The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. TUESDAY, MAY 28, 1889. THE BOROUGH SCHOOL.
Our readers are reminded that a seoond attempt to elect a Oammittee to carry on the affairs of the Borough State Bohool is to be made to-morrow evening, the appointed hour being seven o'clock, and the place the schoolhouse. The proceedings to be taken are the outcome of the blander which was made at the annual meeting of householders held about a month ago when, as will be remembered, there were only seven nominations and the persons so nominated were (contrary to the requirements of the Act) declared duly elected, without the formality of a ballot. In view of the faot that a want of regard for the pro visions of the law has rendered the first proceedings invalid, it is to be hoped that oare will on this occasion be taken to comply with the Education Act m all particulars. Let us then remind those concerned, that householders only are qualified to be elected or to vote. Any honseholder is eligible to be eleoted, whether present at the meeting or not, and whether or not he, or she, has intimated willingness to serve if elected; j but although this is the case it is obviously wise on all such occasions fori householders to abstain from nominating any absent person whose willingness to serve has not been first ascertained. As to what is meant by the term " householder" there are unfortunately wide difference! of opinion, the definition given m the Act being as follows : — " Every adult male or female person who, as owner or tenant, lessee or oc cupier, occupies, uses, or resides m any dwelling-house, shop, warehouse, or other building m any district, or every patent or guardian who is liable to maintain or has the actual custody of any child." From this it will be seen that under what may be termed the " occupation qualification/ this must arise m respect of some building within the school district, but that parenthood or the guardianship, maintenance, or care of any child also entitles to a vote, whether the parent or guardian reside within the school district or not, and whether or not the child or children of such guardian attend the school In a word, any parent residing anywhere can vote at any School Committee election m any district. As to the persons eligible to be elected, it is, however, distinctly provided that they must be resident within the school district. The only persons so resident, and being " householders," as before defined, who are ineligible to be elected, are the following, viz. :—Bankrupts who have not obtained their final order of discharge, persons attainted of treason or convicted of felony or perjury or any infamous crime, and persons of unsound mind. Any eligible person may be proposed by anyone, whether the proposer be a householder or not, and whether or not the person proposed consents or does not consent to nomination. A ballot must be taken quite irrespective of the number of nominations, and every per- ( son voting may exeroise seven votes or any less number of votes, which he may distribute as he please, but he must specify the number of votes whioh he assigns to each of the candidates for whom he votes. In the event of a tie between any two Candidates the Chairman of the meeting may exeroise a casting vote. Undoubtedly, m regard to this matter, several amendments are badly wanted, but m the meantime the law is as we have stated, and must be complied with. Wq hope that there will be a large attendance tomorrow evening, and that a good Committed will be elected, the more especially that qna of its first duties will be the selection of a he^d-i^ster.