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Thc following is the conclusion of the business transacted at yesterday's meeting of the Education Board:— GREEN ISLAND A letter was read from Mr Herbison, who stated that the objections urged against his section by several members of the deputation who waited on the Board last month were nob correct. He asked the Board to satisfy itself of the suitability of the section. The Committee—Mr D. Borrie and the Hon. J. MacGregor—appointed by the Board to make inquiries for a beetion suitable for the teacher's residence reported as follows:

We, the Committee appointed to report upon the various sites available for teacher's residence at Green Island, have the honor to report as follows:—We visited the locality, inspected the various sites offered, and, with the assistance of the architect, carefully examined all those that seemed at all /suitable for the purpose. We find that the two sites already considered by the Board are more suitable for the purpose than any of the others; we are of opinion that the acra site offered by Mr Irving is the best, and if two of the sections could be got at £W each we should have no hesitation in advising the Board to buy two of them. Personally we are of opinion that an acre of ground is more than is necessary or desirable in such a locality, but if the Board should think otherwise, or should be prepared to take the larger area in order to secure the best site, then this end would be attained by the purchase of the acre. The objections to Herbison's site have, we consider, been exaggerated ; but in consequence of the land sloping away from the street, and in the direction of sections owned by other people' the question of drainage would probably cause some difficulty. This is, we think, the only objection of any consequence, and the question of drainage seems to U3 a serious one in many parts of the borough. This site commands a good view of the school, although it is a little further away from the school than Irving's site. One of the sites offered adjoins Herbison's, and we arc of opinion that, although it is too narrow by itself an excellent site could be secured if that section of Herbison's, which adjoins it, could be got along wi«i it, and this section (Murphy's), along with Herbison s half-acre, would make the best site of all.

The Clerk of the Green Island Committee Wrote :

lam instructed by the Committee to express their great surprise at your Board's continued opposition to their views and to the generally expressed wishes of the householders in the selection pf a site. The Committee have a very strong feeling that their views have not received the consideration due to them, nor has due weight been given to their knowledge of the schools requirements, and should your Board persist m ignoring their wishes and opinions it may result in the abandonment by them of all interest in school matters or in their resignation. It may not be generally known to members of the Board that the old residence and site did not originally cost the Board a sixpence, as both site and house were gifts from the early settlers of the district.

In answer to Mr Gallaway tic Secretary said the statement in the last paragraph of the letter was not correct.

Mr MacGregor thought the Board should not receive the letter. The statements in it were incorrect. The Board gave the fullest consideration to everything brought before it, and if they were not open to conviction they would not be in the position they were in now. At the last meeting he said he was perfectly willing to reconsider the whole thing, and he would not allow any committee, without protest on his part, to address the Board in the manner that this Committee had done. Such action should not be allowed to pass unnoticed, and he would move—" That the letter be returned to the Committee."

This motion, not being seconded, lapsed. Mr p. B. Fraser did not think the motion should be so strong as that proposed by Mr MacGregor. He thought, however, that the Board should let the Committee know that the communication was not a proper one to send to the Board.

Mr Gat-lav ay said he had always been in favor of the acre section, and therefore the letter from the Committee could not be said to have any influence on his vote. The letter from the Committee had evidently been written under a stress of feeling, and they would be making too much of it altogether 'if they were to return it. The only threat in the letter was that the Committee would resign, and if they did so it was their own business.

The letters from Mr Herbison and the Committee were received, and it was agreed to purchase Mr Irving's acre site for the schoolmaster's residence. (.'ENERAL. An application from residents at Owaka Valley for a new school was referred to the inspectors to report upon when in the district.

A letter was read from the Tapanui Committee declinicg :,o enter into a contract for the conveyance of ehildren from Dalvey to the Tapanui School, and a letter from settlers at Dalvey asked for the establishment of a new Ef' 00l in their district.—On the motion of Mr P. B. Fhaser, it was resolved—" That the arrangements for the conveyance of the Dalvey children be terminated, and that the Board will receive further proposals from the parties interested."

A letter was received from the secretary of the Mines and Library Committee, Waipori, asking that the freehold of the site offered to them for their building may be given to them.—lt was decided to inform the Committee that the Board had given as good a title as it has itself, and that it cannot see its way to do anything further in the matter.

Settlers at Clydevale petitioned the Board for the establishment of a subsidised school, and it was agreed that such a school should be established on the usual terms.

A letter from the Painters' Union as to w&ges, hours of work, etc., was referred to the architect.

The secretary was instructed to make arrangements for securing a school site on block 7, Woodlands.

The Committee who visited the Warepa Bush reported that they could not recommend the establishment of a school, but suggested that arrangements be made with the Warepa Committee to drive the children to the Warepa School at the Board's experts. —The report was adopted. The Kaikorai School Committee wrote offering to pay half the cost of fencing and levelling the ground.—A report from the Board's Committee appointed to visit tho ground was alqo read, and it v.-as decided to pay half the cost of the proposed work. The Board went into committee.

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EDUCATION BOARD., Issue 10421, 16 September 1897

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EDUCATION BOARD. Issue 10421, 16 September 1897

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