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I -. Tho ordinary monthly meetfog of the I Aebbtmon Borough School Committee was held at the echoolroom laßt evening. Preaen< : MNTsars Gideon Scott (Chairman), A. Cook, Steele, B . Elston, W. Oraighead. ] FINANCIAL. I The Chairman said that the credit balance at the bank vras £13 15d lid. SECRETARY, A letter wa3 read from the Secretary, Mr G. T. Petrle, tendering htsres'gaatlon of the position, as he wan leaving Anhbarton. Mr Elston did not think the funds at the Oommltteo'a disposal wcu'd permit of a paid Secretary being appointed If the Chairman would accept the position, the advantage would bo great. He moved that the Chairman be asked to take the position. Mr Steele eeoonded the motlou. Perhaps at th« er d of the year the Committee might see their way to allow the Chairman some remuneration. Mr Ora'ghoad thought thay should have a man and pay him for what he had to do, Ho did not believe In work being -jone for nothing. Mr S'ee'e's suggestion to allow the Chairman some remain ration at tho end of tho year was mt feasible, as they could not lawfully dispose of the 0 immittee's funds In th»t way. He moved tbat applications be Invited for the office. Mr Cook seconded the amendment. The Chairman said that he was not at the present time In a position to nnertske the duties. He had seen Mr Duncan who had expressed bin willingness to act as Secretary during the remainder of the Committee's term for the Bum of £3. After the Chairman's statement, both the motion and amendment was with* drawn, and Mr Dunoao'a offer aooapted. THE LATE EXiMINATIONi In reply . to the Committee's reooiamendst'.ijn that the head master should be retained for a further term, the Board of Education wrote stating that they were not at all satisfied with the condition of the school, and found It compared very unfavorably with the school at Himpstead la the immediate neighborhood. There did not appear to be any reason why the Ashbnrton school under effioient management should not prodnce equally satisfactory results. The | Board thought that Mr Kneen had had amp'e time to prove his oapaoity as headmaster, and that so large a sohool should no longer be left m do uncertain a poalt'oo. Mr Cook eaid tbat It appeared from the date of the letter that It had been sent before the Board had sat. An irregular dlßcaesion followed, m whloh some of the other members of tho Committee expressed their oonourronoo with Mr Cook's view Mr Elston said that to send such a reply was treating the Committee with contempt. Mr Oralghead did not see it* It mt ht jast as reasonably be Baid that the Committee m passing the resolution it did at its last me ting was treating the Board with contempt. The Chairman said that the Board had no business to oompare their sohool with Hampstead. Mr Oook said that if the Hampstead master was removed to this sohool there would still be the came mess. Mr Oralghead said that any eohool would be ashamed to have passed aach an examination as they had. Mr Elston said that the Committee beiog on thG spot was acquainted with all the faota of the case. Now the Board wab not m a position to be aware of many things that were known to the Committee, consequently, he thought any recommsn dationa made by the latter were entitled to receive careful consideration. The Board were not treating the Committee with common courtesy In Bending buoh a letter. Be, for one, would adhere to the resolution previously passed. The Committee were treated In anything but a ganileuianTy way. Hb had uo doabt they would have to give way to the Board, but it would not be without protest on his part, and If the Board enforced their view he thought the Committee should resign rather than submit to suoh treatment. The Chairman said tbat the Board could not force their view on the Committee. Mr Oook Baid that he had oonf erred with a good many parentt of children attending the school, and m no single instance was exception, taken to his action at last meeting. He intended to stand by what he had done then, He did not believe the Bourd knew the real state of the school or they would never have Bent suoh a letter. Mr Craighead was surprised at the inconsistency of Mr r-leton and Mr Cook. At last meeiog they admitted that the school was not m a good Btate, the resolution passed admitting as much, and dow they said it was m a good Btate, Mr PJston denied having made use of the wards attributed to him by Mr Craighead. Mr Oraighead oontinued that the master had on a former ocoasion been given another chance and they knew what came of it. The letter was juat what they might have expected. It was eaid that the Board did not kuow the facts of the case. If that was so what was the use of the inspectors, The inspectors were men who were selected for their fkness for the work they had to undertake. He thought they would have to got a new master. The Board had the upper hand and would force them to do so whether they liked it or not. The Chairman : They can't do it Mr Craighead: What does tho Ordinance cay. The Chairman: It says they oin't. They would have to get our consent before doing suoh a thing. Mr Craighead Bald that the Board had only to consult the Committee, and, need not get their consent. Mr Eluton reiterated his former state, ments. Mr Craighead had said the master so<ne time ago had been given another oharjee and they had seen the conßOquencei. They did see the consequences; the school Improved wonderfully. If the master were retained for another term he wbb sure good work wonld be done, He did not think the Oommittea should allow itself to be bounced by the letter they bad received. They Bhould hold their own, or else resign, If they were not* to have a little power the sooner Committees were done away with the better. Mr Oook moved " That this Committee still adhere to the resolution Qa?rfad at the lagt meeting m regard to retaining the headmaster for another term." Mr Elston seconded, - Mr Oralghead totally disagreed with the mol<on, hb he did on the former ocoasion, He would n>ove aB an amendment • t'Tbat the headmaster receive the usqal three months notice." It was no holding out against the Board, The latter were only called upon to consult the Committee } £they had done this and they could make an appointment to-morrow. The Chairman : It's no rjoe oqr being here, then. There was no seconder to the amendment. Mr Cook's motion was carried, Mr Oraighead dissenting. Mr Steele did not vote, as this Was the first meeting, he had been at, and he did not know all the faots of the case. CORKKS£ONDENv}B, A letter yqa read from the Board of Kdqoatlon, stating that the olerk of works had been Instructed to report as to repairs nfioeuary to sohool and caretaker's oottage. A number of circulars from the Ednoa- ' tlon Department were read, i MASTBB'a BBPOBT. j The master's report stated that the attendance for the month of October bad been as follows ;~ Number on roll, boya 200, glrla 200, total 400; highest at^.

anc, boys 190, girls 166, toUl 356 ; p.vesaae attendance, boya 170 5, girls 168 25, total 328.30. VmiING COMMITTEF, Meisrs Oook and Klnjjet n were appointed a Visiting Oommittea for the enaalng month. PAYMBMS, Accounts were passed for payment, and the Committee ndj inrr.ed.

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ASHBURTON BOROUGH SCHOOL COMMITTEE, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1996, 14 November 1888

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ASHBURTON BOROUGH SCHOOL COMMITTEE Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1996, 14 November 1888