RAKAIA SCHOOL COMMITTEE.
TO THE KJL'ITOR
Sir, — I cannot compliment your RaVaia correspondent on the accuracy of his report of the School Committee meeting held here last Monday evening, more especially that portior wbich refers to correspondence w'th the Education Board. The matter being one of more th-<n lccil interest, I feel irapc led, by your kind permission, to ma'^e use of y. ur columns to state the actual facts. Some time aso the ht ad mistress of the Rakaia School having resigned, arplications for the va-atcy were invited by the Board. Among o'.bers (fifteen I think), who sought the appointment was Miss Bilton the present Vsis'ant mis're^s. The Bocrd m forwarding the fifteen applications to the Committee for the purpose of making a selection, mentioned a few Dames which it thought would be most suitable for the requirements of the school. For good reasons the Committee ehofe Miss Bflton, whose came was riot recommended by the Board, but that' august body dec'ined to confirm the appointment. The following qnestiors were then drafted by a member of the Committee, and it was resolved to forward them to the Board, m the hope that the answers would serrsfor future guidance, i. When applications are forwarded to the Committee for the selection of a teacher, are the Committee entitled to make a selection from all the appl" cations be f ore them, or only from those specially recommended by the Board m its accompanying letter ? 2. If the Committee's selection is corfined to only those names recommended by the Board, for what reason are the whole of the applicable ns forwarded to the Committee ? The reply read at Monday sight's meeting was as follows : — " It is not the Foard's practice to make appointments except from among the applicants who have been named to the Committee as sufficiently qualified, and the remaining applica'ions are forwarded m d< fere cc to a wish expressed by the Committees. It is oade f stcod that the Committee will make their choice from among the candidates named, and whoever the? so select is appointed at once. The irethod first adopted was as explained m a circular dated July 3r, 1886, viz.* — 'Applications shall be seat into the Board, and the I Board, after setting aside any that are received fiOn applicants of whose qu lification it is not satisfied, shall forward the rest to the Committee for their consideration and selection.' Subsequently, however, repeated representations were made on behalf of the Committees j thst it was desirable to let them have all the applications ; and m compliance with this wish, it was resolved, en ist November, 1888, to send all the applicat'ons, but to mention the names only of tr.ose applicants whom the Board considered suitable."
When the Board's letter vrzs read, several members who have had large experience m School Committee wo»k.. aveired ttat teachers who were not specially named by. the Board had| on the recommendation of a committee been appointed, and the teachers were giving unqualified satisfaction. At the meeting on Mcnday night, the Chairman asked that as much publicity ?s possible be g'ven to the qoeries and Board's replies, but your reporter's paragraph is exceed ngly vague en ihe subject. Rataia sppears to be unfortunate m the manner m which its meetings are recorded by ihe press, and, m passfog, I would not like to cepeat the expressions of indication made me of by the Clmrman o\ the local 1-Lrary committee with respect to the report of a concert, given m aid of the library tods, which appeared m this mornieg's " Mail." I am etc.,
Raka'a, Bth August, 1889. lOur corrrespondent furnished fullrepoits of both School Committee and Concert, but exigencies ef space compelled that the reports f hould be concenccd to a bace reci'al of facts.— Ed. "Guardian."]
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