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class certificate, was engaged at the magnificent salary of two pounds, twelve shillings and six-pence per month for six months, the salary to be paid at the expiration of each month. But the high cost of living soon began to make itself felt even in those days; and Maria Bently, the second teacher, was paid two pounds and fifteen shillings for the first three months, three pounds for the next three months, and three pounds and five shillings for the last six months. In 1854 Sarah Jane Blanding was taken on at nineteen pounds and ten shillings for half a year.
At the beginning, the funds for the payment of the salaries of the teachers were raised by public grant, by general assessment on the section, and by fees paid by each pupil. In the first
year of the school's history, the largest sum in fees was paid by Mr. Sherman—seven shillings and six-pence; and the lowest by Mr. Simerson —two shillings and six-pence. In the second year of the school's history, James Allcock moved that the fee per pupil be one shilling and three-pence for the year, Albert Bently moving an amendment that it be one shilling and three-pence per quarter. A compromise was affected on motion of Simon Allcock making the fee two shillings and six-pence per year.
On November 25th, 1854, it was proposed to split the section and hold school in each half for six months "to give children in more remote parts of the section a chance." Another motion considered was to exempt from fees children who lived over two and a half miles from the school.
As the settlement progressed, more liberal