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COITY HIGHER SCHOOL BOARD. THE RECEXT ACTIOX OF THE BOARD. A DEPUTATIOX OF RATEPAYERS. APPOIXTMEXT OF MASTER. The monthly meeting of this Board was held at the Board School, Coity. on Monday, when there were present Rev. F. W. Edmondes (chairman). Messrs. G. Singer, Jenkin David. Evan John, and D. Phillips. THE RECENT ACTION OF THE BOARD. The Clerk read a memorial signed by a large number of ratepayers protesting against the high- handed action of the Board at their last meeting in reference to the resignation of the master (Mr. E. G. Peters), and respectfully requesting the Board to reconsider the matter.—The Chairman enquired if there was a deputation waiting.—The Clerk said he believed there was.—The Chairman: Do you wish to see the deputation.^—Mr. D. Phillips X o. They arc not half ratepayers.—Mr. Evan John I think they had better come in.— The Chairman I think it would be more polite to let them come in. It would not be necessary to detain them long.—The Clerk then called the deputation in, which consisted of Messrs. John Rees, John Thomas, and Thomas Morgan.—Mr. John Thomas said they were desirous on behalf of the ratepayers of knowing the reason why the Board deemed it expedient to take the action they Board deemed it expedient to take the action they did.-The Chairman said the Board were desirous of treating the deputation with politeness and courtesy but the School Board having considered it advisable to take a certain line of action, were not called upon to give their reasons for so doing. He did not think it was necessary.—Mr. John Thomas said there was great dissatisfaction exist- ing in the locality, as the action of the Board was not in accordance with the wishes of the rate- payers.—The Chairman said the Board had care- fully considered the question before taking the action they did. and they were quite prepared to abide by that decision.—Mr. John Rees Then you will not listen to the ratepayers .'—The Chairman We are listening fo you.—Mr. John Thomas You ignore the wishes of the ratepayers.—The Chair- man said they were elected to conduct the busi- ness of the schools, and in the transaction of the business at their last meeting they did something which some people did not like.—Mr. J. Thomas said they desired to give the Board credit for having acted from L the best motives: but it was acting in opposition to the ma- jority of the ratepayers. — Mr. G. Singer said Mr. Thomas was mistaken more of the ratepayers were in their favour.— Mr. John Thomas said he should like jo know the reasons for their action.—The Chairman stated that at the last meeting in conducting the business of the Board they had reason to be dis- satisfied with the inspector's report.—Mr. John Thomas pointed out that it was not different to what it had been in previous years. The last re- port would compare favourably with the report of 1888.—The Chairman said that if that was so. all he could say was that the Board ought to have taken this step before.—Mr. Thomas pointed out that the report stated that the staff was quite inadequate.—Mr. Singer said the Board had re- peatedly asked Mr. Peters how he was getting on. and'he invariably replied that he was getting on capitally.—Mr. J. Thomas said there was greryt dissatisfaction amongst the ratepayers, three- fourths of whom considered that the Board acted unwisely in dismissing Mr. Peters. They were anxious to avoid the expense of a new school, which would undoubtedly be formed if the Board persisted in their action.—• The Chairman said that Mr. Thomas had placed the views of the deputation before them very nicely and very temperately. But he would not conceal his views upon the question that the Board were amply justified in the course they took, and the inhabitants of Coity would in a short time be very pleased with what the Board had done.—Mr. John Thomas thought it would be wise of the Board to keep Mr. Peters on for another 12 months.—The Chairman said that in considering the applications the Board would re- member what had just been said.—The deputation then withdrew. THE APPOIXTMEXT OF MASTER. The Clerk reported that there were 42 appli- cations. but that two had withdrawn. He then read the applications, an application from the present master (Mr. E. G. Peters) being amongst the number. After careful consideration it was decided to select three for final selection, viz.. Mr. Joseph Thomas. Malpas. Cheshire Mr. William Phillips, Coychurch and Mr. E. Edmonds. Dorset. —Mr. G. Singer proposed that Mr. Joseph Thomas be appointed.—The Chairman seconded.—Mr. D. Phillips proposed that Mr. W. Phillips. Coychurch. be appointed.—Mr. Evan John seconded.—Mr. Singer thought in making the appointment they should select the best man.—Mr. D. Phillips said he considered it would be wiser to postpone the appointment till Saturday next.—The Chairman thought it was useless postponing the question if the majority of the Board had made up their mind. The final decision lay entirely in the hands of Mr. Jenkin David.—Mr. David said he would vote for Mr. Phillips.—The Chairman Then that settles the question.—Mr. Phillips was then declared elected, and his sister, Miss Phillips, to be appointed infant mistress and attend to the sewing lessons. HOLDIXG MEETINGS AT THE SCHOOL. Mr. Singer drew the attention of the Board to the practice of holding meetings at the school without the consent of the Board.—The Chairman said that when he saw the notice convening the last meeting of ratepayers at the school, he spoke to Mr. Rees, the overseer of the parish, and told him that neither he nor the churchwarden had any right to grant the school for the holding of I meetings.—Mr. Rees then replied, li They had better not hold the meeting then." He told him, "Oh, yes, pray go on." So that, to a certain extent, he had given consent.-On the motion of Mr. Singer the Clerk was instructed to inform Mr. Peters that he must not allow meetings to be held at the school without the consent of the Board.—This concluded the business of public interest, the Board having sat for three hours. z,