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The ordinary meeting of the Board was held this morning, and attended by Messrs H. Clark (chairman), M. Fraer, J. M'Kenzie, M.H.R., J. Fulton, M.H.R., Green, J. Macgregor, T. Dick, J. W. Jago, and Dr Hislop. A PROTEST. The Chairman intimated that the Board had sat so late yesterday that there had not been time to write up the minutes. Mr M'Kenzie objected to this way of doing things, and asked that the minutes be read, because he wished to enter his protest against the partial manner in which the appointments were made yesterday. The Chairman ruled that Mr M'Kenzie was not in order in making a protest against anything that was done. Even if the minutes were before the Board the question would be simply whether the minutes were correct.

Mr M'Kenzie said it was usual with other bodies with which he was connected to consider protests before the minutes were confirmed ; but he must accept the chairman's ruling, and take another opportunity of bringing forward his protest. Mr Fraer thought the ruling of the chairman was quite right. Mr Green said that this was a very irregular discussion. Certain statements had been made which certainly ought not to remain where they were, and it was important for the Board to determine whether this was an adjourned meeting or another meeting of the Board. His circular did not say that only committee work was to be taken yesterday. Mr M'Kenzie had raised two very important questions: whether this was another meeting of the Board, and whether the minutes of a meeting of the Board should not be read before the business was proceeded with. Mr Macgregor said that to bis mind it was perfectly clear that this was one meeting extending over two days. The Chairman ruled that to-day's was a separate meeting from that of yesterday. It was here suggested that the secretary Bhould read the draft minutes. This was done, and the minutes were then confirmed. Mr M'Kenzie said he would now move the adjournment of the Board in order to give members an opportunity of discussing the remarks he was about to make. He wished to express the opinion, as to the appointments made at yesterday's meeting, that a great deal of partiality was shown, and that injustice was done. One applicant was punished for his religious views The Chairman did not like to call Mr M'Kenzie to order, but would ask him if he thought it desirable to bring these matters before the public. Mr M'Kenzie : If I am not allowed to say anything about your action yesterday I may as well sit down. It appears to me that when we are in committee members make insinuations about character that they are afraid to make in public. . Several members interrupted, and asserted that no insinuations were made at yesterday's meeting as to anyone's eharaoter. Dr Hislop objected to any member making statements which were in opposition to fact. He was at yesterday's meeting during the whole of the sitting, and did not hear any reflections on any candidate's character or religious views. Mr M'Kenzie said he would withdraw what he had aaid in reference to religious views.

Dr Hislop insisted that Mr M'Kenzie should absolutely withdraw his statement. He would leave it to any member present to say whether at yesterday's meeting there was a single word said that could be construed into a reflection on any candidate's character or religious views. Mr M'Kenzie replied that he had already withdrawn his statement in reference to religious views, but he would challenge any member at the table to Bay that remarks u to Character were not made at this Board

at a meeting held a month ago. Another thing that he had to complain of. w&s that at yesterday's meeting, when the testimonials of one candidate were being reaft, four members of the Board—Messrs Fnltpn, Fraer, Jago, and Dick—left the. room, and did not hear what was contained in the testimonials, bnt returned in time to vote. . Mr Dice pointed out that in Parliament it was not unusual for members to return to the House only just in time to vote. How long were the members referred to absent from the room ? Perhaps they had seen the testimonials beforehand. Mr M'Kenzie said that was one of the things he complained of, that members should go to the room before the meeting and read testimonials private-y. He as a country member had to wait until the meeting, and it was both irregular and unfair to teachers that other members should do this. He considered that yesterday's proceedings were neither proper nor right, and must enter his protest. Mr DicK : You have not moved anything. Mr M'Kenzie : Well, I move the adjournment of the Board. Mr Dick seconded the motion pro forma, and The Board then proceeded with the next business. RESIGNATIONS ACCEPTED. Margaret Nicol, head-teacher, Waitahuna West; Annie Darton, mistress, | Wether, stones; Donald, mistress, Sandjrmount; John Dagger, relieving teacher • Amelia E. Bayley, bead-teacher, le Hooka. APPOINTMENTS. Alexander 8. Malcolm, head - teacher, Kelso, vice Henderson, resigned; Johanna Fraser, head-teacher, vice Kix, resigned; Eliza Weir, head-teacher, Knri Bush, vibe Colville, left the service; Ella Reith, headteacher, Tokaraki, vice Davidson, resigned; Jane Kinder, bead-teacher, Bound Hill, vice Percy, promoted; Annie 'Dartori, mlstreas, Pukeuri, vice Murray, promoted ; Margaret F. Donald, mistress, Sawyers Bay, vice Hooper promoted; Margaret Nicol,'mistress, Waitahuna, vice Dale promoted; John Dagger, fourth assistant, Union street, vice Church left the service; James A. Valentine, third assistant, Northeast Valley, vice Mason promoted; John H. Henderson, third assistant, Kensington, vice Garrow promoted; Effie M. F. Morgan, pupil-teacher, Green Island, new appointment ; Annie Boyd, pupil-teacher, Kaikorai, new appointment; D. E. Button, assistant, and Robert Coghill, pupil-teacher, School of Art.

The Rev. J. White (chairman of the Kelso Comittee) intimated that the following resolution had been paused at a meeting of Committee called to consider the appointment of a teacher:—" That this Committee desires to record its great dissatisfaction at the inclusion of Mr Farnie's name in the list of applicants for master sent by the Board, to the exclusion of Mr J. B. Grant, whose testimonials (in the opinion of this Committee) are superior on the whole to any that have been forwarded." A short discussion ensued, in the course of which it was stated that Mr Malcolm had been appointed to the vacanoy. Mr M'Kenzie : I think it should be known that the chairman of the Committee that objects is a Presbyterian minister, and that the man he objects to is Mr Farnie, whose name, he rays, should not have been forwarded. This Board should not allow itself to be made a tool of to suit any minister of religion, whether Presbyterian, Catholic, or anything else. The letter was minuted as received. ELECTION OF COMMITTEES. The Board fixed the 10th June as the date for the meetings of householders in die tiicts where there had been a failure to elect committees. bae's junction. A memorial was received from a number of householders requesting that the Board inquire into the manner in which the Committee had been elected. The election was upset, and a fresh election ordered on June 10. .ALBANY STBEET. Daniel Smith wrote objecting to the election of the Committee on the ground that it had been irrezularly conducted, persons who were not qualified having been allowed to vote. One Morgan was instanced as having given a plumper for Paul Fredric, who was at the head of the poll. Mr Macobeoob said that the Board should not interfere unless it appeared that the informality complained of was such that the result of the election was affected. Mr J ago asked if this election were declared void what effect it wonld have on the proceedings of the Committee since the election.

Several members replied tbat the sub sequent proceedings would not be affected at all.

Mr Dick, after ecrutin-sing the communication, said that even if Morgan's vote for Fredric were struck out, it would not only leave Fredric {on the Committee, but he would still be at the head of the poll. It was resolved, on the motion of Mr Macgregor, that the election be sustained. PALMERSTON. A petition was sent in by James Scott, William Chapman, and J. T. Gwynne, householders of the Palmeraton district, stating that the election of a committee was not conducted in the manner prescribed by the Act. It was asserted that Mr Alexander Gilmour was voted to the chair in an irregular fashion, the motion for his election not having been properly put to the meeting ; that Mr Gilmour was practically reelected ; that he was not an unbiassed or disinterested person; that the voting-papers were indiscriminately distributed to persona who were not qualified to vote; and that some persons voted more than once. The petitioners therefore asked that a fresh election take place. A counter petition was received from Alexander Gilmour, John M'Donald, James Arkle, and James Kitchen. Mr Fulton moved—"That the Board see no reason to interfere." Mr Fraer seconded the motion. He did not see why the householders should not settle these matters of detail themselves. Mr Jago said that pretty well the same objections might be taken to every election that took place. Voting papers bad to be distributed to thoße persons desiring them. There was no practical way of taking votes otherwise than by passing the papers round and appealing to the honor of those present not to vote if they were not entitled to do do so. If the election were upset on the grounds mentioned, he did not think there was an election in the whole district that might not be upset. The motion was put and carried. EVEBUEN DIGGINGS. The Chairman of the meeting of householders wrote stating that the teacher had been nominated as a candidate for election on the Committee; and on an objection being taken, he had declined to retire. The election had not been further proceeded with, and he (the chairman) asked for information as to what course should be pursued.

Mr Fraer said that the Auckland Board had issued instructions to the effect that teachers were not to interfere in any way with the elections. There was nothing about it in the Act.

The Secretary mentioned that the question had never previously cropped op in Otago. A Member remarked that it would be * strange position for a teacher to occupy, as he would be deliberating on matters affecting himself. Mr Macgkegob thought that the teacher who got into such a position showed a great want of sense. He begged to propose—- " That the secretary be instructed to inform the teacher that the Board consider that no teacher should offer himself as a candidate for a school committee." Dr Hislop seconded the motion, and would add that he understood that before now teachers had not only been members of committee! but also acted as clerks.

Mr Fbaek said that many were clerks, but a clerk need not be a member of committee.

Mr Dick suggested that Mr Macgregor should add to his motion " nor to interfere in the election," but The motion was carried as stated above. THE KAIKORAI SCHOOL.

Mr D. M'Lauchlan wrote asking the Board to sift the oharges made against bin* by members of the Kaikorai Schwl tta&

His, letter concluded as follows: —"As members of the Board may assert that this matter has already been sifted in the inquiry of ISSB,I may state that the School Committee had not then received a copy of the charge*, and that I have not received a copy to this day. In justice to all concerned, I trust that the Board will fully sift the whole matter." Mr Fraer : Wo have gone sufficiently into this case before, and I think we should minute that the letter bo received. This was agreed to. Mr M'Lauchlan also forwarded a statement showing that the standing of the Kaikorai School compares favorably with the Board's best schools, and that, as in former years, its place is in the front rank of the Otago schools, The writer concluded as follows:—"In the light of the facts rovcaled by the Board's last report, it is impossible to justify the treatment I have received from the Board, and I now respectfully ask some redress. After nearly twentyfivo years of faithful and successful work I have been deprived of my position and practically shut out from employment where for no cause which the Board can mention. I have applied for appointments in Otago and elsewhere for the past nine months without success, and I now appeal to the Board for justice. This communication was also minuted as received. OAMARU NORTH. Thomas Reid complained that children had been kept too long in school, and asked for an inquiry into the matter. Referred to the Committee. MAfcANDREW HOAli.

Mr Hilgendbrf wrote asking to be allowed to peruse the note 3 of the evidence taken by the sub-Committee at the recent inquiry. Mr M'Kenzie moved that the request be complied with. Mr Jaco thought the Board had done ample justice in this base, and should not offer any facilities for the prosecution of an action. He would move that the request be declined. .....

The amendment was carried, Mr M'Keneie standing alone in voting the other way. A letter was received from the Committee forwarding a resolution in reply to the Board's letter re holidays. The letter w»s Bimply received. KAIKOKAI PLAYGROUNDS. The Kaikorai Committee asked for assistance towards asphalting the grounds and fitting up the house for the janitor. On the motion of Mr Jago it was resolved that Lls be granted towards the coat of asphalting the grounds. THE HIGH SCHOOLS. The scholarship returns in connection with the Boys' High School were laid on the table. Mr Fraer remarked that the returns were not drawn up in a satisfactory manner. The Board did not get anything like the information regarding the boys' school as they did in regard to the girls' school. Mr Jago moved—"That the High School Board be respectfully requested to instruct the rector of the Boys' High School to furnish detailed quarterly reports concerning the progress, etc., of the holders of the Education Board's scholarships, such as are furnished to the parents of pupils attending the High School, and that this Board cannot consider such reports private." Mr Fraer seconded the motion, which was carried. THE EXHIBITION. Sir Robert Stout, as chairman of the Education and Science Committee in connection with the Exhibition, forwarded a circular inviting the Board to interest themselves in obtaining primary school exhibits. It was moved by Mr Fraer, seconded by Mr Green, and* carried—"That a committee consisting of the chairman, the Hob. T. Dick, Dr Hislop, and Mr Jago be appointed to deal with this matter and report to the Board at a future date." Mr M'Kenzie : So long as it does not cost any money I am agreeable. PORT CHALMERS. The Rector of the District High School at Port Chalmers requested that the Appointments Committee, in selecting names of candidates for tho fourth assistantship, would bear in mind that the person appointed should be able to teach singing. Mr M'Kenzie moved, Mr Fraer seconded, and it was carried—" That a copy of the letter of the head-master of the Port Chalmers School to this Board, dated the 14th May, referring to the appointment of a fourth assistant to that school, be forwarded to the Port Chalmers School Committee, so as to give them an opportunity of expressing their opinion as to the views of the headmaster on the appointment." ACCOUNTS. Accounts amounting to L.6,564 7s 2d were passed for payment. NOTICES OV MOTION. Mr M'Kenzie gave notice of the following motion:—"So as to prevent injustice to applicants for positions in the service of the Board, that the resolutions of tho Board passed on the 20th of March re the appointment of teachers and curtailing the number of applicants to be forwarded to committees, be revoked."

Mr Jago will move at next meeting " That a committee, consisting of Dr Hislop, Mr Macgregor, Mr Greeß, and the mover, be appointed to confer with the inspectors and report as to whether any alteration is desirable or possible in the present method of selecting and appointing pupil-teachers." The Board went into committee at 12.30 p.m.

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EDUCATION BOARD., Issue 7908, 16 May 1889

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EDUCATION BOARD. Issue 7908, 16 May 1889

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