D.
Wm. Clubb
The Chairman of the Board is eoc officio a member of all Committees.
Board—Second Friday in each month at 8 p.m.
Management Committee—First Friday preceding Board meeting at 8 p.m.
Building Committee—Tuesday evening preceding Board meeting at 8 p.m.
Finance Committee—Thursd^Q\*|iftg3preceding Board meeting at 8 p.m. BOARD    OF   SCHOOL   TRUSTEES
Dr. D. B. Beokingsale, Secretary
J. B. Henderson
D. B. Charleson
John Devine, Secretary
G. I. Wilson
Dr. W. J. McGuigan, M.D. .
Wm. Brown
A. G. Johnson
G. F. Baldwin
G. I. Wilson
John Devine
C. W. Murray
Wm. Brown
A. H. B. Macgowan, Secretary
G. F. Baldwin
G. I. Wilson
Chas. Whetham, M.A.
Wm. Brown
A. H. B. Macgowan, Secretary
G. F. Baldwin
Appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor
J. M. Browning
G. I. Wilson
Henry Collins
Appointed by the Council
Wm. Brown, Chairman
A. H. B. Macgowan, Secretary
C. W. Murray
G. F. Baldwin
Appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor
B. Springer
G. I. Wilson
Henry Collins
Appointed by the Council
Wm. Brown, Chairman
A. H. B. Macgowan, Secretary
C. W. Murray
G. F. Baldwin
Wm. Brown
A. H. B. Macgowan, Secretary
Henry Collins
G. I. Wilson, Chairman
Wm. Templeton
G. R. Gordon
A. H. B. Macgowan, Chairman
C. W. Murray, Secretary
•John McAllister
Win. Templeton
C. C. Eldridge
G. R. Gordon
A. H. B. Macgowan, Chairman
C. W. Murray, Secretary
W. D. Brydone-Jack, M.D.
Wm. Templeton
'   C. C. Eldridge
G. R. Gordon
C. F. Foreman
Wm. Templeton, Chairman
C. C. Eldridge
G. R. Gordon
C. F. Foreman
A. H. B. Macgowan
C. W. Murray, Secretary
W. D. Brydone-Jack, M.D.
FROM 1886 TO 1905.
G. R. Gordon, Chairman
Wm. Templeton
C. C. Eldridge
J. J. Logan
W. J. McGuigan, M.D.
W. D. Brydone-Jack, M.D.
C. W. Murray, Secretary
C. C. Eldridge, Chairman
Mrs. C. Reid
Wm. Brown
Jas. Ramsay
W. J. McGuigan, M.D.
W. D. Brydone-Jack, M.D.
C. W. Murray, Secretary
W. D. Brydone-Jack,M.D., Chairman
W. J. McGuigan, M.D.
C. W. Murray, Secretary
C. C. Eldridge
Mrs. C. Reid
Wm. Brown
Jas. Ramsay
from 1st July,
S. B. Perry
G. R. Gordon
J. J. Banfield
J. J. Logan
Jas. Ramsay
W. D. Brydone-Jack, M.D.
W. J. McGuigan, M.D.
C. W. Murray, Chairman
Secretary of the Board, J. J. Woods
C. W. Murray, Chairman
W. J. McGuigan, M.D*
Thos. Duke
G. R. Gordon
J. J. Banfield
J. J. Logan
Jas. Ramsay
Secretary of the Board, J. J.
•C. W. Murray, Chairman
W. J. McGuigan, M.D.
Thos. Duke
G. R. Gordon
J. J. Banfield
W. D. Brydone-Jack, M.D.
James Ramsay, Chairman
1902, to 31st Dec, 1902
Secretary to the Board, Geo.
J. J. Banfield, Chairman
Thos. Duke
Jas. Ramsay
W. J. McGuigan, M.D.
G. R. Gordon
W. D. Brydone-Jack, M.D.
D. Donaldson
Secretary of the Board, C. W. Murray
1903-1904 .
Thos. Duke, Chairman
D. Donaldson
W. J. McGuigan, M.D.
James Ramsay
William Clubb
J. J. Dougan
W. B. McKechnie, M.D.
Superintendent, W. P. Argue,tB.A.
Secretary, C. W. Murray
W. B. McKechnie, M.D., Chairman
Wm. Clubb
James Ramsay
J. J. Dougan
Thos. Duke
R. P. McLellan
J. B. Ferguson
Superintendent, W. P. Argue, B.A.
Secretary, C. W. Murray HIGH SCHOOL, FAIRVIEW.
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Board oe School Trustees.
^o the Board of School Trustees:
Gentlemen,—As the Chairmen of the various Committees have presented
to you reports in detail of the work done during the year, it is needless for
me to give you any lengthened report.
As the education of the youth of the country is at all times of paramount
importance, so the duties devolving upon this or any other School Board are
always such as to claim the best judgment and energy of the various
During the early part of the year just past, overtures were made to this
Board by the authorities of McGill University, with a view of extending the
work of the High School along the lines of Natural Sciences.
Dr. Tory, a representative of McGill, addressed the Board on several
occasions, with the result that the Board agreed to acquiesce in the proposals
made. A Bill will be presented to the Legislature at its next session, asking
for the ratification of certain changes to be made in the High School here.
When this is done, as it no doubt will be, Vancouver College will become to
a large extent a separate institution from Vancouver High School; and
students who intend taking a Science course will then be enabled to complete
their first two years here, as the Arts students have been able to do for some
years past. Besides, the Arts students will have an opportunity of taking any
of the options prescribed in the Curriculum. The importance of this change
is evident; as besides the great advantage to our students, it will fix for all
time the educational center of the Province in the city of Vancouver.
A Domestic Science course for the girls of the public schools was started
during the year. Miss Berry, a graduate of the McDonald Institute, at
Guelph, Ontario, was placed in charge, and is doing highly satisfactory work.
That this is only a commencement, I trust; and I hope that the present year
will see at least one or two additional Domestic Science centers opened.
In September a Commercial Department was opened in the High School,
with an initial attendance of over thirty pupils. This department is well
equipped with typewriters and other requisites.
A new Model School, which in architectural appearance and general plan
will rank well with any buildings of its class in the Dominion, is now well
under construction.
A new ^School wa«topene& Jtif^Grand View, while several portable buildings
had to hfecresorted to in various ■pq,T\$tof t^ie city to relieve the pressure in the
larger schools. iv3^5jt * ***
m At ^ £he last Se^Qn of the XegisUtura ,the School Act was materially reference ko Ihe g&yernfjiejij gr&rjt. Heretofore, the grant has
been* on a per capita basis," reckoned* oif the'actual average attendance. Henceforth it will be at the rate of $360.00 per teacher in cities of the First Class, Strathcona School.—Sixteen Rooms.
Fairview School.—Eight Rooms. Board oe School Trustees.
with a supplemental $100.00 if the salary be $560.00 or over. This will mean
an additional financial obligation to the City of Vancouver of approximately
$10,000.00, but obligations must be assumed and nothing allowed to interfere
with the educational interests of the city.
The school population is rapidly increasing, and the Board will ever have
to be on the alert in the matter of procuring new and suitable sites for school
buildings in order to keep sufficient accommodation for the public school
pupils of Vancouver.
I think the future Boards ought to keep in mind the idea suggested during the past year of beautifying the school grounds with trees and shrubs.
This cannot be all done in one year, but by doing a certain amount each year
no great outlay need be made at any one time.
In conclusion, I wish to thank the members of the Board for the honor
conferred upon me a year ago in placing me in the chair, and to assure you
that the honor has been duly appreciated. And further, to express my
appreciation of the work done by the City Superintendent and Secretary, in
their respective spheres. Under the energetic supervision of the Superintendent, the schools of the city never stood in better position than they do
Wishing the Members and Officers of the Board the Compliments of the
I am yours,
Annual Report of Chairman of Management Committee,  1905.
^o the Board of School Trustees:
Mr. Chairman and Gentlemen,—I have the honor to submit a report
of the Management Committee for the year 1905.
,"/■     Enrollment and average attendance for each month of 1905 :
Enroll.      Av. Att. Enroll.      Av. Att.
January 5186... .4622.22 August 5000 4780.30
February   .. .5214 . . .4542.92 September . .5543.. . .4825.11
March 5207... .4527.25 October.   .. 5609 .. .4935.36
April 5267... 4563.67 November.  .5678... .5025.33
May 5229... 4547.59 December. . .5469... .4933.76
Tune 4999.... 4523.16  10
Board oe School Trustees.
Enrollment for the month of November for each year since 1897 ;
An examination of the above statistics will show how rapidly the school
population is increasing, and will suggest an explanation of the ever present
difficulty of providing adequate accommodation. A year ago the High School
was moved to the new building in Fairview, and the building vacated was
used for Public School classes. In August, the new four-roomed school in
Grand View was opened, and in October, three temporary one-roomed buildings were erected in different parts of the city. Notwithstanding this additional accommodation, the following schools are crowded, viz: Cedar Cove,
Seymour, Strathcona, Mt. Pleasant, High School, Fairview and Roberts. A
large stone building is now under construction on a block of land situated
between 10th and 12th Avenues, on Ash Street, which will relieve Mt. Pleasant
and Fairview Schools. Immediate steps must be taken to provide relief for
the schools in other parts of the city.
Vancouver College and High School continues its excellent record of
previous years. Below will be found a statement of the number of pupils
who were successful at the various examinations held during the year :
University Second Year       4
University First Year  10
Matriculation     40
Junior Departmental  63
Preliminary High School 122
The Rhodes Scholarship for British Columbia: Israel Rubinowitz (First
Year Arts, 1901).
The Flumerfelt Scholarship : Thomas Ernest Price (Second Year Arts,
Second Year Exhibitions at McGill:   Ellen McClughan (Matriculation
in Arts, 1903) ;   Henry Tremanie Logan (Matriculation in Arts, 1903).
Governor-General's Medal to "Head of School": Olive McWhinney.
B. C. McGill Graduates' Society's prize to "Best Matriculant from the
Province'': Andrew Rutherford Thompson (Second Place).
Early in the year a room in the High School was fitted with special desks,
so that a class of thirty-six may carry on experiments at one time. Each
desk is provided with water and gas and a small individual equipment. Competent judges consider this room one of the best of its kind in the Dominion.
A large amount of physical and chemical apparatus was added to the equipment about March. The new program of studies issued by the Department
in August made provision for a Commercial Course in High Schools. This
course includes such subjects as book-keeping, stenography, typewriting,
business forms, and laws of business, as well as the English and mathematical Manual Training Centre
Manual Training Centre 12
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subjects of the Junior Grade course. Twelve typewriters, a rotary mimeograph and letter files, have been purchased, and this department has now all
necessary apparatus for doing successful work. The Commercial Class numbers thirty-five.
The public schools are doing efficient work. The discipline has been well
maintained. Steady progress has been made by the pupils in all grades and
in all subjects. The results of the entrance examinations given below, as well
as the excellent exhibit of school work made by the Vancouver Schools at
New Westminster, are some indication of what is being accomplished.
Number of pupils from each school passing the Entrance Examinations
into the High School during the year 1905 :
Central   22
Dawson 41
Fairview   18
Mt. Pleasant 17
Roberts 35
Seymour  17
Strathcona   24
Total  174
From information given below, some idea of the growth of the school
system may be obtained, as well as some idea of the professional standing of
the teachers composing the staff.
Number of teachers on the Vancouver Staff in December for each year
since 1902:
Males Females
December, 1903 29 63...
December, 1904 30 71...
December, 1905 29 83...
.  92
Special instructors employed by the Board :
Manual Training
Domestic Science 1
Supervisor of Music 1
Supervisor of Drill, etc 1
Number of teachers holding the different grades of certificates:
University Graduate with Academic Certificate  23
Academic Certificate  2
First Class Certificate  30
Second Class Certificate ■  55
Third Class Certificate  2
For over a year music has been taught to public school classes. Early in
January a course indicating what work each grade might be expected to cover
was outlined by the Supervisor of Music. It is gratifying to learn that the
teachers succeeded in covering the work assigned and in many cases in doing
more. Equally gratifying has been the interest the teachers have taken in
the subject  and  the  effort they have made to master it.    Classes for the  14
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instruction of teachers were held by the Supervisor after school hours.    These
classes will be continued.
A steady improvement is noticeable in the drawing. It has been felt,
however, that the importance of this subject, the necessity for teachers
receiving instruction and the necessity for a closer supervision of the work of
teachers and pupils, more than justify the appointment of a supervisor, who
is a specialist. At a recent meeting of the Board it was decided to advertise
in local and eastern papers. Applications are expected to be in the hands of
the Secretary the last week of January, 1906.
The woodwork classes have been well attended, and the quality of the
work done has been excellent. A splendid opportunity of seeing the
character of the instruction given in woodwork was furnished parents, at the
closing of the schools in June, when evening sessions were held, and at the
Dominion Fair, New Westminster, where the Manual Training Exhibit was
such a striking feature. Each woodwork centre has twenty benches, but as
many divisions have more than this number of boys, it has not been possible
to give every boy an opportunity of attending the classes. To obviate this
difficulty, four new benches are being added to each centre.
In July, the Board appointed Miss Elizabeth Berry, a graduate of the
Macdonald Training School, Guelph, Ontario, teacher of Domestic Science.
A kitchen in Central School No. 2 was furnished to accommodate twenty four
pupils. Two hundred and eighty-eight girls from the senior grade classes
have been receiving instruction. The attendance has been regular, and the
interest shewn by pupils and parents is ample evidence that the teaching has
been interesting and instructive. Thirty divisions send boys to the woodwork
classes and ten divisions send girls to the cooking classes. In the twenty
divisions where the girls who do not take cooking are by themselves with
their regular teacher, an effort is being made to have sewing systematically
Systematic instruction in drill has been given to all public school classes,
and to the Cadet Company in the High School. In the public school the
instruction has not been given for the purpose of display, but for the purpose
of improving the health of the pupils and of improving the general discipline
of the school. Special attention has been given to the following: physical
drill, marching drill, turnings, standing positions, method of falling in,
forming fours, explanation of terms. The Cadet Company, which numbers
about fifty, is fully equipped, and has made good progress in physical and
military drill. In April it paraded with the 6th Regiment D.C.O.R., for its
annual inspection by Col. J. G. Holmes, D.C.C., who expressed himself as
highly pleased with its appearance and drill. About two hundred boys have
received instruction at the Drill Hall in the care of fire-arms and the rudiments of rifle shooting, and very satisfactory progress has been made. Attendance at these classes is voluntary, and the practices take place after school
The pupils enrolled in the various schools have attended regularly, the
daily average being about 88% of the monthly enrollment. It was necessary
in a few cases to take action under the compulsory clause of the Public Schools Mt. PleasantISchool.—Sixteen Rooms.
Dawson School.—Sixteen Rooms. 16
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Act. Of the five cases brought before the magistrate, three resulted in fines
being imposed, one in suspended sentence and one in dismissal. In the last
case the parent proved that his boy had passed the age limit for compulsory
The Management Committee congratulate themselves and the Board on
securing so many able teachers during the past year, and are particularly
pleased with the work done by the entire staff. We cannot speak too highly
of Mr. W. P. Argue, City Superintendent, or lay too much stress upon the
great good done. No better man could be secured for the position. There is
no question the good results of the year's work are largely due to his good
judgment and excellent management.
I am, respectfully yours,
Chairman Management Committee.
Annual Report of Chairman of Building Committee,  1905.
^o the Board of School Trustees:
Mr. Chairman and Gentlemen,—In submitting the report of the
Building Committee, we will briefly as possible give a review of the work
done during the year which has just ended, and also submit for the benefit of
the Committee of 1906, an outline sketch of the work which in our opinion we
deem will be worthy of their careful consideration.
At our first meeting we found it necessary to provide accommodation for
the school district now known as Grand View. We immediately, with this
object in view, requested that competitive plans be called for a four-roomed
school building, with stone foundation and superstructure of wood. The
architects were requested to submit plans and specifications, arranged in a
manner that would admit of a proper extension at some future date, and still
conform in general appearance with the building first erected. Several architects submitted plans and specifications, and after a careful examination of the
several plans, the Board accepted the one submitted by W. T. Whiteway, Esq.,
architect, of this city. The contract was awarded to J. McLuckie, Esq., and
the building completed and occupied at the beginning of the Fall term in
August. We consider this building to be one of the best in the city, both as
regards convenience of pupils and teachers, as well as being supplied with
the most modern and up-to-date heating and ventilating apparatus, viz., the
Fan System, which is now being universally adopted by the most progressive
schools of America.
The altering of the heating and ventilating system of the Mt. Pleasant
School (which had been recommended by the previous committee), was the
next  important  undertaking,  which we   found  necessary  to  remedy,   and Roberts School.—Eight Rooms.
Seymour School.—Eight Rooms. 18
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decided after a thorough investigation, that tenders be called for this needed
improvement. The Fan System was decided upon, it being the opinion of the
committee, from reliable information received, to be the best method to adopt
in order to provide good and sufficient ventilation. Tenders were received for
this work, and the one submitted by W. Ralph, Esq., for the sum of $2,487,
was accepted. The Mt. Pleasant School, as you are aware, contains seven
furnaces, placed in the following manner ; two in the north east corner, two
in the south-east, and three in the center of the west portion of the basement.
in the plan which was adopted, the four furnaces, viz., those in the northeast and south east parts of the basement, were placed side by side in the
south-east corner, forming a battery of four furnaces with hot and cold air
pipes leading to every room in the building, with a fan driven by a motor
forcing the air under the furnaces, where under pressure it is distributed to
the different rooms. The three furnaces remaining were taken out of the
building, and two of them utilized for heating the Grand View school. We
find that the new system just outlined is giving good satisfaction, with a
saving of about 25% of the cost of fuel, besides giving the desired ventilation.
The contract for the plumbing of the Gymnasium in connection with the
High School was awarded to W. A. Brown, after competition, and completed
at a cost of $312.90. The plumbing consists of the following fixtures, viz.,
lavatories, bath tubs and shower baths, in two rooms, one for the young men
and one for the young women. At this time also, the Gymnasium building
was painted, and electric light fixtures put in at a cost of $190.
The High School grounds required to be laid out in a uniform manner,
and in order to get a variety of suggestions so as to arrive at the best manner
in which to lay out the grounds and beautify them, the pupils of the city
schools were requested to furnish plans, showing the manner which they
deemed best of beautifying the grounds. Prizes of $10 each were awarded to
persons submitting the three best plans. The successful competitors were
Harold E. Powe, Fairview School, Kenneth A. McLennan, High School, and
Geo. W. Shier, Central School. The services of an engineer were engaged,
and the plan for the improvement of the High School grounds was made,
tenders were called for, and the contract awarded to Messrs. Smith and
Storey, for the sum of $1,450.00.
As considerable heat was lost owing to the hot air pipes in the High
School having no protection, it was deemed necessary to have them covered
with asbestos paper, the contract for the work being awarded to Messrs.
MacLachlan Bros., at a cost ot $104.00. This work has been a great saving
in fuel as well as improving the heating of the school.
Owing to the rapid growth of that portion of the city on the south side of
False Creek, lying between Granville and Bridge Streets, it became necessary for
more school accommodation to be provided in that locality. After considerable delay, negotiations were entered into for the purchase of land; a site
was secured between Bridge and Ash Streets, and between 10th and 12th
Avenues, the purchase price of the site being $5,824.20. As soon as the site
was secured, immediate steps were taken to have the ground cleared and
roughly graded,  and  competitive plans were called for a school  building. Old High School.—Eight Rooms.
Central School.—Eight Rooms. 20
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Among the several plans submitted, E. E. Blackmore, Esq., architect, of this
city, was awarded the selection. Tenders were called for, and J. McLuckie,
Esq., being the lowest tenderer, was awarded the contract, for the sum of
$46,000.00. The heating and ventilating contract was awarded to Messrs.
Wilband and Morrow. It was decided that the building be erected of stone
and brick, similar to the new High School, viz., the front and two sides being
of stone, and the rear of brick. It is considered that this will be one of the
best school buildings in Canada. The general plan of the building shows the
latest and best manner of accommodation for both pupils and teachers. The
heating and ventilation is hot air and the Fan System, which is acknowledged
to be as near perfection as possible. In the third story of this building a
large auditorium is arranged for, where all the pupils can be assembled on
occasions when it is deemed advisable to do so. This building when completed
will be a fine structure, both as regards accommodation and appearance, and
being situated in a very prominent place, will materially add to the attractiveness of the other public buildings in that locality.
The crowded condition of the Roberts School district made it necessary
for us to provide additional accommodation. This was accomplished by the
placing of a temporary one room building on the corner of the school grounds,
which gives a measure of relief for the present.
In order to protect the school property, the Board deemed it advisable to
have gates placed on all school grounds, the gates to be locked during Summer
months at 9 p.m., and in Fall and Winter at 5 p.m. The janitors were all
sworn in as special constables, and were instructed to put a stop to any
unseemly conduct on the part of the boys, as well as to see that no damage
was done to the property.
When the Grand View School was nearing completion, we found it
necessary (there being no sewer) to have a septic tank constructed in order to
make the sanitary conditions as good as possible.
A room in the old High School, Cambie Street, was fitted up for the
purpose of teaching Domestic Science. The room is provided with all the
necessary and most modern utensils and appliances for demonstrating and
giving instruction in that very desirable subject.
The Mt. Pleasant School being overcrowded, it became necessary for us
to relieve the pressure, which was accomplished by the erection of a temporary
school building, similar to that erected on the Roberts School grounds.
The distance from Cedar Cove to Seymour School being considered too
great for small children, we had another temporary building erected on Block
47, D.L. 184, corner of Victoria Drive and Princess Street, which we have no
doubt is very much appreciated by the parents living in that section of the
A block of land has been secured for the English Bay section, which will
be needed in the near future. Manual TrainingIExhibit atIDominion Fair,INew Westminster.
Primary   Room—Model School. 22
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High School.—Considerable work was done on the grounds, such as
placing cinders around the building, so as to keep the walks in as dry a condition as possible.
Dawson School.—Gates were placed on the grounds, the plank walks
repaired, and the wire on the fence renewed where broken.
Central School.—The foundation was repainted, cement steps entering
the basement renewed, platform at rear of building raised and relaid, also
some galvanized iron work repaired.
Strathcona School.—The roofs of both buildings received some attention, the front entrances overhauled, repaired and painted. The grounds
were graded and drains put in, gates put on and fence repaired.
MT. Pleasant School. Heating and ventilating received a thorough
overhauling, the furnaces being renewed and the ventilating of the building
put in first class condition ; also some repairs to the walks and steps, lavatory
put in the Manual Training centre and fence repaired.
Fairview School.—Slight repairs to front entrance.
Seymour School.—The roof repaired in places, gates put on and other
slight repairs.
Roberts School.—Roof repaired, gates put on and broad plank walk
built at the rear entrance.
Fairview West School.—The ground in front of the school was
planked to enable the pupils to line up properly,
High School.—Considerable work will be required to be done on the
grounds, and the Building Committee for 1906 should have an amount placed
in the estimates so that that work can be carried out. Some provision should
be made for fitting up the Gymnasium; bicycle sheds should be built, one for
boys and one for girls. When this building was erected, the ventilating
flues for several of the rooms only extended into the attic, where it was supposed to find its way to the ventilator in the roof and thus escape. This
should be remedied by having each ventilating flue carried to the ventilator in
the roof, thus preventing any possibility of foul air remaining in the attic and
probably under certain atmospheric conditions be forced back into the rooms.
Dawson School.—The roof of this building will need considerable overhauling, as the slates are gradually dropping off. The planking around the
building will need renewing in a great many places. Should the increase in
school population continue, a new school building will have to be erected on
the ground now occupied by the Dawson Primary School. It would be a
move in the right direction to have the heating and ventilating in this building remodelled on the lines adopted in the Mt. Pleasant School.
Central School.—This building will require some slight repairs to the
interior stairs on the south side of the building; also a residence erected for
the use of the janitor, as the rooms at present occupied are not a fit place to Board of School Trustees.
live in.    The old High School building should be kalsomined, and woodwork
Fairview School.—This building should be raised, the basement excavated and a stone foundation built, also the heating and ventilating apparatus
renewed and changed to the Fan System. The building should be painted, as
well as the roof and some repairs to the planking around the school. As the
new survey gives an additional 20 feet on the south side of the block, the
fence should be extended to the new line, which will give quite an addition
to the grounds.
Strathcona School.—The roof of the old building will need shingling.
The furnaces will have to be overhauled, and it would be well to adopt the
Fan System in this school.
MT. Pleasant School.—The floor in the Manual Training School will
have to be renewed, new walks will have to be laid on the east and south
sides of the old part of the building, also from school to the street on the east
side. More accommodation is required for the janitor, as the present building is too small.
Seymour School.—Furnaces overhauled, some planking of walks done,
the interior kalsomined, and woodwork painted inside and out, also the roof.
Roberts School.—The exterior of the building and roof needs to be
painted, also some filling in about the school with cinders.
Fairview West School.—An addition to the present building will be
required, as this section of the city is growing rapidly.
Grand View School.—The ground should be properly graded and
Cedar Cove School.—A new building will be required in this part of
the city, as the increase is becoming very marked. It would also be advisable
to have the block cleared and graded.
The advisability of appointing an architect either on salary or commission
was considered. Correspondence on the question was had with a large
number of cities in Canada and the United States. As there is a diversity of
opinion regarding the benefit to be derived from such an appointment, the
matter was laid over for future action.
The by-law to be submitted for the sanction of the electors on the 11th
inst., it is proposed to be expended in the following places :
Cedar Cove, building, grounds, etc  $14,000 00
Grand View, grounds, etc  4,500 00
Seymour, improving grounds  500 00
Dawson Primary, 8 room brick building   35,000 00
Roberts, building and grounds  12,500 00
Fairview, corner 9th Avenue and Granville Street .... 6,000 00
Fairview West, building, etc  12,500 00
English Bay, securing grounds  5,000 00
Contingencies  10,000 00
Total    .. .$100,000 00 24
Board oe School Trustees.
The amount realized from this by-law we are in hopes will be sufficient to
carry us through the year 1906, and probably well on in the year 1907. We
realize that the problem of providing school accommodation for this rapidly-
growing city is quite a tax on the ratepayers, but on the other hand it is a
good indication of the ever-increasing and substantial growth of this young
and progressive city. The suggested improvements for 1906 are given as
nearly as can possibly be done at this time, and there may in all probability
be some repairs and improvements needed in the school buildings and grounds
which may crop up as the year advances.
The work of this Committee during the year just ended was as in the past
year a busy one, and although we no doubt have made mistakes, we feel on
the whole that the work was fairly well done, both as regards selection of
sites and plans for buildings, as well as the structures erected. The work of
the Building Committee for the year 1906 will be a busy one, and we trust our
successors will endeavour to carry on the work in a better and more thorough
manner than we have done.
We desire to express our appreciation for the many courtesies received
from the members of the Board during the past year, and we earnestly hope
that our successors will receive the same consideration. In conclusion, I
might say that in the discharge of the committee's duties, many occasions
have arisen where the long practical experience and wise council of Mr.
Murray, the efficient Secretary, has been of the greatest service, in fact his
services during the year have been almost invaluable, and as Chairman of the
Building Committee for the past year, I have no hesitation in stating that the
School Board is exceedingly fortunate in having in its employ such a competent and reliable officer, and I am sure this statement will be heartily
endorsed by every member of the Building Committee.
Jas. C. Shaw $150
Geo. E. Robinson  130
J. K. Henry      125
Miss Maud Hunt   100
L. Robertson   100
James Henderson   100
S. W. Mathews     100
D. B. Johnston 100
R. W. Suter 100
Thos. Brough       90
Thos. Pattison     100
CENTRAL school.
D. M. Robinson M- • $105
R. Sparling     90
C. L. Fillmore     65
Miss M. MacLachlan      50
Miss A. Hay       50
Miss A. L. Buttimer     57
Miss A. E. Elmsley     55
Miss A. Moore g ...    52
Miss K. Bajus     50
Miss R. Springer     50
Miss M. Watson     50
Miss E. Lawrence ,     45
Miss D. Allison  $50
Miss M. McCain     50
F. M. Cowperthwaite $110
Geo. E. McKee    65
Miss M. Burns  57
E. Caspell  67
Miss E. M. Logan  50
Miss M. Paul  50
Miss E. J. Carter     55
' Miss L. Maclaren  55
Miss M. Creech  55
Miss K. Lane  50
Miss C. McNair  55
Miss R. Tanner  50
Miss W. Creech v 52
Miss E. E. Fletcher  65
Miss F. M. Currie     55
Miss Emily Beattie  45
Miss E. LeFeuvre  50
Miss M. Hastings  45
Miss Alice M. Lewis  40
Thos. Leith $105
R. S. Sherman  87
Miss A. Newsom  62
Miss M. Johnston       55
Miss H. Allan  50
Miss E. D. Perkins  50
Miss P. Musgrove  40
Miss M. Lewis  50
Miss M. I. Fraser  62
G. H. Tom $110
R. H. Cairns  85
James Beath  60
u uu      Mrs.
Miss G. Wilson  50 00
Miss B. Johnston  80 00.
Miss M. McKay  65 00
Miss C. Barnes  55 00
Miss M. McKinnon  55 00
Miss L. McNair  62 50
Miss E. Burpee  50 00
Miss H. Carter  50 00
Miss E. Leek     50 00
Miss D. Cattell  50 00
Miss J. Curtis  45 00
Miss H. Mackay  45 00
Miss A. E. McEwen  40 00
Miss K. Bethune (^Substitute) 40 00
A. Gilchrist   .. .#  $95 00
A. Clark  80 00
Miss E. J. Cameron  50 00
Miss A. J. Davidson  50 00
Miss M. McNair  45 00
Miss J. Campbell  50 00
Miss E. Olding      52 50
Miss B. N. Macken  50 00
Miss I. Henderson     52 50
Miss M. N. McKenzie  $55 00
Miss J. Trembath |g|      . . 57 50
Miss Ella J. Brown  45 00
E. H. Murphy  $95.00
Wm. McDonagh  80 00
Miss S. McAlpine  55 00
Miss W. Lawson  50 00
Miss M. Shannon  40 00
Miss L. Burpee  45 00
Miss H. Copeland (Substitute) 40 00
Mrs. A. G. Shine  50 00
Miss M. Truswell  $57 50
Miss E. C. Parker  $57 50
Miss E. L. George  55 00
mt. pleasant school.
G. W. Jamieson $110 00
H. B. King  82 50
John Martin  67 50
Morris Shaver  62 50
Miss L. McGeer  52 50
Miss M. Sloan  55 00
Miss A. McCallum  55 00
Miss D. C. Caldwell  50 00
Miss L. Robinson  50 00
Miss G. L. Brethour  50 00
Miss M. Holloway  45 00
Miss E. Snider  45 00
Miss L. Laursen    § 40 00
Miss G. Davidson  40 00
Miss S. Peppard  50 00
Miss A. Smith  40 00
Miss Helen Milne..:  40 00
Miss M. O'Dwyer (Substitute) 40 00
Mrs. A. J. Colbeck  50 00 26
Board of School Trustees.
W. P. Argue, City Superintendent $183 35
C. W. Murray, Secretary 125 00
Miss F. I. Parker, Assistant Secretary     45 00
John Paul, Attendance Officer •'    50 00
S. Northrop, Dawson School $100 00
W. A. McKeown, Strathcona School     83 35
J. Geo. Lister     83 35
Geo. P. Hicks  $83 35
Miss E. Berry	
Sergt.-Major Bundy.
$62 50
$55 00
H. Keeley, High School   j  $60 00
S. Holmes, Central School  50 00
S. Harris, Old High School     50 00
J. Dorman, Dawson School  95 00
J. W. Ellis, Strathcona School  90 00
H. W. Howes, Mt. Pleasant School   85 00
G. A. Stevens, Fairview School  55 00
W. Doig, Seymour School  50 00
Wm. Carter, West Fairview School I  35 00
Thos. Price, Roberts School  55 00
Geo. Yates, Grand View School  30 00
Mrs. Hale, Cedar Cove School  10 00
1893 TO 1905 INCLUSIVE.
1893 ..
1896 . .
1903 ..
1904 .
No. of
No. of
$39,450 43
47,537 33
43,300 00
48,162 87
48,051 20
56,380 00
56,296 27
66,184 62
78,542 18
88,525 75
89,822 14
102,351 84
115,477 21
on Buildings and
$16,082 04
18,721 17
96,044 78
55,085 71
*Also Three Manual Training Instructors, Drill Instructor and Supervisor
of Music. 7 Board of School Trustees. (Signed) JOHN JOHNSTONE,
Vancouver, B.C., 5th March, 1906. Board oe Schooi, Trustees..
Allan, Helen C  2nd     January, 1904
Allison, Dorothy 2nd '. August, 1904
Bajus, Kathleen 1st    January, 1904
Buttimer, Annie  3rd August, 1892
Burns, Margaret 2nd    October, 1902
Brough, Thomas B.A August, 1904
Beattie, Emily 1st September,   1904
Beath, James 2nd February, 1903
Barnes, Catherine 2nd August, 1890
Burpee, Ethel 1st   January, 1903
Burpee, Leila 1st  August, 1904
Brethour, G. Lilian   2nd August, 1903
Bethune, Katharine (Temporary) 2nd September,  1905
Brown, Ella J .". .2nd August, 1905
Caspell, E 1st  s  August, 1899    .
Carter, Ethel Jane 2nd August, 1899
Curtis, Julia , . .2nd October, 1904'
Creech, Mary M. 3rd .' "... April, 1899
Creech, Winnifred J. E 2nd I .April, 1902
Currie, Flora M., 2nd January, 1904
Clark, A 1st August, 1902
Campbell, Jessie 1st  October, 1902
Cairns, R. H  1st       February, 1903
Carter, Hilda 2nd August, 1903
Cowperthwaite, F. M B.A 1890-1897, 1902-1906
Cattell, Dorothy    1st  January, 1904
Caldwell, D. Claire B.A April, 1904
Cameron, Elizabeth J B.A  August, 1905
Copeland, Gertrude (Temporary) 2nd November, 1905 .
Colbeck, Mrs. A.J 2ndm March, 1900
Davidson, Augusta J 2nd February, 1900
Davidson, Gladys 2nd    August, 1905
Elmsly,'Ada B  1st November, 1900
Fraser, Mabel 1 2nd February, 1897
Fletcher, Elizabeth E 2nd August, 1893
Fillmore, C. L B.A August, 1905
Gilchrist, A 1st August, 1897
George, Elizabeth L 2nd August, 1898
Henry, J. K B.A August, 1893
Hunt, Maude M.A August, 1899
Henderson, Jas M.A January, 1902
Henderson, Isobel 1st March, 1901
Holloway, Mamie    .2nd August, 1904
Hay, Alice   2nd August, 1897
Hastings, Marion   2nd February, 1905
Johnston, D. B B.A January, 1902
Johnstone, Marion B 2nd p March, 1891
Johnston, Bessie 1st March, 1891
Jamieson, G. W 1st       August, 1890
King, H. B Academic January, 1904
Leith, Thos 1st     August, 1897
2nd November, 1904
,2nd March, 1904
2nd February, 1902
, Academic October, 1904
Logan, Elizabeth M B.A November, 1905
Lane, Kate E B.A August, 1905
Lewis, Alice M. , 2nd August, 1905
Laursen, Lili J. U 1st     August, 1905
Moore, Annie 1st January, 1902
Martin, John 1st     January. 1904
Murphy, E. H 1st  January, 1901
Mathews, S. W M.A April, 1902
Maclaren, Louise 1st     November, 1895
Musgrove, Pearl         12nd     August, 1905
Mackay, Hattie       ft  "... 1st April, 1905
Macken, B. Norine 2nd .." August, 1901
Milne, Helen B 1st      October, 1905
McDonagh, Wm.
McCain, Minnie C
McNair, Clara ..
McKay, Minnie G
McKinnon, Mary
McNair, Laura ...
McAlpine, Sara..
McCallum, Ada E
1st  February, 1903
2nd     August, 1904
2nd March, 1901
2nd March, 1891
2nd    January, 1897
2nd M.  August, 1897
2nd October, 1900
2nd August, 1895
McGeer, Lucy 2nd November, 1901
McKee, Geo. E B.A May, 1905
McEwen, Agnes E 1st  August, 1905
McNair, Muriel 2nd    July, 1905
McKenzie, Margaret N 1st  January, 1905
MacLachlan, Mary  2nd May, 1904
Newsom, Annie 2nd March, 1900
Olding, Elizabeth 2nd January, 1902
O'Dwyer, Mabel (Temporary).. .2nd November, 1905
Peppard, Sara I B.A October, 1905
Pattison, Thos M.A February, 1901
Parker, Edith Clara 2nd February, 1899
Paul, Margaret 1st  October, 1902
Perkins, Ella D B.A    .August, 1905
Robinson, Geo. E B.A August, 1893
Robinson, D. M B.A January, 1894
Robinson, Leonora 2nd April, 1903
Robertson, L B.A August, 1901
Shaw, James C M.A September,  1892
Suter, R. W B.A., B.Sc October, 1902
Sparling, R      1st  August, 1900
Sherman, R. S 1st February, 1903
Springer, Ruby \ 2nd February, 1903
Shine, Mrs. A. G 2nd April, 1903
Shaver, Morris Ztid February, 1904
Sloan, Marjorie  2nd August, 1900
Snider, Emma S 2nd August, 1904
Shannon, Mary 2nd August, 1905
Smith, Annie 2nd October, 1905
Tanner, Rebecca 2nd    August, 1900
Trembath, Jennie 1st  February, 1900
Truswell, Mary 1st     August, 1899
Tom, G. H ' 1st     August, 1891
Wilson, Grace    B.A.     August, 1904
Watson, Margaret  B.A March, 1905


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