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High School Board.

A meeting of the Ashburton High School Board was hold m the Secretary's office yesterday. Present:—The Rev. G. B. Ing- I lis (cha'rtnan), His Worship the Mayor, Messrs C. Keid, D. Thomas, and S. S. Chapman. The Chairman reported a debit balance of £81 9s sd. Tne question of paying the salaries of teachers prior to the meeting was briefly discussed, and it was thought to overcome this difficulty the meetings should be held a few days prior to the end of the month. Two letters from the Board of Education respecting the proposed new High School were received. Letters were read from Mr W. P. Kellock giving information of the dates of the payment of his rent for reserve. A lengthly discussion ensued on the deficiency of a sum of money, which was traceable to the late secretary. I The Secretary (Mr J.'Davison), reported that the Audit Inspector's accounts had shown that the late secretary had short banked sums of money belonging to the Board to the amount of £76 133. A letter was read from the AuditorGeneral returning the balance sheet duly audited and found correct. The Clerk Baid that the balance sheet showed that the late secretary had J678 13s m hand unbanked money. The Secretary (Mr Davison) explained that the balance sheet was correct as far as lit weut, and any competent auditor would say so. Mr Thomas suggested that the balance sheet should be returned to the AuditorGeneral as being " incorrect," and as showing a deficiency of about £100. Mr Chapman said he did not desire to hurt the feelings of anyone, but the honour I of the Board must be upheld. He thought a committee should be appointed to go thoroughly into the matter. The Mayor thought the, Board was only doing its duty m placing the facts of the case before the public. The Secretary said it was a most difficult task to ascertain when and how the money had been taken. Mr Chapman said that an official enquiry should be made into the matter, and a full and complete statement of the Board's finances placed before the members. It was decided "That the Chairman, the Major, the Secretary, and Mr.Purnell prepare a statement of accounts relating to the defalcations of the late Secretary, and report at next meeting or to a special meeting if it was found necessary to call one." Mr K. J. Bell wrote, thanking the Board for accepting his tender for a reserve at Ashton, nnd asking that the tender be modified respecting the acreage. Mr Keid said that there were 245 acres iv the reserve, being 213 acres of good land and 32 acres of poor land. He suggested that 203 per acre be charged for 213 acres, and Is 3d be the price of the 32 acres of poor land. Mr Thomas moved m the direction indicated by Mr Reid, which was seconded and carried. A letter was read from Mr Hoxben respecting the proposed alternative modifications of plans suggested by him for the new school. He felt sure that the efficiency o£ the school would not suffer by either of the plans being adopted. The Chairman reported that a representative of Messrs England Bros, had brought the plans to Ashburton that day, and he with Mr Thomas had gone thoroughly into them. It was resolved (1) " That No. I plan for the new school be adopted;" (2) " That the facings be of pressed bricks;" (3) " That the master's room be 12 x 10;" (4) "That Rimu be used m lieu of Kauri." I It was resolved " That the architect be authorised to call for fresh tenders for the erection of the new school :ag to the modified specifications." It was agreed the term holidays should extend from May 18th to June sfch. The meeting then adjourned.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6563, 6 May 1905

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High School Board. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6563, 6 May 1905