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LLANWONNO SCHOOL BOARD. i

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LLANWONNO SCHOOL BOARD. i The monthly meeting of the above board was held on Wednesday, at the Llanwonno Vestry Hall. Pontvpridd, when there were present I Mr J. W. Jones (chairman), Mr Idris Williams J (vice-chairman), Revs. J. Howell, B. Lloyd, E. J Jones, and M. Lewis, Messrs H. Abraham, E. Jones (Ynysybwl), M. H. Thomas, T. H. Dowdes- I well, and H. Thomas; with Mr S. Shipton, clerk. I THE ELECTION EXPENSES. The Clerk reported that the public auditor had been unable to find time to look through the returning officers' bills for conducting the recent election of the board, and said that he would go through them in the course of the audit. The total amount continued the clerk, was JE235 1/10 for Llanwonno; and £ 29 13/- for Llanfabon.—In reply to Mr H. Abraham, the Clerk said that the returning officer's own fee for the day was £ 84 for Llanwonno, and £10 10/- for Llanfabon.—Mr Abraham—He has nothing to pay out of that?- The Clerk-NLo, nothing at all.—In the course of a lengthy discussion which followed, the various items were criticised, Mr Abraham remarking that the amounts paid to clerks and others were heavv,and he would like to know what the return- ing officer paid his men daily. (Laughter).—The Clerk—He would not take that view of it. He would not take that view of it. He would say he is only charging what the law allows him.—Mr Abraham What if we in the collieries carried on like this? (Laughter).—Various items were struck off on the suggestion of different members, and when the amount of t2 for booths was mentioned, the Rev. E. Jones asked if it was necessary that timber should have to be brought from Ponty- pridd to Llanfabon to erect the booths.—The p r," Clerk said it was entirely in Mr Spickett's hands. -The Rev. E. Jones But is it necessary ?—Mr. Abraham: I don't think so.—Mr 1. Williams Who have you gotthere?-Rev. E. Jones: Plenty in the neighbourhood, and if there were any objections to the persons in the neighbourhood, there are others in Treharris.—Mr Dowdeswell: The same booths were used for the county council election.—Ultimately it was decided to reduce the items of the bill" to £257 12s for the two arishes. FINANCE. The finance committee's report was read, and on the motion of the Rev. J. Howell, seconded by the Rev E. Jones the same was adopted. H0PKINST0WN SCHOOL QUESTION. The Clerk reported that Mr J. Towy Thomas, school attendance officer, had made a census of Hopkinstown district, and it had been said at a previous board that school accommodation was provided at Hopkinstown for 150, while the average attendance was 80. The census taken showed that there were 321 houses in the district, 11 of which were unoccupied, the latter being described as old houses giving way owing to minerals being worked under them. There were of children between 3 and 13 years of age 390, of whom 330 were attending elementary schools, and 7 attending private schools. Children not attend- ing any school, 53.—In reply to a question, the Clerk said that these were of school age, but not compulsory school age.—Entering into details, it was shown that from Hopkinstown road 121 children attended Mill Street School 31 the National School and 5 Hafod School. From Gyfeillon Road, 9 attended Mill street, 5 the National School, and 6 Hafod, with 4 at Tre- forest Roman Catholic School total 24. Ty- mawr Road, 6 at Mill Street 9 the National none at Hafod nor Treforest Schools total 15. Pantygraigwen, seventeen Mill Street and 12 the National. Hopkinstown Field, 30 at Mill Street. Foundry Road and Distillery Road, 31 Mill Street 8 the National. So that out of a in total of 397 children,214 were going to Mill Street, 87 to the National; 19 to Hafod and 0 to the Roman Catholic Schools. The remainder were not of school age.-Hev J. Howell What is the distance that they travel ?-The Clerk The best part of a mile from where it is proposed to build a school.—Rev M. Lewis To Mill Street it is not more than half a mile from the centre of Hopkins- town.—The Clerk Where is that ?—Rev M. Lewis: The post office.—Mr I. Williams: The distance from the Great Western Colliery to Pontypridd is about a mile, is it not ?—Rev M. Lewis Yes, nearly a mile. What; would you consider the between the two schools, Kaiod and Mill Street ?—The Cleik About three miles.— Rev M. Lewis It is not two miles, I understand. —The Clerk What is the distance between Pontypridd and Porth?—Mr H. Abraham About four "miles.— Mr H Thomas From Britannia Bridge to the Butchers' Arms, Pontypridd, is three miles that is what it is reckoned to be.—Mr 1. Williams said tho distance by rail to Perth was about four miles, n; d the parish read was, if anything, longer.— The Chairman said a number of the members of the board as a committee happened to visit the locality in a brake one day, and they thought thsre was a good distance between Mill Street school and where they proposed to erect the new school, and certainly the impression felt was that the accommodation there was insufficient, and he could speak for the majority of them that they were of opinion that they ought to erect an in- fants' school at Hopkinstown, although they passed no formal resolution to that etfect.-Rev B. Lloyd asked if it had been decided whether they could bnild a school on that site.—The Clerk said that rliad not written to him on tho subject.—j'HV B. Lloyd Would it not be better to ii that fact first ?—The Chair- man said it they decided upon building they c-oi:ld fix upon another site if they wished.—How- ever, 51 r Abraham proposed that they defer the ] question until they a: certained as to the site.— l ev Ih Llovci Recoi.ded. and it was agreed to. SCHOOL ATTENDANCE COHMITTI'I' Morsvs Junes ana tau.u.l waited upon the lo-.rd as a deputation ire in the head teachers w.th I'ei'cicr.ce .-0 the order which had beer, given jor the payment by the teachers of arrears of c jcoi fees which the beard had not allowed to be FLeck off. In the course of explanation it was -id that the late Mr Chimp?, relieving officer for Lianv. (r.no, 3:ad j.dven verbal insLiU'Ctior.s that par per children he admitted, sr:d been admitted for along time on such instructions, no objection being raif.ed until alter 15r Phillips' i death. Then the beard of guardians declined to sa: cfion the payment of fees. Ihere w. r four applications for the two- vacant posts of ass t ,lJt m ktress at Trollerbsrt A Mill .tieec Schools.— On the motion of Mr Abra- Lam, seconded by the Rev B. Lloyd, E. L. Thomas was appointed tor the one school, mid on the motion of Mr E. Jones, seconded by Mr Dowdtsweil, Mit s Morgan was appointed to the olhur. Both were teachers employe. 1 by the Lcm d. NOT CE:, 0<' I'. OTION. Tdr II. Ab: ahaoi gave notice of motion to con- s:d<v '.he ixuViS-ablky of establishing a higher gia.ie In tho Lhondda. i ke Charm.aji gave not ce of a motion to the same :YL'ct ..L. ve. ai'».s lno 01 the i-clioo.s u.u Moun- Jam A-ih. I'Oi.TH .Tl'Tl0" The Cleik, in accordance with instructions /• wn at the previous meeting, presented a report :inoil the cost of the rccent alteration of Portl: S-. hv which had boon carried oao utnUr the oiipcrv ?ion ot Mr Idris Williams an t Mr ±1. A bruin m. It appeared that Mr W. W. Phillips nad, in conuett Ull Lhe recent c,i.t:un;issueci a cheuiar stating that the alterations had cost more than if they luvl been carried out by con- hart, and that, therefore, there had been a waste sf money. Mr Williams, consequently, brought forward the matter with the view of getting in- formation on the subject. The cleik's report ,vi.ii- to show that j! April, 1888, Messrs Wiihains and Abraham were empowered to take down and ro-erect P01 th Boys' School, and in September I tlio whole Board inspected the works, and ex- pressed there-elves highly sa tisfied with the work, and specially thanked the gentlemen named "(,r the time and care they had taken to carry out si;oh excellent alterations. The amour.c paid for wo: k done was £ 789 03 lid wh.le £ (32 10s worth f p-'joined wo k was estimated to remain uncom- .etx!,making a total only of £ 851 10s Gt]. Anum- r f extras not mentioned in the specifications /.»• 1 -i ■! j-vn at, £ 233 15s. Mr Siiipton pro- cced'ng said From the total expended, -45189 < v, t, duct extras, £ '33 l.is that leaves a;i expenditure of JE545 5s 6d to this, add £40 for I cementing not yet done, that brings up the cost to £595 5s 6d, or 9204 13s 6d less than the original estimate of architect. In the opinion of practical gentlemen, £ 233 15s might seem a large sum for extras upon one school. To meet that case, I beg to quote extras upon the two last new schools erected. Trerobart, tender of Messrs Jenkins and Son, j:2300 total cost, £ 2700. Aberllechau, tender of Messrs Davies and Mathias, JE1364 total cost, £ 1598. If,upon two new schools, about £ (>50 is paid in extras, who really can guess the extras to take down and re-erect an old building, and to extend the same for 130 more children ? I really believe that if the Vice-chairman and Mr Abraham bad referred the matter to an expert, they would have come to the conclusion that such an excellent extention could not be carried out at a less cost than from £ 1100 to £ 1200,whereas up to the present barely ESOO has been expended. As you £ make your clerk attempt everything, I must ask you to accept this report in that light, and if you compare the old and new schools, you will all come to the conclusion that those gentlemen have devoted a great deal of their valuable time to the special interests of the ratepayers, and an excell- ent and commodious school is the result of their labotirs. Yours obediently, S. SHIPTON, Clerk." The Chairman said that Mr Williams and Mr Abraham had devoted a great deal of time and attention to the carrying out of the work at that school, and there was no doubt they had been exceedingly successful. He suggested that a vote of thanks be given to them for what they had done.—This was agreed to.-Rev M. Lewis moved, and Mr H. Thomas seconded, that the report be adopted.—Mr H. Thomas said that if Mr Phillips was present he (the speaker) was going to move a vote of censure on him for taking such a course, for some people would believe anything, and he thought it was very wrong of Mr Phillips to do as he had done. THE NEW EDUCATION CODE. It was decided to hold a special meeting to con- sider the new education code, and that the teachers he asked to attend the same with a view of con- ferring with the board on the subject.

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