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PONTYPRIDD SCHCOL BOARD. RATEABLE VALUE DEC'^EA'eED. THE ARCHITECT'S QUESTION. The niontnly meeting of the Pontypridd School Board was held ut the Board room, Gcliiwastnd Grove, on Tuesday. Mr James Richards presided, and the other members pre- sent were Rev Joshua Thomas (vice-chairman), e7 LI. Lloyd Davies. Messrs Phillip Jones, D. W. Thomas, W. Jones-Powell, J. W. John, t.n.i W. M. Jones., with the clerk, Mr D. Mili.oi: Jones. Hie statement of accounts presrnted by the clerk si-ewed o.n overdraft in the general ac- count after thaf day's payments of Id, notwifhstnmling the fact that the overseers had paid the precept up in full. The Chair- man asked If it was right for the Board to run into debt in this manner without increas- ing tho calls on the overseers. The minded the Board that of re- presentations made by the overseers as a result o. U10 recent strike in the coalfield the Beard promised to reduce the precept for this half- year to £ 3.000. The precept last -half-year wa" £3.500, which made a rate of 5,1 in the It. wo oil, however, be impossible for the Board to meet its obligations if the call for this half-year was made for £3,COO. The full eifeet of the strike would be felt during that period, and under ihe circumstances he had uraven a precept for £ 3,500, which would moan a rate of 6id m the £ The following half- year they could issue a precept for 0 00. which would represent a rate of 6.1, as all the grants would be received then. Ii was agreed to make a call for £ 3,500. Tlio Cliliril- r-roi-Led that the o.u.litoi had examined Ihe Board's accounts to the end ct March, 1898, and all was eorrcci..This led to a discussion as to payments which had been marlp to the architects, which were included in those accounts. The Clerk suggested that th? only way out of ihe difficulty to prevent, any further mis- understanding as to the question of quanlSti-. s would lie for the Board to pay direct from their own accounts all fees for preparing quantities and lithograpiling the. same, and that, the •architect be paid simply (he arumd tender. Tins wa" agreed to. Mr A. O. Evans submitted plans for a care- taker's house adjoining the Lnn Schools,which ell] v two bedrooms. Of this the Board disapproved, and asked Mr Evans foamed the plan. A letter was read from Mrs Tom Edwards, Cern House, explaining that she had been a bead-mistress -at the Coec1,pe,llnwcn Infanls' School, and no\v £ she was anxious to be again I employed in the profession as a certificated I assistant. A discussion ensued, in which ail the members agreed that Mrs Edwards was a capable teacher, but the difficulty wa; to find j he • a vacancy. The Clerk said there, was no va.er.ncv nt the school she wanted (o go to; be simply referred the Board to the remarks of M>* E. Grey. M.P., as to the percentage of certificated assistants in the hchoois of the Board. Ho suggested she should b2 sent to Coedpen- maen. and on the motion of ?Jr J. W. John, seconded by Mr W M. Jones, this was agreed, I to- The Clerk submiifed returns showing the cost per head of creeling schools under the various boards, and also a return shewing the fees paid by the Pontypridd Board to archi- tects. Mr A. (). Evan%; attended before the Board, and said the school built for the Pont- ypridd Board were considerably cheaper than ¡ others. The new Lm Schcol was cheaper than any shewn in the return except Newport, whieh was only sevenpence cheaper than the Lam With regard to fees generally they were universally fixed at 7J, per cent. If public bodies went in for cutting down the fees an arcfutect's living would go. A man must have experience to build schools, and the Board might save two and a half per cent, in fees, and the cost per -liead at the same time go up £ 3 or E4. He bad been architect to the old Llantwit, Fardre and Llanwonno Boards, and when thg present Board came into existence those two bodies rccornmended him to the pre- sent Board. Mr Jones-Powell said he had taken up the matter in the interests of the ratepayers. He thought Mr Evans' commission was very high. Ho found fault with the 2! per cent. for supervision. Mr Evans did not supervise. They kept a clerk of the works at, aof E120 to do that. In the case of the Iran Schools Mr Evans knew very wcti that he had been there, but a few times. Mr Evans emphatically stated that he did superintend the work. Mr Jones-Powell: We are paying a clerk of [lie worlc., to (io Mr W. M. Jones said that as far as they wero aware the architect had w-nformed with U'eir req ui re m en t s. Mr Phillip Jones proposed that the. question of commission be left alone until another school was required, when they eould discuss the matter. Mr J. W. John called the attention of the Board tlud they were building the cheapest schools in the district. Mr JoTK\=_Powell; It will be brought on again until it is carried. The Chairman pointed om tlml the Board were only carrying out. what they had already agreed upon. In future, if the Board wished to consult Mr Evans or anyone ,>lsc it rould be done. Mr W. M. Jones: We don't agree whh the remarks of Mr Jones-Powell. Mr A. O. Evans: T sh.ouH like ihe Board to give an expression of opinion as to whether [ foivo done my duty or not. Mr Jones-Powell agreed that the school* had IxH-n well done; he had praised them. What he disagreed wiih was that they paid a clerk of works £ 120 io superintend and pyi-.l Wr lv-ans also. Mr Evms explained that ■' u' <-jstonarv, i anl tho rule to employ a clerk. ■ ■? wrtks :n addition to the architect. I The Chairman bore, out. in gee ra! the. re- n-aiks of Mr Evans, an 1 M- Phillip Jones' 1 proposition vas then agreed

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Llanwonno Y. Ystradyfodwg…


' Pontypridd's Terms Rejected.


Rhondda Board Vacant Se-at.