This former one room school house, built in 1800 still stands in the 300 block of Chester Pike in Ridley Park. It is a private home with additions.
SOME SCHOOL FIGURES.
What It Costs to Teach the Young
There are 31 school districts in Delaware County and 236 schools. They are taught by 18 Male and 226 female teachers, for which an average salary of $6,087 is paid to the males and $4,319 to the females. Last year the total receipts of the districts, including $18,655.54 as State appropriation, was $276,445.34, of which $258,090.60 were expended. Of this amount the teachers received $100,215.78, new buildings and improvements cost $64,070.14, and fuel, collectors’ fees and other expenses cost $93,780.67. The number of boys enrolled last year was 6,067; girls, 5,987, or 12,054 pupils in all, with an average attendance of 7,708. The cost per scholar per month was $1.17.
Chester City has 65 schools, 2 male teachers and 63 female teachers. The number boys enrolled is 1,583; girls, 1,735, of a total of 2,260, with an average attendance of 90 per cent. The total receipts last year were $64,457.69 (of which $6,036.02 was from the State) and the expenditures $64,029.17. The amount paid for teachers’ salaries was $27,420.50.
South Chester expended $8,143.50 for the salaries, or a total of $24,037.86 for the expense of maintaining the district. The State appropriation was $1,268.28 and the receipts from other sources, $23,863.98. The enrollment is 482 boys and 465 girls, with an average attendance of 82 per cent.
The cost per scholar per month in Chester is 96 cents, and in South Chester $1.17 per pupil. The tax in Chester is 5 mills and in South Chester 7 mills.
Important Note: Did you notice how many schools there where? And how many teachers? Almost the exact same amount. A teacher was considered a "school" back then. As teachers taught basically grades 1 thru 8th, two teachers working in a one room school would count as two schools.