The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 6, July 1902 - April, 1903 Page: 41
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Educational Efforts in San Fernando.
zales the governor of the State of Coahuila and Texas, in which
he reports the fact that a school was established in the city of San
Fernando on the fifteenth of that month. The school had been
established, that is, so far as funds for the payment of a teacher
were concerned. These had been raised by private subscription.
But a building, to serve as a school-house was still lacking, and this
lack Saucedo wished the protecting hand of the "Honorable Assem-
bly" (the State congress) to supply. He thought that San Fer-
nando, as a community, merited this gift, which it could not, owing
to a scarcity of ready money, procure for itself, and he promised his
best efforts to see that it was prudently used. With his letter he
sent an estimate of the cost of the desired building which amounted
to 746 pesos, 5 reales. The congress, however, did not grant the
desired aid, for there was not sufficient assurance that the school
work would be continued.' Before the promulgation of the State
constitution we have the record of a patriotic junta, held May 26,
1826, to provide for the establishment of a public school. There is
a later reference to this2 showing that contributions had been
pledged on that occasion, but the amount is not reported. The
next year, after the promulgation of the constitution, the sixteenth
of September was celebrated in a most practical and helpful way
by the installation of another patriotic junta, which later turned
over to the school fund, the sum of 323 pesos, 6 reales.
As the school fund is the most important part of the whole sys-
tem, it may be well first to trace that of San Fernando de Bexar
during the seven years (1828 to 1834, inclusive), of which we have
record. Besides the amount given above from the patriotic junta,
there was contributed during the year 310 pesos by individual citi-
zens, of whom the three largest contributors gave 20 pesos each.
The captain of the presidial company surpassed them all by sub-
scribing 25 pesos ("only for this time," however). The smallest
contributors gave only 4 reales each, and there were six of these.
The total number of contributors was 74, including the two pueblos
Expediente, etc., for the construction of an edifice for a primary school,
January 31, 1826. Bear Archives.
2Minutes of ayuntamiento, May 27, 1830. City clerk's office, San
'Report of school fund, 1828-34. Bexar Archives.
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