The number of students attending schools in Daviess County increased by 1879-1880, prompting the need for larger facilities. There were over 6,540 students of school age, and the number attending these schools was 5,300.
There were 103 school houses in the county, and three school houses were rented, making 104 white and two colored schools in operation for the winter of 1879-80. Sixty-two of the number given above as attending school were colored, and there were 133 children in the county less than half attending school. Expenses were:
Paid teachers — $18,119
Paid for fuel — $916
Paid for rent and repairs — $843
Paid for incidental expenses — $905
Paid for new school houses — $1,941
Paid for indebtedness — $6,029
Cash on hand as of April 1, 1880, totaled $9,933.64.
There were 94 male and 57 female teachers employed and their wages were $38 and $28 per month, respectively, making an average of $31 per month. Daviess County for the same year furnished four scholars for the Normal School at Kirksville.
The expenditures for school purposes in 1879 amounted to $29,841.06 and those of 1880 to $34, 839.79. The fines and the penalties for the two years, and added to the permanent fund was $983.93.
The property of the county for school purposes was assesses and its value returned January 1, 1880, at the sum of $68,413.
Researched by Wilbur Bush, Gallatin (2004)