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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the year 1905, Part I

Reports of superintendents of independent schools,   pp. 415-440 PDF (11.7 MB)

Page 433

REPORTS OF SCHOOLS IN SOUTH DAKOTA.                   433 
too small, but we hope to receive authority soon to put in an additional
machine and double the capacity of the plant. 
When the new buildings under construction are completed there will be 
six separate steam heating plants to care for. I am of the opinion that a
central heating plant would be more economical and more satisfactory. I rec-
ommended a central plant two or three years ago, but failed to get the neces-
sary appropriation.' I think it advisable to put in a central heating plant
the near future. 
The industrial work on the farm and in the shops was not satisfactory to
me during the year. This was due largely to changes in employees, incom-
petency on the part of some of the employees, and lack of material. Some
needed changes in a few of the departments have been made, and I hope a 
better class of employees has been secured for these places for this year.
change remains to be made yet, and when this is done I will have more 
assurance of more successful work this year. 
The work in the sewing room and laundry was done well, and the girls were
instructed in these two branches of industry. The girls received instruction
in general housework and cooking. Last January our cook, who had been here
seven years, had to resign. We lost a splendid employee when Miss Mashek
left. The work and instruction in the kitchen has not been up to the high
standard that it had reached under her supervision. 
It would be a pleasure if I could get a matron for the boys' building who
could and would manage the work as well as our girls' matron manages her
department. We had too many changes in the position of boys' matron last
year, and with all the changes we have not succeeded in getting a competent
employee in this position. 
Our corps of teachers did good work. The teachers and pupils worked har-
moniously. The results were satisfactory and pleasing to me. The course of
study was followed as closely as practicable. Five pupils were graduated
the eighth year at the end of the term. 
JOHN FLINN, Superintendent. 
PIERRE, S. DAK., September 1, 1905. 
This school is located 2j miles from Pierre, S. Dak., and comprises 19 build-
ings, some of which are in fair condition; others need considerable repairs.
During the past year an extensive new steam heating plant was installed,
also 12,000 square feet of cement sidewalk have been placed, which have made
it possible to plant part of the grounds to new lawns. Fifteen thousand dollars
is now available for the construction of a new school building, which will
increase the school's capacity to 200 pupils. A farm of 282 acres of Missouri
bottom land was purchased and 30 acres planted to corn and garden. 
During the capital campaign of the State this school was visited by about
30,000 people. 
The general health of the school has been excellent, there having been no
serious illness and no deaths. The enrollment was 174, with an average 
attendance of 149. 
Good progress was made in schoolroom work. Reading rooms for the older 
girls and boys have been successfully maintained, as well as an excellent
The workshops have been partially equipped for carpentering, blacksmithing,
and harnessmaking, in which departments pupils have made good progress. 
The school has done considerable in gardening, and prospects are that all
products will mature% 
Recommendations.-A new artesian well should be put down, and receivers 
for natural gas constructed. The gas should be utilized for heating, lighting
purposes, and motive power. A pumping station fitted with centrifugal pumps
for irrigating purposes, as well as to supply water for the school, should
installed. New fences should be placed about the school plant and farm. 
J. C. LEVENGOOD, Superintendent 
IND 1905-28 

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