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EDUCATION BOARD., Issue 10474, 18 November 1897
. The following further business was transacted yesterday :
_ , TENDEBS. Tenders accepted :—New residence, Green Island, James Geddes, £369; school buildings, «! Manning, £264; alterations, Oamaru North School, James Tait, £263 lOa; fencing, Kaikorai School, R.Wmiamßon,'£ss.
' , -' 'SCHtfOLMATBS.' The Secretary of the Education Department wrote:—"ln reply to your letter of the 23rd ult.,lamdireoted.to say that the. Minister is not satisfied that the Board should countenance the use of an unauthorised publication in its sohooJs, and that he considers that if the Board desires that the publication in. question Bhould be used as a school book it should make Eome definite recommendation to the Government on the subject." : - .■-.■_. , Mr P. B. Fbaskr moved—"That teachers be informed that they are not to use or circulate within their schools during school hours any periodical not authorised by the Minister of Education or the Board, and that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Minister for his information."
Mr J. F. M. FbabkH seconded the motion, which was lost on the casting vote of the chairman.
THE CASE OP MISS BOTT. The Secretary of the Port Chalmers School Committee wrote forwarding the following resolution, passed by the Committee on the Bth l ? B •t, : ~ , The Committee regret the action of the Board m passing and publishing the resolution re the case of Miss Bott, as they deny having requested Miss Bott to resign, much less having attempted to coerce her into resigning by threatening to bring the matter before the Board with the view of obtaining her dismissal." —Received.
The Board then went into committee to consider a letter with reference to the Bame subject from Mr J. Kennie, the head-master of the school, and decided to refer the matter to the inspector to report.
HTDB OOMMITIEE. The Hyde School Committee wrote forwarding a letter from Mr Alexander M'Kay, who stated that he was in occupation of the sohool glebe by right of purchase from. Edward O'Connell. After considerable discussion, during which it transpired that £4 lis had been collected in tbe Hyde district for fencing the it was resolved that the £4 lis be received and handed to the Hyde Committee to defray the cost of fencing the glebe when they are in possession of it.
To-day'a meeting of the Board waa attended by Mcsira D. Borrie (chairman), P. B. Fraser, H. Clark, J. F. M. Fraser, A; M'Kerrow, W. Snow, J. J. Ramsay, J. M. Gallaway, and the Hon. J. MaoGregor.
A deputation from the Green Island School Committee, consisting of Messrs A. Lee Smith and Harraway, -waited on the Board to ask for a subsidy for the erection of a gymnasium at the Green Island School.
Mr Smith said it was with a great deal of Burprise that he noticed in the newspapers that the Board had deoiJed to grant no more subsidies for gymnasiums.
Mr P. B. Fhaser: That is until the 31st of March.
Mr Smith said he had observed that the George street School Committee had been granted £l5O. Seeing that tho application from the Green Island Committee had been forwarded to the Board some days ago he thought their grant would have been brought before the Board yesterday. He hoped that this was an inadvertency, which would he explained, or at any rate would not interfere with their interests. The Committee had succeeded in raising £64 towards the object, and they asked the Board for £IOO.
The Chairman said the Board had not received any application for a grant from the Green Island Committee.
Mr P. B. Fbabeb wished to make a personal explanation. He did not know when he moved his motion yesterday that other applications had been sent in. He.should never have asked the Board to adopt a motion excluding any committee who had committed themselves in that way. The Secretabt read the letter stating that the deputation would wait upon the Board for the purpose of asking for a grant. Mr Smith hoped that the Green Island Committee would not be prejudiced by the fact that they had written a letter and not sent in an application the same way as George street. The deputation then retired. Mr Snow moved-" That the request be granted." Mr P. B. Fraser seconded the motion. He knew nothing about this application when he moved his motion yesterday, and in view of the fact that the Green Island Committee hid so far committed themselves he hoped that the Board would grant the application. The Chairman : Their letter was simply a notification that a deputation would wait upon the Board.
Mr J. F. M. Phaser: We ought to have known about the letter yesterday. Mr Gallawat sail he distinctly asked the question yesterday whether any member knew of any applioationß in connection with this matter. Jhe letter irom the Green Island Committee was an indication of an application. The Board should not have been asked to pass a resolution when a letter like that had been sent in.
, Mr J. F. M. Fbaseb was personally disappointed that there had been so few applications from country districts asking to erect buildings suitable for gymnasiums. Whether the country school committees were of opinion that it was necessary for them to erect elaborate buildings he did not know. He should have thought that some of the country committees would have been glad to erect a shed where the children could have had physical drill and shelter from rough weather. The cost would have been-very small, only £3O or £lO. The motion was carried unanimously. Messrs J. 0. Anderson, J. A. Johnston, and Farquhar waited upon the Board as a deputation from the Stirling Committee in support of an application for an additional schoolroom suited for the carrying on of classes in agriculture and practical chemistry. —Mr Anderson said that in the sohoolmaster (Mr C. R. Smith) they had a competent teacher for the classes proposed. The people of the district were willing to provide the necessary apparatus and. chemioals, and the Committee approached the Board with regard to the room, which would cost from £4O to £SO. From their knowledge of the matter they thought a lean-to could be arranged, without disfiguring the school building, at a very moderate cost. The classes were very much required, for the district was loßing thousands of pounds every year owing to,the want of knowledge of scientific agriculture. It would be a' great benefit not only to' the surrounding iistricts but to the young teaohers. Mr Snow moved that a sum not exceeding £SO be granted to erect a building. Mr P. B. Fbasee seconded the motion. He was pleased to see some committees striking out on different lines. The Stirling Committee had not asked for a gymnasium, but had usked for £SO to help them in this way. Mr Gaixaway thought the idea was an excellent one. The motion was carried. '^.
Messrs M. Cohen, G. Lawrence, and A. Megget waited upon the Board as a deputation from the Union street School Committee with reference to various works requiring immediate attention.—Mr Cohen Baid the deputation wißhed to bring under the notioe of the Board the state of the fence round the school grounds. Praotically nothing had been done to this fence for many years, and it was in a very dilapidated state. The steps at the baok entrance to the school were also very bad, and a. source of possible danger to the ohUdren passing up and down them. The seats in the ground needed renewing, as they also were practically done. 1 hey also wished to impress upon the Board the necessity for providing ante-rooms in connection with the gymnasium. The gymnasium was in large use, and those who used it ought to be provided with the ordinary rooms for dressing purposes. At the present time they entered straight to the building from the open air, at the risk of catching cold. The Board were large users of the gymnasium, and the Committee thought they might fairly be asked to' pay pound for pound of the cost. The necf ssity for the rooms asked for was very patent, and it had been brought under their notice by the instructor himself. The blinds on the windows in the school facing Union and King streets were in a very bad state and wanted renewing. Nothing had been done to them since the school was erected.
In reply to Mr P. B. Fraser, Mr Cohen said that the Board used the Union street gymnasium as a practising room for the teachers That was provided for by a regulation of the Board. Mr Lawrence called attention to the necessity that existed for Borne arrangement be'ng made for getting rid of the rain water from the gymnasium roof. At the present time it fell on to the ground and made it very soft and muddy. This could be remedied by havine a §ipe put under the footpath to connect the own pipe frpm the building with the water channel. The skj lights in the gymnasium also required attending to, for at present they allowed the rain to come through owing to the lathing being insufficient. ' ' Mr Megget brought forward the matter of the Pasteur filter. The pipe giving the supply to the filter had been connected with the janitor's house and the sohool, and now was to be connected with the urinals. This had the effect of causing'the filter to collapse for want of pressure. The filter quite game up to expectations and fulfilled what had
been promised for it when first .erected; -but by diverting the water from the pipe supplying the filter to other uses, the pressure had been so reduced that the .supply, had failed. There would be an ample Bupply if the filter was connected direct with the main.' -; •.7.' After consideration the Board decided (l) to abide by their previous decision with regard to the fence—namely, to defer consideration till next year; (2) that it was not their duty "to attend .to the sohool seats; (3) to refer the question of down-pipe and skylight in gymnasium, and also that of school steps entrance to architeot; (*) to refer the matter of anterooms to the chairman to confer with Mr Hanna to report; (5) to grant the application for blinds; (6) to leave the matter ot the filter in the hands of Mr J. F. M. Fraser and the. architect.
On the motion of Mr J. F. M. Fbaseb it was resolved to ask the architect to furnish a report as to the reason for the alleged repairs to the Union street School gymnasium so shortly after its erection.
. SCHOOL BLINDS. On the motion-of the Hon. J. MaoGhkgob, seconded by Mr J. F. M. Fbaseb, it was resolved—"That the architect be requested to report upon the question of the supply of blinds for schools and schoolhouses, the best form or forms of blinds, and the advisability of the Board obtaining a supply ~of the necessary material, and cost." RESIGNATION. William Bannerman, fourth assistant, Mornington. • / APPOINTMENT. William Bannerman, head-teacher, Kyeburn, vice O. Cruickshanks resigned. ACCOUNTS. Accounts amounting to £6,66912s lid were passed for payment. WAIAREKA. Mr J. M'Dowell, clerk of the Waiareka School Committee, wrote as follows: - I am instructed by my Committee to convey to you their unanimous protest against the discourteous tr.atment they have received with regard to tt-e schoDl site, and I have to request the favor of an explanation. At the invitation of the Board the architect was met by members from our Committee, and a site was selected which met with the approval of all in the district, even those who had been opposed to the shifting.of, the school commending our site. lately, Mr'Borrie and the architect appeared on the scene, and, without paying the slightest regard to the earnest remonstrance of the chairman of our Committee, removed the pegs to a site which is universally condemned.—(Laughter.) At the same time Mr Borrie signified the Board's intention of placing the teacher's dwelling on the lowest rart of the section and directly opposite the smithy a most undesirable spot for a residence, the choice of which passeth
I am instructed by my Committee to convey to you their unanimous protest against the discourteous tr.atment they have received with regard to tt-e schoDl site, and I have to request the favor of an explanation. At the invitation of the Board the architect was met by members from our Committee, and a site was selected which met with the approval of all in the district, even those who had been opposed to the shifting.of, the school commending our site. lately, Mr'Borrie and the architect appeared on the scene, and, without paying the slightest regard to the earnest remonstrance of the chairman of our Committee, removed the pegs to a site which is universally condemned.—(Laughter.) At the same time Mr Borrie signified the Board's intention of placing the teacher's dwelling on the lowest rart of the section and directly opposite the smithy a most undesirable spot for a residence, the choice of which passeth all understanding—(loud laughter)—seeing that there are on the same road line ten chains of frontage, any other portion of which would be preferable. In conclusion, I may say my Committee resent the manner in which they have been treated, and are considering the advisability of resigning in a body. P.S.—ln order that the Board may fully understand the whole matter I will explain. The site first chosen would have placed the building on comparatively level ground and on an elevated position. The building where it is now placed is on the face of an incline, which will cause a great dfal of filling in, as there is a difference of 3ft 3in from the north-east corner to the south-west corner. Besides, on the former site all surface water would have immediately disappeared from all sides of the building; now it will catch all the surface water from the north.. After the Chairman had made an explanation the letter was received. TECHNICAL CLASSES. The Kaitangata School Committee' wrote asking for the use of the old schoolmaster's residence for the purpose of holding technical classes.
Mr» Clark moved that the request be granted. The Hon. J. MaoGregor would second the motion provided Mr Clark added : " That the request be granted provided the Committee undertook to keep the building in repair." He knew the building well, and it would fetch next to nothing for removal. The timber was very old and in a very bad condition. He was sorry that the Board agreed to the request of the Stirling Committee. He thought the Board had arrived at a hasty decision. He had greatßyropathy with anything in the nature of technical instruction. It was a great point in their system, but the Government had promised to bring in a comprehensive tcheme for providing buildings, apparatus, and instructors for technical instruction, and for that reason he.thought the Board should defer the Stirling application. Mr P. B. Fbaber : It is onlv a small sum The Hon. J. MaoGregor: To call £SO a small sum is simply We will now have a shoal of oommittees asking for £SO. Mr P. B. Fraseb thought it wa3 unfair for Mr MaoGregor to refer to the Stirling Committee, because the members would not hive an opportunity of replying. The Hon. J. MacGregou : Strict! v speaking lam not in order. I had to leave the room for" a few minuteß when the Stirling question o<me up, so I asked Mr Ramsay to get the Board to allow the matter to stand ovar until I Mturnei', but the. Board had not the courtesy to let it stand over.
Mr J. F. M. Fbaser : Mr Bamsay said it was Union street.
Mr Bamsay : I distinctly said Mr MaoGregor wanted to say something about Stirling. Mr Gallawat : I never heard you ti*y anything of the sort.
Mr J. F. M. Fbaseb : He never mentioned it.
The motion as amended was carried. The Hon. J. MacGbegor was then g>anted leave to move—"That the ereotion of the buildlog at Stirling be deferred for six months." He said the question was a very wiJe one, and not one that should be treated in a haphazard kind of way. 1 hey knew that the Government had a comprehensive soheme before them, and surely if the Board entered upon this subject they should do so in a comprehensive way. The Bill would be passed within the next six months,, and that was his reason for proposing that the question should stand over until then. Mr Smith, of Stirling, was thoroughly competent to give instruction, but Mr Smith wa-< a man who was not going to stay at Stirling all his life. Mr Gallawat thought that the last speaker's remarks were a strong argument for the Board proceeding in the way they had decided. They had no security that the Bill would become law in Hb present form. The motion was lost on the voices. The Board then went into committee. a teacher censored. The Board considered in committee—(l) a letter from the head-master of the Tokomairiro Sohool reporting an infringement of the corporal punishment regulations by Mr Parlane, one of the assistants; (2) a letter from Mr Henry complaining of his daughter being excessively punished; and (3) a resolution by the Committee in connection with the matter. Upon resuming in open Board it was decided to censnre Mr Parlane for infringing the regulations, and to forbid tho punishment of girls of the standard classes in the presence of boys. ' waitahona west. A communication from the Waitahuna West Committee in connection with the teacher waß also considered in committee.
The Board decided that they could not receive a communication couched in such terms as those used by Mr Wymar.
EDUCATION BOARD., Issue 10474, 18 November 1897
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