High School Board.
The ordinary montb'y meeting of the Afhburton High School Board of Governors was held yesterday afternoon. Present— Esv. G. IV. In^lis (Chairman), His Worship the Mayor, Messrs C. Reid and S. S. Chapman. The Chairman reported a credit balance at the bank of £163 13s lOd. Tho Board of Education wrote stating that»tho Eev. G. B. Inglis and Mr A. Orr had been re-elected members of the Board.—Eaoeived. A letter was road from Messrs England Bros., architects, re a slight modification of spocifiei'ions.—Eecuived. The Education Department wrote asking for examination returns. —The Secretary reported that the returns W9re in order for signature. Mr J. S. 'Pennant wrote resigning his position as headmaster of the School, and asking to be relieved of hi3 duties at the end of June. The Rev. G. B. Inglis said it was evident that Mr Tennant had thoroughly made up his mind to accept the new position to which he had been appointed in Wellington. He would move—" That the resignation be accepted with regret, and the Board desires to place on record its appreciation of fcbe services he had rendered during the time he has been headmaster. When he took charge six years ago, the number of pupils was about 50, and the advantages offered by the school were only beginning to be appreciated. The attendance is now about 100, and many of the pupils have been successful in passing Civil Service and University examinations, and in obtaining a fair percentage of scho^rships and honours in competition against the other schools of the colony. Both in the school and out of it the Board has reposed absolute confidence in Mr Tennant;, and fch« pupils have regarded him with the kindest and friendliest feelings. The Board congratulates him on his appointment to a higher position, and expresses its best wishes for his and Mrs Tennant's future happiness and prosperity." His Worship the Mayor seconded the motion, and spoke at some length in eulogy of the services rendered by Mr Tennant. Mr Reid supported the remarks made by Mr Inglis. The Chairman said that Mr Tennant had from time to time made application for the school to be examined, but without resnlt. He moved—"That the Inspector-General be asked to make arrangements to have the school examined prior to the departure of Mr Tennant."—This was carried. The Chairman considered that upplica-
tions should be invited at once for a teacher to fill the coming vacancy. He was of opinion that the salary should be raised, ns the attendance of pupils had much increased and the duties had become more arduous. He had prepared a list of returns and considered that next year the Board's revenue wonld be £1550, and this would permit of a salary being given that wou'd I induce the very best class of teacher in the colony to apply. Towns much smaller than Ashburton gave the headmaster of their High Sohools a much higher salary than was given by the Ashburton Board. He would move—" That the salary be increased to £375 per annum." The Chairman here road a telegram from Mr D. Thomas, who opposed any increase in salary to a new teacher, but would support giving Mr Tennant arise. Mr Reid seconded the motion pro forma. He thought the public of the colony were making too much fus3 over the teaching profession. They got a great number of holidays during tho year, and the salaries paid were in every case commensurate with the duties performed. In hia opinion the Board was already offering a good salary. A Minister of the Gospel, who held a much more responsible position than a school teacher, was in many cases receiving a remuneration of .£2OO. His Worship the Mayor: " I am afraid a number of them are not worth that salary." The Mayor regretted that he had to conscientiously oppose the motion. He would move, as an amsndment, " That the salary be not increased, but allowed to remain at £M0 per annum." Mr Chapman supported the remarks of the Mayor and Mr Reid. He would second fne amendment. The amendment was carried.
The question of advertising: for applications for the head mastership was left in the hands of the Chairman and Secretary, applications to be iu by June 26th. Mr D. Thomas submitted a comprehensive report on the Board's reserves, which were, as a whole, in a satisfactory condition. —The report was adopted, and a vote of thanks was accorded Mr Thomas. The headmaster reported that the roll number was9B for May (boys 52 and girls 46), with an average attendance of 93. Three new pupila had been admittpd while three had left during April. He urged that the Board take steps to make provision for the heating of the extra room during the winter. —Keceived. A lengthy report of the sub-committee appointed to go into the matter of the late secretary's defalcations was submitted, showing that from 1902 the sum misappointed by the late 0. Braddell wa3 £161. Bs. It had been found out that leases of the Board's reserves had paid in rents, which had not been credited to the Board's account. His Worship the Mayor spoke strongly on tho matter and considered that the facts should be published for the information of the public. He, for one, did not wish to hush up this regrettable incident, and he further contended that steps / should be taken with a view to recovering the money purloined from his estate. In future the secretary should be bound by a fidelity bond, Mr Reid moved that consideration of the report be deferred, till next meeting.— Carried. Before the matter dropped the Chairman said the Board was much indebted to Mr Davisoa for the great amount of work he had done in going into the back accGunt3 in preparing tho statement showing the Board's position. Twelve tenders for the erection, of the new school were received, and that of Messrs Gourdie & Sons, £2096 14s, the lowest tender wa3 accepted. The highest tender was and the next lowest tender to that accepted wan put in by J. Smith & Son at £2,199. The Chairman, the Mayor, and Mr Reid were appointed a Building Committee. It was decided to proceed with the work at the earliest opportunity, and a suggestion was made that the Governor be asked to be present to lay the foundation stone. Hia Worship the Mayor urged that in future the Board's buildings be insured in the Government office. This was agieed to. Accounts amounting to .£7O 18s Id were passed for payment, and the meeting theu adjourned. _________„___
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6587, 3 June 1905
High School Board. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6587, 3 June 1905
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