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CADOXTON & MERTHYR DOYAN SCHOOL BOARD. FORTNIGHTLY MEETING AT EAST BARRY. The ordinal y meeting of the above Board was held on Tuesday afternoon last, at the Board School, East Barry, when there were present:â Mr J. Lowdon (in the chair), Captain Davies, Rev J. Price, Mr Oliver Jenkins, Mr E. F. Blackmore, and Mr W. H. Lewis (clerk). The minutes of the previous meeting were read and signed by the Chairman. 11 MISCELLANEOUS. Rev J. Price said the time had come when the Board should devote more time to the considera- tion of accounts, and not as heretofore at the close of a long meeting, when they were hurried through without due consideration. The question of accounts should occupy a place on the agenda. At the suggestion of the Chairman, it was resolved that at every alternate meeting of the Board the question of accounts should be taken immedi- atiately after the attendance officer's report. -Cap- tain Davies intimated that enquiries had been made, and Mrs Mooney was prepared to apologise to the Board for having assaulted one of the teachers at Barry Dock Town School. He also reported that the teacher (Mr D. Richards) intended send- ing in his resignation, as he intended becoming a candidate for the ministry. Mr Blackmore reported that the school attend- ance committee had selected eleven of the most flagrant cases of non-attendance at Barry Dock Town, and they had been carefully enquired into, the school teachers being asked to watch the future attendances of these children, and report to the Board. The committee also suggested that the attendance officer should take Barry and Cad- oxton every alternate week, so that the work might be more thoroughly done. Dr O'Donnell stated that the school at Barry Dock Town had been closed during the whole of Whit-week owing to the extreme smallness of the attendance on Tuesday and Wednesday. This course was decided upon by the teachers, after consulting Mr Jenkins and himself, in order that the defective attendances should not affect the average for the year. Mr Blackmore said the question of holidays for the year should be taken into consideration at an early future meeting.*âRev J. Price agreed. The reports of the school attendance officer (Mr D. Griffiths) were examined. Miss Hood, mistress of the infant school at East Barry, applied for the addition of an assistant teacher to her staff. At present there were only two pupil teachers in that department, whereas th^ average attendance during the past month was 150, and the teaching staff available was only for 120.âOn the motion of Mr Blackmore, seconded by Mr Jenkins, it was resolved that a female pupil teacher be obtained at a salary of J655 a year. On the motion of Dr O'Donnell, seconded by the Rev J. Price, it was resolved that an additional museum cup-board be obtained for the infants' school at East Barry. At the suggestion of Mr Blackmore, it was decided that the deputy .clerk (Mr R. Treharne Rees) be asked to attend the meetings of the school management committee in future. The Clerk remarked that he had been unable to obtain the new rateable value for Cadoxton parish, as it had not yet been received by the assistant overseer. That of Merthyr Dovan, however, arrived the previous evening, and stood at J318,598 15s, as against JB9,565 5s for the last half-year.â The Chairman said the rateable value of Cadoxton would be about J340,000, so that they could determine upon issuing a precept that day.âMr Jenkins urged that they could not fix the pro- portion for each parish until theSateable value of Cadoxton had been published.âCaptain Davies concurred with Mr Jenkins.âIn reply to Mr Blackmore, the Chairman said the amount of the Board's estimate for the ensuing half-year was JB745 Is 8d.âIt was agreed, on the motion of the Chairman, seconded by Mr Blackmore, that a pre- cept for JB740 be issued upon the joint parishes, the Clerk to ascertain from Mr Harris, the clerk to the Union, the amount of the new rateable value of Cadoxton parish. Half of the amount of the precept was made payable in a month, Dr O'Donnell and Mr Jenkins being authorised to affix the Board's seal to the precept. Mr D. Richards, assistant master at the Barry Dock Town School, sent in his resignation, to take effect at the breaking up of the school for the summer holidays. A feeling was expressed that the school teachers employed by the Board were very inade- quately paid. The price of labour had gone up considerably lately, and it was time they should take the question of the trachers' renumeration into consideration.âIt was resolved that the matter of a definite scale of salaries be placed on the agenda for consideration at the next meeting, Mr Blackmore observing that they expected good results from the schools, and they should pay their teachers good salaries, but in Wales school boards had a reputation for paying very low salaries.â The Clerk was ordered to ascertain tariffs of salaries paid bv other boards in South Wains. A copy of memorial was read from the Abet- dare School Board praying the Education Depart- ment to fix a centre in South Wales for the examination of pupil teachers and candidates for Queen's sholarships, and the Clerk was asked to enquire what the Cardiff Board had done in the matter, the memorial in the meantime to stand in abeyance till the next meeting. Mr J. H. Edwards, assistant master at the Barry Dock Town School, applied for an increase of salary, and remarked, amid laughter, that it was unfortunate that the late Board went out of office before they had time to decide his previous application for the increase asked for. -The matter was deferred until the next meeting. The school teachers' salaries were ordered to be paid, those for Cadoxton amounting to £45 17s 2d, and East Barry, 939 19s 2d. It was agreed that in future the school teachers should send in their stock books with requisi- tions for goods. THE BOARD AND THE ARCHITECT.âSTRONG RE- MARKS BY MR BLACKMORE. The Chairman proceeded to explain the circumstances in which the Board had dealt with .the bill of JB146 14s sent in by Mr George Thomas, the Board's architect, for preparing plans of the proposed enlargement of Barry Dock Town School, and asked the representatives of the press present not to give publicity to the same. He (Mr Lowdon) went on to explain that out of the amount named there was a sum of JB11 11s charged as out-of-pocket expenses. In order to meet the wishes of the Board as much as possible Mr Thomas expressed his willingness to reduce his bill to JB100 nett, together with the JB11 11s ex- penses referred to, and to further reduce the bill to £50 if his firm were appointed permanent architects to the Board at a salary of £5 per annum, and a considerably reduced rate of remu- neration as compared with the per centage they at present received by their services to the Board.â At the close of the Chairman's observations, Dr O'Donnell asked whether it was necessary that the Board's discussion should be kept private. It was a public matter, and he thought the entire circumstances should be brought beforethe public. -Mr BIackmore Mr Thomas is a public servant, and we are dealing with the public money, and I agree that the discussion should be made public. -Mr Oliver Jenkins We are in Mr George Thomas' hands, but he ought to make a greater reduction in his accounts than he has done.âCap- tain Davies was also of opinion that the discussion should be published. They had no option but to pay the bill, but the matter of future arrange- ments with the architect, of course, was in their hands.âMr Jenkins But we must not tie our hands with Mr TI omas.â Captain Davies No, certainly not.âDr O'Donnell I understand, if Mr Thomas is a^j ointiTd architect, he will accept j350 in settlement of his account, or even less.âMr Jenkins and the Chairman: Yes.âThe Chairman, having explained a conversation which Captain Davies and Lin,.self had had with Dr Neale and Mr E. D. Jones, two members of the late Board, in the matter, expressed the opinion that in the absence of a definite arrangement with Mr Thomas as regards terms, he had a right to charge fees according to the regular scale of the pro- fession.âMr Blackmore The whole thing conse- quently comes to this-Mr Thomas offers L50 to the Board as a bribe for the appointment of architect.âMr Jenkins remarked that inasmuch as Mr Thomas was always present at the Board, verbal instructions were given to him to do the work and not written instructions.âThe < Chairman That accounts for no record appearing. on the minute or letter books.âMr Jenkins: Yes. -The Chairman: But we must pay we have no alternative in the matter.âMr Jenkins No.â Dr O'Donnell Mr Thomas will entertain nothing less than JBlOO and expenses in settlement of his bill. âMr Blackmore Or give him the position of architect.âMr Jenkins But we are not bound to Mr Thomas in any way in connection with the proposed new school at Holton.âThe Chairman What is our position towards Mr Thomas in that matter ?âMr Jenkins Only te prepare plans and bill of quantities. We have made no arrangement as to supervision of work.-Dr O'Donnell, after one or two further remarks, proposed that the sum of £100 and JB11 11s expenses be paid to Mr Thomas in settlement of his bill, adding that he made the proposition simply because Mr Thomas had said he would not take less.âCaptain Davies seconded.Rev J. Price: It would be much easier to pass the bill if Mr Thomas had not said he would take less.âMr Blackmore Yes, but Mr Thomas himself will have to bear the brunt and discredit of the whole thing. We cannot help it. -The motion was then agreed to unanimously, Captain Davies remarking that they could adver- bise for an architect when they wanted one. I This concluded the business.

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