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Rhymney Valley Echoes [By "RECOBDEB."] The palatial buildings of the Hengoed Girls' ciiool are approaching completion. They are undoubtedly the most unpopular buildings in the valley Sentiment in Hengoed on the heavy expenditure incurred is not of a nature that is k -il?- to ffratify'n8' to the promoters. The buildings are looked upon as the colossal monu- ment of a wanton waste of money, and the Rec- tor of Gellygaer's stern protest against the pro- ject has now the approbation of most people. ft would be well if all Gellygaer's representa- J lives were men of his calibre-wise in word and Strong in action. The discussion at the meeting of the Govern- ors of the Gellygaei County Schools about the withholding by the County Authorities of a portion of the Government grant requires fuller explanation than has yet been given, as to its feason and object, before one can express any Opinion on its merit or demerit. It may be, as aften is the case with trustees who hold back Honey, because of some uncanny disposition Manifested or suspected, in the beneficiaries. But the Governors have a right to know the whys and wherefores." it The proposed erection by the Monmouthshire luthorities of a secondary school at Fluer-de-lis Is to he greatly deplored by the public of the RJiymney Valley, both on the Monmouthshire and Glamorgan sides. In the first place it will be an unnecessary expense entailed on the rate- payers of Monmouthshire. "Unnecessary" be- cause the Pengam and Hengoed schools are ¡ bpen to pupils from the Monmouthshire side, fcnd are practically as conveniently situated for them as the new school will be on the site proposed. In the second place it will take away pupils from the two existing schools, and so cause a harrowing down in their curriculum because of the necessary reduction of the staff of teachers. And thus three schools will not cover such a fcfieful range of subjects as the two schools are tiow doing. In the course of a few years, as the popula- tion increases, such a school may be found to be necessary; but at the present time it is not 10, and having regard to the present burdens of he ratepayers, all expenditure which is not pressing ought to be postponed as long as possi- ble. It is to be hoped that those gentlemen who re- present any district of the Rhymney Valley on the respective Councils of Glamorgan and Mon- ttbouthshire will do all in their power to show the needlessness of this project at the present time, its injurious effects in the cause of edu- cation by curtailing the range of subjects at present being taught, and the need of keep- ing down expenditure, and thus do what they can to check the reaJisation at the present time bf this pernicious project. The decision come to by the Caerphilly Coun- cil, on Tuesday, may serve to show Coun. Lewis Edwards that the members there have no wish to be baptised in the Caiacb Brook at the pre- sent time, and that they are desirous of making It more suitable for such a purpose. The Gelly- gaer Council will see in the steps proposed to be taken by the Caerphilly Council a disposi- tion to meet their wishes, and so, I am sure, the wishes of those who reside near the fostid stream. It is to be hoped that the new arrangement U) the time of the meeting, which Mr B Hughes and the Rector of Gellygaer were able to adjust between them, viz., once, instead of twice a month, and at 3.30 instead of one o'clock, will meet the convenience of all. I was certain there was no desire to exclude the attendance of •Jiv when the time was first altered to one o'clock, but. it soon became apparent that that hour v7ould greatly curtail the attendances, which voould have been something of a calamity. There is nothing in the time now ai- fanged, I venture to think, that will prevent the attendance of any. When schoolmasters are elected on a public body it should surely be within their rights to attend, and it is to be hoped that the new hour will be convenient for them. The Bedlinog members are those who will still be the most inconvenienced. .¡¡. ?í' It. is worthy of note, too, that the voices of Bedlinog and Trelewis are now very much heard in the Council. The memorable storm of October 19th brought the former ward to the front. Its representatives found theii voices then, and have not since lost them—nor do I wish they should, seeing they speak with rea- son. Much could be said about the discussion on the salaries of the collectors. With all the world against them one would think the last thing they would do would be to alienate the sympathy of their employers. Yet the atti- tude they have assumed is a provocative one. Servants are not masters, except in regard to their services, and these, of course, they can refuse. There were, however, I am inclined to think, few in the parish who will disagree with what the Rector of Gellygaer said on the sub- ject. If local bodies have no power to regulate the j&laries of their officials in accordance with the prices ruling in what may be termed uhe labour market, they had better leave the local administration entirely in the hands of the Local Government Board, and then, I am in- clined to think, the people themselves would soon deal with the Local Government Board.

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