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1'.IL ISTRADlFODWG SCHOOL BOARD. The ordinary meeting of the Ystrndyfodwa: School Bond was held on Monday, at the Public Offices, Pentre, when there were present: Mr D. Evans, in the chair, Mr W. Jenkins, vice-chairman, the Bevs. W. Morris ard W. Lewis Messrs W. W. Hood, E. H. Daviea, John Davies, W. Taylor, M. R. Rowlands, and D. Ellis. THE PBOPCSED TRANSFER OF PEKTGKAK3 SCHOOL. A letter was read from the Educntion Depart- ment askicg for information respecting the pro- poeed transfer of the Fenygraig School to the BoMd.—The Clerk was instructed to write to the Department giving the necessary information. PURCHASE OF A HOUSE FOR THE SCHOOLMASTER. A letter was read from Mrs John, widow of the late master of the Mardy school, stating that t.Vie price cf the house proposed to be sold to the Board u the schoolmaster's house would be £ SOO.—The Surveyor estimated that the repairs would cost about jE30 n ore.-The purchase was agreed to APPLICATION FOR USE OF SCHOOLROOM FOR ENTER- TAINMENT. A letter was read from Mr W. Williams, Treorky, asking for consent to use the Treorky schoolroom for the purpose of a meeting for poetical and musical competitions.—Mr Howell, Superintendent, remarked that some person had been at his house asking for the use of the same room for some meet- ing at which ther<) was to be dancirg and singing, Ac. He did not know whether it was the same person.—The Clerk (Mr D. Rcsser): That would be a soiree; they say musical and poetical competi- tions.—The Rev. W. Morris: I don't know dancing is poetical. (Laughter.) I propose it be granted if it is for musical and poetical competi- tions.-The Clerk: But yoa draw the line at dancing, do you, Mr Morris? (Laughter )—Rev. W, Morris Well, I don't know; 1 should like to consider the matter before 1 gave my consent to that. (Renewed laughter.)—Mr E. H. Davies: It is a competitive meeting, I- understand.—The Chairman: Do you propose anything, Mr Dades ? —Mr EL H. Dalies: No; I propose to preside on that evening and have the best of it all. (Laugh- ter.)—The Rev. W. Morris Ob, I see it now.-fhe application was granted. SCHOOL REQUISITES. An application fcr a bookcase for Ynyswen school was granted. F1NAKCB COMMITTEE.—A BIG DEFICIT. Mr Taylor reported that the Cor" mittf chad recommende d the payment of recounts nmoontiDg to i,969 3s 9d, and they said that after the pay- ment cf those accounts there would be a balance against the Board of £ 421 4s, and, he supposed therelwas nothing to ccme in for sometime to meet that balance.—The Chaiiman Only the pence.- The Rev. W. Morris Is there anything in the bank to the building account ?—The Clerk No.-The subject then dropped. MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE'S REPORT. The Management Committee recommended that no holidays be given during Exeter week and that the Clerk write to Mr Herbert Kirkhouee thanking him for erecting a stage free of cost for the children's concert at Tyloratown school recently. On the motion of Mr E. H. Davies, seconded by Wr^Rowlands, the report was adopted.— The Vicar incidentally remarked that there were three rospegers of collieries present, and it would be well, perhaps, to mention that Mr Kirkbouse ga"e the coal free of charge at Tylorstown also. TEN, FKBNDALE JOINT COMMITTKE.—A DISPUTE WITH THE 1LANWONNO BOATD. The Chairman You know we have a joint com- mittee at Ferndale. The members representing this Board were selected by this Board three or four years ago, and we have gone on very well, but it appears that at the last meeting the members of the Committee from the Llanwonno Board wanted to oust the members from here becauEe we had not re-elected after the Board was elected, because the appointment was made until the expiration of the Board. They held that our presence there was not legal* and if that is so everything that has been done for about two years is illegcl. I underetand tfaat they gave orders to write to the Department to ascertain whet her it was legal or not. Now, I propose to ro-eleot the members representing this Board with the exception of one, viz., the Rev. J. Jones, Baptist minister, who lives en the LIsn- wonno side, and who has not attended for souie time. In I is place I propose Mr John Davies, Mardy.In reply to the Rev. W. Morris, the ClerV said that he had written to the Rev. J. Jones several times, but that he had not attended after- wards.—Mr E. H. Davies: I second the Chairman's proposition. |Mr D. Ellis aaked for how long they appointed tbem now.—The Chairman t our pleasure.—-The Clerk: Every School 'Poa',r'd has a perpetual sucpe^fuon it doesn't die; .the.officers exist, and the members are re-elected, or others elected m their etead, but the Board goes en and therefore the agreement for combination was made in these very words that we appoint during the P u ure • and my opinion waa asked whether it was Uecefcary to re-elect this combina- tion committee at the expiration of three years, and 1 said No, certainly." I may say that that joint committee is very different from an ordinary committee. It has more power-it has the power I of appointing its own tfficers, and has the power of ■pending money, and except the powers of borrow- ing, ithas all the powers of a School Board.—The • "orris bm j8 j £ DOt exactly on the same footing.aa a contributory Board ? When you sent representatives to the Llanwonno Board they nad to be re-elected every three yearB ?—The Cnaipcan and Mr Lewis (simultaneously): They wonld be a part of the Board.—The Eev. W. MorriB: But isn't it necessary to re-elect?— The Chairman No. it i.n't stated that we must Ie- elect while it is distinctly laid down that a com- mittee appointed upoa a Board of Guardians must be rejected.—The Vicar Why did they wish to wwtour memberg?^ The Chairman: Because they said it wasn t legal—The Clerk: It was said that inasmuch as the LlamrooDo Board had re-elected .Sht to ha we oqjjht to have done so. The fact is they wanted to have the Board to themselves. That would be a queer combination committee.—Mr E. H. Davies: Very, well; it is clear now then that a member «nce appointed on t]]ht committee can sib as Icr.g 1 ne nkes. (Laq^hter.)—The Clerk; At the pleasure of the Board.—Mr E. H. Davies Ob, very we I; I thought it was a very nice thing to be able to nave, a safe seat. (fteMwed 'laughter.)—The ^nsar^e^ that, at all events, they would be -per ec^ly right in what they wtere d6ifag now.—The matter was then dropped, the resolution being ° NK tJl THS PLAY-GROUNDS. •> flbe Chairman said the next business was the •jrjear's notice of motion re providing swings lor t! o playgrooo^a.-1—Tfce Vicar now said that in these de- pressed tim»a they ought not to move in the mat- ter. He thought they had better adjonrn it.—The Chairman Sine die ?—The Vicar Yes.—Mr E. H. Davies: ''Yen wiH keep it on the agenda, I mppomi (Laughtw.)—The Chairman: Well, I was ftoing to oppose it, even if times were good, fcecauee if the boys from the works only came into the playground the swicga would rot be in exis- eace a month.—The matter then dropped. *aiCKI*.—A BATE FOp^THE TEAR. • ;>n» > „•« "heChaitman said the wnft question was the- of a precept upon the rating tfuthoi'ity. afiaid it won Id be. rather a serious item.— ^»rk then read the estimate winch showed Tif Sifty wanted £ 414?-Hr John Davies (Mardv); yfa'ans a rate of 4d in the »;J8L—l*he"Gh4"lt: es' .^Penay in the JB blinds in aboutJElOOO, in .J""1" ~^Rres.—Mr Taylor; 4d for tjbe h?lf-y«tir; x, 1 ort!t|bat makes 8d for the year.—Tfie Clerk qsite; it wae 3d the >st half year.— 7 will he SL«al*1 arn the gnrnts ■»' M than th«y are estimated "here. I •mnU. iaade a precept fc> £ iQ00,; anjess we jjA dQ witfa Jeaju_The cieik: ^o, I 8t*iaB- We are oontiooaUyiu debt at we cafe it too fine.—Mr Hcod: Then why not make it £ 4500.— The Chairman said that they might have a loan for the purchase of the Mardy House.—Mr Hood seoondel the chair- man's motion. — Mr E. H. Davies remarked that provision bad been made in the rate for J!4000 and it would be collected whether they wanted it or not.-1Le precept was agreed to. THE HIGHER GRADE SCHOOL. The School Superintendent (Mr Howells) re- ported npon the school attendance, Ac.—The Chair- man asked him what the average attpndance of the Hitrher Gtade School was.— Mr Howells: 94 in. clujing boys and girls; 62 boya aod 32 girls.—The Chairman regretted to find the attendance was not larger, and was almost afraid they would have to close the school.—Mr Howells said that in January, 1885, there were 172 on the books, the average at- tendance being 131; the number on the books in March following was 170, and there was an average attendance of 140. Now there were 80 boys on the book and 53 girls.-The Chairman We have accommodation for 300 children, you know, in that school, and we are short of accommodation else- where.— Mr Jenkins I think we ought to reduce the staff at any rate.—The Rev. W. Morris said that they might go into the matter when they dealt with the scale of salalies.-The Clerk There will be a special meeting for the Board to consider the scale of salaries.—The Chairman: Yes; but whether the Higher Grade School is to be kept on or iic-t-I he Rev. W. Morris Thxtis another ques- tion.-The Chairman It appears now that there is a good deal of waste room in the Higher Grade School, bnd room is required for Elementary Edu- cation. The Infants' School at Ton is crowded. We cannot afford to have new premises when we have room to spare in another building. We may as well put it down for the special meeting to take it into consideration at any rate. The subject then dropped. THE PREVALENCE OF MEASLES. The reports of tho School Attendance Officers, I Measra Thomas, Yorath, and Lewis wereiead, com- plairi'tig of the prevalence of measles, wbioh pre- vented children from attending school.—Mr Thomas said the measles were abating at Blaenrhondda.- Mr Yorath said they were very bad in Trealaw. THE WELSH HIGHER EDUCATION QUESTION.-NOTICE OF MOTION. The Rev. W. Morris gave notice of motion that he would move u. resolution upon this question at the next meeting. They knew that a .very impor- tant committee bad been appointed, called the Education Commission, and he would suggest that the Clerk be directed to confer with the Clerk of the E ucation Commission and ascertain what lines t^fy were proceeding on, and what kind of evidence would be taken, and then, upon that reply, he would b,se the resolv tiou of which he was giving notice. He w^s anxious that that Board should have an oppoi + uni y ot' offering some evi- dence to the Committee.—The Vicar thought it would only bie fair to the Board that they should have the t- rms cf the resolution that the Kev. W. Morris was going to move.—The Rev. W. Morris said he would be only too pleased to have it in serted on the agenda as soon as the Clerk bad re- ceived a reply from the Clerk of the Education Commission.—The Chairman said they could have it down on the agenda, and adjourn it afterwards, if necessary.—The matter thøn dropped, the Clerk being instructed to write for the necessary infor- ms ti< n



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