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CARDIFF SCHOOL BOARD. ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN AND VICE- CHAIRMAN. OPPOSITION FROM THE SECTARIAN PARTY. The first meeting of the Cardiff School Board, after the recent formal election,was held on Thurs- day arternoon. There were present Mr Lew;s Williams, Dr. Edwards, Mr John Cory, Mr T. Rees, Mr J. Gunn, Mr W. H. Lewis, Mr Rees Jones, and the Revs. C. J. Thompson, G. A. Jones, V. Saulez, Father Richardson, and Father Williams. ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN. The Clerk (Mr D. Rees) explained that the first business was to elect a chairman for the ensuing year. Mr Guxx said he had great pleasure in propos- ing the re-election of Mr Lewis Williams. He was sure they must have all recognised the zeal and ability with which that gentleman had discharged his duties, as well as the impartial spirit he always brought to bear on every subject that came under discussion and whatever their differences of opinion might be with regard to some phases of education, he thought all must admit that their esteemed late chairman had given an immense amount of time and attention and careful consideration to the various duties pertaining to the position of chairman of the board. (Hear, hear.) He might add many reasons why Mr Williams should be selected, but he was sure his abilities and good qualities were so well known that he need say no more. Mr Cosv had pleasure in seconding the motion. He endorsed all Mr Gunn had said, and said he was sure, as Mr Williams had done them good service in the past, so he would in the future. (Applause.) Father RICHARDSON said he should have been happy to have seconded the motion had not Mr Cory risen so quickly. In, however, supporting the motion, he would say that Mr Williams was very weU adapted to fill the office to which he had been proposed. (Hear, hear.) The Rev. C. J. THOMPSON said he thought all agreed that Mr Williams was well suited for the office. The motion was then put and carried unani- mously. Mr LEWIS WILLIAMS, on taking his seat, was warmly applauded. Having thanked the board very heartily for the honour they had conferred on him, he promised to endeavour to so discharge the duties of the office as to command their com- plete confidence. With regard to the work, he observed that the board had not by any means completed the provision for school accommoda- tion. Of course during the past three years the duties devolving on the board in that respect had been exceptionally heavy, they having pro- vided accommodation for 5,000 children. So much accommodation would not have to be found during the next three years, but there were two distiicts that would require special attention—the north-east part of Roath and soma part of Canton. He hoped, in concluding, the work of the board would be conducted as harmoniously in the future as in the past. THK ELECTION OF VICE-CHAIRMAN. Dr WALLACE proposed that Mr T. Rees be re- elected vice-chairman for the ensuing three years. If honour was due to any particular member of the board, they could all truthfully say it was to Mr Rees for the amount of work he had done, and the large amount of time, experience, and energy he gave to all work connected with the success of the schools in the town. (Hear, hear.) Father RICHARDSON said before the motion was seconded he should like to make one remark. They all had a great respect for Mr Rees, but they also remembered his rejection of the Bible at the time its use was proposed in the schools. They had heard a great deal about the unanimity that existed amongst the members of the board, butthat was because the party in a minority had always acceded in a most gentlemanly manner to the majority. But it did not follow that the minority was always to allow the power to remain in the hands of the dominant party, and he would, therefore, propose that the Rev. C. J. Thompson be the vice-chairman, as he thought it would be a graceful act on the part of the board, which would produce unanimity and good feeling. Of all members of the board, Mi-Thompson would be the most proper vice- chairman, as he had given more time than anyone else to the work of the board. (No, no, and hear, hear.) Dr. WALLACE called attention to the fact that Father Richardson was out of order, as the origi- nal motion had not yet been seconded, and On the CHAIRMAN saying this was the case, Father KICHARDSON apologised, but said he had been under the impression that that was the proper time to move an amendment. Dr. EDWARDS seconded the motion, though he admitted feeling a very high respect for the worthy vicar, not only in his official position, but as a member of the board, and, feeling the very great importance of his services in the cause of education in the town, he wished to give expres- sion to his great confidence in him, and his very high esteem for the work he was doing. (Hear, hear.) But at the same time he did feel that the principle of majorities was a constitutional prin- ciple that had been acted on from time im- memorial in this country, and he pointed out that, as had been recently very well expressed by an eminent statesman, where the majority ruled in one place, the minority found its majority in another place. Therefore, while there was a majority, it was necessary that the officials of the board should act in common to support the views of the majority, and that the minority should be as respectful and co-operative as possible. He consequently felt, in the interest of the success of education in the town, the chairman and vice-chairman should be of the same party. (Hear, hear.) There was no concealing the fact that the constitution was divided, and the strength of the board would be seriously affected if, by any false feeling to consult the minority, a vice-chairman were to be chosen who was in direct antagonism to at least some impor- tant principles that guided them. He therefore uggested it would be far more to the interests and the efficient working of the board if the chair- man and vice-chairman were selected from the majority and he could not conceive any man so much entitled to the honour as Mr Thos. Rees. (Hear, hear.) Father RICHARDSON said he supposed now was his time to move his amendment, and, after doing so, said he always thought the policy of the board was concession, kindness, and conciliation. The Rev. G. A. JOXES, in seconding the amend- ment, thought a good opportunity was offered for the majority te show a kindlier feel- ing towards a rather strong minority. According to the theory laid down by his old friend, Dr Edwards—(hear, hear)—he supposed the members of the minority should be excluded from the office of chairmen of committees or any other office of authority. He seconded the amendment, as a protest against Mr Rees opposing Bible and religious teaching in the schools, and also because he thought the miuority had some claim to be heard as a party. Father WILLIAMS,in supporting the amendment said the effect of the principles laid down would be to exclude the minority altogether from the deliberations of the board they might give ad- vice, but could not influence a conclusion in any way whatever, because the whole policy was to be settled by the majority. He thought in a minority like that on the School Board, which was so large that it only just fell short of a majority, the opinions of the town ought to be respected and receive a certain amount of consideration from the board. Mr GUNN, in supporting the original motion, thought it was a healthy rule in the British con- stitution that as long as servants had acted well and faithfully they were never turned adrift. Having spoken briefly of Mr Rees's services, his close attention to the duties and requirements of the schools—he said the efficient working of the schools was mainly due to the exertions of Mr Rees—(hear, hear)—and he hoped the board would hesitate before attempting to cast such a reflection on the vice-chairman as not to re-elect him, for he was sure that if an appeal were made to the people he would, without doubt, be placed in that position. (Hear, hear.) The Rev. C. J. THOMPSON, having thanked his friends for proposing him to the office of vice- chairman for the third time, expressed his opinion that it was never contemplated when school boards were established that they should follow the example of political parties, but rather that there should be combined into one all who had the interest of education at heart, and if that were so it would be an idea that was not opposed, in its practical issue, to the interests of the community. A short time ago they were told ,that there would no longer be any antagon- ism, and there was nothing to do but to work on lines already established for the interests of the town, and he asked any member of the other, whether, that being the case, it would not be a better line of policy if some such idea as that sketched out by Father Richardson were carried into effect. The unanimity existing on the board was due to the complacent spirit of the minority that only just escaped being a minority, and which in some cases had become a majority. He mentioned that all the members of the minority were practical educationalists, and if they wcie looked at qualitatively as well as quanti- tatively, there was much to be said for the amend- ment. In concluding, he entirely conceded that Mr Rees was a more active member in the proceedings of the board than he (the speaker); and no mem- ber had given so much time and so much dis- interested zeal to the work of the board as Mr Rees. (Hear, hear.) Dr. WALLACE said he proposed Mr Rees as vice- chairman, feeling that there could not be any other vice-chairman in accordance with the voice of the ratepayers. He denied that the minority had made concession to the majority, for it seemed as if each side were determined to get all it could. Though, he added, there was only a majority of one, yet if the votes given at the last election were analysed, it would be seen that the majority for the non-sectarian members was very much larger. L. m» -me VHAIRMAN, in supporting vae original motion, said, but for the time devoted to the work of the board by Mr Rees, they would have had to appoint an inspector at a cost of JB200 a year, and even then the work could not be as well done as at present. (Hear, hear.) A division was then taken, when there voted for the amendment—Rev. V. Saulez, Rev. G. A. Jones, Rev. C. J. Thompson, Mr Lewis, Father Richardson, and Father Williams. Against— The Chairman, Mr J. Cory, Dr Edwards, Mr T. Rees, Dr. Wallace, Mr Rees Jones, and Mr Gunn. The amendment was therefore declared lost, and the original motion was then put and carried. Mr REES, after thanking the board for re- electing him, said, in answer to Father Richard- son, that so far from agreeing with him as to the time Mr Ihompson had given to the work of the board, he said, and distinctly challenged contra- diction, that he (the speaker) gave to the service of the board as much time as every other member put together. (Hear, hear.) He could not un- derstand how the minority failed to see the impropriety and unreasonableness of endeavour- ing to elect a. vice-chairman, for if the majority consented to their wish,on anything hap- pening to remove the chairman, the vice would naturally step into his place, and then how could the work of the board be proceeded with ? Father wcoardson had also said he rejected the use of the Bible. He had never done anything of the sort. His reply was, When 1" (The Chairman Never in public.) Herepeatedthathehadnever opposed Bible teaching in the schools in the sense they had decided it should be taught—Bible teaching and explanation—and he was there in favour of that now, as he was nine years ago. (Hear, hear.) I ° APPOINTMENT OF COMMITTEES. The CHAIRMAN formally proposed the members of the different committees. Some discussion ensued on the constitution of the school attendance committee, several of the minority being in favour of it consisting of the whole board, but on a division it was decided that it should consist of five members as heretofore. THE GRANGETOWN SCHOOL. Mrs J. S. Lindsay, cf Huddersfiela, was selec- ted as headmistress of the girls' school at Grance- town.










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