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The ordinary meeting of the Ashburtori Technical Classes Association was held yesterday afternoon. Present:— Messrs H. Davis (chairman), J. Tucker, J. B. Christian, J. B. Borthwick, W. H. Collins, T. Maw-son, T. Haves, and R. A. Collins. The secretary reported that there was a debit balance at the bank of £61 17s 7d. ",■'•- Correspondence. The North Canterbui-y Education Board advised having placed to the' credit of the Association cheques amounting to £17.15s and £54 2s, being for capitation on associated' classes at Ashburton and iVlethven and subsidy on ; voluntary subscriptions respectively.—' Received. . The Education Board of North Canterbury wrote stating that in order to avoid delay that in some cases had taken place in the election of managers of Associated Classes, the Association was reminded that under section 50 of the Regulations, the number of managers is fixed by the Department every year, based on the contributions made in support of the classes' 1' during the year. The information as to what moneys had been contributed was desired as soon as possible. Another communication stated that the number of managers to represent bodies contributing, to the funds of the Ashburton Technical Classes Association had been passed by .the Department as follows:— Ashburton .County Council, 2; Ashburton Borough Council, 1; Ashburton A. and P. Association, 1; Canterbury Slieep Owners' "Union, 2; Ashburton High School Board, 1; Ashhurton and. Hampstead Schools combined, 1; subscribers, 1; Education Board (by Act), 2.; total, 11.—The Director stated that he had forwarded the desired information, and it was agreed to write to the various local bodies entitled to appoint managers to the Association informing them to that effect.

The Education Board also advised the Association that the use, of free passes was restricted to Friday evening and the Saturday. It was not thought that the Department would approve of passes being used in isolated cases. It would be necessary to supply the register showing the attendances of all teachers who have used passes during the year. —The Director stated that he had dealt with the matter, and is action was approved.

Another letter from the Education Board stated that a grant of £152 4s 2d had been approved in respect of the Board's application for a grant for equipment for associated classes at Ashburton and Methveh.'—Received.

A further letter stated that 21 pupils of the Ashburton Technical School senipr free places from January 1, 1914, provided that they were found to have complied with the regulations governing junior free places in Technical Schools.—The Chairman remarked that it was most satisfactory to know that the whole of the candidates had passed successfully.

The Ashburton Borough Council, forwarded a donation of £5 for the year 1913.—Received.

The Education Department, Wellington, wrote forwarding two copies of the programme of \ the City and Guild's and London Institute for the session 1913-14.—Received.

The Department also wrote stating that the. YPublic Service Commissioner had notified that it,was not intended to admit female candidates for the next Public Service Entrance Examination. —Received. The St. John Ambulance Association wrote stating that the eight candidates who had sat for First-aid Certificates [ had all passed.—The Chairman made complimentary reference to the success [ of. the candidates* Reports. The Director reported as follows:—1. The school opened on February 9, and, as they were still in the first week, the, I roll numbers were not yet complete, but so far the roll number of classes totalled 528, including ,82 free place students, against the totals at the beginning of last year of 438, including 59 free place students. 2. Very little support was being given to the motor engineering class at present; not sufficient to warrant the class being start- j cd. 3. He had* had several applications to start a sign and' ticket-writing class, and was taking steps to ascertain the support likely to be given to such a class, and would ask the Board to allow him to place the information with the executive with power to call for application for an instructor and place before the next Board 'meeting. This would save a month's delay if' there were sufficient students to start the class. 4.. In view of the large number in the dressmaking classes, he would ask the Board to grant the sum of £10-for two sewing machines to enable the Avork to be carried on more efficiently.—lt was decided not to start the motor engineering class, and the "remainder of the report was agreed to.

The Executive's report recommended the commencement of the art class, and that a sub-committee, consisting of Messrs Davis, Collins and the Director be appointed to enquire into applications for the position of instructor and appoint one for the first term.—Agreed to. Visiting Committee's Powers. Messrs H. Davis and W. H. Collins were appointed a Visiting Committee for the ensuing month. Mr Hayes said'he thought the Visiting Committee should be given power to grant necessaries for the school up to a small amount. Mr Christian strongly objected to the Visiting Committee having any spend in X power. There wa4#no continuii/y about the office, and a. new committee Heiiip: elected monthly, reckless expenditure would occur. The expenditure could be effected infinitely better by one person. : Mr Tucker said that he had quite made up his mind never to visit the school on a visiting committee without some power. He had noticed a small piece of plaster loose when on his last visit that would have cost about Is to repair, and they had not had the power to authorise that it be repaired. It was only a'trifle, but it was a long time in being attended to. The Chairman said that all matters brought before him were attended to as soon as possible. Accounts amounting to £26 9s 8d were passed for payment.

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TECHNICAL CLASS ASSOCIATION., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8794, 14 February 1914

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TECHNICAL CLASS ASSOCIATION. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8794, 14 February 1914

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