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"l1 — SWANSEA COUNCIL'S WRIT. COMMITTEE DECIDED TO DEFEND INTERESTING CORRESPONDENCE. POSITION OF CLERK AND SUPERINTENDENT. At Swansea Education. Committee en Monday aitemoon, Aid. R- Martin presiding, the Clerk read a letter from the Town Clerk in reference to a writ served upon him by the managers of the Swansea Nat* rw I School, for payment of £ lo<J, alleged to be due to til a managers for monies received by the defendants for thj use of the plain- I toffs, and. enquiring whether it was desired it should be defended. Appearance would have to be entered eight days from the 13th iast. The Clerk mentioned that Dr. Williams {Superintendent 01 Education) and himseif "were cited itnoogst t rid piamtifi managers, but he wished to ooint out they were not parties to it. Re" (the clerk) received a notice of March 7th, giving notice ot a. maiiagers' meeting to concider ''recovery ot 40 per cent, of fees determined by the Boar of Education to be the proportion oi ^eee payable by the Local Education Authority to the managers, and resolution ao to in- structing the legal adnisers to take pro- «eedings to recover the same." When he received that he wrote tne lowing btter:— '"March 10th, 19C6.—Dear Sir,—-1 receipt of vour notice, register^' ol toe managers' meeting to be held m the town. I have an Education Committee on the same „afternoon, and it is unlikely that it wiM finish its business in time to let r..e tree to attend t.he rrarragers' meeting, but it I ftffi free in time, I do not see that adij good purpose will be served by my attending. "1 think I oucrht to state that I am some- what surprised at the course of action pro- posed to be taken by the managers respect- mg the question of the proportion of school fees, as I nresume they are aware tnat the president of the Board of Education has the ntatter under reconsKieraiion.-—Yours, etc., A. W. Halden. On March 15th Mr. F. P. Wood wrote stating that they bad had no intimation that the president of the Board of Education bad tiie matter under reconsideratioc., and there- fore they were not aware of the master re- ierred to in the letter front Mr. Halden. The Chairman said the co-mmumcaition to the oresident of the Education Depart- msnt pointed out to him that the Education Department had improperly arrived at their decision—improperly "because they^ had given us no opportunity of replying to the statement made bv the managers, and we had not reallv finished with the case. Mr. Cadwalladr asked if anything more had been done since the deputation had ■waited? The Chairman said they had toO tOO managers that the president ot the_ Education had consented to recer/e^ ^se- cond communication, and it had oe^ Until the president had had tame to corner the matter, he thought it has^e on the part of those gentle done what they had. • -v.—i MT. D. Harm said nnial the prendect gave his final decision, he W tber the plaintiffs had cause for MT. Cadwalladr complained that .he mana- j .-j PothiciI s action, gers did not know o- trie •nd he thought that should be • The Chairman said Mr. Bakien ,tne dak) bad written the managers before JIOT meet- ing, and they must have nad M*. D. Harris thought the Town Clerk should be instructed to put in an appear- ance to the writ Mr. Moy Evans thought firrwier step6 abouw be taken, and the Board of Educa- tion at once communicated with. The Mavor: And the writ sent to them. Mr. CadwaiJadr said he was under the im- pression that no action had been taken since the president stated that they must show a strong case before be reversed the de- cision of his predecessor. He would really like to know what had been done. Thereupon the Clerk read a. long letter dated March 9th, addressed to the president of the Board of Education. The letter stal.ed "that the Local Education Authority is stronglv of opinion that the decision of the Board of Education respecting the ap- portionment of the school fees is not a just -onm cue, and should be rescmded on tbe grounds that it was arrived at irregularly and upon incomplete information. In order fcbat, an equitable apportionment may be made, rt therefore claims that the question be re- opened, because (1st) the statements m the Board's letter of 25th October, 1905, are in- )c:, correct in the following respects (a.) The Inariagei-s ftrst brought up the question of the apportionment of school feee on Janu- ary 2nd, 1905; (b) no offer W36 made to the authority in April, 1905: (c) the only offer tnads was conveyed in the authority s letter to the managers, dated 22nd S^Ptc^ber, 1905, and was accompanied by an mvrfcartaon to submit a counter-proposal; (d) the mana- gers decline to make any counter-proposal, bat forthwith submitted their case to the Board of Education; (e) the authority de- nies that it is reswcsible for delay in con- nection with the matter; (f) no sta ■case for arbitration has been subnet* oy the authority to the Board. (2nd) So op- poartumtv was given to the authority to reply to the managers' statement oi óth October, 1905. Now, however, the author- ity is enabled to submit the following reply to that statement." The points are then dealt with seriatim, end the letter proceeds:— "The managers ptate that so far as they can and out, one- %>alf at least has been the proportion granted |)v authorities to the managers. This pro- portion no doubt has largely prevailed in oases where the authorities have abolished all echool fees, and where the amount of money involved was small one. This, however, is not the case where school fees have been permitted to be continued. Birmingham Affords a very excellent case in point. The managers ask for exceptional treatment on the ground that great expense will be in- rarrred involving the remodelling the school buildings, laying them under the oblige tdon of obtaining a loan and thus creating a Wvy annual charge. This claim as to an annual charge arising out of capital ex- penditure, the authority suomite, the mana- are not entitled to put forward as » g £ £ r a m>rtion of school fees. After a *ZZtnl consideration of the statement of the S^-erf^e Local Educon Authority for departing trom the prm- Se^et forth in its resolution of 20th Sep- Sbef, 1905, of which a copy is herewith SScbed, and which is submitted with every confidence to the Board, viz.:—That the Slv reasonable division of the school fees between the managers and the authority should be in accordance with their obliga- tions in respect of the maintenance of the school-house and the school.' The authority is not, however, wedded to the figures sub- mitted to the managers, and begs to repeat that if the managers can show that a larger VILM was spent in previous years on the school-house, it will be prepared to accept ifoe proportion shown by the average of such added years. A copy of the statement made on behalf of the deputation who waited on the presi- dent was also enclosed. P }jT. Cadwalladr said Birmingham was KK-ntioned by the Clerk in the letter. Tbe JJlerk might have given other instances. ù. Tutton moved that an appearance be entered to the writ, and the Town Clerk

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