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THE ABERDARE SCHOOL BOARD AND THE TEACHERS. The Salaries Question. The ordinary fortnightly meeting of the Aber- dare School Board was to have been held on Fridav afternoon, but owing to the funeral of Mrs. Thomas, Ysguborwen, the meeting was postponed till Tuesday. The chair was occupied by Mr. R. H. Rhys, J.P., and the other members present were: Messrs. D. P. Davies (vice-chairman), David Morgan, W. J. Heppell, W. Railton, T. Walters, W. Charles, and Revs. M. Powell, D. M. DaTies, J. Griffiths, and D. Griffiths The report of the committee appointed to deal with the consideration of the teacher's salaries was read. The committee recommended increases varying from JE5 to £10.The Chairman moved the adoption of the committee's report.—Mr. W. J. Heppell moved, as an amendment, that the matter be adjourned until the next meeting, and that particulars be obtained of salaries paid by neighbouring boards. It was a most important question, and the increase suggested seemed inadequate to meet the end aimed at by the Board. They wanted more time to consider the matter. He thought the policy of the committee very strange. They had reported at a previous meeting that no increase was necessary. But they had a different talc to tell that dav. He did not think that it was to the credit of the Board to reverse its policy in that manner. They should settle the question in the best possible way. He again moved that the matter be adjourned.—Rev. J. Griffiths seconded. —Mr. D. Morgan asked whether it was sug- gested that the proposals of the committee should also be placed before the Board for consideration. —The Clerk said that he would send a copy of the proposals alluded to to each member.—Mr. D. Morgan: Very well.—The Chairman remarked that the reason that the committee had gone in for thc recommendations they had was because of the difficulty experienced in getting teachers in response to the Board's advertisements. They had adver- tised, for instance, for a teacher at £"70, but could not get a single application. It was for reasons such as that that he (the chairman) moved the adoption of the committee's report. Mr. Heppell had rebuked the committee for reversing their policy but us far as he (the chairman) was con- cerned, he should be glad, were such a thing possible, not to make any increase at all. But that could not be so the committee had no alternative but to increase the salaries. They had gone very carefully into the figures, and had arrived at the conclusion they had after due deliberation.—On a vote being taken, the amendment was carried by six to five. Mr. W. J. Heppell moved, in accordance with notice of motion, that the question of teachers' salaries of all grades be referred to a committee of the whole Board, and that the clerk prepare for this meeting a list of salaries paid by this Board, and those paid by surrounding boards and that a copy of the proposed list of salaries sub- mitted by him (Mr. Heppell) to the Schools Man- agement Committee, be sent to each member." He did not know that he need say much more on the subject. But he was sorry that the chairman had the impression that he (Mr. Heppell) had con- demned the committee. Far from it. He (Mr. Heppell) thought it was a matter of business and that the Board ought to investigate the question thoroughly. It was a well-known fact that many teachers under other boards were better paid than what their teachers were. He had already pointed out that the school management com- mittee had not gone beyond a certain point. But he hoped that the matter would now be settled in a definite manner.—Mr. D. Morgan seconded the motion. He believed that it was necessary to have a revision and a readjustment of the whole of the salaries paid under the Board. He did not mean to say that he would go in for an advance all round, because a readjustment would mean the lowering of the salaries in some cases, and increas- ing in others. There were some who got too much for their work, and others did not get enough.— The Chairman said that if it was the wish of the Board to adopt the motion he would not move an amendment; but in his opinion, the motion, if carried, would have an injurious effect.—On a vote being taken, the motion was carried by 7 to 3.

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