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BARRY (U.D.) SCHOOL BOARD. The attendance at the monthly meeting of the above Board, held at the Board-room at Holton- road Schools on Monday evening, was by no means large. Mr. J. Lowdon presided, and there were also present :—Mr. J. Rees (vice-chairman), Dr. O'Donnell, Rev. J: Price, Dr. Lloyd-Edwards, Captain Davies, Mr. B. Lewis, Mr. Lewis (clerk), .nd Mr. Treharne Rees (deputy-clerk). PUNCTUAL. Precisely at 8 o'clock the Chairman commenced the business, and the minutes of the previous meeting were at once confirmed and signed. Dr. O'Donnell, who arrived a minute later, asked whether the minutes had been signed, and upon being informed that they were passed, remarked that he had intended pro besting against their being confirmed, but as they were signed he was too late. WORK AT THE SCHOOLS. In the report of the Bye-laws Committee it was recommended that Two museum cupboards be supplied for Mr. Rees' department, and that the architect be in- structed to prepare a specification for the same, and that tenders be asked from the list of trades- men in hand to be submitted to the .Board. The architect be instructed to prepare a a specification for the partitions in Barry and Cadoxbon Infant's Schools, and that tenders be asked from the list of tradesmen in hand and submitted to the Board. Granolithic or stone pavement be made around the Holton-road Schools on Holton-road and Court-road that the cost thereof be paid out of the Local Account, and that tenders be asked for the work and submitted to the Board. The architect be authorised to instruct the contractor to commence operations at once at the new school in Romilly-road. The Vice-Chairman also produced a list of repairs required to be executed at the Cadoxton Schools. He stated that the reason given why there was so much damage done to that particular school was the fact that it had once been used by the boys. Dr. O'Donnell moved that the word grano- lithic be struck out of the eommittee's recom- mendation. He pointed out that the Local Board had decided to specify for stone paving in all their contracts. Captain Davies had pleasure in-seconding the motion, and remarked upon the danger attendant with granolithic in frosty weather. Dr. Lloyd Edwards having drawn attention to the fast that it was proposed to supply half-a- dozen enamelled drinking cups to Barry Boys' School in addition to the half-a-dozen enamelled soap dishes recommended by the committee, The report, together with the amendments, were adopted. APPOINTMENT OF MONITORS. The School Management Committee recom- mended that the following monitresses be ap- pointed HOLTOX-ROAD GIRLS' AND INFANTS' SctrOOL- Jennie Bassett and Margaret J. Brown to be engaged by the head-teacher when necessary -1'1' .t.hr.>"t' fi-irla' nr Tnfn.nf.a' Stannic ..L\J& .z. "J- BARRY GIRLS' AND INFANTS' SCHOOL—Mary Jennings and Sarah Rutter to be engaged by the head-teacher when necessary for either -Girls' or Infants'Schools. CADOXTON GIRLS' AND INFANTS' SCHOOL- Maggie Rees and Fanny Hooper to be en- gaged by the head-teacher when necessary for either Girls' or Infants' Schools. BARRY BOYM' SCHOOL—Myfanwy Rees to be engaged when necessary. WHERE DOE3 THE FAULT LIE? The following is the report of H.M. Inspector on the examination of Holton-road Evening School, held on the 8th March last:— Some of the arithmetic was weak, but the results in reading and writing were very satis- factory. Needlework was well done. It is a matter for regret that of such a large number admitted to the Evening Sehool so few could be induced to qualify themselves for examina- tion. A MAGIC LANTERN WANTED. The School Management Committee reported that Mr..J. E. Rees, of Barry, had applied for the supply of a magic lantern for his department, but the Committee recommended that the matter be adjourned for consideration until the next meeting of the Committee. NEW DESKS FOR OLD. The School Management Committee having received an application from Miss A. M. W004, Barry Girls' School, for 38 new desks for standard I., as the present desks are quite unsuitable, after consideration it was resolved to recommend that Mr. Gould, of Barry Foundry, be asked to examine the desks, and send in a price for making and fixing new standards for same; Mr. Gould to take over the old ones. Mr. Gould had been consulted upon the matter, and had offered to supply the Board with the necessary desks for £ 27 10s., taking over the old ones. The Chairman pointed out that it would cost the Board about £ 40 to have new desks, and they coald retain the old for use' in the new school which they were building at Barry. He preferred the new ones. Upon the motion of Dr. O'Donnell, seconded by Mr. B. Lewis, it was decided to purchase 36 new desks and to store the old ones. THE LIATE MISS EDWARDS. The Chairman of the Board was asked by the School Management Committee to write a letter of condolence to the bereaved relatives of the lite Miss M. E. Edwards, the late head-mistress at the Cadoxton Girls' School. FINANCE. The following accounts were submitted for consideration and recommended to the Board for payment:— £ s. d. G. Brock, six dozen flat rulers, &c. 0 15 0 D. Paulett, coal 21 9 2 Barry and Cadoxton Gas and Water Co., gas and water accounts 42 8 10 James Stott and Co., gas governors 30 14 0 Managers of School Ship Havannah," Cardiff, for maintenance of William Beynon 2 0 0 The "'Formidable," maintenance of Turner and Pennell. 6 8 7 "Bishop Brown," maintenance J. McCarthy. 2 5 0 C. Howe. General District Rate. 163 W. Jones, cash book 2 10 0 D. Duncan and Sons, advertising for Ex. P.T.'s 0 13 6 Western Mail 0 18 0 South Wales Stitp-printing absence sheets 1 7 6 W. H. Lewis, audit stamp 15 0 0 W. C. Hughes, lime-light lantern and apparatus 16 16 4 Walkington and Co., slates 4 3 7 W. Townsend, stationery 23 4 0 T. Higman, salaries for May, Holton- road Schools 165 7 4 T. Ewbank, do. Cadoxton School 112 17 6 J. E. Rees, do. Barry School 117 18 8 A. Seig, attendance officer, month's salary. 7 18 4 J. M. Davies do. 6 5 4 S. Heskett. caretaker, Cadoxton School, four week's wages to May 29th. 5 3 0 D. Duncan and Sons, advertising for tenders (Romilly-road School) 2 0 0 A WEIGHTY QUESTION. It was decided that the caretakers should be re- quested to attend with the contractor's wagon at the coal yard when coal is supplied for the schools, and see that the proper coal is supplied, and weighed and delivered. TOO MUCH WATER. The clerk was directed to write to the architect as to the enormous quantity of water used at Barry School, and ask him to report on the same to the Bye-laws Committee. MUST PAY UP. The Finance Committee reported that they had received a letter from Mr. D. Howells, assistant- overseer for the parish of Merthyrdovan, stating bhat the overseers were not in a position to.pay bhe balance of the last precept until a new rate had been made, owing to the number vf -vacancies luring the half-year. Upon the recommendation of the Finance Com- mittee, it was decided that the overseers be written to and requested to pay the balance forth- with. A SIXPENNY RATE. A precept was issued for £2,087 12s. on the Overseers of the parishes, being a rate of sixpence in the £ on the rateable value (£112,304 13s.), and the seal of the Board was affixed thereto. A DISPUTED POINT. The Vice-Chairman again brought forward his motion to appoint a clerk of works for the new school at Romilly-road, Barry. He said that was the second time he had brought the motion for- ward, and he hoped that those members of the Board who at the last meeting had not seen their way clear to vote either for or against it would now do so, considering that they had had a month in which to consider the question. One member of of the Board had said that he could not see the force of paying the architect for supervision and also appointing a clerk of works. He (the Vice-chairman) desired to call attention to the fact that the Board had decided, by resolution, to pay the architect six per cent. upon the outlay for supply- ing the plans, specifications, and bills of qualities. There the resolution finished. There was nothing said about supervision. Six per cent, was ample remuneration for such work, as the expenditure would be £ 2,600, giving the architect no less a sum than £156. With regard to THE QUESTION OF APPOINTING A CLERK OF WORKS he had asked several persons connected with the building trade what it was usual to pay, and had found that the salary ranged from £ 2 2s. to £ 2 10s. That would mean £50 to P, 60 for six months. The Chairman said they had put the Barry Schools in the architect's hands, and had said nothing about engaging a clerk of works. The Vice-Chairman said he did not mean that the arrangement with the architect should be upset. He desired that the Board should engage a clerk of works who would devote the whole of his time to the services of the Bor.rcl in supervising the erection of the school. After what he had seen in other buildings he considered it necessary that some steps should be taken in that direction, and as they had only agreed with the architect for plans, specifications, and bills of quantities he proposed that the Board advertise for a clerk of works. Dr. O'Donnell seconded. He believed they had had considerable discussion on a former occasion with regard to the architect's remuneration. He had been through some of the schools, and after his experience in the past he should strongly advise the Board to engage a clerk of works, and suggested that it should be specified in the adver- tisement, m addition to the usual clause that can- vassing was prohibited, that local applicants would only be considered with others in accordance with their qualifications. Upon being put to the meeting, the motion was carried by three votes to two. Dr. O'Donnell thought the Clerk should adver- tise at once. It was decided to fix the salary at P,2 5s. per week, and that a. special meeting of the Board be held on the 15th inst., at 3 p.m., to consider the applications. THE SCRIPTURE EXAMINATION. The Rev. J. Price and Dr. Lloyd Edwards were appointed to examine the schools in Scriptural knowledge. AN INCREASE OF SALARY. An application was read from the assistant attendance officer. Mr. J. M. Davies, asking the Board to grant him an increase of salary. Mr. Davies pointed out in his application that when he took the office, twelve months ago, it was stated that the salary would begin at £ 75 per annum. The Chairman thought the Board might give Mr. Davies another C5 per annum. Dr. O'Donnell proposed that Mr. Davies be given an increase of £ 5. Dr. Lloyd Edwards seconded. Mr. B. Lewis said he would suppoio it, but he hoped the applicant would not think that there was to be d65 every year. Dr. O'Donnell did not think there was any necessity to state that. It would not be right to fix the salary at £ 80, as the population might increase, and with that the duties of their officer. They should not tie the hands of a future Board. Captain Davies said they knew where it started but where was it to nnish ? Sir. Lewis replied that his idea was to prevent a yearly increase. 4"0 per annum was not bad for an assistant attendance officer. The Board should have some regard for the pockets of the rate- payers. The Chairman said the Board would have to consider each case according to its merits. The motion was agreed to. z, THE HOLIDAY QUESTION. The Chairman brought before the Board the question of holidays, and observed that ho had felt some difficulty in determining the better course to adopt. Dr. Lloyd Edwards proposed that the schools should re-open on the Wednesday in Whitsun week. Mr. Lewis thought three weeks' holidays was too long for the children, their parents, and the Board. It would be far better if they gave the children a week at a time. It was decided to adopt Dr. Lloyd Edwards' proposition. BURIAL BOARD APPLICATION. An application was received from the Burial Board asking that they might have the use of the Board-room at the Holton-road School, in which to hold their monthly meetings. At present, it was pointed ou\ the Board met sometimes at Barry, and sometimes at Cadoxton, and it was desirous that they should meet in the centre of the district. Captain Davies suggested the use of disinfectants, and ask (in an undertone) why the Burial Board did not move up to their own place at the Cemetery. Dr. O'Donnell proposed that the Burial Board be granted the use of the room. He pointed out that it would be a saving'to the ratepayers, as at present the Board had to pay for the room in which they met. Captain Davies thought the Local Board should find the Burial Board a meeting place. Dr. O'Donnell replied that the Local Board was supported by the District Rate, whereas the Burial and School Board were financed from the Poor Rate. The Vice-Chairman seconded the proposal, and pointed out that the Burial Board was sadly in need of a room in which to meet, and as the School Board room was not much used, and belonged to the ratepayers it would be well to allow the Burial Board to meet there. It was often found that members had mistaken the place of meeting, and upon going to Barry found the meeting was called for Cadoxton, and vice versa. If they met at Holton it would be central for all. The Chairman thought that if they allowed the Burial Board to use the Board room that body should pay for the gas and cleaning. Dr. O'Donnell asked where the difficulty lie. The Chairman replied that the School Board levied a rate for educational purposes, and if they did other people's work it would help to increase their rates. Dr. O'Donnell agreed with the suggestion to pay the caretaker for cleaning. But the other matter was like ROBBING PETER, TO PAY PAUL. The Rev. J. Price thought they might go further. There should be a small charge. The Vice-Chairman said the Burial Board only met about once a month. Mr. B. Lewis supported the application, and thought the Burial Board should have the use of the room, but that they should not increase the expenses of the School Board by doing so. The Burial Board were in the position of having the largest business, and smallest rate in the district. He suggested that the Finance Committee consider the question and fix the charge. It was decided to allow the Board the .use of the room at a small charge to be fixed by the Finance Committee. A VACANCY. Miss M. Davies, of the Barry Schools, tendered her resignation as ex-pupil teacher. The Board accepted the same, and decided to advertise the situation as vacant. A LARGE ATTENDANCE. Mit-s Wilcoi, of Cadoxton School, applied to the Board for additional teaching assistance. It was pointed out by the Chairman that there were a large number of children in the school. It was ove '-crowded but in Holton School there was room for about 80 more children. Captain Davies suggested that some of the chil- dren. from Holton went to Cadoxton. Dr. O'Donnell thought it was the other way about. The Cadoxton children went to Holton. It was decided to grant Miss Wilcox assistance. THE FEE GRANT. It was decided to authorise the Education De- partment to pay the fee grant into the head- quarters of the Board's bankers in London. WELL-DESERVED PRAISES. A letter was read from Mr. Thorpe, secretary of the Barry District National Union of Teachers thanking the Board for their kindness in placing the Holton Schools at the service of the Union, and asking the Board to allow the Union to hold its meetings in the future alternately at the diffetent schools. Captain Davies asked whether the Board were aware of what the teachers did when they met together ? The Chairman replied that their meetings were always reported in the local press. The Vice-Chairman said he noticed that the teachers bad done good work. Several very able papers had been read. The Chairman stated that he understood there was usually a meeting, followed by tea. He had read two very good papers by Mr. Siidmerson and Mr. Ewebank. Upon the motion of the Vice-Chairman it was decided to accede to Mr. Thorpe's request. ROMILLY-ROAD SCHOOL. It was decided to apply to the Public Works Loan Commissioners for the necessary amounc to erect Romilly-road School. Upon the certificate of the architect, it was also decided to pay Mr. Rutter ze 2.50 for work executed. STRAINING A POINT. The Vice-Chairman asked the Board to grant permission to the Rev. Mr. Williams to conduct a class at Holton School for the teaching of Welsh. He understood-- The Chairman-I think you are out of order Mr. Rees. The Vice-Chairman replied that he was merely making an application. The Chairman still held that notice should be given. Dr. O'Donnell said they could grant the use of the schools for educational purposes. Any member of the Board could make an application on behalf of a ratepayer. If Mr. Williams had written a letter it would have come before the Board in the usual manner and without notice. The Board could also have passed a resolution granting the use of the schools, as it was for educational pur- poses. Mr. Williams had simply made his applica- tion in another form. The Chairman did not think the Board would have any objection as a body, but the members were not all present. Captain Davies said Mr. Williams had spoken to him upon the subjeet, and he had advised that gentleman to write to the Board, and he would support it. He was aware that Mr. Williams was holding a class at present, and that the room was too small. He believed the teachers under the Board were learning Welsh there. Mr. Lewis pointed out that the law said that three clear days' notice should be given of any motion. Dr. O'Donnell protested against such things. They had passed matters that night which were not on the agenda. The Board had decided to teach Welsh in the schools, and now the teachers were learning the language. The Rev. J. Price thought notice should have been given. The Chairman then read an extract from the Standing Orders, which set forth that no motion should be brought forward whieh was not on the agenda, except with the consent of the Chairman, and not if any member objected. The Vice-Chairman said they decided not to allow a member of the Board the same privilege as they extended to outsiders. The Chairman hoped Mr. Rees would not mistake his ruling. They did not object because Mr. Rees had brought the matter forward, but because he had not given the necessary notice. Dr. 'O'Donnell remarked that if the Chairman intended to rule in that direction he would object to all motions of which notice had not been given. How was it that the Board had passed several motions that evening of which no notice was given on the agenda ? The Chairman—I approve of them. Dr. O'Donnell—But what if I had objected ? The Chairman—But you did not. (Laughter.) Dr. O'Donnell said it was a question of qualify- ing their own teachers to teach Welsh. All the Chairman had to do was to say Yesr" and the whole matter would be settled. The Chairman thought the Board should know what was to be done. They had a responsibility, and ought to know hoW it was proposed to conduct the class, and whether the teaching was free or not. The Rev. J. Price asked whether the teaching was free. The Vice-chairman did not think it was abso- lutaly free. The Chairman replied that it was important whether they permitted a class in which the teach- ing was not free. They might have half-a-dozen persons applying to teach Welsh. The Viee-Chairman reminded the Board that it was the head-teachers themselves who asked the Board to grant them the use of the school. The Rev. J. Price did not think Mr. Rees, of Barry, would make application. The Board had to consider whether they would allow a person to use their schools as a means of increasing his income. The Chairman said he must rule Mr. Rees out of order, and notice of motion must be given. The Vice-Chairman said it only meant delaying the question for a month. WHY NOT ? Dr. O'Donnell proposed that in future the Attendance Officer's report should be printed with the Bye-laws Committee's report. The Chairman said it would increase their printing a little. Dr. O'Donnell considered it necessary. They would then be able to tell at a glance how many children were in the schools. The Rev. J. Price seconded. Captain Davies said he did not object, but he should like if the Clerk would order a bag in which the members could carry all their papers. (Laughter.) Dr. O'Donnell—I don't find any inconvenience > Captain Davies. The motion was agreed to. The Vice-Chairman referred to the case of Miss Carr refusing admission to a child at the Barry School, and it was decided that the School Management Committee should go into the whole affair. This was all the business of limportance.

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