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NEWTOWN & LLANLLWCHAIARN SCHOOL BOARD, MONDAY. The usual monthly meeting was held at the Board- iroom, New Church-street, when there weare present: iroom, New Church-street, when there were present: Messrs Wm. Cooke (chairman), John Humphreys, W. iF. Thomas, Barker Ealliwell, Alfred Ford, and Mr Williams, daputy-clerk. lId.uGt-- AUDIT OF ACCOUNTS.1 The Clerk reported the audit of accounts, and which had also been passed by the District Auditor. There was a surcharge of 8s. Id., which arose from an oversight of one of the teachers in checking an account of Mr Park. He had seen Mr Park about it, and got a return of the money, which had since been paid into the bank.-On the motion of Mr Ford, seconded by Mr Thomas, it was decided to publish the account* in the Montgomeryshire Express, THE GOOD TEMPLARS' MISSION. The Clerk read a letter from the Glyndwr Lodge ef Good Templars requeating that the Board would ,allow them the use of the New Church-street Board School from six o'clock to half-past nine, instead of as in the past eight to half-past nine. The intention of the lodge was to use the room from six to eight as a reading room, and so induce the young people to come off the streets. They also requested to be allowed the use of the Infants' School upon Peny- gloddfa on Monday evenings from 6-45 to 7-45 for the purpose of holding a juvenile temple for the children of Penygloddfa.—Mr Thomas Do they propose to pay anything extra for gas and firingT-Mr Ford: There's no doubt about that.—Mr Thomas: I should certainly let them have it, only let them pay extra.— Mr Ford thought that they were prepared to do that. The only question was what sum should they charge ?—The Clerk said the lodge now paid 211 6d per night.—Mr Ford: I propose that they have it upon payment of a proportionate sum- or rather lose-Is 6d. That will be 43.—Mr Barker Halliwell seooaded, and it was carried. -Mr Thomas then proposed that they be allowed to have the Infant schoolroom upon payment of 2s 6d.—Mr John Humphreys said that it was for the benefit of the children, and he thought that they should not be hard upon them. He pro. posed that they have it for Is 6d.—Mr Thomas How many fires will they require ?-The Chairman: Only one. The Primitive Methodists had the room for Is 6d.—Mr Thomas I thought there were two fires.- Mr Ford seconded Mr Humphreys's proposition, and it was carried. APPLICATION FOR INCREASE OF SALARY. Mr John Andrew, attendance officer, wrote asking the Board for an increase of salary to 21 per week. Mr Halliwell: What is his salary now?—The Clerk: .£45 a year.—Mr Halliwell: And he asks for an in- crease of X7 now.—Mr Ford Ask, and ye shall have ? (laughter.)-The Chairman If we pay him.21 per week it will be a great deal less than what we were paying formerly, when the work was not done so well.—Mr Thomas What is the per centage ? Has Mr Andrew added much to the number of chil- dren attending the schools since he had a rise?—The Chairman: I am inclined to think he ought to have an increase; but perhaps not at the present tijue.- Mr Barker Halliwell: He has had an increase of .85, and I tbt -k it is too bad for him "o apply for an in. e e sesoclose npon the other.- Subject thndroi-.ped. A MATTEU, FOR CONSIDERATION. Mr Ford said that in view of the Ohiiatmas holi- days and the prize-g ving which generally toA place at that time, he would call their attention to a pa.a- g aph which appeared in the School Board Chronicle o Ociober 21. and ask whether, in the opinion of the Board, it wonldin any way interfere with their usual practice. The following is the paragraph: "In our report of the proceedings in connection with the evening school of the Macclesfield School Board it will be seen that the Local Government Board have given reasons for confirming the decision of the audi- tor in surcharging the expenditure of the Boardfor book prizes for attendance. The decision is to the effect, that such prizes may be giveu for the scholars who make the best attendances, but not to all who make a given number of attendances. The distinc- tion is a fine one, but there is reason in it. To name a specific number of attendances might be equivalent to giving a prize for attendance to every child. It would be in fact paying for attendance, practically without the element of competition. It is a deoision which still leaves to the Sciiool Board reasonable freedom in dispensing prizea for attendance." Mr Ford contended that what applied to the evening school would apply to the day sohool, as the same principle was involved. If it did they would have to depart from their usual practice, and alter the arceingement in some way.-Mr Thomas: But this pa-agrdph rtfera to evening schools.—The Chairman The same principle applies.—Mr Thomas: It has always been allowed iu the past -The Chairman: Another auditor may not. I do not think that Mr M rgan would object. Will it be wise to make a change now, seeing that the children have worked under the idea that they would receive prizes conse- quent upon their good attendances?—Mr Ford: I do not wish to make any change, but we must word it in som-i way so as to avoid coming under that parti- cular rule—Mr Thomas said that the Board did not control the evening schools, and he was of opinion that the matter was foreign to them.—The Chair- man As a rule evening scaools are under the rule of the Board.—Mr Thomas: What I mean ia that the Board would not go and give prises for atten- dance in the evening school.—Mr Ford suggested that the attention of Mr Powell, their clerk, be drawn to the maiter.—This was agreed to. ATTENDANCE OFFICER'S REPORT. Mr John Andrew, attendance officer, reported that the number of notices served during the past month were 10; number of children upon the register 1,180; average attendance, 1009'8, or 85'5 per cont. there was a decrease of nine upon the register aa compared with the c jrresponding period of last year, rhe percentage was now higher than it had ever been in Newtown. During the past month 294 children had made that number of attend ances.-iNIr Ford That is an improvement.—The Chairman Yes, it is very good. Still, there aie some nhildmn nnt school that ought to be. -W .&4 SCHOOLBOYS' CONCERT. The Chairman said that Mr Saer wished to beg the loan of the boys' schoolroom for the 10th inst. for the purpose ot giving a concert by the aid of the boys, the proceeds of which would b, devoted to pur- 0basing wands for the use of the boys in the musi- ,eal drill,iNIr Ford What is the Ue of mentioning the matter when the bills have been out?—The Chairman It appears it is not a question of having the rooms, but a question of naviug them for nothirg. Mr F'(ird Who gave them permissionf (laE^hier)—Mr Thomas I see the prices are Is.— ,Mr»<J. Humphreys: But there will be complimentary _1- L J' sic-Kets lor thp members of the Board (I -ughter). Chad m,n The question is, do they want these tniugv^ y[r Fora I think think there is a more impor. ant question in it, Is it to be tolerated that the town is to be placarded with posters announcing a concert in one of the schools without fir..t asking perriuss-ou of those who have the control of the school I quite sympathise with the (bject of the »ln'i"7^r -boaia*: f always thought that the •Board found these thing* in the past. The master ougnt to have .asked the Bo «rd to allow him t o go 011 with these things in the first instance.—Mr John Humph 1 ey s: At least to consult them upon the matter -T,e CbirmlUL Eaid thar, the desire upon the part of the Bo ird could be communicated to the master, and iu futarewhen he proposed to holdae^ucert that, the Board should be con--ulted.-iNir Thomas said that he was only too pleased to find that the master was s-i Lirsti,d of the capability of the boys to give a concert. He shouldbo pleastd to see them once a month. It is only a question of consulting the Board.—Mr Ford: I quite agrea with the object in viow, but do not at all agree with the way in which it b-1H beHD carried out. I propose that they have the loan of the school, but at the same time town. vey to iem a polite intimation that this sort of thing m'ist not occur again. The Board were always willing to encourage the teachers in work of this kind, bu1; they expected to be consulted.—Mr John Humphr 7s gaconded, and it wag carried. j THE COAL STRIKE. 'It was reported that the schools were short of coal land the clerk was instructed to write to the company who accepted the contract, asking them to forward I some as soon as possible. SUPPLY OF STATIONERY. In answer to Mr Ford, the clerk 3aid that it was Messrs Phillips & Son's turn in the ordinary way to supply stationery. RE-ARRANGING THE STAFF. Mr Ford: When do we arrange about the future staff ?-The Clerk: After the reports are received.— The Chairman suggested the holding of a special meeting to consider the matter. There was no other business, and the Board rose.

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