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The monthly meeting of the Ashburton Technical School J3oard was held yesterday, afternoon, there being present: MjMslrs Charles Reid (chairman), T. HayeC R. Galbraith, G. W. Andrews, G. Schneider, J. R. Borthwick. 11. C. Collins, W. T. 'Lill, and J. .Watson. An apology for absence' from Mr W. G. Hillier was accepted.

The chairman reported that there was a credit balance at the bank of £644 10s 4d.

Messrs Collins and Hayes wore appointed a visiting committee for the ensuing; month.

A grant of £155 3s 9d was received from the Canterbury Education Board in aid of material for classes.

The annual balance-sheet was returned from the Auditor-General without a tag.—lt was decided to have the usual number printed and distributed.

The chairman and director were,appointed a committee to arrange a room for the .accommodation of the homenursing class.

The Executive Committee were instructed to report on additional accommodation required iirgently for woodwork and metal work classes and in the matter of provision of common rooms for the staff.

The tender of G. Gourdie for cupboards was accepted. Tenders for concreting were held over pending a further report from the Executive Committee. Accounts amounting to £217 14s lOd were passed for payment. DIRECTOR'S REPORT.

Mr A. L. Moore, Director, reported, as, follows: —" D.uring the past month the attendance has been good. Twentythree additional students have been enrolled. Miss McEwen and Miss Hassall commenced duty on March 30, and Miss Wardle on April 1. Dressmaking and millinery classes are being commenced this week at Staveley and Methven. A good display, of students' •n-pr.k was made at the \Ashburton A. ahd^lVShow on March 20 and at Methven on April t>'. We are now dividing the large commercial classes into two, and are faced with the. difficulty of the shortage of .rooms. The home-nursing class needs a large room fitted up with beds and table for practical work, as well as desk accommodation. The class at- present is housed in the woolshed, and the noise from the metalwork shop adjoining 'makes it very unpleasant and difficult to work. It will not be possible to use the woolshed next term, as there is no means of heating the place. I would suggest that for the present a. room be rented for, the home-nursing to relieve the pressure. We shall soon be faced with the necessity of providing increased workshop accommodation for woodwork and metalwork. The present metalwork shop is not large enough to house machinery, which, in the near future, will be necessary to carry on the engineering course efficiently. A large,, woodwork shop is also necessary. It would be better if these workshops were built away from the main building, as the noise is often disturbing to the other classes. The present woodwork room would provide a much-needed assembly hall, and in it could be housed the. school library, and provision made so that the students could, use the room for reference purposes. Another matter that requires attention is the provision of common rooms for the teachers —one for uaen and one for women. The latter is the more urgent, as we now have six full-time ' women teachers on the staff.'.'—The report was adopted.

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TECHNICAL SCHOOL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9585, 12 April 1919

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TECHNICAL SCHOOL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9585, 12 April 1919

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