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Flintshire Education Committee. I THE McKENNA GRANTS. COUNTY VERSUS FLINT. RHYL GOVERNORS COMPLAIN OF SHORT ALLOWANCE. On Wednesday, the Flintshire Education Committee met at Mold. Mr T W Hughes presided, Mr A M Ralli occupied the vice-chair, and the local representatives were Col. Howard, C.B., Messrs S Perks, H A Tij,by, W Conwy Bell, and E Morgan. RHYL CHRIST CHURCH SCHOOL. A communication was received from the Managers of the above "School enclosing an account for L2 10s for repairs to the school buildings. It was resolved that the account be paid, but that in view of the fact that the school had not been transferred to tee authority, that the trustees be informed that the amount was paid subject to their ref unding it if the payment was surcharged by the Auditor. RHYL CLiWYD STREET C.E. SCHOOL. I A communicaticm was received from the (Managers of .this school Asking for instructions ,er to carry oat certain minor repairs required to the school buildings and school furniture. It was resolved that .the matter be referred to the Surveyor, with authority to sanction any ( repairs for which the Education Committee was liable. ST. -ASAPH ,C.E. SCHOOL. A communication was received from the Managers-of this school seating that they were ,u-iable to carry out the enlargement of the ■boys' pcrch, as they could not acquire the knd on which to build. They also objected to Oarrying out any -alterations until they know ■the provisions of the forthcoming Education -Bill. A committee recommended that in view of the fact that the Managers had already submitted plans which had been approved by this author tity and -the Board of Education, the authority cannot waive any of their requirements with regard to the school buildings, and unless the Managers give an undertaking that the altera- tions will be proceeded with during the next .summer holidays the authority will apply to the Board of Education to fix a date by which the alterations must be carried out if the school is. to continue to be recognised as a pub- lic elementary school. Mr Tilby now induced the Education Com- mittee to refer back to the Sub-Committee the question of the alterations, contending that ithe Managers asked what was fair and reason- able, and pointed out ,.that the number of chil- dren in the school decreased rather than in- creased, and so there was not the necessity for the alterations. He did not understand that the Managers had refused to carry out the work, but rather that the present was not an opportune time. Mr Robert Jones (Mold), who seconded, said "that if a Protestant school asked to be allowed -to defer the work it would be granted. They should treat Catholics in the sa.e w-y. .MEL ID EN C.E. SCHOOL. The Managers of this school wrote stating that the alterations to the school buildings had been completed, and the interior of the school now required painting and colouring. They wished to know what pontion of the cost of colouring, &c., would be borne by the Commit- tee. The work had last been done in 1900. It was resolved that the Committee pay one- half of the cost, provided the Managers obtain -lenders for carrying out the work. RHUDDLAN SCHOOL. 1 A like resolution was passed as to the Rhudd- lan School. ST. ASAPH COUNTY SCHOOL. It was stated that L134 19s 5d had been paid by the Secondary Education Committee to meet the deficiency on this school, and tliit JB78 14s -was paid on account of laboratory accommoda- tion. EVENING CLASSES. With respect to the claim in the Rhyl centre, -Mr F Phillips reported:—"The work of the students attending; this class has Ijeen done regularly and conscientiously, and considerable progress has resulted. The attendance, except on wet .evenings, has been remarkably good." -F,i-,h.t%of the eleven students have sat at Part I c Of the Preliminary Certificate Examination. --ST. MARY'S SCHOOL, RHYL. The Director reported as follows:—"I regret lo report the death of Miss Henrietta Hughes, late head mistess of the Rhyl R.C. School. Two days before her death Miss Hughes wrote to me a letter requesting me to convey to the Education Committee her thanks for the kind- cless which the 'Committee had shewn her." SCHOOL ATTENDANCE. The Director, in his monthly report on atten- dance, staled:—i: Epidemic sickness and in- clement weather have combined to reduce the attendance considerably below that of the prev- do--is month. No fewer than 24 schools have .suffered on ..account of epidemic sickness, the mixed departments being quite as largely affec. ted as ilhe infants. The severity of the "weather, too. has caused the absence of a very large number .of the younger infants as well as .a considerable number of older children. With 71,248 children enrolled, the average atten. 17.248 children enrqlled, the average atten- The St Asaph district gained the hifhest posi- tion in the list with a percentage of 89.8, the other districts being placed as follows:—Rhyl, 88; Holywell, 87.6; Maelor, 85.9; Mold, 85.1; and Hawarden, 77.9." THE SURVEYOR AND HIS SALARY. It was decided .to increase the salary of the Surveyor (Mr Evans) by granting him a com- mission of 3 per cent. on all new buildings and .alterations, provided the expenditure exceedi. JB200, he to prepare bills of quantities, &c. .Mr Robert Jones {Mold) was the only oppen ent, and he contended that with rates going up, and the fact that the salary of the Surveyor had been raised from L150 to L250, and he had clerical assistance, that 1 per cent. would be sufficient. A PRESTATYN TEACHER S CASE. Mr Tilby referred to the case of a teacher at Prestatyn, who although engaged at 230 per annual was now told that as she had not had previous experience she could only be paid 920 according to scale. The case was a peculiar one. The teacher replied to the advertisement, in which the salary was stated to be from J330 to £ 45, and she "was selected, yet now she was asked to continue at £ 20. He felt that the Committee had not all the facts before them, and he moved to refer the matter back. s This was agreed to. FLINTS NEW SCHOOL. It was admitted that the Committee had to pay L20 to the tenant of the land on which the new school i, being built, whereas it was understood, that no tenet's rights would have j lp be paid for. Mr Hargreaves protested against .the payment. Dr Humphrey Williams said he was sorry to SAV a mistake was made, and no definite agree. meat being entered into, the tenant, after the contract for buying the land was signed, asked for C20. It was not the officials' fault, as they were told by the local members that no tenant's rights were to be paid for. Mr Tilby moved that the amount be paid, observing -chat he did so after ttie clean breast Dr Williams had made of the whole affair. He was glad that for once in his life Dr Will- iams had admitted that he had made a muddle ("Laughter). THE NEW SCHOOLS. ■Messrs T Ellis, J Pierce, -ind A M Ralli were elected managers for the new school at Gwaen. ysgor. Also, Messrs Pierce, E Evans, J Evans, and Smith were appointed managers of Trelogan new school. RHYL COUNTY SCHOOL KEPT SHORT. It was reported that the Rhyl Secondary School Governors had written complaining of the irregularity with which their grants were received, causing them to overdraw their ac- count at the tank. They suggested that their grants should be paid at fixed dates. Mr Tilby said that the way the grants were delayed was another indication of what he might call the maladministration of the Education Department. He proposed that the Board of Education be communicated with on the sub- ject. Mr P P Pennant seconded. Mr Perks instanced a case where teachers would have had to have gone without their salaries had not the Governors had another fund to fall back on. The resolution was carried, as were also the following: --(1) That the whole of the higher education rate, so far as the income of secondary schools is affected, be levied in the first half of the year, without affecting the total amounts of rate to be levied in each half-year. (2) That the whole of the amounts received from Cus- toms and Excise be paid to intermediate edu- cation account as received until the total amount due of L2,000 is transferred. MARRIED TEACHERS IN SCHOOL. A resolution was passed to the effect that the marriage of teachers in the schools in the case of a head mistress was to be equivalent to three months' notice of resignation, and in the case of assistant teachers to one month's notice. After February 1st no married women will be appointed teachers unless with the special con sent of the committee. FLINT AND THE McKENNA GRANT. The question of the grants from the Board oi Education which are being made for the pro- vision of Council schools in single-school areas was discussed. In the case of Flint parish, a grant of L2,750 has been promised, and a school costing about £ 5,000 is to be built. Dr Hum- phrey Williams, Flint, moved that the. Board of Education be asked to allocate the grant made by them towards the cost of the proposed new school at Flint to the Flint special area. The doctor explained that he would like the grant deducted from the three-fourths share of the total cost which would ordinarily fall upon the parish. Mr A I Ralli seconded, remarking that this would not be to the detriment of the remainder of the county, as Mr NfcKenna in a recent speech had stated that the whole of the cost of leasing or building schools in future would fall on the Exchequer, and that the million pounds mentioned in the last Bill would also be avail- able for the future. A LEGAL POINT. Mr W Y Hargreaves asked for the opinion of the Secretary with regard to a point" of law. Quoting the Education Act, he held that the Hoard of Education could only pay public funds to the local education authority, and that th< moment the grant was received by the local education .authority it became part of their funds, and could only be employed i. accord- ance with the Act of Parliament. The Com- mittee, he thought, had no statutory power to apply the money to any particular purpose. He objected to Dr. Humphry Williams's mo- uon, as it would impose a burden on the re- mainder of the county. Mr I-I. A. Tilby said he would support Dr. Williams if what he meant was that the grant should be deducted from the total cost, und that the balance should be allocated in the us. ual i,ay-th r ee. fourths to the locality and one- fourth to the county. Presumably the grant was intended for the benefit of the Flint area. There was, however, a very grave legal diffi- culty in the point raised by Mr Hargreaves. The Board of Education could not mak-i a grant to Flint. The Appropriation Bill did not re- peal any Act of Parliament governing the ques- tion. Dr. Williams said Flint had cost he county very little educationally. Mr. Tilby Quite so, thanks to the fine vol- untary schools there. He considered the re- quest was unreasonable in view of the fact that other parts of the county without any indust- ries were heavily rated and in the total sum dealt with Flint would get the full benefit of the £ 2,750. THE SECRETARY'S OPINION. The Secretary (Mr F Llewellyn Jones) said that the grant would come direct to the treas- urer of that authority, but there were two ways in which it might be credited to Flint. If it I 1 10 were deducted from the cost of the school ( £ 5,000, roughly), that would leave E2,250 to be found from the county rate, of which three- fourths ( £ 1,686) would be charged to the Flint area and one-fourth (LSU) to the county. The other way, suggested by Dr. Williams, was that the cost of the school should first be divid- ed on the usual basis, so that the county would pay a fourth ( £ 1,250) and the Flint are the balance ( £ 3,750), less the special grant of £ 2,750. This would make Flint's contiibution £ 1,000 only. instead of £ 1,686. In other words what Dr Williams proposed was that the whole of the special grant should be allocated by the Board of Education in respect of the pro- pofcionate liability of Flint. Dr Williams said that Flint was very poor and highly rated, and he asked this as a special favour. Tilby opposed, as he thought the proposal inequitable. Flint wished to have the cake both ways. He ventured to say that the rates were six times heavier at Rhyl than they were a: Flint. Dr Williams We have no luxuries at Flint '(Laughter). .Mr Tilby replied that he was quite aware as to what luxuries" Flint enjoyed (Laughter). In reply to Mr Hargreaves, the Secretary ex- pressed the opinion that it would be proper for the grant to be allocated to the Flint area. If a private donor gave a contribution he would expect it to benefit the parish in which he was interested, and on behalf of which he made the gift. Only the balance to be derived from ,the rates would be allocated between the local area and the county. On a vote the committee by 16 votes to 10 rejected the proposal. A request was then made by the Connah's Quay representative that there should be a more fair apportionment of capital charges connected with the building of elementary schools, and that all the charges should be lumped together and the whole of the county rated for new buildings. It was statea that at Connah's Quay the education rate was lOd in the L against 5d under the old school board system. The Clerk ruled that it was illegal to rate the whole county in the way suggested. A motion to refer the matter to a committee for report was defeated. WELSH TEACHING. The School .Management Committee reported that they had been asked by the Llanasa Free Church Council to arrange for Welsh to be taught in all the schools in Llanasa parish, but they had adopted no resolution on the matter. The Rev Dr Oliver complained that the Com- mittee had not taken action in regard to the Free Churc-h Council's representation. The county had adopted a Welsh teaching scheme t county had adopted a Welsh teaching scheme to be applied to all 'Welsh.speaking districts, and this was a thoroughly Welsh district. iN-ir Bevan Evans, Director of Education, said that the scheme had been adopted in regard to 36 schools, and it had been decided that it should be applied in any other schools the managers of which desired it. Mr A J Renev Do you give no considera- tion to the views of the parents at all, in regard to this matter ? Dr Humphrey IV, illiai-ns Mr Relley is such an authority on Welsh. It was suggested that a copy of the scheme and of the Free Church Council's letter be Selllt to the-managers of the Llanasa schools. -Mr Tilby remarked that the Committee were not aware whether the scheme had been already adopted in the schcols. But if it had not, it was not the fault of the managers. The Edu- cation Committee was responsible for the curri- culum to all the schools. Dr Oliver said he was glad that Mr Tilby had referred to the matter. The Committee were responsible, but, having adopted the scheme, they did not seem strong enough to insist on its being carried out. The C'ommittee agreed to send a copy of the scheme and the letter to the managers )of

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