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I:> LLANNON. LLANSANTFFRAID (U.D.) SCHOOL BOARD, FRIDAY, MAY 24.Present: Messrs. Isaac Evans (chairman), Alban Lloyd (vice-chairman), John Lewis, D. L. Jones, and Jenkin Jenkins (clerk). THE LLANNON SCHOOLS. At the request of the Board the CLERK read the correspond- ence between him and the Education Department with respect to the reorganization of these schools. From the Clerk's state- ment it appeared that previous to their transfer in June, 1875, these schools were known as the Llannon National and Llannon British Schools. In March, 187G, the former was inspected as the Lower Board School and the latter as the Higher Board School. The Inspector pronounced the organization to be very objectionable, and suggested two alternative schemes to the consideration of the Board, both of which the Board failed to adopt owing to the opposition raised by the trustees of the Lower School. Adverting to the report of the Inspector, the Education Department informed the Board that the present ar- rangemnt would be allowed to continue for another year only. At the end of the year the Board, failing to effect the desired change in the schools, directed their Clerk to write to the Edu- cation Department to be for a further truce, and in a letter dated February, 1877, their lordships acceded to the proposal to continue for another year the present organization of the schools. Last February the year's grace ended, and it behoved the Board to try another scheme. Nothing had become plainer than that the Lower School party, which is strong and. influential in the Llannon part of the district, would not consent to any change in their school. Moreover, the experience of the Board had con- vinced all concerned that there should be only one elementary school in the village. While agreeing to this, the Board and the residents of the district became divided on how to effect the change. The members now present had come to the resolution to buy the Higher School, and to add to it, to meet the infant* accommodation of the village, as being the most feasible and economical way of coming out of the'difficulty. This was ex- plained fully to the Education Department, and by them ap- proved on the 28th of February last. The Higher School was purchased for the sum of £300. Plans and specifications of the additions and alterations were submitted to and approved by the Education Department, and tenders were advertised for. It seemed as if the troubles of the Board were at an end. The present meeting had been convened to open the tenders sent in, but pre- vious to this being done, the following letters were read by the clerk, and the fresh opposition disclosed therein caused no small amount of indignation. Copy of Memorial. To his Grace the Duke of Richmond itiictuordoii, K.G., President of the Committee of Council on Education. The humble Petition of the undersigned landowners, house- holders, and ratepayers of the parish of Ll.iusantffraid in the county of Cardigan, SLielveth That we, the undersigned, your petitioners, are given to un- derstand that the members of the School Board for this district intend uniting the two schools now called the Llannon Upper School and Llannon Lower School into one school, and for that purpose are about to purchase the site where the Upper School now stands. That we beg to oppose this plan for the following reasons:- The site of the present Upper School, being under a hill and having a northern aspect, is without sun. The site is inconve- nient and damp, consequently unhealthy. The area is very con- tinell and insufficient. A deputation waited upon Mr. Williams, Her Majesty's Inspector of Schools, when inspecting the said schools, to pro- test against the site, and also to call his attention to the scheme of the school Board for purchasing the site. The Inspector agreed entirely with and acquiesced in our views and statements in the matter. We pray that as the School Board persist in their intention of building the school in the most inconveuienfc and unsuitable* position, that your honourable Committee will think fit to send down an Inspector to survey and report upon the premises at your earliest convenience, and will in the meanwhile stay the proceedings of the School Board. We further beg to convey to your honourable Committee that several convenient and desirable sices can be easily obtained. Signed, J. G. P. Hughes, J.P., D.L. for Cardiganshire, David Morgan, Churchwarden of Llansantifraid, William Herbert, Vicar of Llansantffraid, Evan Rowlands, Pant- ananilwg, John Morgan, Perthygwenin, Wm. Hughes, Morfa-mawr, Daniel Jones, Penlone, Mary Hughes,. Maesgwyn, Daniel Jones, membsr of the said School Board. Copy of Answer. Education Department, 17th May, 1878. To T. E. Lloyd, Esq., M.P., 51, Victoria-street, S.W. Sir,—Adverting to your letter addressed to tha Lord President of the Council on the 30th ult., I am now directed to inform you that the petition which you enclosed has been forwarded to her Majesty's Inspector for his observations, and been con- sidered by the Education Department. The Inspector makes the following report The site of tne Higher Board School is near to the foot of a declivity, but can hardly be said to be under a hill,' and cer- tainly it is not without sun,' and I am not aware that it is damp or unhealthy. It is sufficiently central, stands on elevated ground, and commands a view of the village and the sea. The objections to it are (1) that it is very limited for a school of the size required, and (2) that owing to the slope in the ground it will be somewhat troublesome and expen- sive to fence it properly by means of a wall. The Vicar, Mr. Hughes, and, I think, two others, called at the school OR the day of the inspection and represented to me that a new school in the middle of the village near the high road would be much better than enlarging the present school, and I admitted to them that I thought so too. I did not understand them to say that they came to protest against the proposal of the Board to purchase and enlarge the school, nor was I aware at the moment how far the Board had proceeded towards enlarging the school. Whilst I agree with the memorialists that a new school would be best, I am not prepared under the circumstances of the case to recommend the Education Department to withhold its sanc- tion to the proposal of the Board, who appear to be actuated by a desire to save expense to the district. A iienvseliool, it is said, would cost £1,6(,0, whereas the present buildings, built about 15 years ago, could be purchased and enlarged for about half that sum." Looking to all the circumstances of the case, their Lordships see no sufficient reason for directing an inspection to be made of the premises, or for refusing their sanction to the proceed- ings of the School Board. It appears that the Board have already purchased the site, and are in course of obtaining a loan to defray the cost of the purchase. I have to honour to be, &c., Signed P. CUMIN. These letters having been read, the members present ex- pressed themselves strongly as to the want of courtesy on the part of their opponents. It was felt that the Board had been slighted. The memorialists did not think it tit to represent their objections to the Board, but sought a private interview with the Inspector, and thence through their representative in Parliament to the president ef the Council. All this time the Board knew nothing of the movement. Had the Board been made cognizant of the movement, they would have taken steps to assert their rights as the representatives of the ratepayers,. and to justify the steps they had taken. They would adduce uncontrovertible facts and figures to show that by the plan they have adopted they have effected a saving of a clear £ 1,500 to the ratepayers, and this without sacrificing efficiency to economy. They would bring out facts to prove that the memorialists misrepresented the case. All the members felt that they had lost a good opportunity of defending their action, but they had the consolation of knowing that the authorities had partly recognized the merits of their scheme, and felt that they would consult their corporate dignity better by leaving well alone." The tenders were opened, which proved to be Messrs. Jones and Davies, Llannon, £ 410 Messrs. Jones, Morgans, and Davies, Bwlchyllau, £ 394; P. M. Jenkins, Llanddewi, £ 2n6 10s and John Isaac Jones, Llannon, £ 297. The tender of John Isaac Jones was unanimously chosen, and the Clerk was directed to prepare an agreement and other documents necessary for the immediate commencement of the buildings.

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