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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas Et Prevalebit. SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 1885. The Board of Education and the School Committee.

The proceedings of the North Canterbury Board of Education last Thursday were more than usually prolonged, important, and lively. A long report was read from the Inspector, describing with much detail the state of all the schools, etc. Mr Foster declined the appointment of Inspector, and the Board decided to advertise in New 1 Zealand and Australia. The Commit-, tee appointed to reply to the circular from the Minister of Education in reference to funds brought up a strong condemnation .of those absurd proposals, which was made still stronger by a very piquant addition proposed by Mr Saunders and carried unanimously by the Board. Then came the strange contradictory action of the Rangiora School Committee, with a letter from the infatuated master * and the be wildered Committee. Mr Montgomery was determined to fix the Committee to some line of action, and the Board unanimously adopted a course that would prevent the possibility ot their being called on to re-appoiot a master holding a high certificate of character from the very Committee that had individually condemned him. Then the whole Ashburton case came over again, brought up by an apparently innocent request from the Ashburton Committee to advertise for a teacher. Mr Weston, who was absent when the Ashburton deputation waited on the Board in the interest of the teacher, took the opportunity to open the whole case. He contended that no advertisement should be inserted until after the promised examination had taken place in June next, which might lead to the re establishment of the master. He complained that Mr Dempsey’s character had been attacked and his prospects injured, and that possibly not from his fault, but from the fault of the Board’s own officers. Mr Saunders said the course proposed by Mr Weston would be unfair to the, Ashburton School, which might be left without a teacher. After all that had occurred he thought it doubtful if the Headmaster would continue in his present position or if it would be well for him to do so, even

if asked at the eleventh hour to accept a re-appointment. At any rale if the result of a future examination should reverse the decision of the Board or of the Ashburton Committee, the only proper way to give expression to that reversion and to publicly vindicate the master would be by re-electing him from among the applicants for the position. We are inclined to adopt the view expressed by the last speaker. Vacillation in such matters is very far from kindness, and we regret this case should have been referred to by members of the Board, as if it were in any respect a similar case to that of Rangiora, which they had just previously debated. No question has ever arisen reflecting on Mr Dempsey’s character; all parlies agree that his habits and his character are sans leptoche , and he has nothing to fear but much to gain by my public discussion on this subject. It is partly a question of discipline, but still more a question of combination af individuals and a re-arrangement of he staff. Nothing that has transpired .vould lead the Board to hesitate ibout the appointment of Mr Dempsey o another school. Eventually, the Board unanimously decided to allow idvertisements to be inserted by the Committee of the Ashburton school, mt not to finally elect any master until iter the forthcoming examination.

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas Et Prevalebit. SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 1885. The Board of Education and the School Committee., Ashburton Guardian, Volume V, Issue 1517, 18 April 1885

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas Et Prevalebit. SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 1885. The Board of Education and the School Committee. Ashburton Guardian, Volume V, Issue 1517, 18 April 1885

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