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The annual meeting of householders, in the Mount Somers- district was held in the schoolroom on Monday evening. The attendance ;was fair.and on the motion' of y. f jMr Hoodj;s;eQonded;by Mr Edson, Mr to the chair. f :"HfjThe .minuteA of the last annual meeting .ii -hrere read and confirmed. ■•*i AMr-Hood the Secretary of the retiring read the annual; report j .ijrhich -Was as follows f-*~ ";r '/•' Mount 'Soiners School Committee lv "VjJ annual'report to the householders for ';.' J- J/;.the year 5 ending March 30th 1890." mJt 'TJi^C.ominittee, in laying, their, report "" befoWtne meeting think it unnecessary tpvtakeiup ttheitime ,of,the meeting in making out or reading along report of the Committee's proceedings during the year. They have therefore confined themselves, to* Jhe leadihg facts which have occurred during their terra, of office. They trust, ■'';n6w^Ver,Hhat those present will have no hesitation in asking for, information on any-matter concerning the school, to which wo'thel Committee" 'may have omitted to referi ,The Committee have met twelve , times during the year for the transaction of business, and they have the pleasure of stating that not one meeting has been allowed to lapse either through bad weather i or;want of a quorum. The number of •r<' attendances of each member of Committee

is as follows: —Messrs Tait 9, Harvey 5, Edson'l2, Price 10, Fox 11, McClimont 10, Hood 12.' The late^master severed his connection with the school on October 2nd, he having

.'received a more lucative appointment ': • imder the Wanganui Board. The late pupil teacher Mrs Beuchler was „, released from her appointment by the ... Board,in order that she might accompany her husband.

■I < Applications for the position of master .. being: received Mr Joseph Watson was appointed and commenced duty on November 2nd. > The Committee regret that they have " been unable to procure the services of a pupil teacher the average attendance at the school having fallen below the Board's standard. It is therefore not to be expected that the master's exertions will productive as they would be ■ with a pupil teacher's assistance. The school was examined by Inspector

Wood on February 7th, 25 pupils were > r presented in Standards of whom 2 failed "and 23 passed, the percentage of passes -; being 53*49. percentage of failures B*oo. The Inspector speaks very highly of the way, the school is taught and conducted. ■ -■ The average attendance for the past ' quarter is 37?12 as against 43 for the corresponding quarter last year. W. Ensow, Chairman. The balance sheets of the Incidental and Amusement Funds were also reported to be in a highly satisfactory conJ dition.

After some discussion the report was, on the motion of Mr Edson, seconded by Mr Price, unanimously adopted. Mr Watson being duly elected returning officer, .and Mr James Tait scrutineer, the election of a new Committee was proceeded with when the following candi-

dates were duly nominated: Messrs C. Armstrong, J. Tait, W. Edson, J. Price, 6enr., J. Hood, W. McClimont, R. Todd, A. Fox, J. Price, junr., and Mr A. Harvey. On tire ballot .-being taken, Messrs Hood 21, J. Tait 19, J. Price senr., 19, C. Armstrong 14, W. Edson 13, R.- ,Todd 13,, and A. Harvey 11 votes, were declared duly elected. A vote of thanks to the returning officer, scrutineer, and chairman terminated the public meeting. At the meeting of the new Committee held immediately after the public meeting, Mr Edson was unanimously re-elected Chairman, and Mr Hood Secretary, the same to sign cheques as hitherto; the night of meetings to be the first Wednesday in each month.

[per press association.]

Dunedin, April 29.

In several of the educational districts last night, strong comment was made on the clumsy mode of election and the looseness with which the intention of the Legislature is expressed in the Act. One Committee earned a resolution strongly urging Major Steward to persevere with his Amending Bill. Another approaches Parliament to better define the functions of Committees and the Board relative to the appointment of teachers, another calls attention to administrative defects.

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MOUNT SOMERS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2413, 29 April 1890

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MOUNT SOMERS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2413, 29 April 1890

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