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Houston avenue viaduct, now being constructed,
will give immense relief to that section of the city.
During the past year $500,000 of bonds were
voted for school purposes, and several school houses
will be constructed during the fiscal year, which will
give the additional facilities that are so badly needed
in our growing city.
Both the school board and city commissioners
have for some time been acquiring additional property
for school sites and play grounds for the children,
and I believe in the near future that Houston's
schools and playgrounds will be a model for any
city to copy.
As we have no swimming pools for boys or girls
in this community, upon the recommendation of
Mrs. James A. Baker, president of the Settlement
association, who is taking a deep interest in their
welfare, I suggest that a natitorium be constructed
on the new Rusk school site, and that the feature be
gradually extended to every other school in this city.
I think Superintendent Horn's recommendation,
that all public schools should be used as social centers,
be adopted. These school grounds and buildings
cost the taxpayer a great deal of money and
should be utilized in various ways. School children
are dismissed daily at 8 p. m. and there is no reason
after that time why the immediate neighborhood
should not use the building for any social custom
they desire without going to the expense of renting
halls By such gatherings in a public building, that
they have helped to construct, the people will not
Young, Samuel Oliver. A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912. Houston, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth24649/. Accessed August 31, 2014.