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The annual meeting of householders was held in the school yesterday evening. There was only a fair attendance. Mr S. Smith was voted to the. chair.

The chairman of the outgoing committee (the Rev. G. K. Aitken) read a comprehensive report dealing with the work of the committee during the past year. He also submitted the financial statement for the year ended December 31. 1918, showing a credit balance of £21 12s Id. . ■ On the motion of Mr T. S. J. Doherty, seconded by Mr J. T. Doherty. the report and financial statement were adopted.

Mr Doherty said that the report was an excellent one, and that the work done during the year -reflected great credit on the outgoing committee, and that the district ought to be proud of what the committee had done for the school. The outgoing committee consisted or Messrs Aitken (chairman), Smith, Dart, Pawson, Lock, Cooper, and McDonald.'. On the motion of Mr Aitken, seconded by Mr Pawson, the meeting recommended that the incoming committee take steps to form a school library; also to have an Honours Board erected in the school to commemorate the services rendered to the Empire by "old boys" of the school.

On the motion of Mr Aitken, seconded by Mr Pawson, a hearty vote of thanks was passed to the headmaster (Mr Irwin) and the rest of the staff for the exceptional interest they have taken I in the children, not only during school ! hours, but also out of school. Opinions wore freely expressed that the school had never been hanpier in its staff than it was at present. Tlie committee reported to the meeting that although the school had been onen little more than i% months, it was already seriously overcrowded. Allowing 12 square feet per pupil (which is the new standard), the school was on the day of meeting carrying about 15 per cent, over its proper quota. Several householders expressed surprise that the Education Board should have been" so short-sighted when building the. new school. - The following were elected the committee for the ensuing year : —Messrs Smith. Pawson, Dart, Cooper, Aitken, Lock, and Dohepty. . Mr-McDonald, who is at present in indifferent health, was not a candidate for election.

The new committee met immediately after ihe meeting,: and Mi- Aitken was ! re-elected chairman. Messrs" Aitken and Dart were appointed a sub-committee* to assist the headmaster v/ith the school concert

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METHVEN., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9587, 15 April 1919

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METHVEN. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9587, 15 April 1919

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