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SOUTH RAKAIA.

B 'tween fifty »nd sixty honnnhoiderß were present and Mr Pyke w»s voted to the chair. The Chairman called on Mr firoadbent to raai the following report from the oat* goto? Committee : — "Your Committee commerced the year with * balanco of £11 18* B , and after paying all current expenses except a few trifling repairs now In progress, are able to hand over tn their successors a balance to credit of £19 4i. The prlz 3 » Q d sports fond for the children is now kept separate, as it has to be made up from local contributions. During the year the South Rakata Sports Committee contributed £5 and £9 13 * 6d was realised at a concert given, by the children and teaoblng stiff. After dedaoting expentes for prlzas and Incidentals there Is a balance to credit of 8s 6d. No of ohildren on roll last month 206, highest attendance 186, and average 169 2 A obange has taken place In the teaching staff through the probation of Mlis B. Brnce having expired. An assistant mistress being required the Committee left the selection of candidates to the Education Board, and out of nine Rent for selection Miss Bllton wai chosen MJbb Benoe could not oontlnne as teacher aa the Board reqalrea the papll tetqhsrs to : P*sb a complete course of training • hot the Committee are glad to state that during the flve years the has jtufc passed not a single complaint has been made of her oondact ; that ihe haa shown great aptltnde for teaching and that she leaves the aohool with the best wishes and approbation of all ootn«oted with ft. The Inspector's report as to the olasaifioatlon and general working of the school at the last examination was favorable, bu.t your Committee would likg to see an }noreased percentage of passes.' The sanitary oondltlon < f the sohool and ground is being Improved by work under contract. Painting, with suggested alterations *o the matter's bouse and groqods will be left for the new Committee to discuss." Mr Broftdbont moved the adoption of the report. Seoonded by Mr Clark and carried. The Chairman read the balance sheet, showing total receipts £548 19a 9£ ; total expenditure, £529 15s 9d leaving a oredit balanoa of £19 4s. During the year economies had been exercised to the amount of £14 7s 7d. He moved the adoption of the balanoe sheet, Seoonded by Mr Odborne » Q( } oarrled Mr Pyke proposed h hearty vofcfl o f thanks to the teaching staff. Mr Brlmtoombe objaoted antjl some farther Information, was given respecting the report, (laaghter.) Mr 0. Dlxon rose to a point of order j he objeoted to the Chairman entering Into a dlsoasslon till the motion was seconded. Mr Hardy seoonded the motion. Mr Brlmloombe askod that the Inep'otor'a report be read. This was done and the Chairman stated it was the bett for years. Mr Oxley spoke against the report, he had done so at Committee meetings, and so had the other members, and he would not turn round now, He considered the report a most contradictory one, and there was no improvement It had been returned tc the Board with a request that the great Improvement mentioned made since the last examination might be pointed out. The Board had failed to give a satisfactory, reply and had returned a shuffling answer. It was no use fightIng the Board and the matter had therefore been dropped. Ha was not speaking against the Btaff for he should vote for the motion. Mr O. Dixon protested against any suoh vote being carried, as the staff are publio servants and paid for their services. He was notobjeotlng to tho staff personally as he was a stranger to the district till a I short time Bgo, but he thought ths principle a bad one. He hoped the motion would be withdrawn. Mr Brlmloombe aa an amendment moved a vote of censure on the staff for being laiy, ho also thought the committee deserved one, for they were lazy and allowed too muoh play during school hoara The amondmeat waa not seoonded. Mr 0. Dlxon moved as a further amend* ment that no vote be aouordod, The Chairman ruled that the amendment could not be aooepted, Mr Dlxon could vote against the motion If he liked. The motion on being pat waa oarrrled by 20 against 7. A number refrained from, voting and Mr Brlmloombo wai of opinion that the Chairman should not propose so many votes, bo was quite out of order In doing so. Mr Pyke on behalf of tho staff, (none of whom were present) acknowledged tho vote Mr Brlmioombe wished to know on what prlnolple the prfzis were allotted. The Information was supplied and Mr Llddy spoke on the same subject. Mr Brlmicombe was not satisfied, and thought it was Mr Dlxon'a " pets " who received prlz?s. Mr Osborne moved a vote of thanki to the outgoing committee, Mr Brlmloomba thought It waa not deaervod, they had done nothing and were not worthy of suoh a vote. With regard to the mover, "he was all thanks. Mr Brlmioombe made somo serious charges against members of the committee but deolined to mention names. Mr Dlxon thought that If the Chairman was not oapablo of keeping order hltnsalf the " respectable " portion of those present onght to assist him. Mr Hughes seconded the motion which was oarrled and duly acknowledged by Mr Pyke on bohalf of tho committee. The meeting waa fairly orderly throughout. i The next business was the eleotlon of a ! new Committee. Twenty were nominated and Menri Fyke And B. Blt.Qk.bura W«t

appointed at porutlnecru. The resaHJwae as follows :— VoleiT Voteß. Mr Hardy .. 64 Mrßroadbent .. 10 „ Dowling . . 33 „A. Cordner . . 10 „ Liddy ..25 „ Kemp .. 10 „0. Dixon .. 25 „ Howell .. 9 „W. Shannon 23 „ Cox .. .. 9 „ Harvey . . 21 „ Primmer . . 9 „ Oxley_^ .. 20 „ Osborne .. 6 „ Ol&rk . . 15 „J. Tomer . . 5 „ Makeig ..14 „ Bouoher .. 2 „ Brimioomba 12 „ Murray .. 0 The first seven were declared duly eldoted. A vote of thanks terminated the prooeedlngb. } Mr Hardy waa elected Chairman of the I Committee.

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SOUTH RAKAIA. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2118, 25 April 1889

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