The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. MONDAY JUNE 17, 1889. THE BOROUGH SCHOOL.
The affairs of this unfortunate institution appear to have fallen into an un ending state of disturbance, of which everybody concerned is by this time heartily sick. The latest trouble is the upsetting of the election of the present Committee by the Board of Education, on a protest entered by the Chairman of the Committee alleging that a clause of ; the Act bad been wrongly interpreted by the Chairman of the householders' meeting at which the election took place. We have already pointed out the reading of the clause m question, and will only say now that whatever may have been the intention of the framers of the clause its wording is m plain English which admits, to our view, of only one interpretation. The Board has m more than one recent instance shewn itself superior to the spirit of the Act, and now has taken a similar position with regard to its letter. The upsetting of the election has only as yet been informally communicated to the Committee, and the official notification will not be made until after the next meeting of the Board, neat Thursday . This leads to a consideration of the position of the Committee m the meantime. Momentous business is m their hands, foremost being the selection of a head master to succeed Mr Eneen, whose notice of resignation expires m about ihree weeks. There is no doubt of the Committee's power to deal with the applications and proceed to the seleotion of a master and the other business before them. By a clause of the Aot the actions of a Committee deolared to hare been duly eleoted are held to be legal and permanent even if the election should subsequently be declared illegal and void. But though all things to this body may be lawful they may not be expedient, and it is a question whether the Committee, some of whose members may have gained their "seats by the very votes which the Board has ruled were improperly received, is justified m making; an appointment which will be, we trust, permanent. We will not say that the Committee does not fairly represent the householders, although one of its members owed his election to the voteß of only five persons. It is a Committee elected at the most largely and influentially attended meeting that has gathered for that purpose for many years, and the majority of its members are among the best qualified m the community to discharge the duties of their office, and wbo may be trusted to faithfully select tor the headmastership, the candidate whom they conscientiously believe to be tb,e beet qualified by character, ability and experience to take pharge ot the school. An argument m favor of proceeding to-morrow evening with the election is that the mastership will soon be vacant, but only one, we think, of the candidates could, if appointed, take up bis duties immediately on the expiration of the present master's engagement, and as an interregnum is inevitable the difference of a few days or weeks m its duration is a trifling matter. The Committee showed by adjourning the question for a week that they were not going to act precipitately m the matter, and no doubt they will resolve to act consistently with the proceedings of their Chairman which led to the annulling of the election, and leave to what he and the Board consider a regularly-elected Committee a transaction of such importance as the appointment of a head master. A word to the householders : Do not by any carelessness on your part allow the constitution of the Committee to relapse to its former level, but sacrifice one hour or two on the night of election to the duty of securing the return of good and competent Committee-men. II this end is gained we may have a much- desired period of peace m school matters.