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,©TAG© EDUCATION BOARD.

The ordinary meeting of the Otago Education Board was commenced on January 28 ; present — The Hon. Thomas Fergus (chairman), Messrs W. Scott, G. C. Israel, James Mitchell, W. Snow, and the Rev. P. B. Fraser.

STMPATHY.

The Chairman made reference io the recent death of Mr James Lindsay, late head master of the Oamaru North School. '' I wish," be said, "to refer to the loss the board and the profession in Otago have sustained ir the death of the master of the Oamaru North School. Mr Lindsay was a valued servant of the board, having first entered its service in 1872, and taking the appointment to the Oamaru North School in 1879, and he had therefore served the board well for 30 years in the White City. I think the least we can do is to express our sorrow that he has bsen taken away, and also convey to his relatives our sincere sympathy in their loss."'

Mr Mitchell seconded the motion. He had been a member of the Oamaru North School Committee for many years, and had therefore been associated with Mr Lindsay in his work. Mr Lindsay had throughout his career as head master of the Oamaru North School raken a very active interest in the work of the school, and had, further, endeavoured to keep in touch with •his scholars after they had passed from under his immediate control. The profession had suffered a great loss in his death, as did his many personal friends — for hi 6 estimable qualities m?dc him many friends. His health had of late been unsatisfactory, and he had intended shortly to retire on supperannuation, and it was to be regretted that he had not been able to obtain the few years 1 rest his long service entitled him to.

Messrs Scott and Fraser endorsed the statements made by the previous speakers, and the motion was unanimously carried.

VA3IOVS WORKS.

The Works Committee reported recommending that the following applications for .half-cost of works be granted: — Higheliff (asphalting, fencing, etc.) ; Waiwera (do) ; Kaitangata (do) ; that the Tapanui Committee bo informed that the board has not funds to make a grant for a swimming bath, and that the teacher should start swimming classes under the Technical Instruction Act; that the board's solicitors be instructed to take any action they consider necessary in connection with the addition to- Messrs Arthur's premises, adjoining the Moray Place School ; that the architect's proposals regarding the following schools be given effect to : Green Island (repairs), Coal Creek (repairs), Bannockburn (repairs). Totara (alteration to doors), Beaumont (repairs) ; that the Kaitangata Committee be informed a new outhouse is not immediately necessary, and that before a new one can be provided arrangements with the Borough Council re better drainage would be necessary; that the architect be instructed to provide a dray crossing at Albany street; that the board pay a share of clearing gorse at Lawrence School and ascertain cost of laying on water to the new building ; that two small concrete tanks be erected at Miller's Flat ; that the goree be cleared from ott' the Coal Creek glebe, after which it be let for a number of years; that the following tenders be accepted : For the painting of the insides of schools: High. Street, D. Scott's tender of £124 18s; Arthur Street, Orniond Bros', tender of £82; Lawrence, B. Winn'g tender of £32 lus : Oamaru South, G. Mitchell's tender of £60. For asphalting, etc, at Albany Street, J. M'Kenzie's tender of £172 12s was accepted ; that the Rae's Junction Committee's application for an addition to the residence be declined ; that the Macandrew Road Committee be informed that the sum received for the purchase of the old residence belongs to the Government, and that the board is making application to the Minister for a refund ; that the electrical engineer nave permission to place poles through the North-East Valley School grounds; that the consent of the Minister be asked to the sale of the Adam's Flat land and buildings ; that the Waitaki Bridge settlers be informed that the board could not see its way to alter the galleries in the school ; that the architect's recommendation in connection with the removal of a classroom at Oturehua be agreed to. — Adopted.

A KOKOAMO MATTEH. The Secretary of the Kokoamo Committee wrote that his committee was prepared to subsidiae the salary of a teacher so that it would not be less than £100 per year. Mr A. Waters (on behalf of the parents of children at Bortons, urged the erection of a school in his district in preference to the removal of the Kokoaxno School. There were 21 children in the district requiring tuition, and these could not journey to school by train during the winter months.

Consideration of the matter was taken in committee, and it was resolved that the Kokoamo committee's offer be accepted. The matter of the establishment of a school at Borton's was held over, pending receipt of a formal report on the subject from the Special Committee set up to inquire concerning the application.

THE AWAMAXGU SCHOOL,

Mr Richardson, Inspector of Schools, reported on the state of the road leading to tho Awamangu School from Mr Cutten"s residence. — A petition was received from the settlers urging that this portion of the road was very unsafe. The Rev. P. B. Fraser reported having \isited the locality and inspected that portion of the road complained of. The road to him did not appear particulaily dangerous, and he was convinced that it could be =afe!y fenced for a sum of £5, if that were necessary. Mr Cutten passed over the road every day to the creaniPiy, and, further, the children need not pass ever that particular part of the road at all— there was another track available. He was convinced that it would be a mistake to remove the school for the reasons suggested. He moved that tho inspector's report be forwarded to the County Council, with arecommendation that the road be fenced in its dangerous places. The motion was carried.

GEXErut.

A number of Bendigo pHtlrrs applied to the board for the removal of the c chool to a site -which they thought would be of greater advantage to the majority of the sottlers in the distiict. — The Inspector of Schools stated that a rich deposit of «bcclite had been disco% ered pcnx the school, and in \ iew of the possibility of an increased population there he thought it advisable to allow the school for a time to remain in its "present position.— Tho matter was referred to the Works Committee for its consideration.

- The Good Templars' Hall Company, Purakanui, offered its hall to the board for the purposes of a, echcol on certain conditions. — The School Committee reported the building to be in very bad repair, and that it would cost a considerable amount to make it really suitable for a school. — Referred to the architect for report.

The meeting of the Otago Education Board was continued on Friday, there being present — the Hon. Thomas Fergus (chairman), Messrs W. Scott, G. C. Israel, James Mitchell, W. Snow, and the Rev. P. x>. Fraser.

ME FITZGEEALD RESIGNS.

Mr Fitzgerald, Inspector of Schools, wrote to the board as follows: — "I hereby tender my resignation as inspector of schools under your board, th-e resignation to take effect on March 31 prox. The unvarying courtesy of the members of the board and their officers, and the support they have given me in the performance of my duties have made my position a pleasant one, and I tender them my sincere thanks.— W. S. Fitzgerald.""

The Chairman : We have received here Mr Fitzgerald's resignation", and I feel very much its receipt. Mr Fitzgerald has been in the service of -the board since- its inception, and was also, prior to that, in t.he service of the old Provincial Executive for many years. He did exoellent work in the conduct of the Normal St-hool in the early" days, and turned out many teachers of whom t>he province and the Dominion may well be proud. He has had a strenuous life, and holds a unique record among the- inspectors of the Dominion. Sc-eing that the weight of years is in eomemeasure telling upon him. the board can do no less than accept his resignation, expressing our deep feeling of regret at losing his services, and^our -earnest hope that he may be long spared to enjoy a wellearned retirement. I think it would be right for this board to show appreciation of his work by granting him a few months' leave of absence on full salary. J will, therefore,' move that Mr Fitzgerald's resignation be accepted, and that he be granted six months' leave of absence as from date, on full pay, and that the -secretary send him a letter expressing otir kindest wishes for enjoyment of his rest.

Mr W. Scott seconded the motion. He had been a pupil of Mr Fitzgerald's at the Normal School, and had consequently known him for many years, and could endorse all the chairman had said about his work. Ho had also been associated with Mr Fitzgerald in many other ways, and he felt, that they were losing an educational enthusiast and one whose place would be very hard to fill. The motion was unanimously carried. APPOINTMENT Or PROBATIONERS.

The matter of appointing pupil teachers to the primary schools wa6 again 'referred to, being brought up by ' tho following memo from the inspectors: — "Re probationers : Wo notice that the board has decided to advertise for pupil teacher candidates. Under the Order in Council of December 17. 190& dealing -with staffs and salai'ies, tho board is empowered to appoint one probationer for every 1200 children in yearly average attendance in the district, bufc this j ear double that number may be appointed. We have had occasion to comment on the adequate staffing of a number of our schools. To such schools the appointment of probationers would afford a certain measure of immediate relief. We 6uggest that applications be invited from candidates for these positions."'

The Chairman read tho regulations bearing on the matter, and eaid that the probationers were required in the interests of the- teachers in Otagc. He moved: — " That, in accordance with the inspectors' recommendation, the board advertise for probationers." A Member; How many are required?

The Chairman

About 20.

The Secretary said that the inspectors might make out a list of schools where probationers were required, and they might be appointed accordingly. Members were of opinion that applications should be called for from suitable pei£ons, and that afterwards probationers should be appointed when required. Mr Scott said he was very glad to think that there was a prospect of something being done. They should take full advantage of the regulations. Mr Mitchell: Has the Minister any real power or intention of bringing these new regulations re staffing into operation '! He did not think so, and was afraid that if they appointed probationer the Minister would be given a tangible excuse for never bringing in tho extra staffing. Mr Fraser : It is a tangle, Mr Mitchell — a. tangle. You will never make it out. Mr Mitchell : I want to know whether the department will sanction the appointment of probationers in addition to the full staff of teachers. Mr Pryde (secretary) read the regulation: — "In addition to the teachers and pupil teachers provided for by the second schedule hereto, it shall be lawful for any board to appoint probationers in any public school in accordance with the regulations."

Ihe Chairman : We need not appoint them for more than one year. At all event 6 we can, in the meantime, advertise for them. It would be exceedingly wrong not to take advantage of the regulations. The motion was carried. THE IWAMAXGA ROAD.

Mr Fi-aser referred to this matter, which had been before the board the previous <lay. He said ho wished to explain that in "speaking of the matter he did not do go as if he had been sent there to report — he merely, knowing the locality and the circumstances, endorsed the inspector's ©pinion. Inspector Richardson had stated that the load was really dangerous for children, and that it was necessary that something should be done. He (Mr Fraser) believed that the children need not necessarily drive over tho dangerous portion of the road ; instead, he thought they might leave their horse and vehicle on the other side of that part of the road and walk to the school. He had understood from the county engineer that the road might be made safe for wheeled traffic by a small expenditure in fencing. Mr Richardson was called in, and stated that it was not necessary or desirable that the «chool be shifted. The road might be made safe by fencing, and the children in the meantime- might leave their trap on the other side of the part complained of and pass over it on foot.

KESIGNATION'S.

The following resignations were accepted : — Win. W. Mackie, head teacher, Clinton; John L. Bonnin, sole teacher,

Purekireki; Nathaniel Peat, cole teacher, Blacks; Lkwellyn Woods,- sole teacher, Blackstone; Alice P. Annett, sole teacher, Bald Hill; Jane C. Scott, sole teacher^ Tokarahi; Eliz. J. M. M'Donald. sole teacher, Matau; Catherine Haig, matron, Training College; Agnes Rush, mistress, Tuapeka Mouth; Isabella C. Allan, third assistant, Oamaru North; Jane Wilson, fifth assistant, Kaikorai.

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