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v The monthly meeting of the Board of j Managers of the Ashburton Technical ; Classes Association was held yesterday :' afternoon. Present: —Messrs H. Davis (chairman). T. Hayes, J. Tucker, W. F. Watters, J. B. Christian, T. Mawscn, li. A. Collins, and F. Pawson. An apology i'or absence was received from Mr C. Reid.

The Chairman reported a credit bank | balance of £215 lite* 7d, .and that Mr rS. G. Brister had been appointed Art Instructor. It was also recommended that he be appointed instructor for the' sign-writing class, the director stating that 12 pupils were awaiting instruction.—lt was agreed to allovy Mr Brister to take over the sign-writing class, and his appointment as art instructor was confirmed. He was further appointed as instructor in an art craft class at the usual remuneration. Correspondence. The Education Board wrote asking for certain information in regard to various classes. It also asked for the programme of work (with special reference to practical instruction) in agriculture and for an indication as to what classes were taken by students taking (a) the agricultural and (b) the domestic course held before G p.m.—The director stated that the desired information had beeu sent to the Board.

A circular letter was received from the British Institute for Stammerers (Christchurch branch) stating that a school for the cure of stammering, and speech troubles generally, had been' established, and asking the. Board to bring the fact under the notice of parents or guardians of affected children. —It was agreed that, if any members know of any cases, they should bring the school under the. notice of the sufferers.

Letters were received from the Education Board forwarding copies of cei'tain publications, and entry forms for the science examinations of the Board of Education, Londcn, etc.—Received. Correspondence was received from various local bodies notifying the appointment of representatives on the Board.—The letters were received. Chairman's Report. The Chairman reported that, as the meeting was the last of the present Board, he took the opportunity of congratulating it on the steady growth of the school and its sound financial position as shown by the secretary's statement. He believed ho would be right in saying that never had the Association been in such a sound position, both as regards the numbers on the rolls and financially. He was sure that the members could rise at the conclusion of the business haying well and truly performed their duties to the bodies, they represented and to the Ashburton County in general. They could leave the control of affairs to the new board, including a credit bank balance of £215 19s 7d. He thanked the memb.ers_for their attendance throughout the past year, and for the deference shown to him as chairman. He also paid a tribute to. the work of the staff. The report was adopted, and Mr Hayes congratulated the Board on having got through the year in a most successful manner. He added that the. result was due in a great measure to the efforts of the director and his staff, i (Hear,, hear). Director's Report. The Director reported that since the last report the rolls had been made up and the total of technical class entries was 608, against a total of 465 for the corresponding period of last year. Tlje figures did not include school classes in woodwork and cookery, the members attending which were 219 and 218 respectively, against 198 and 208 for last year; or a grand total of 7 1045, against 855 last. year. The Education Board was now considering a report to commence cookery and woodwork classes at Methven if suitable premises could be obtained, and there was a very good prospect of starting evening classes in trade and other subjects for the benefit of those who had not been able to continue their education on account of facilities not being near at hand. There were 10 students for advanced bookkeeping (including accounting, banking and currency and auditing). As this was on important class for a commercial town like Ashburton, the Board was asked to advertise for an instructor and start the class. The special course boys this year would take forging, etc., including if possible cold shoeing, and it was suggested that some local blacksmith be asked to take this class for one morning of three hours per week. There are 12 entries for a sign and ticket-writing class, and there would be more as soon as the class started. The only workshop in the school was large enough last year to admit of two classes working together at the same time. The classes being larger this year, however, it was no longer possible, and the great noise made by the metal-workers was very distracting to the other class, so that another workshop was necessary to house the forge, anvil and metal-work apparatus. A tool shed and store was also necessary for the agricultural tools. During the month the books and accounts had been examined by the Government auditor, and a statement of receipts and expenditure as required by the Department was laid on the table. It showed a debit balance of £119 lSs *10d. This, however, did not show the \true state of the Association's affairs, \and a statement showing liabilities and < assets as at,the end of the financial year I ending December 31, 1913, with a'bal- . anco of assets over liabilities of £664 Is 4d was submitted.

In connection with the advance bookkeeping class, it was agreed to leave the matter in the hands of the Executive Committee to start the class and engage an; instructor.

With regard to the forging in the special course, it was left to the director to engage a suitable man at a reasonable remuneration.

The matter of erecting'a new workshop was left in the hands of the Executive Committed.

The wholo report was then adopted


Tlie Visiting Committee's report was received ar.d adopted, and Messrs 'iiicker and Hayos were appointed a visiting committee for the ensuing month.

_ Before the mooting: closed, Mr Christian said that .seeing it was the end.of tlie year he wor;ld like the Board to place on record an acknowledgment of [the Chairman's faithful services in the interests of the Association and the school. Pie s;u'd lie know of no chairman who put in more time in carrying out his duties than Mr Davis did.— Hie motion wns seconded by Mr Mawson and carried unanimously.—The Mayor briefly thanked the members for their motion of appreciation, and said that he always tried to do his best in

helping forward anything he was interested in; v ' Accounts amounting to .£Bl 14s 4d v:eve passed for payment. .

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TECHNICAL SCHOOL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8818, 14 March 1914

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TECHNICAL SCHOOL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8818, 14 March 1914

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