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PRESTATYN SCHOOL BOARD. A LIVELY DISCUSSION. The monthly meeting of this Board was held at the Council Offices, Prestatyn, on Wednesday afternoon, when there were present :—Mr Goronwy 0 Jones, Rev F Jewell, (vice-chair- man), Mr J Pritchard, Mr W H Coward, Mr T Ellis, Mr E H Parry (School Attendance) Officer and the Clerk. The Board and Sir John Corat. The Clerk having read the minutes of the last meeting, presented reports of three special meetings held during July. From these it appeared that the Board had decided to pur- chase a site for the new school. The members had inspected four sites situated on the Marine Road, and it was unanimously decided that the site next to the Welsh Wesleyan Chapel, the property of Mrs Hunt, be purchased for £510. Mr Thomas, architect, of Pres- tatyn, had been called in, and had been asked to prepare plans, agreeing to do this part, and to supervise the whole building of the school at 3 per cent. on the whole expenditure. He had since sent in plans for a school to accommodate 300 children and the cost would be £ 1,500. It was pointed out that Mr J Pritchard was the only member present at these special meetings who was opposed to sending the plans for the consideration of the Education Depart- ment. Mr Coward was indisposed at the time, and did not attend the meeting when the plans were presented. Mr Coward asked for the letter from the Education Department, received in February last, to be read. He did not think any order had been received from the Department ordering the Board to build a new school. The Chairman We did not get an order. Mr Coward I think you are going a little too fast, seeing that you have received no order to build a new school. The Chairman admitted that no order had been received, but they had received instruc- tions from the Education department to pro- ceed with the new school. Mr Coward Instructions are nothing. Where is the order ? I want to see it. The Rev. F. Jewell There is no formal order, but the instructions are very explicit. They have told us to build, and we are going to do it. Mr Coward I read in the papers that Sir John Gorst, in reply to Mr Yerburgh, said that no order to build a Board School had been issued to the Prestatyn Board. Surely he, the head of the Department, ought to know. The Chairman said the matter was under consideration. We have had instructions to get he school ready. Mr Coward I think this Board has placed Sir John Gorst in a very difficult position. He had distinctly stated that no order had been given, and yet the Board were preparing to build a school. The House of Commons would certainly want an explanation of the whole affair. The Rev F Jewell said he did not think an order was really necessary. The Education Department had stated that there was a necessity for a new school, and the Board were going to carry out their instructions. Mr Coward said if the Board did not possess an order, the Department might refuse to sanction the payment of the account. The Chairman But the Education Depart- ment have encouraged us to go on with the work. Mr Coward: And yet Sir John Gorst tells the Government that no order had been received. The Chairman I think the whole discussion is out of order. Mr Coward I think what you have done is out of order, too. This Board will be in an awkward corner. I protest against what you have done. Mr Pritchard said he had objected to the Board sending up the plans, because they had received no order. The Chairman Are you satisfied that the Education Board have asked for plans, Mr Coward ? Mr Coward -No, I am not. The Chairman then read a. minute as to this, which showed that plans had. been asked for. Mr Coward Perhaps ttiat letter did not come from the head of the Department. The Chairman The letter is signed by a Secretary. Mr Ellis said Mr Coward was not consistent. About fifteen months ago be wanted to build a new school. The Rev F Jewell Yea, he wanted us to buy the National School. Mr Coward I said that the National School was large enough for the whole town. That was objected to because the Vicar was at the head of it. The Chairman Yes, To have the school under control of the Ch arch of England. Mr Coward Yes, that! was the reason why you took no action in. the matter. The Chairman If Mr Ooward had attended the meetings he would have known all about the matter. Mr Coward I am speaking about what appeared in the paper Perhaps you did not see them. The Chairman Thrat made no difference at all. Rev F Jewell We have our own business to attend to, and thQ House of Commons have their own. Mr Coward I protest against the proceed- ings going on. The Chairman (b otly) Why, if you read your own National School reports, that will be enough. Mr Coward: Don't get excited. As a member of this Board I have a right to ask these questions. I The Clerk r'Jad several letters of correspond- I ence, and the Chairman pointed out that in I February last. the Board of Education stated plainly that they would allow the present Board school to bb used for three years, but by the end of that time the Board must have a new school ready for occupation. Mr Coward There you are. Surely that is sufficient proof that you are acting without a definite order. The Chairman again referred to the minutes, and said that the communication from the National School Managers to the Board of Education was not correct. Mr Coward. Mind what you are saying. You will have to prove that. The Chairman This School Board never applied to the National School Managers for their school, I deny that we ever asked you for your schools. The Rev F Jewell: And so do I. Mr Coward If you tread on my corns I shall tread on yours. You will have to prove it. The Chairman We will prove it. Rev F Jewell Does Mr Coward want to make out that the National managers refused us their schools and that we had to take a back-seat ? Mr Coward Yes, if you like. I think you have used my name too much all through the whole affair. You know I have never been in favour of a Board School. The Chairman We know that. The matter must drop now. Mr Coward I hope the Clerk will enter my protest in the minutes. This was the whole of the business, with the exception of the examination of the accounts, which were ordered to be paid.

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