The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit MONDAY JULY 8, 1889. THE SCHOOL COMMITTEE ELECTION.
For the third time the householders of the Ashbnrton school district are called togtether.to elect a School Committee for the current year, or rather the year that ends on the fourth Tuesday m April, 1890. The causes of this multiplicity of elections are pretty well known. Briefly stated, the election on the statutory date was void on the technical point that a ballot was not taken though only the requisite seven candidates were nominated ; and the next election was declared void through the imperfect knowledge of the English language possessed by the Chairman of the Committee and the members of the Board of Education, who struck out a reading of the Act for themselves, and deolared certain votes which they presumed had been cast to be inadmissible, Thia latter was a striking instance of the wonderful working of the Board of Education. The election was upset upon the bare allegation of one individual that certain votes had been received — no enquiry was made nor proof demanded I However, the past may be left to itself ; and the attention of householders directed . to to night's duties The only question upon which any differtfSCe o*n arleo m tha^tw~~Commlt • tee is the confirmation or disapproval of the proceedings of their predecessors, and only one transaction of the latter was of such moment as to be worth Te-opening, namely the choice of a headmaster. We are iuformed that a strenuous effort is to be made to secure the election of a Committee that will ignore the decision previously arrived at m this matter, it may be doubted whether the Committee to be elected to-night has any right to do anything of the sort ; but granting that such a power exists, householders will ask why it should be exercised. For answer we can only quote common report, which has it, on, it is stated, good authority, that one of the candidates for the headmastership was invited by one m authority to Apply for the appointment, and was assured that if he did so he would be appointed to the post. This little projeot having failed to eventuate a committee is to be elected which will be more amenable to wire-pulling. We do not think so meanly of the members of Tine unseated Committee ap to believe for a moment that they would act otherwise than fairly between the various candidates. We have already expressed the opinion that the Committee as a whole was fairly representative of the householders and possessed their confidence, and this was justified by the oare whioh was exercised m the selection of a master — a selection against whioh we have not heard • single tenable argument used. Still « statement so confidently made . should not remain unanswered, and it is for the householders to-night to see that no one who would lend himself to any suohhole and corner transaction be placed on the Committee. On another point a word may be said : An intention has been expressed by some of those who claim to vote on what may be called the parental qualification of tendering their votes to-night, and if they are rejected taking the matter into Court to obtain an authoritative interpretation of the Statute. No good end can be served by following this course, as Bills are before Parliament dealing with the anomalies and obscurities of the present Acts, and any proceedings whioh may tend to prolong the unsettled state of affairs m | connection with the Ashburton school should be avoided. We hope the householders will attend to night and elect a . Committee that represents their opinions and possesses their confidence, and that will not be simply agents of the Board of Education-— a body that seems by its actions to be determined to take a wrong course if one is to be found.