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Penarth School Board. To the Editor of the Penarth Chronicle. I hope you may find space for a statement" of the course the Education Department has seen fit to pur1- sue towards the Penarth School Board, in a matter of a thtaatened withholding of the gnu.. The population of the Penarth School district has increased very rapidly, and the Board' School (com- prising the usual three departmemts) has already undergone several alterations and enlargements. With the report of June. 1893, the Board received an intimation from my Lords, to the effect "unless the cloak room aceommodation is increased," [and another matter done, which has been attended to,] 1 as recommended bygH.M. Inspector, the grant may be endangered-" The Board thereupon consulte&an architect, who prepared plans. But owing to struc- tural difficulties, occasioned by the many alterations and additions which bad taken place, the estimated cost was £ 550. Moreover, the result, regarding the building as a whole, did not appear to be satisfac- tory. Under these circumstances the Board hesitated to incur this great expense, especially as they contem- plated the erection of a new school, (which,, of course,, would modify the conditions), and theae facts were duly put before the Department. (Letters of January 18tb and September 11th, 1894.) In their reply, (September 19th, 1894), the Depart- ment, while asking for fuller information as to the new School, informed the Board that the inspector had reported that in his opinion a new school would not do away with the need of carrying out. his recommendations adding however, If the pressure of accommodation is reduced, very likely a part of the schoolroom could ba separated, so as to form a cloak room." This is just what the Board had contemplated. On December 19, the Department wrote— <' My Lords agree with your Board that a new "school is required for the district." and made this further important commuuication- "If the Board proceed with the provision of the "proposed new school with due despatch, my Lords will not insist on the immediate enlarge- "ment of the cloak room. accommodation at the Penarth Board School." Accordingly the Board entered upon the arrange- ments for the new school, and so informed the Department, with whom they are still in correspon- dence, as to eertaiu details, But to the surprise of the Board, instead of the usual notification of the payment of the grant, they received a communication (dated May 30, 1895), in which the Department, after quoting extracts from the Inspector's report,, referring chiefly to more cloak room accommodation, notify that before directing payment of the grant, my u Lords will require to be assured that the Board 41 will proceed with despatch to provide satisfac- toryiaccommodation." The position of the Board, on receiving this com- munication was as follows. In accordance with the intimation contained in the letter from the Depart- ment, of December 19th, they had proceeded with the provision of the proposed new school, (while the enlargement of the cloak room accommodation had been in abeyanee) with all the despatch possible, under the circumstances. In forming their estimates for their precept issued in April last, (for six months) they had relied, as they conceive they were well warranted in doing, upon receiving the amount of the grant at the usual time. They were able to pay their bills presented at their June meeting, but it was evident that unless the grant were received speedily, the work of the Board could not go on for the remainder of the half year without some arrangement for a considerable over- draft at the Bank, which would entail at least, a claim for interest, (a payment which could not be allowed by the auditor.) The members of the Board emphatically declined to incur any personal pecuniary liability vhatever, and contemplated the course of resignation in a body should such liability become necessary to the carrying on of the work of the Board. A letter, fully setting forth the) position of the Board as just ex plaiDed, and asking i-econ side ration of their determination tc withhold the grunt,. was kent to the Department on June 7th. No reply. Meanwhile, salaries and other expenses were run- ning on, and ou June 25th the Clerk to the Board wrote again, begging the favour of an answer, and adding that the matter was causing much anxiety to the Board. No reply. At the Board meeting held on the evening of July 4th, bills were presented amounting to £ 391 9s 8d, whereas the balance in the Treasurer's hands was gil 1713 lOde Early the next morning the Clerk telegraphed urgently to the Department. No reply. On July 6th, the nlerk again wrote urgently calling attention .to the previous correspondence, and request- ing that if it was still thought right to withhold the I grant, some explanation might at least be vouchsafed. To this letter no direct reply has rcen received— but crossing it, came » notiQcauon that the jgrant had been alhmd. ^Jo allusion "Vas made to the letter of

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