Fonds Acc3113 - Board of School Trustees of Charlottetown fonds

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Board of School Trustees of Charlottetown fonds

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The Board of School Trustees of Charlottetown was also known as the Charlottetown or City School Board

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CA PCA Acc3113

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  • 1922-1972 (Creation)
    Charlottetown (P.E.I.) Board of School Trustees

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2.18 m. of textual records
36 architectural plans
4 photographs

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Charlottetown (P.E.I.) Board of School Trustees

Administrative history

The Board of School Trustees of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, was formed under the Public Schools Act of 1877 (Cap. I, p.1). The Board was composed of four members appointed by the provincial government and three members appointed by the city of Charlottetown. Members of the first Board were: Hon. John Duncan, Chairman; Dr. Richard Johnson, Hon. John Longworth, William E. Dawson, government appointments, as well as A.A. McDonald, Thomas Handrahan and E.J. Hodgson, appointed by the city. Isaac Oxenham was appointed Secretary for the Board.

The city of Charlottetown comprised one school district. The Board was responsible for purchasing and leasing buildings, furnishing schools, contracting with and paying teachers, and the overall general management of the schools. The Board, over the years, was responsible for the following schools: Wesleyan Academy -- renamed Upper Prince Street City School, and later Prince Street School; the Normal School, later known as East Kent Street City School; Spring Park School; Kensington School; West Kent School; St. Patrick's School, renamed Queen Square School; Rochford Square School; Queen Charlotte High School; Birchwood High School; St. Jean's School; Spring Park School and Colonel Gray High School. In 1954 the membership of the Board of School Trustees of Charlottetown was increased to 9 members, 4 government and 5 city council appointments. John Harper was named as first Superintendant of city schools in 1879. T.E. MacNutt was Secretary of the Board from 1 June 1923 until 31 December 1956. Dr. Kenneth A. Parker was Superintendent of Charlottetown schools from 1952 until 1970. The proclamation in 1972 of the 1971 School Act and school amalgamation signalled the end of the Board of School Trustees of Charlottetown. Charlottetown schools then came under the jurisdication of Regional Administrative Unit 3 of the Department of Education along with several rural school districts in Queen's county.

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This fonds consists of records pertaining to the administration of Charlottetown schools by the Board of School Trustees during the period 1922 to 1972. It includes reports, financial records, minutes, correspondence and subject files, architectural plans and drawings, tax assessment rolls, and employee records. The fonds is divided into the following ten series: annual reports of the Board; minutes of the Board, financial statements, superintendents reports, administrative files, Charlottetown schools, rural school districts, Home and School Association files, enrollment lists and personnel files.

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  • English

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Some administrative files and all personnel files and enrollment lists are restricted due to the nature of the personal information included in these files

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Associated materials

See also RG10 Education, RG39 School Units, and RG20 City of Charlottetown; Papers of Major T. Edgar MacNutt Acc2825/463-467 regarding Charlottetown schools and the Board of School Trustees of Charlottetown; and Subject Index for individual schools

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Items from files 24, 95, 101, 102, 104 and 128 are located in the map cabinets. Items from files 11a, 11b, 31, 107, 116, 117, 121, 136 and 137 are in oversize storage

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