Conroe College
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CONROE NORMAL AND INDUSTRIAL COLLEGE.
President: David J. Abner.

A school of elementary grade with a few pupils in secondary subjects. Some efforts are made to do industrial work. Because of the frequent absence of the president the school lacks supervision and the work is poorly organized. The school was founded in 1903 and is owned by a stock company, the president owning over 50 per cent of the stock.

Attendance.—Total, 50; practically all elementary boarding pupils. The girls do sewing and cooking in an unsystematic way, and some of the boys work on the farm, but the work is of little educational value.

Teachers.—Total, 8; all colored. The president lives in Houston and spends little time at the school.

Financial, 1913-14.—As far as could be determined the more important financial items were:

Income, excluding noneducational receipts $2, 601
Expenditures, less noneducational receipts 2, 601
Value of plant 15,000

Sources of income: Tuition and fees, $1,038; Baptist conventions and associations, $428: concerts, $168; donations and other sources, $967. The noneducational receipts were from the boarding department and amounted to $1,661.

Items of expenditure: Salaries. $1,738; supplies and expenses of boarding department, $1,661. repairs, $112; advertising and soliciting, $94; labor, $52; heat and light, $30; interest and debt, $575.

Plant.—Land: Estimated value, $5,000. The school owns 105 acres of land, of which 60 acres are under cultivation.

Buildings: Estimated value $9,000. There are two large frame buildings and several smaller structures. The rooms were poorly kept and the buildings in need of repair.

Movable equipment: Estimated value. $1,000. The equipment consists of simple furniture for classrooms and dormitories and a few farm implements.

Recommendation.—In view of the condition and management of this school it can not be recommended as worthy of aid.

Date of visits: March, 1913; March, 1914.

Sketch from Negro Education: A Study of the Private and Higher Schools

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