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Rakaia- ■ . The annual . meeting of householders in the educational district of ; South Rakaia, was held in the Schoolroom, Rakaia, on Monday evening. There was .not'a very large attendance. On the motion of Mr. Hardy, seconded by Mir. Sharp, Mr. Tucker took the chair. The -chairman read: the advertisement calling the meeting, after which he read the - report and balance sheet ; of - -the outgoing committee. It : was ■ resolved - that the- report andbalance sheet-be adopted. ' ■ The meeting then proceeded to the election of a new committee, which thete was some difficulty in-doing, so many individuals declining to act., During the interval between the nominations Mr. Tucker, the late chairman, said that as there appeared to he-a-certain- amount of. antipathy to serving on the School Committee, if, the meeting- would - elect him as a commissioner he would do his best for the district. Ultimately, however, several, gentlemen on being pressed agreed to their nomination, and. the following names being the only ones, they were declared duly elected;—Q. Hardy, J. N. Sharp, R. Davies, J. Gaarder,- W. Byrne, W. Kemble", and E. - Bowler. - This being the whole of the business, after the customary votes.- of Thanks -th.e meeting broke up. ANNUAL, REPORT. . On this the occasion of the annual election of a school committee, as provided' by section 64 of the Education Act, 1877, it becomes necessary for the old dr retiring- committee to make a report of their proceedings-during their term 0/ office. During the year, your .committee have held thirteen ordinary, and two speciakmeetings, at which the attendance has been four and eight-tenths on the average. Yorr committee have to report that the school has made satisfactory progress during the year, fifty-six per cent of the pupils’passed in the standards in which they were examined,: and considering the-irregular attendance and the fact that only eleven months elapsed between the two examinations, better results could not well be expected. The Inspector in his report refers to the very irregular manner ini which children attend, and We trust that parents and guardians - will endeavour to remedy this cause ofcomplaintby regnlariysendingtheirchildreh toschool. The committee of the year 1879, when making their report, recommended that the committee of 1880 keep the matter of increased school accommodation well before the Board of Education. This, matter has not been lost sight of, and-the Board have at-length decided to proceed with the enlargement of the school out of the amount granted for building purposes , during the current, financial year, in spite of the drawbacks—bad accommodation and bad attendance —the school has fully maintained the average attendance, as at the end of last year, average 93. During the year, there has been a change in the teaching staff. Mips- M.- Ausley having been appointed to the vacancy caused by the resignation of Miss B. Jack, and on account of the average attendance requiring it, it has been found necessary to appoint a pupil teacher in tire person of Miss Kate Doherty, who has so far performed her duties in a careful and painstaking manner.. The actual boundary of the school site has been defined during Ihe year, and we would recommend our, to extend the-boundary fence arblind the remaining, portion as soon as funds and fhe -season pf tire year will permit- r eference to the balance sheet and correspondence will show that, at the commencement of the year, this matter was.not. in a very flourishing condition, but with strict economy: and the assistance of the Board of Education, we have been able to pay all outstanding debts, do some repairs and improvementsi arid have now a small balance in hand.

BALANCE SHEET, RECEIPTS. £ *• d. Balance from last audit ... ... 2 14 4 Education office ... ... ... 271 17 11 Incidentals ... ... . ; 45 *9 4 Special grants ... ’ ' ... ... '22 10 o Total ; .... ... £343 1 7 EXPENDITURE.- • Salaries ... - ... ?7( 17-H Incidentals ... 61 15 9 Balance in Bank ... ... ... 9 7 11 Total ..._. :: £m. 1,7 committee meeting.' ' , The new committee then sat, when Mr. Hardy was elected Chairman. Mr. Tucker, chairman of,the late committee attended, and explained the nature, of some. correspondence which had re cently passed between that committee and the Board, when it was resolved-that-the .pew committee adopt the correspondence as read.. 1 ; ■ V

The Chairman said it would be necessary .to elect a secretary, and to fix his salary. , On : the motion of >Mri Gaarder it was .Resolved that .a 'Secretary be appointed. >r that the -secretary be paid .LlQjper arplu.m.. -Mr. E.. Bowler proposed as an amendment, that the amount be BS per anpum, . which was seconded by Mr. Sharp,; iTheTWnendmept Was lost. ■. : > ... ,; ! 'lfe.i£as>decided..tQ call for tenders for the 3W», tenders to f b 6 in by Tuesday, February Ist, to which date the committee adjourned.

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SCHOOL COMMITTEE ELECTION., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 252, 26 January 1881

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SCHOOL COMMITTEE ELECTION. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 252, 26 January 1881

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