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MACHYNLLETH SCHOOL BOARD. SPECIAL MEETING ON THURSDAY. On Thursday morning a special meeting of the Machynlleth School Board was held at the Clerk's Office when there were present the Rev W S Jones (chairman), Rev Canon Trevor, Rev Josiah Jones, Mr R Gillart, and the Rev D 11 Hughes, with Mr W Davies Williams, clerk. BOYS TO BE SENT TO THE "CLIO." The attendance officer's report was read and it showed that a large number of children were unable to attend to school owing to illness. There was a long list of irregular attendants many of whom had passed twelve years and were only in first standard. The question arose as to whether the Board had the power to send these boys to the ship "Ciic.Tiie Clerk said that sometime ago it was decided to threaten the parents of the boys that unless their chil- dren attended school they would be sent away to a reformatory or training ship. At that time one of the parents came to him and declared that the Board had no power to do so unless they could prove theft against the boy.—The Rev W S Jones said that he had spoken to the late Marquis of Londonderry upon a similar matter, and his lord- ship replied that they had no power to send the boy away unless he trausgresst-d the law.-The Clerk Mr Evans, clerk to the magistrates, informed the Bench that they had the power to send the boys away.—It was suggested that the attendance officer should threaten the parents, but Mr Gillart did not think this would b of any use.- The Board therefore agreed to ask the magistrates to use their power to send the boys away in the case of offenders. THE BOARD'S ACCOUNT WITH THE TREASURER. The Chairman said that there appeared to be a misunderstanding between the treasurer of the Board (Mr D E R Griffith, L. & P. Bank) as to the salary the Board were to pay him. The treasurer said that the Board owed him £ 18. Some time ago the Board gave him a cheque for £ 9, but the auditor surcharged this because the Board could lppally pay any money for interest. Several of them had the idea th,- At they only owed Cl 10s, and they had been lool^jn„ Up -minutes and could not find anyt> /tlg jn pr0of of an arrangement whereby the_ jgoartj was t0 pay five per cent, on all over dr.'if onjy argument in fa vour of the treasi^j. was the fact that the Board had already out a cheque for £ 9.—Mr R Gillart asked if the treasurer could prove that such an arrangement existed.—The Clerk said that in 1894 both banks wei'e asked to tender for the work and the L & P Bank gave the following terms :—Five per cent. on all temporary over drafts or £ 1 10s per year to cover it. Upon these terms the L and P Bank were appointed.—Canon Trevor thought the overdraft must have been heavy to make up X18. They could nor. expect banks to lend X200 for £1 10s.— The Chairman Yes, the overdraft has been heavy —The Rev Josiah Jones was in favour of appointing someone to go to the Bank.—The Chairman The argument against us is the fact that we drew a cheque for £ 9.—Mr R Gillart thought that they ought to have an explanation as to how long the overdraft had been going on.—The Chairman: Mr Griffith, has showed me the accounts in the ledger and we have been on tho wrong side for a long time. We cannot expect £1 10s. to cover the interest on a big overdraft.-—Mr R Gillart: I do not feel justified in passing that without an explanation and a record made for further guidance. —Cannon Trevor said that ey could not expect the Board to be treated' lifferent to private individuals, and with an overdraft of £ 200.—The Clerk Oh much worse than that —Canon Trevor Well there you are. If our precepts are not obeyed we must obtain money; if the Bank charged more than the usual rate they would have some grounds for objecting.— The Rev Josiah Jones: But wo ought to have an explanation as to the £1 10s.—The Clerk said that the first overdraft was for £ 400, and this was cleared off by instal- ment. —The Board agreed to consult Mr Griffith upon the matter. THE RATES. The Chairman said that there was only CB5 to the credit of the Board, and the salaries would have to be paid next month. The last precept issued December 1st had not been paid. Mr Lewis Williams, the collector, he was sorry to say was ill. —Canon Trevor said that the Board could not do nothing beyond requesting the overseers to have the money collected as soon as possible.—It was agreed to write to the overseers. PROPOSED NEW SCHOOLS FOR THE TOWN. The Chairman said that the next business was to consider the question of a new school for the town. LIe believed that the Clerk had obtained a certain amount of information for them.—The Clerk said that the quantity of land required would depend upon the number of children in the school. The code stated that a quarter of an acre was the minimum for 250 scholars. According to the Attendance Officer's report the number on the register was 277, and a few having left the town brought that number down to 271. Taking the number at 350 the Board would require for each child nearly five square yards, and that would amount to 1,691 yards for the whole or one-third of an acre. Until they decided upon the number of children for whom they would provide they could not enter upon the financial part, but the code stated that the Government would grant a loan not exceeding £10 per child. For 350 children that would mean 23,500. This spread over thirty years would mean an annual repayment of principal and interest of JE214 10s, and if spread over fifty years at 3 per cent. it would represent a payment of el92 10s per year. Rent, rates, and co3 J of improvements at the present school buildings amounted every year to over X40 per annum.—The Rev Josiah Jones was of opinion that they could build at a cheaper rate than £ 10 per head.—The Chairman: Does the £ 10 include cost of site ?- The Clerk: No.—Mr R Gillart: I think that we c,n build a school for less than £ 3,500. I do not think that we shall want a school for 350, but we can arrange the plans so that the building can be enlarged at a future day.—Rev Josiah Jones pointed out that the population of the town was increasing. -,Mr L" Gill-rt: Of course we must make it big enough to meet the increasing population.—Rev dosiah Jones said that the extensions of buildings were always expensive.—Canon Trevor did not want it made LOO large because he thought that it would be necessary to have another school in the town—a ragged school. This will Lave to be taken into colisideration. A ragged school for some forty or fifty pupils would be an invaluable institution in the town, and the expense of the ragged school had come out of the other school.—Rev Josiah Jones: I think 350 is only enough. Canon Trevor: Yes, I think it will be a fair number. Rev Josiah Jones Then I suppose that the school shall be for not less than 350.— Mr R Gillart seconded, and the proposal was cai-ric,d.-It was also decided to visit the various sites in the town at an early date, and the Clerk was directed to report the result of the meeting to Professor Darlington. TIIE BOARD AND THE PRESS. The Chaiiman asked whether the latter part of the proceedings were to be reported. — Mr Gillart: Yes, better let it be reported.—The Rev D H Hughes: We have nothing to hide.—Mr R Gillart: Enough has been said about the meetings not having been reported.—There was no other business.