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A special meeting of the School Committee was held yesterday evening ; present —Messrs A. Thomson (chairman), C. de L. Graham, I. Stevenson, W. Elder, and J. Watson.—The Chairman reported that the cost of planting trees round the school sections and at the rector’s residence would amount to LS, It was decided that the trees should bo planted.—An application for the use of a room in the school for affording instruction at night to lads was made by Mr W. Crow. The request was granted. The secretary of the Education Board wrote enclosing a letter addressed to the Board by Mr Chilton (rector of the school), asking that the names of candidates for the vacancy of fourth assistant master submitted by the Board to the School Committee should be of those persons who are able to teach singing. —Mr Graham considered that all matters referring to the school, either in tho appointment of teachers or otherwise, should emanate from the Committ;e, and that Mr Chilton had acted very rashly in addressing the Board without first obtaining the views of the Committee on the subject. —Mr Elder considered, with Mr Graham, that the rector had acted rather rashly in writing to the Board without first consulting the Committee ; at the same time, the head-master had a perfect right to be consulted as to the appointment of teachers under him. He was responsible to the Committee for the efficiency of tho school, and therefore should have a voice in the appointment of his subordinates. —Mr Graham said it had always been the custom of the Committee to consult tho rector on tho subject of appointments.—The Chairman was of opinion that it would have been wise of the rector to have consulted the Committee, but he had heard it was of the best intention, and in order to secure a suitable person for the vacancy.— It was resolved that tho rector be written to and requested to consult the chairman in future before writing to the Board on subjects of this nature. The Chairman stated that he had received a communication from tho Education Board, forwarding the names of Messrs J. A. Fitzgerald, W. H. Rennie, and A. Marshall as suitable candidates for the position of fourth assistant,—Mr Graham stated that some time since a gentleman had called upon him, and no doubt on other members, in reference to the position of fourth assistant. He alluded to Mr Farnie, M.A., and he (Mr Graham) must say he felt astonished at that gentleman’s name not appearing amongst the candidates submitted to the Committee.— Mr Elder was very much astonished that Mr Farnie’s name did not appear amongst those sent down.—The Chairman was of opinion that the Board had gone to the extreme in limiting the number of candidates to three. He thought at least six names should be sent. —Mr Elder said the Board were much better able to judge the qualifications of candidates suitable for appointments than any committee, hut expressed his astonishment that Mr Farnie’a name had not been sent as it had been forwarded to Kelso, a much better appointment. Perhaps, however, the Board thought that Mr Farnie’s qualifications were above the position vacant at Port Chalmers. —Mr Graham believed that Mr Chilton had acted in the interest of the school, and suggested that in future the names of six persons should be forwarded by the Board to the Committee.—This was agreed to.—Mr I, Stevenson considered that the Board had not acted fairly by the Committee, knowing there wus a more eligible candidate than those sent, in not forwarding his name to the Committee. —Mr Chilton, the rector, to whom the credentials of the candidates had been sent, forwarded a report on their qualifications, which he stated was a confidential one, to the Committee, and not to be handed to any member of the Press.—A ballot having been taken, the chairman declared Mr W. H. Rennie unanimously elected.

The following communication was ordered to be sent to the secretary of the Board Port Chalmers, May 20, 1889. Sir,—l arn instructed by the Committee of the Port Chalmers District High School to acknowledge yours of the 17th inst,, and, in reply, regret Mr Chilton did not addioss the Board through the Committee, but regard his action in this matter as the outcome of his anxiety to have every branch of school work well taught, singing included. The limited number of names now sent to the Committee made it quite probable that a qualified singing teacher would not bo included. The Com mittee would further suggest that it would be an improvement if six names were forwarded for future appointments instead of three.—l am, etc., G. H. Durham, Secretary.

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