The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 6, July 1902 - April, 1903 Page: 47
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Educational Efforts in San Fernando.
July a suitable candidate appeared in their midst, offered himself,
and was accepted at the salary of 25 pesos a month. Juan Fran-
cisco Buchetti, the new preceptor, agreed to serve two years for
that pay, commencing in August, 1831. He served the rest of the
year, all of 1832, and three months of 1833, when he resigned his
position to the faithful assistant, Bruno Huizar, who, like Tenny-
son's brook, seemed destined to go on forever in his place, while
head masters continued to come and go.
In his petition to the ayuntamiento to be released from serving
the remaining four months stipulated in his contract, Buchetti
alleged that he had to depart from the city in order to engage in
other employment. The members of the ayuntamiento agreed,
"with extraordinary unanimity," to grant his request, especially in
view of the fact that for a year he had been extremely tardy in
fulfilling his duties and had been guilty of such serious irregu-
larities of conduct as "drunkenness and a scandalous mode of living
with his new wife." Perhaps the latter relation may account for
the unhappy pedagogue's downfall; for, if we may judge from the
ayuntamiento records, he had been unusually active during the
earlier portion of his service.
Huizar continued to act as sole master during the remainder of
1833. For the year 1834 we have the record of 144 pesos paid to
the preceptor of the school, who is none other than the faithful
Bruno. The salary paid later, eighteen dollars a month, seems just
about adapted to him, and it remains unchanged as late as the suc-
ceeding January, when our records fail.1
A vigorous teacher could find much to occupy his spare time, if
such he had, after the prescribed hours of service. All improve-
ments and repairs in the school-building must come as a result of
his personal intervention in the meetings of the ayuntamiento. He
must also take charge of any functions in which the school partici-
pated. Buchetti was active in urging improvements, and the men-
tion of the "maestro" in the minutes of the ayuntamiento is espe-
cially frequent during his incumbency. He often appeared before
that body to report cases of insubordination and ask for special
power to deal with the same; or to complain of the poor furniture
and petition for new, or to present the bill for articles made or
purchased at his suggestion. In fact, the minutest details of school
'Report of school fund and minutes of ayuntamiento.
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