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Balsam Grove School
Brevard High School
Broad Valley Institute - Penrose
Carson Creek School
Dunn's Rock School
Enon School
Gloucester School
Hogback - Lakeside School
Ida Shipman School - Possum College
Little River School
Mine Mountain School - Cedar Mountain
Montvale School - Sapphire
Owen School
Pine Grove School
Rosenwald School
Selica School - April 1985
Toxaway School
Union Church and School

Beauty Hill School
Brevard Institute
Calvert School
Cedar Mountion School
Davidson River School
English Chapel School
Epworth School
Glade School - Cathey's Creek
Hogback - Pea Ridge School
Holden School
Laurel Creek School
Oakland School
Quebec School
Rosman School
Round Top School
Silversteen School
Turkey Creek School
Vance Galloway School

 

Public Schools of Transylvania County NC, 1905-1910

Sylvan Valley News, 1910

To the Honorable Board of Education, Transylvania County:

Gentlemen: It is with much pleasure that I respectfully submit to you this report, showing the progress of education in Transylvania county from July 1, 1905 to July 30, 1910. The report, being presented in pamphlet form, will serve as a convenient medium of communication between the administration and the public, giving the people information in regard to the condition of the schools and educational work in the county.

Much progress has been made and is being made in the development of our public schools, and I take this opportunity, gentlemen, to sincerely thank you for your hearty co-operation in the work.

Most sincerely yours,

T. C. Henderson,

Supt. Of County Schools

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The people have the right to the privilege of education, and it is the duty of the State to guard and maintain that right.—Section 27, Bill of Rights, Constitution of North Carolina  

Our Public Schools

Buildings and Equipment

Five years ago there was scarcely a respectable school house in Transylvania county. Most of the structures called school houses were either uncomfortable and unsightly framed houses with no ceiling and poor seats, or uncouth log huts provided with benches which were apparently constructed to provide a place of punishment for unruly pupils. The total value of all public school property was only about $5,000.00. During the past five years, we have built ten new school houses and have ceiled and otherwise repaired several old buildings, until today we have school property valued at over $30,000.00—an increase of more than $5,000 a year. This remarkable increase in school property has been made possible by entertainments, private donations, local taxation and receipts from the Literary Fund of the State.

During the past five years, we have seated 22 school rooms with patent desks and provided 25 rooms with blackboards. The number of painted houses has been increased from one to eleven.

It is the policy of the present administration to try to provide in every school district a comfortable school house with suitable equipment and attractive grounds, until every school in the county will be a thing of beauty and a joy forever, where every boy and girl may be delighted to assemble and may receive instruction and inspiration not only from their teacher but also from proper environment.

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Local School Tax

To succeed at any profession in this day of sharp competition, it is necessary for every human being to have at least a thorough knowledge of the elementary branches of reading, writing and arithmetic, and the training and development which results from the effort which must be put forth to acquire such a knowledge. To provide anything like adequate facilities for doing this foundation work upon which our entire educational system must stand, it has been found necessary to supplement our school funds by local taxation. This system of securing more money for the schools is both wise and right, as it provides the means for a longer term with a more competent teacher in the community where the tax is paid. “Every cent of the money paid by local taxation for schools by an community remains in the community for the improvement of the community school, and every cent of it is invested through a better school in the minds and souls and characters of the rising generation, in an increase in the intelligence and efficiency of the entire community.” No one can for a moment doubt the wisdom of such a tax for such a purpose; because it is evident to any thinking person that the children cannot receive even a good elementary education by means of a four-months school term each year with the long vacation of eight months in which to forget a great deal of what knowledge they have acquired during the short term of school. Every school in the county should have at least an annual six months school term.

The following is a record of the local tax elections held in Transylvania county. This record shows something of the progressiveness of our citizenship; as in every community except two the election was carried for the tax, thus providing for the boys and girls, through better school facilities, the opportunity of preparing themselves for successful living:

Elections

              Brevard No. 1. Election held April 24, 1906.

Registered voters……………………………………………………………………..178
Votes cast for special tax…………………………………………………………96

              Hogback No. 1. Election held March 19, 1907.

Registered voters…………………………………………………………………….. 41
Votes cast for special tax………………………………………………………… 23

              Cathey’s Creek No. 1. Election held June 11, 1907.

Registered voters…………………………………………………………………….. 51
Votes cast for special tax………………………………………………………… 31

              Boyd No. 3. Election held June 11, 1907.

Registered voters…………………………………………………………………….. 49
Votes cast for special tax………………………………………………………… 31

              Dunn’s Rock No. 1. Election held June 11, 1907.

Registered voters…………………………………………………………………….. 21
Votes cast for special tax………………………………………………………….14

              Hogback No. 4. Election held March 10, 1908.

Registered voters…………………………………………………………………….. 10
Votes cast for special tax…………………………………………………………. 9

              Little River No. 1. Election held March 10, 1908.

Registered voters…………………………………………………………………….. 17
Votes cast for special tax………………………………………………………….12

              Brevard No. 2. Election held May 19, 1908.

Registered voters…………………………………………………………………….. 57
Votes cast for special tax………………………………………………………….29

              Eastatoe No. 2. Election held May 19, 1908.

Registered voters…………………………………………………………………….. 72
Votes cast for special tax………………………………………………………….47

              Hogback No. 2. Election held May 19, 1908.

Registered voters…………………………………………………………………….. 12
Votes cast for special tax…………………………………………………………. 3

              Cathey’s Creek No. 2. Election held March 16, 1909.

Registered voters…………………………………………………………………….. 39
Votes cast for special tax………………………………………………………….26

              Gloucester. Election held August 24, 1909.

Registered voters…………………………………………………………………….. 35
Votes cast for special tax………………………………………………………….18

              Boyd No. 4. Election held June 1, 1910.

Registered voters…………………………………………………………………….. 16
Votes cast for special tax…………………………………………………………. 6

              Boyd No. 2. Election held June 1, 1910.

Registered voters…………………………………………………………………….. 17
Votes cast for special tax………………………………………………………….16

 

Enrollment by grades

Statistics by Districts


Woman’s Betterment Association

President’s Report of the Woman’s Association for the Betterment of the Public Schools of Transylvania County

.The work at Selica deserves mention. The people of the community are wide awake to the interests of their school, and even the older people, when called upon by teacher or youths, rally to their assistance. They have added to their library, and the books are being read and discussed at their Literary Society which, during the vacation, meets the second and fourth Fridays in each month.

The work of the Brevard Association also deserves special mention. Their library has been increased to nearly 500 volumes and it is kept open for circulation during the summer. Several entertainments have been given toward raising a fund to purchase land for a much needed play ground. They hope to have some bright flower beds to greet the children on their return at the fall term….July 14, 1910

A Few Noteworthy Facts

Public Libraries

We now have in the county fourteen original and four supplemental libraries, and applications are on file for two more. In most districts where these libraries have been established, they have become very popular, the books being read by both parents and children….

Any school can secure a $30.00 library by raising $10.00 in the district, as the county and state will each give ten dollars. Schools which have original libraries can secure a $15.00 supplemental library by raising $5.00 in the district…. 

T.C. Henderson
T.C. Henderson

Board of Education 1905-1907
T.T. Patton, W.P. Whitmire, Ch'n, W.B. Henderson

Present Board of Education 1910
Edwin Poor, W.W. Zachary, Ch'n, M.W. Garren

Source: Mary Jane McCrary Collection, Box 42,                  
Rowell Bosse NC Room, Transylvania County Library

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