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ASHBURTON., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2117, 24 April 1889
The annual meeting of householders m the Aehburton School district, for the election of a Oommittee for the ensuing year, was held at the Borough Scbool last evening. There wsb only a moderate attendance, and Mr Gideon Scott, the Chairman of the outgoing Oommittee, was voted to the chair. The following report was submitted by the Chairman : — On behalf of the Aehburton District Sohool Committee, I beg to lay before yon a balance sheet for the year enaing yesterday, showing receipts during that period to the amount of £92510s 43, aod payments amounting to £92318 as', and leaving a credit balance to our successors of £34 7s 33. A report having been made to you on the 25th February last by our predecessors I have little to add thereto The Board of Education m the f ace of the remonstanoes of the Committee to the contrary finally decided abont the begining of the month to make a change m the headmaaterehip of the school and as Mr Kneen'a charge will consequently terminate m July next it will m due course devolve on the gentlemen you eleot tonight to seleot his successor, feeing that the headmaster ia to relinquish his charge of the school, the Committee has deemed it advisable both In the interest of the headmaster and whoever may succeed him, as well as m tbe interests of the school district at large, to request the Board to institute an examination of the the Fohool before the present headmaster finally leaves the sohool. Mr Bilcook moved the adoption of the report. . Mr Dunn seconded. Mr Paul did not think the Board of Education would grant the request of the Oommittee for an examination, m view of the fact that the annual examination was approaohing, nor did he ccc any good puspose to be served if the proposal were •greed to. Mr Dunn, as the mover of the resold tion, explained the reasons for it being brought forward. When the Board of Education sent notice to the master the Oommittee thought it possible he might relax his efforts, because he oould not have the same enthusiasm while working out a " dead horse," ai when hia position was assured. The Oommittee desired to guard against the sohool suffering, and the Chairman proposed that tbe Board be ■iked to pay tbe master three months salary and let him go. He (Mr Dorm) felt certain the Board would not grant this request, and therefore he proposed tbat an examination be held before the master leaves the sohool. This would foroish an incentive to the master to do his best, and would also be a sort of land mark from whioh the work of the new muter might be guaged. Mr G. F. Soott said that acoording to newspaper reports it appeared that one member of the Oommittee who, at tbe householders meeting] had expressed himself m favor of the master did not turn up at the meeting at which an Important motion oame up, and another member had' proved false to bis oolors. He thought that the present was the time for an explanation, and this he thought Messes Dunn and Meddlns, tbe members to whom he referred, should give to the householders. Mr Dunn said tbat he found it Impossible ta attend the meeting In question. He bad, through the columns of the newspaper he represented, expressed his entire accord with the decision oome to by the majority of the Oommittee. Mr Meddlns thought he need hardly say anything- He voted consistently with his promise at the householders' meeting *hich was tbat he would vote for what he thought to be the welfare of the school and of Mr Kneen. He made no promise to try and retain Mr Kneen. After some discussion had taken place, Mr Dunn said tbat he did not think there was a single member of the Oomm'.ttee who would not have done all In his power to retain Mr Kneen, but so far fiom falling In with them Mr Kneen had thrown obstacles In their way. As the Board of Education wonld not give way, it had been tbe objeot of the Chairman to bring the matter before the Minister of Education and on to tbe floor of the House, hot Mr Kneen would not allow of this, and consequently the Oommittee had to give way. Mr G. F. Soott did cot think Mr Meddlns' explanation satisfactory aud a brief discussion ensued, during the course of which referenoe was made to an amendment which bad been seconded by Mr Meddlns at a meeting of the Oommittee. The minute book was turned up and the amendment m question found to be as follows; —" That the headmaster be requested to forward his resignation to the Board." Mr Scott asked If Mr Meddlns considered his aotion In that Instance was m the interests of Mr Kneen. Mr Meddlns said that he considered lt was. He was certain that lt was useless -to ask the Board of Education again to change their decision because they had twice previously refused, and, as he expected, they again refused In this Instance. He felt that it wonld be only prolonging the agony to again apply to the Baud, and he thought that it would be In tbe interests of both Mr Kneen and the school that the matter should be brought to a conclusion as speedily as possible. If he had thought there was any prospeot of succass bo wonld certainly have supported the motion asking the Board o reoonslder their decision The matter then dropped. Mr Silcock moved "That It be a recommendation to the Incoming Committee to again bring before the Board of Ednoation tbe necessity for a side-sohool at Allenton." Mr Dunn seoonded tbe motion, as he thought the scbool was most necessary. Mr Orafghead supported the motion which was carried. Mr G. F. Soott moved "Tbat this meeting views with regret the aotion of tbe Board of Education m not retaining the services of Mr Kneen." Nearly everyone who had children attending the school was well sattefied with Mr Kneen, and he should not be allowed to go without some recognition of bis servioes being made. Mr J. Miles seconded the motion which was carried. Tbe Chairman moved " That it be a recommendation to the Inooming oommittee to put In force the compulsory clauses of the Education Aot." Mr Porter seoonded the motion which was carried. * The Chairman then called for nominations for the office of committeemen. Several gentlemen were proposed but declined to stand, among them being Measrs Gideon Soott, E. J. Paul and Meddlns, members of the old committee. Messrs A. Cook, W. J. Slloock, W. Craighead, S. Potter, J. Edwards, Jas. Porter and W. Greenslade were nominated. Seven being the number required the Chairman deolared the gentlemen above named to be duly eleoted. At a committee meeting held subsequently, Mr Silcock was elected Chairman and Mr J. 0. Duncan Secretary.
ASHBURTON., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2117, 24 April 1889
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