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i The ■monthly meeting, of. the Borough ■School Committee was held last ©yen- . ing, there being present, Messrs W. G. i Hillier (chairman), F. Brown, J. • Ar~ | gyle, It. Houston and W. Osman. i The chairman reported & oredit bal<ance of 145.-'' ' ' Miss A. E. Fifield, Allenton School,, j wrote stating., that Miss Tresize had. .presented a set of "The Popular Eni cyclopaedia" 14 vols. in all, to the .school. She asked that a suitable cupi board be erected to store the books.—it was resolved to thank the donor for the gift and to approach the Education Board for a grant towards the erection of a cupboard. Mr H. M. Jones intimated • that he would have pleasure in presenting two dozen shelter trees for the school grounds, either oaks,. walnut,. or. oaks and walnuts, whichever variety the committee thought best. He would also be willing to devote six Thursday afternoons should a working, bee be formed to put the grounds in order. If advised when the trees were required, he would see that they were delivered at the time required.—it was decided to reply thanking Mr Jones for his offer and to let him know when the trees would-be rquired,; The, ma.tter - of. variety, it was explained, could be decided when, the matter of laying out the grounds was under'consideration. . The Canterbury Education Board advised that the quantity of coal required for the school had been referred to the Christchurch Coal Trade Committee, which would see that the committee's requirements would have preference over that'of-ordinary consumers. School committees would continue to order their supplies from their respective merchants.—Received. The headmaster's report for the month was as follows: The attendance at both schools was very satisfactory. The average at the Borough School was 457, the highest 474, and the lowest 432. At Allenton the average was 119, the highest 124 and the lowest 110. The present roll numbers are 499 and 127 respectively. The furnace connected with the new school cracked in two places shortly after being fired up on Monday morning, April 28. On the following Thursday it was inspected by the board's architect and Mr Le Cren, of the Crown Iron Works, and it was decided to forward it to Christchurch for repairs. It is hoped to have it reerected and in working order by the

time the school re-opens. During wet weather large pools of water collect at the back of the new building and adjacent to it, making the entrance and exit by the doors on that side very difficult. The grading of this portion of the ground should, in my opinion, be the tirst step i" any ground improvement $cheme the committee might decide upon, and after grading a strip of. asphalt or concrete about 30ft wide, should be laid down to cover the space from the end of one verandah to the end of the other, a distance of about j one chain. The question of fencing also requires immediate attention and i the board should be strongly urged to erct a suitable fence and gates along^ I the front boundary and repair the ! fences, which are broken down in several places along the other boundaries, i In the meantime horses and cattle al- ! most daily wander all over the section. A floor covering, a table and two chairs are required for the teachers' room, also linoleum, suitable cupboards, and a bookcase for the headmaster's office, arid a clock for Standard V. room." A sub-committee was appointed to see that the necessary grading was carried, out and it was decided to refer the matter of fencing to the board with a recommendation to have the work, caraedt out at once.—lt, was also agreed to prorvide the other requisites asked for. Messrs W. Osman and F. H. Brooia were appointed a visiting committee.. I Future meetings were- fixed rbr tie. i third Tuesday in the month.

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MEETINGS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9608, 13 May 1919

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MEETINGS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9608, 13 May 1919