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RUTHIN. COUNTY SCHOOL FOR GIRLS. MEETING OF THE LOCAL GOVERNING BODY. The first ordinary meeting of the Local Governing Body for the Ruthin County School District, was held at the Grand Jury Room, County Hall, Ruthin, on Monday morning. The members present were Mr. Ezra Roberts (retiring chairman), the Rev. Chancellor B. O. Jones (vice chairman), Rev. Isaac James, Messrs. John Edwards, Thomas Jones (Plas Coch), J. Watkin Lum- ley, Mrs. Hughes (Station House), Mrs. Thomas Williams (Crown House), the II. clerk (Mr. Edward Roberts), and the de- puty clerk (Mr. Baldwin Griffiths). ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN. The first business was to elect a chairman, and on the motion of Mr. Lumley, seconded by Chancellor Jones, Mr. Ezra Roberts was unanimously appointed. THE PROSPECTS OF THE SCHOOL. The Chairman, in returning thanks, said he was very much obliged to the Governors for their kind expression of confidence in re-electing him to the responsible position which he now occupied. Proceeding to refer to the preparations to open the school, the chairman said that the contract be tween the Governors and the contractor had been signed since their last meeting, and the building operations were proceed- ed with as far as weather permittad. The old house internally was complete, and the new buildings had been proceeded with very far. Up to the present, however, the weather had been against thecontractor, but he had no doubt but that the building would be ready at the time originally appointed. As they were all aware a scholarship system had already beeu arranged, and dulv advertised in the various newspapers. They had also arranged with Mr. L. J. Roberts, M.A., Rhyl, to fix a day and place for holding the examination, and he (the chairman), sin- cerely hoped that the various schools in the district would take the matter up, and would send a number of candidates for examnina. tion. The head mistress of the school had already been appointed, and although the Local Governing Body as such, had no voice in the election excepting by repiesentation, yec they must all feel that a very good ap pointment had been made, such an appoint- ment indeed as would give satisfaction all round. Miss Rowlands' scholastic attain ments were very high indeed. She was a B.A. of London University; but she had also very unique experience, and at present was lecturer and mistress of method at Aber ystwyth University College. As such she had been brought into contact with elemen- tary education, and elementary teachers and he might confess that this consideration had weighed very much with him in decid- ing how to vote in the appointment of a head mistress. There had lately been a tendency on the part of some of the inter- mediate school teachers, not in the Ruthin district, but in some parts of Wales, to de- preciate the value of the education given in the elementary schools, and this had caused a degree of jealousy between the teachers of primary and secondary schools. Jf that ill- feeling increased, it would be a very serious matter for secondary schools in Wales, be- cause the secondary drpw four-fifths of their scholars from the elementary schools, and if any ill-feeling existed among the teachers, the schools were bound to suffer in conse quence. Miss Rowlands, he was glad to say, was specially adapted to bring this school into proper relations with elementary schools in the district. She was adapted from experience; and he happened to know from her own words that she would make every effort to enlist the sympathy and co- operation of the teachers in the district—in fact, do all she could for the school in this respect. This was a very important year in ¡ the history of the school—it was the year of its birth, as it were—a year during which it required the tenderest and most careful nursing, They could not peer far into the future, but he thought that their prospects were very good. They had splendid build- ings, equipped in the best manner possible, with perfect sanitary arrangements, and placed upon one of the finest and healthiest spots in the Vale Of Clwyd, with a large area to draw from. There were no schools nearer than Dolgelley, Wrexham, Abergele, and LlanrwsL They had an excellent head teacher, & 1 they should, he hoped, be able to add to tu taff other excellent teachers. So, if they J id their work as Governors by co-operating w;- '1. and helping the teachers in every possible way, there was no reason why the school should not, before long, be one of the most si^cessful schools for girls in North Wales (hear, bear). ELECTION OF VICE-CHAIRMAN. Mr. Thomas Jones proposed, and Mr. Lumley seconded, that Chancellor Bulkely O. Jones be the vice-chairman. On being put to the meeting, the motion was carried unanimously. Chancellor Jones in responding said that the school was calculated to do a great deal of good, not only in the town of Ruthin, but in the neighbourhood. He was very pleased to think that the school would be opened in April. He would not enter into any controversial matter in returning thanks for his election. He stood in a very pecu- liar position, and had to rely upon the re- sources of his own brain in the various discussions that took place, but he thought it was an advantage that both sides of the question should be brought before the meet- ings, and as'they had worked harmoniously in the past, he thought they should work more harmoniously in the future (applause). REPORT OF THE BUILDING COMMITTEE. The report of the Building Committee was submitted as follows:— It was proposed by the Rev. Chancellor Jones, seconded by Mr. Lumley, and re- solved that the architect be instructed to prepare a report and estimate of the equip- ment of the school, and that the same be submitted to the head mistress, and after- wards to the committee. Proposed by Mr. Lumley, seconded by Mr. Henry Williams, and resolved, that the Local Governing Body be asked to guaran- tee the amount already undertaken by them to be subscribed, in order to secure the subscription of £100 promised by Sir Henry Tate, and that the clerk make every effort in the meantime to obtain further sub- scriptions. Resolved that the special examination for scholarships be fixed to take place 25th of March at the Ruthin Board School, and that the chairman and Mrs. L. G. Thomas, be asked to undertake the supervision of the examination. The Chairman proposed the adoption of the report. Mr. Lumley seconded and suggested that the report of the sub committee be in eluded. The Chairman having ruled that this would be in order, the motion was carried. The report referred to was as follows:— At a meeting of the sub committee to consider the suggestion made by the archi- tect in his report of the 11th, and the letter of the 13th January, alterations and im- provements amounting to a total of about 214 were sanctioned.' SCHOOL STAFF. APPOINTMENT OF ASSISTANT MISTRESS. The Chairman explained that so far they had only secured the services of one teach er, but required more. In order to enable the committee to understand the question, the clerk had communicated with the head teacher. Miss Rowlands' letter on the subject having been read, The Chairman- said this was a very im- portant question, and required very careful handling. He thought it would be better to refer it to a committee. Chancellor Jones said he failed to see why they could not adopt Miss Rowlands' recommendation there and then. The re- commendation, in his opinion, was a very wise one. Mrs. Hughes proposed that Miss Row- lands' recommendation be adopted. Mr. Lumley said he was prepared to se- cond, but stated that he preferred adopting Miss Rowlands' original suggestion, viz., that they should advertise for an assistant mistress, who should be a science teacher, and if possible a bachelor of arts, and who should be capable of taking geography, mathematics, drawing, and music, if pos- sible. If they could get a science teacher capable of teaching drawing, it would be a matter of importance to the committee, in order to save an outlay on the matter of salary. He hoped that this would be done, and without any delay, for he found that all the applicants who appeared before the County Governing Body, out of which the head mistress was selected, had subsequently been appointed to other schools-one at Llangollen, and another at Aberystwyth. So that if the committee wanted to select out of good teachers, they would have to look pretty sharp, or they would be taken up. There was no necessity of making a knowledge of Welsh absolutely necessary, although it was desirable. They had one, in the person of the head teacher who understood Welsh, and in the adver- tisement for an assistant mistress, he did not think it necessary to insert that a knowledge of Welsh was an absolute neces- sity. As competent ladies like those re- cently before the County Governing Body were being taken up, the committee should lose no time in advertising and making the appointment. During the discussion that ensued, it was suggested that a knowledge of instrumental music would be desirable. Mr. Lumley again said he would second Mrs. Hughes' proposal, if drawing was in- cluded, the salary to be XIOO, out of which the assistant teacher should pay X35 to the head teacher for boarding. The motion was carried, and the chairman and the clerk were requested to draw out th e advertisement for publication in the various scholastic journals. ACCOMMODATION FOR BOARDERS. THE QUESTION OF SUBSCRIPTIONS. The Chairman stated that the cost of pro viding accommodation for boarders would be X450 16s. 6d. Towards this, they had been promised, and received partly, X201 17s. 6d., which included a conditional subscription from Sir Henry Tate of £100. This would leave a balance required of 2253 13s. 7d. The Clerk said he had sent about 1,200 applications out, but only about thirty responses, mostly containing small sums, had been received. The Chairman said he thought these sub- scriptions would ultimately come in. They should now make an effort to secure Mr. Tate's subscription. Mr. Tate's condition was, that he would subscribe Xloo if the Governors would raise the remainder of the amount required. If the Local Gove-nors would become personally responsible for the remaining sum, although the actual money was not in hand, Sir Henry Tate would, no doubt, pay his promised subscrip- tion. If the subscriptions did not immedi- ately come in, they could borrow the money repayable in a certain number of years. If this were done, it would only entail a pay- ment of about £ 8 or 110 per annum, To- wards this, they would have a fund, contain- ing payments to be made by the head mis- tress of X2 per head for each boarder in the school. If there were only five boarders, that would find the amount necessary to pay the loan, and whatever more were received would accumulate and in a few years, this fund would liquidate the total loan. So that in fact, this question involved very little risk indeed. Mr. Lumley proposed that this question of obtaining subscriptions should be left in the hands of the chairman and the vice- chairman, and that they should suggest at the next meeting the best mode to reach the people. The Chairman said they would have to reach the people in some way or other. Several people had been asking him whether the committee intended to make a canvass of the town. The motion of Mr. Lumley, seconded by Mr. Thomas Jones was then agreed to. THE OPENING OF THE SCHOOL. The Chairman referring to the question. of the opening of the school, said the com- mittee had gone on lately on the supposition that they were going to open the school in the middle of April. But the question now was, whether there would be a formal opening at the time, or simply an informal, the public opening being deferred until the buildings were completed. Chancellor Jones thought it would be better to defer the formal opening. Mr. Lumley agreed, and the committee being of the same opinion, it was unani- mously decided to defer the public opening of the school until later in the summer. EXHIBITIONS. The question of granting exhibitions, &c was also deferred. (FINANCIAL; A ceport of the Finance Committee, authorising the payment of bills to the amount of X20 odd was adopted. There was no other business of interest, and the committee then rose.