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HOKITIKA SCHOOL COMMITTEE.

The adjourned meeting of the committee wa3 held yesterday evening. Present — Messrs Rae (Chairman), Hudson, Jack, Smith, Parker, and Perry.

A great deal of correspondence, inwards and ouWard3, was read. Amongst the former were communications from Messrs Seddon and FitzGerald, relative to the separation of the Weatland County from Greymouth in educational matters, and also to the establishment of a High School in Hokitika. Regarding the latter tho Chairman telegraphed ou th« 29th May, stating that the first application for a High School was made by Hokitika in 1879, and that the Soyal Commissioners on Univer* sities and Secondary Schools, in their report, 1880, page 46, recommended thac the High School should be established at Hokitika. Two days after thess telegrams were sent, the Bills for Separation, and for the Hokitika High School, were read a first time in the Assembly. Reference was made in the telegrams from the membera, to the Hokitika School Committee's report, and to the accuracy and correctness of its figures, which had been compared with the statistics of the Department of Education in Wellington, and found in all respects accurate and reliable. The Chairman said ha had other communications from the Representatives on these subjects, which any member of the committee could see, but which it was not desirable at the present juncture, to publish The action of the committee in issuing their report would shortly receive the sanction and approval of the highest authority in the country, on the subject.

Mr Dixon wrote to say there waa no one to light fires in the school, and no fuel. A discussion took place on the financial position of affairs. It was finally resolved to. continue the engagement of the care taker for a month, and to order coals to be delivered.

Mr Dixon wrote relative to the vacancies created by the retirement of Miss Cox and Mis« Jones, from the Hokitika school, and to the fact of their places not being yet filled. He suggested it might be desirable to abolish Standard 6 altogether, if the teachers were not to be replaced. In the meantime, he proposed to take class 5 into his hands, with claß9 6, as a temporary provision. It was resolved to again draw the attention of the Board to the state of affairs.

Letter from the Board, acknowledging receipt of letters relative to the grant to the committee.

The Rev. Mr Lawry applied for the uso of the Arahura School building on a week day for the purpose of holding divine service therein. The request was granted subject to Mr Lawry fixing on some one day in each week after 6 p.m. for holding the services.

Telegrams from Messrs Seddoa and FitzGerald relative to the Educational Billa affecting Westland, having been read a first time, and the second reading fixed for 0. fortnight hence, were laid on the table. Great confidence was expressed that both measures would become law.

A number of letters of les* moment, were read and dealt with.

Mr Hudson drew attention to the ruling of the Chairman, at the meeting which lapsed for want of a quorum. He wished to know whether the Chairman would continue to hold the same view 3as to the number necessary to constitute a ! quorum, although the regulations of the Board, prescribed three a 9 a quorum. The Chairman said that he would not transact business, at any time, unless a majority of the committee were present, notwithstanding the Board regulation. If the Committee thought this was wrong, let them say so. He suggested that by* Jaws should be framed for the transaction and conduct of business, and moved that Mr Hudson and himself draft same. This was agrsed toMr Jack drew attention to a publication purporting to come from the Central Board, and to be a reply to the Hokitika Committee's report, He commented m strong terms, on the tone and character ot tbe document. ,11 The Chairman said no such reply had bean forwarded to the committee. When it came before them, it could be dealt with in an effectual way. But the document was of such an undignified and abusive character, that it waa a question whether it was worth attention. Alm-e

were parts of it which the committee should treat with contcra.pt ; and not the slightest attention should, be bestowed on its ridiculous and absurd insinuations as to the members of the committee being Jesuits, and so forth.

Mr Hudson said the reply was an attempt to set the people of the whole district against the Hokitika School, and to set the smaller schools agnust the large schools. No doubt the committee would show the drift of it by and bye.

Mr Paricer moved that the Head Teacher of the Hokitika School be dismissed. The resolution was not seconded. Mr Parker moved that the hour of meeting be altered from from 4 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. The resolution was lost.

A circular from the Westport Local School Committee was read, drawing attention to the action of the Nelson Board m reducing grants to committees to sums varying from Us to 5j p«r scholar, and asking the co-operation of the committee m having an adequate scale fixed by Parliament. J

The Chairman said the Westport people were complaining of the smalineas of grants varying from lls to ss. They were well off as compared with Hokitika, where the present grant of £50 per annumn, amounted to a little over 2s 6d per scholar.

It was resolved that the co-operation asked for, be given ; and after some other subjects had been dealt with, the meeting adjourned for a month.

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HOKITIKA SCHOOL COMMITTEE., West Coast Times, Issue 4097, 2 June 1882

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HOKITIKA SCHOOL COMMITTEE. West Coast Times, Issue 4097, 2 June 1882

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