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CHESTER EDUCATION COMMITTEE. A meeting of the Chester Education Commit- tee was held on Monday, at the Town Hall, the chairman (Alderman H. T. Brown) presiding. Among those present were the Bishop of Chester, Miss Beatrice Clay, Miss Joyce, Mr. James G. Frost (vice-chairman), Aldermen Dr. Roberts, Dr. Stolterfoth, John Jones (St. Oswald's) and W. H. Churton. Professor McCunn, the Rev. J. D. Best, the Rev. Father Chambers, Messrs. J. Kgertom Gilbert, R. Cecil Davies, R. H. Lanceley, J. D. Siddall, G. R. Griffith, W. Vernon and C. P. CJockrill. HOOLE AND HIGHER EDUCATION. IMPORTANT LETTER. The Chairman read a letter from Mr. R. P. Ward, director of education to the Cheshire -education authority, stating that at a meeting of the Higher Educui on Committee of the county authority, heidon the 8th inst.. a resolution was presented from 'the Hogle Urban Council asking that the local .eduewtion authority of the Cheshire County Council siurald take steps with a view to the provision in Hoole of a school for higher education, for Hoole and the townships in the Chester Union, under part 2 of the Education Act, )902.. The committee had carefully con- sidered this question, and passed a, resolution stating it did not consider it desirable to provide a secondary school for Hoole and the townships in the Chester Union area but was of opinion that a good school or schools for'boys and girls should be provided in conjunction with the city of Chester,, and situated so as to be available for pupils from Hoole and the district around Chester. The committee had further authorised him to enter into communication with the education authority of Chester, and to make enquiries as to whether it would be willing to confer with the county committee in regard to the provision of such a school or schools. The Chairman suggested that the. committee should intimate their willingness to meet any deputation from the county education authority, but that they d'd not feel themselves at present in a position to discuss the subject with them. inasmuch as they were themselves awaiting a re- port on the same subject from the director. After some discussion, the Chairman moved a resolution embodying these views, and stating that as soon as the pending report of the director on the question of higher education had been con- sidered, the committee would be pleased to confer with a deputation from the county authority with a. view to a mutual co-operation. Mr. James G. Frost seconded the resolution, and it was carried. THE FEE QUESTION Mr. Lanceley asked for the opinion of the Town Clerk respecting the practice of certain s< hools in Chester of charging a somewhat higher fee than was current among the elementary schools. In the trust deeds of certain schools there was a special clfuise which stipulated that those: schools should be used for the labouring, manufacturing and other poorer classes in the city, and for no other purpose. He would like to know how the practice of the managers in charging much higher fees than were common in other elementary schools could' be. substantiated, in view of such a condition as that contained in the trust deeds. The Town Clerk repFed that he could find nothing in the trust deeds to prevent the charge of fees, provided the schools complied with the provisions of the Education Act and fell within the oategorv of public elementary schools. The schools could moreover, charge the maximum of fees allowed by the Board of Education. Mr. Lenceley: In your opinion they arp per- fectly justified? The Town Clerk: Perfectly justified. EVENING SCHOOL. The Chairman referred to the success of the evening school for pupils. It commenced with 24 girls on the books, and the last return he saw shewed that there w?re 42 on the books REQUEST FROM THE FREE CHURCH COUNCIL Dr. Stolterfoth moved the adoption of a recom- mendation of the Finance fEdacation) Sub-com- mittee. that the Chester Evangelical Free Church 'Council be supplied with a copy of the minutes of proceedings of the committee. The Bishop seconded. Alderman Churton said the committee would be doubtless willing to supnly copies of the minutes to any persons who might'be legitimately entitled to them. but in complying with this request they would be adopting a precedent, and would prob- ably in future receive similar requests from other religious bodies in the town. He was not aware that the Free Church Council represented all the 'Nonconformist bodies in the town. If they did he would feel more disposed to acquiesce with their application. Alderman Jones pointed out that the Free Church Council represented all the Free Churches in the city, and inasmuch as the Ratepayers' Association and the Chester Traders' Association were furnished with copies of the minutes of the Town Council, he thought the committee would be only following a precedent which had been set by the Council The Bishop sincerely hoped the committee would pass the resolution, because as far as he knew the Free Church Council included all the evangelical bodies The only other Christian body so far as he knew, was the Roman Catholic, and the com- mittee would doubtless be glad to meet them in the same way. If the committee erred at all, thev erred on the side of virtue. Mr. J. Egerton Gilbert asked if the Free Church Council was interested in education any more than any other association in the city. The Bishop: Can you say that a body repre- senting religious denominations in the city is not interested in education? The resolution was carried'. LECTURES ON BIOLOGY. The Chairman remarked that the course of biological lectures to teachers and assistant teachers promised to be a great .success. The attendance at the first lecture was very large, numbering 130, out of a total of 170 teachers in the city. On the second occasion there were about '150 present, and all seemed deeply inter- ested in the lecture. "A GRAVE IRREGULARITY." MR. LANCELEY ON THE WARPATH. At the close of the meeting Mr. Lanceley said it would be remembered that at the last meeting he called attention to the replies received from the King's School to the questions put to the governing body of that institution. After care- fully perusing the replies to the queries sub- mitted to the governing body of that school, he made it his business to make inquiry as to the nature of the replies received from the other schools to whom the same questions were sent. He ascertained from the director of education that generally no assistance was required from other schools On asking for a. copy of the return sent in from the Arnold House School—which was the only other school in the city at all comparable with the King's School, he found that the re- plies were of considerable importance. There- fore he thought they ought to have been made known to the committee as early as possible. In his opinion the replies from that. school were of equal importance to the replies from the King's School, and he found they were accompanied by a most important letter, dated October 6, which had not been laid before the committee. He wished to know why the letter had not been laid before the committee. The Director replied that any letters he had received would be incorporated in the report he was at present preparing. Mr. Lanceley reiterated that, in view of its importance, the letter ought to have been sub- mitted to the committee at the earliest possible moment. The Chairman said that in all probability the letter would be made known to the committee when the director's report on higher education was presented. Mr. Lanceley: My point is this—here is the reply from th? Kind's School brought specifically under our notice. The reply from Arnold House School is equally important, and I do not think we ought to give prominence to ane without the ther. The Chairman pointed out that the cases of the King's School and Technical School were not analagous to those of the other schools fram which reports had been received, inasmuch as they had applied for assistance from the committee. Mr. Lanceley thought the director was taking on his shoulders a serious responsibility in with- holding from the committee a letter addressed to them. The Director, in reply, repudiated having done anything of the kind, and pointed out that as the letter accompanied a report from the headmaster, it would appear in the general report he was drafting. Mr. Lanceley said Mr. Fish's letter contained a serious protest on certain points, and his chief contention was that the withholding of the letter from the committee was a grave irregularity. The subject then dropped, and Mr. Lanceley intimated his intention to move that the letter be read at the next meeting. PRIZES FOR REGULAR ATTENDANCE. At a meeting of the Elementary School Attend- ance Sub-committee a letter was received from the Local Government Board stating that they had no authority to give a formal approval to the scheme of giving prizes and certificates for the regular attendance of school children, and adding: The Board have in another case expressed the view that a limited expenditure in the purchase of prizes for scholars attending public elementary schools in respect of exceptional attendance, pro- gress or conduct may legally he defrayed by the local education authority. The Board do not con- sider. however, that prizes legally be given to all children whose conduct and progress have been satÍf:fa.ctorv. and who 111n." made a CCTt in number of attendances. It was resolved that further consideration of the subject be postponed, and that the director en- deavour to obtain an interview thereon with the Local Government Board while in London. SANITARY AND STRUCTURAL CON- DITION OF SCHOOLS. At a meeting of the Elementary Schools Man- AGOAICUI SUB-COUICJIIICE the. SUX'VOJOJ P*E* J scnted a report upon the sanitary and structural condition of the city elementary schools. Details were given of a number of schools which did not in every respect meet the present day require- ments of the Board of Education, and he was afraid that no amendments to some of the build- ings would raise them to the oidinary standard if the Board's approval was to be obtained. It was resolved that the City Surveyor be in- structed to present a report shewing (1) schools in good condition requiring minor repairs, (2) schools in fair condition requiring extensive re- pairs, (3) schools in bad condition but capable of repair, and (4) schools unfit for their purpose, and specifying thfe improvements to be carried out in each case. APPOINTMENT. At a recent meeting of the Finance Education Sub-committee, Mr. G. R. Cuttle was appointed senior clerk .at a commencing salary of £ 120 per annum, rising to J3150 at the rate of 95 per annum.

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