Ontario Government Record Series RG 2-17
6.3 metres of textual records
Series consists of the annual reports of local superintendents and boards of trustees.
The reports are usually divided into two sections, one giving the financial statistics pertaining to the schools and the other such items as: the names, salaries, religion, experience and qualifications of the teachers; the enrolment in each subject; the text books used; the construction of the schools; when they were built; the general condition of the accommodations and the school grounds.
The reports are arranged and listed alphabetically by townships, cities and towns, e.g. all the reports for Ameliasburgh Township, 1850-1870, are filed together. Two geographical indices listing the various Local Superintendents for 1864 and 1870 are included at the beginning of the series (microfilm reel MS 3515).
In addition to the Local Superintendents' Annual Reports for Common (Public) Schools, some scattered reports for Separate Schools are to be found in this series. These reports were submitted by the Board of Trustees for the Separate School to the Local Superintendent for Public Schools, and were doubtless passed on by him to the Department of Public Instruction.
The School Act of 1850 (13 and 14 Vic., Chap. 48, Sec. 27) provided for the appointment of Local Superintendents by County Councils. The Local Superintendent was not a professional educator but usually either a clergyman or a physician who undertook the supervision of the common schools as a part time position. Each Superintendent was to have charge of not more than 100 teachers and received the sum of £1 per school per year for his services. One of his duties was to submit, before March 1 each year, an annual inspection report on a form provided by the Education Office. In the case of cities and incorporated towns and villages, the report was submitted by the Board of Trustees.
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Related records held by the Archives of Ontario include Department of Education incoming general correspondence (Reference Code: RG 2-12), which contains the covering letters for the annual reports that usually appeared around the end of February.
Earlier reports may be found in Education Office annual reports of District Superintendents and District Councils (Reference Code: RG 2-16) and in Education Office local regulations, reports and school population returns (Reference Code: RG 2-22). See also, Education Office Roman Catholic Separate School trustee reports (Reference Code: RG 2-19).
The reports that are extant from the townships and villages in Perth County were filmed together on microfilm reel MS 916.
No further accruals are expected.
This series was formerly described as RG 2, Series F-3-B.
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These records were created by the following Ontario government agency or agencies. Click on the agency reference code for information about this agency and other records it created.
|Department of Public Instruction (BA95)||Education Office (CA16)|
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