Board of Education.
Star , Putanga 6416, 8 Hakihea 1888, Page 3
Board of Education.
SOUTH CANTERBURY. The Board met on Thursday present- Mr Goldsmith (Chairman), Revs G. Barclay and T. J. Smyth, Messrs Howell, Gray, Jackson, and Talbot. The head-master of the Timaru main school, whose salary cannot, according to the Board's scale, rise above .£3OO, it having fallen below that sum, had at the j previous meeting requested that the attendance at the side school, over which he has supervision, should be taken into account in calculating his salary, so that it should not fall below £300. Mr Talbot gave notice of a motion that this be done. After a long discussion on this motion, decision was adjourned pending collection of further information on the subject. The Eev T. J. Smyth laid on the table a statement of the cost per head of education at the several schools in the district for the year 1887. At seven large schools, with an average of 315-28 pupils each, the cost waa £o Is per head at thirty-two small schools, averaging 39*87 each and eleven aided schools, averaging 17*9 each, £4 19s, plus 13s lid per head contributed by householders, or a total cost for aided schools of £5 12s lid per head. These figures are independent of allowances to Committees and repairs. The tender of F. Langdon, at £94 12s 4d, was accepted for erection of class room at Orari South. Ib was resolved to aSocate .£3OO this year for new school buildings at Geraldine, together with any sapplementary grant for buildings that may be received this year. This nest egg will be augmented from year to year until a sufficient sum is provided. Authority is being sought to sell some reserved sections to provide a further increment. Grants were made to Albury, Fairlie Creek, and. Burkes Pass for repairs of damage done by a gale a month or two ago, and smaller sums to Timaru and Waimate Echools for repairs, and to Hunter for well-sinking. The Secretary, Major Bamfield, was appointed to audit the School Committees accounts.
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