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ASHBURTON BO ROUGH SCHOOL COMMITTEE

j An ad joined meeting #f the Aehburton : Sohool Oommittee to recommend a candl- s " dat» for appointment as headmaster, waa held at the Borough School last evening. Present — Messrs Hloook . (Chairman), Twentymai, . Craighead, Gideon Scott, " Baneer, Bean and Pctert I The Obairman said ihftt he washed to 8 know the feeling of the Oommittee •« to > proceeding with business Tfiere had j been a good deal of newspaper talk m f respect to tbe Oommittee being illegally , eleoted, but as yet no offioal intimation . of this bad been reoeived, and he was [ decidedly m favor of prooeediog with the . work before tbem. Ho Wonld - ask on , expreasion of opinion from the Oommittee. '" } ■_ Messrs Oraigbead and Banger thought s the .businees of the «veniag thould ba s proceeded with. 5 Mr Tweotymsn oald that while the 3 Oommittee was competent to deal with r routine work ths question of appointing _ a headmaster w is so important' that he » thought It should be deferred till It had . beti seen whether the Oommittee had been properly elected by, and possessed 1 ' \ .the confidence of. the householders. No , harm would result from • email delay. Mr Orrlghead thought that the present i Oommittee was. qnite as capable 61 doing 9 the work aa any other tbat might be i appointed. , Tbe gOt air man said that if the Com. _ mlttee raoommandei a candidate for the ' headtnastereblp tbat recommendation and r his protest as to the validity of the election' . would te considered altogether by t|ie. r Board at next meeting.' If It weredeolded tbe Oommittee had not been eleoted m legal manner no notice would be taken, ' while If the eUetlon were good the reoom* mendatlon would stand and .so no tlma would be lost, Therefore no harm oould } result from prceaedtng Mth the buslnsu. Me iTwenivman said tbat it did not seen fitting that they* should go on when. -the Cbatrman himself had Impugned the ' t validity of their election. The work from • 9 week to week should be done — It waa their duty to do It— but In suoh an Important " * matter as the appointment of headmaster, he thought that tbey should wait till it had been seen whether they were representatives of the householders. Nothing. ' wonld be lost by waiting, but if they • prooseded with the appointment that night, and It was after wards, shown that p they were not legally eleoted tbey wonld' .' \ haveplaoad themselves In a very Inyidiooa , position. ! Mr Craighead took It tbat until the I Board had. notified them of its decision regarding the protest against their el'Oilon - the Oommittee were quite competent to prooeed with the transaction of any business tbat might come before them. After some further conversational dltousslon Mr Craighead moved " That the Oemmlttee proceed with, the business adjourned from the last meeting." Mr Ranger seoonded the motion. Ale Soott moved as an amendment, "that only routine matters be dealt with." They should noi proceed to the appointment of ft master till they knew whether? ' they were a Oommittee or not. He bad been! told by tbe Oh airman himself that Mr Saunders, of the Eduoation Board, had ' stated that the eleatlon was net valid and Mr Sjundera was a pretty good authority -, In suoh matters. Mr Twentyman seonded the amend* .'• • ment. The Chairman said It was quite trne that Mr' Saunders had expressed the. opinion to him that the election waa' Invalid, bat this w* B only a private opinion and the matter would have to be decided by the Board. After further discission Mr Bean iaid tbe Oommittee were acting In a ohildleh meaner. It was their duty 'to transaot any holiness which oame before them till tbey knew they were not a Oommittee^ Tbey had reoelved no Intimation that tbelr election w« Invalid, with the exception of a private expression of opinion from Mr Saunders, and he thought that as a Committee thay """ I should not take heed of anything savesm I offiolal notification from the Board. The Amendment was then pot to the meeting and lost, the motion to prooeed' with the business being oarried. A letter was read from the Board of Eduoation m reply to the Chairman's letter announcing his protest against the election of the Committee; The Board asked fcr the names of the persons whose right to vote was challenged. The valedictory remarks In the report of tho headmaster received at last meeting wera then ong!dered. The Obairman" thought It only right for the Committee to acknowledge the remarks m more than a formal manner. After all tbat bad transpired snoh an ex-* ' ' presalon oame rery nicely Indeed from the headmaster. It was an Index of his desire to pavt on the best of t^rmawlth the Commlttea, and he thought a suitable resolution of ackaowlodxraynt should be passed. A retolu lon expressing the regret' of tha 0 inratrtje at the unfortunate olrcnojstances »b <}H hai led to the readmsater aeverlnj/ hia'tfjihectlon with ihe sohool, — ~ an^ei; pressing the btiat tt wishes for h(« " x •qooej((a rf iu his future sphere g{ )|(| «*■

carried, and the Chairman and Mr Twentyman were deputed to draw up a latter suitably embodying tbe motion. Five applications for the vaosot pop'l tesohenhip were reoelved, aud lt war decided to a«k Mr Kneen to report on tbo qualifications of the applicants. Tbe matter of recommending a auoeeoaor to tbe headmaster was then contiderod m oommittee. A ballot was taken the ref nit of whlob was tbat It wm decided to le-Min-mend Mr & U. Just, at present sro <nd master of tbe E at Ohrisioknroh Sohool, to the Board of Education, for appointment aa headmaster of the Ashburton Borough Sohool. The Oommittee +hen adjourned.

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ASHBURTON BOROUGH SCHOOL COMMITTEE Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2152, 19 June 1889

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