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the school during the winter months in sufficient number to warrant the organization of special classes for their instruction, such classes shall be organized and continued for such time as their attendance may make necessary.

SEC. 9. The State Superintendent of Public Instruction shall give such information and assistance and establish such requirements as may seem necessary for the proper organization and maintenance of such schools, and, with the advice of the president of the Michigan State Agricultural College, determine the qualifications required of teachers employed in such schools: Provided, That no person shall be eligible to a position as superintendent of any school established under this act, who is not a graduate of a state college of agriculture. The State Superintendent of Public Instruction shall have the general supervision of all schools established under this act; shall from time to time inspect the same, make such recommendations relating to their management as he may deem necessary, and make such report thereon to said schools as shall give full information concerning their number, character and efficiency.

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ORGANIZATION.

1. County schools of agriculture are under the direct control of a board known as the county school board consisting of five members, four of whom are appointed by the board of supervisors, and the county commissioner of schools is ex-officio member and secretary with the same powers as other members.

2. Each member of the board is required within ten days after notice of appointment to take the usual constitutional oath of office and file a bond with the county clerk in such sum as the board of supervisors may direct and within fifteen days thereafter the board shall organize by electing one of their own number as president.

3. The board has authority to prescribe the duties of its officers, except as fixed by law, and to have immediate supervision and control over the school.

4. The county treasurer is ex-officio treasurer of the board, but is not a member of the board and has no vote.

5. All funds voted by the board of supervisors shall be kept separate and distinct from all other county funds and known as the fund of the county school board.

6. All orders drawn on this fund must be drawn and signed by the secretary of the board and countersigned by the president.

7. The county treasurer should keep a special set of books for the record of the county school fund and he should pay no orders except such as are drawn on the county school fund for purposes specified by law and signed as above stated.

8. The secretary of the board should provide and keep suitable records of all meetings and transactions of the board, also a record of all orders drawn.

9. The secretary should prepare and have printed proper receipts, orders and vouchers necessary for the proper accounting of all moneys expended for the county school of agriculture and domestic science.

10. The school year should consist of not less than thirty-six weeks.

11. The minimum qualification of students for entrance will be the completion of the first eight grades in the public schools or other schools. Holders of eighth grade diplomas should be admitted and those who are not holders of such diplomas may be admitted upon examination.

12. The course of study as arranged covers a period of two years.

13. Upon completion of this course of study the county school board should issue to the graduates a suitable diploma signed by the superintendent of the school and the members of the county school board.

14. Instructors in manual training, domestic science, agriculture, and the specified academic subjects should be provided.

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DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION.

QUALIFICATIONS OF INSTRUCTORS.

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1. The minimum qualifications of the superintendent of the school, as fixed by law, is that he must be at least a graduate of a state college of agriculture.

2. The instructors in manual training, domestic science and agriculture must be graduates of at least reputable institutions giving special instruction in these subjects. The teacher of the academic subjects should be a graduate of a university, college or normal school and have had experience in teaching.

3. It is possible that suitable instructors can be found who can teach two or more of these lines of work. This matter will be left to the discretion of the county school board.

COURSE OF STUDY FOR COUNTY SCHOOLS OF AGRICULTURE.

For Boys. FIRST YEAR.

English-grammar, writing, spelling.

Arithmetic.
First semester ... { Plants—elementary botany.

Carpentry.
Drawing
English-composition and business correspondence.

Business arithmetic and farm bookkeeping.
Second semester. Soils and fertilizers.

Vegetable, flower and fruit gardening.

Poultry. SECOND YEAR.

American history.

Plant life, vegetation, crops.
First semester... Animal husbandry.

Farm economics, 3 days; reading, 2 days.
Chemistry.
Civics.

Literature.
Second semester. Blacksmithing, shop work, harness and tool repairing.

Rural architecture, 3 days; gardening, 2 days.
Commerce and commercial geography.

For Girls. FIRST YEAR.

| English-grammar, writing, spelling:

Arithmetic.
First semester... Cooking and sewing.

Domestic hygiene.
Drawing.
English-composition and business correspondence.

Business arithmetic and farm bookkeeping.
Second semester. { Cooking and sewing.

Domestic economy.
Vegetable, flower and fruit gardening.

COUNTY SCHOOLS OF AGRICULTURE.

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SECOND YEAR.

American history.

Cooking and sewing.
First semester... Laundry, 2 days; art work, 3 days.

Home decorations, 3 days; reading, 2 days.
Domestic economy.
Civics.

Literature.
Second semester. į Chemistry in foods.

Millinery, 2 days; nursing, 3 days.
Dressmaking, 3 days; gardening, 2 days.

SHORT COURSES.

Under the provisions of Section eight of the Act it is provided that short courses may be given during the winter months for students of advanced age and for farmers of the county. These courses should be continued from four to six weeks and should cover such subjects as dairying, stock feeding, stock raising, the sugar beet, rotation of crops, gardening, fruit raising, and such other subjects as may be suitable for the locality. I believe these short courses may be made a most important factor in the agricultural advancement of the county.

LIBRARY AND REFERENCE BOOKS.

The following books should be placed in the library of the county school of agriculture as soon as possible. If they cannot all be purchased at the start the list should be made complete at the earliest possible date.

GENERAL REFERENCES.
Adams,
Commercial geography...

D. Appleton & Co.
Bender,
The teacher at work..

Educational Publishing Co.
Hinsdale.
Teaching the language arts.

.D. Appleton & Co.
Hodge,
Nature study.

Ginn & Co.
Kratz, H. E.

Studies and observations in the schoolroom.. Educational Publishing Co. Painter,

History of education.
Redway,
Commercial geography....

. Charles Scribner's Sons. Seidell, R., Industrial education...

D. C. Heath & Co.

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DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION.

Wiley & Sons.

The Macmillan Company.

Henry Holt & Company.

Orange Judd Company.

Donohue.

American Book Co.

AGRICULTURE. Armsby, H. P.,

Manual of cattle feeding....
Bailey, L. H.,

Types of farming..
Principles of agriculture.

Principles of fruit growing.
Beal, W. J.,

Grasses of North America.. Coburn, F. D.

Swine husbandry. Collins,

New agriculture. Felch, I. K.,

Poultry culture. Goff & Mayne,

First principles of agriculture.... Goodrich, Charles L.,

The first book of farming. Gurler, H. B.,

American dairying. Hatch & Hazlewood,

Elementary agriculture. James,

Practical agriculture.... Johnson, S. W.,

How crops grow... King, F. H.,

Irrigation and drainage..

Physics of agriculture. Stevens, Burkett & Hill,

Agriculture for beginners.. Weed, C. F.,

Insects and insecticides.. Wilcox & Smith,

Farmers' cyclopedia of agriculture.

Doubleday, Page & Co.

Breeder's Gazette.

R. K. Row & Co.

D. Appleton & Co.

Orange Judd Co.

The Macmillan Company.

Ginn & Co.

Orange Judd Co.

AGRICULTURAL CHEMISTRY.
Gatterman,
Organic chemistry..

The Macmillan Co.
Holleman,

Laboratory manual of organic chemistry... Wiley & Sons. Sadtler.

Industrial organic chemistry....... .Lippincott.
Storer, F. H.,

Agriculture in some of its relations with
chemistry, 3 volumes....

. Charles Scribner's Sons. Voorhees,

Chemistry of soil and fertilizers..... The Macmillan Co.

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