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Ashburton School Committee.

♦ An adjourned meeting of the Ashburtoh School Committee was held on Saturday evening ; all the members were present. . ) Mr J. C. Duncan, Secretary to the' Committee, explained that at the meeting' held after the election, from which one member was absent, two candidates (Messrs Bean and Silcock) were nominated for the chairmanship. Each received the same number of votes, and the meeting adjourned for the' " odd man " to be present and decide the question. < Mr Bean made a statement of his position. He felt that he.was entitled to the ■ position of chairman. He had done his duty on the Committee, and had been returned at the head of the poll, and was much surprised when Mr Silcock, who was far down on the poll, was proposed in opposition to him. He wished at the ( time to'retire inJavor.of Mr Silcock, ,but his'proposer had objected. He had*considered tile matter since and had decided not to be elected .Chairman by 1, the divided votes of the Committee, but to withdraw his candidature. At "the, same time it' would have been more graceful for.Mr Silcock" to have oppose him, especially that to him Mr Silcock 'owed his previous position as Chairman. Mr Craighead said that he recognised Mr Bean's fitness for the position, but proposed, Mr as he had carried, out the duties of the chair well the previous year. :: . , : Mr, Porter , echoed Mr Craighead's remarks. . ,•'•••» , . v Mr Silcock said that it was the manner of the proposal of Mr Bean as Chairman that he objected to. Mr Bean was well qualified for the office,, and had been a good and zealous member.of-the Oommitmittee ; but he had always opposed and always would oppose any Chairman being elected simply because he was returned at the 1 top of the poll for the Committee. It was. often the greatest "blackguard— well, the worst of all the candidates—that was at the top. He would oppose the candidate returned at the top of the poll on principle. : . ' . Mr Bisset said that in proposing Mr Bean as Chairman,, he had referred to his being returned at the head :of the poll, but had also pointed out his qualifications and the great interest he had taken in the school. Mr Silcock's proposer and seconder, and Mr Silcock himself acknowledged Mr Bean's qualifications, therefore Mr Silcock's excuse for opposing him was an extremely lame one. It was the general practice to elect the candidate who was at the head of the poll, if he had the qualifications to, act, as, Chairman. This was beyond question in.Mr Bean's case, and he (Mr Bisset) considered that in proposing Mr Bean he was simply discharging a formal duty which would be unanimously agreed to, and he was astonished when Mr Silcok was proposed and seconded and consented to oppose Mr Bean. It would have shown more' grace on Mr Silcock's part to have declined to oppose Mr, Bean,, and. he^ hoped that Mr would eyen noW'Tvithdraw. ■, ; There! being no response, .{■Mr Bean repeated that he would riot divide the Committee. Mr Bisset unwillingly consented to Mr Bean's withdrawl. The conduct of Mr Silcock's proposer, Mr Craighead, his seconder Mr Porter, and Mr Silcock himself in this matter showed a total disregard of the expressed opinion of the householders, and. was grossly indecent. Such treatment, was a poor, reward to a man that they themselves -.said was fitted for the post, and whom the householders had shown confidence in by returning him at the top of the poll. . -, After a few further remarks Mr Duncan asked if there were any other nomination, and none being forthcoming, declared Mr Silcock elected' Chairman. Mr Duncan was re-appointed Secretary and Treasurer, and Mr Bean was authorised to sign cheques in conjunction with him. The meeting night'was fixed for the second Monday in each month. Some unimportant business ! was transacted and the- Committee adjourned. "' • ' ■' -:' V

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Ashburton School Committee., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2421, 5 May 1890

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Ashburton School Committee. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2421, 5 May 1890