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NEWTOWN SCHOOL BOARD FINANCE. LAST week we published the annual financial state- ment of the Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn School Board, which at first sight must have rather startled some of our economists, seeing that it shewed an expenditure of Xi,ool 9s. 7d.. a sum equal to 9id. in 2 tfae æ, in addition to .£499 18s. the grant for pay- ment by results, aud ^280 10a. lOd. as the fee grant game received from the Education Department- Having a grand total of < £ 1.781 18s. 5d.. as against .£1,31>Í 8s. Od. of two previous years. IT most be borne in mind that the financial year tfodiag September 30th last was the first whole year itM.t the present Boatd have had control of the Sehools and its finances, for it is a singular fact- AlLd we think an unfortunate one—that although the financial year ends on September 30th, the old gourds do not go out of office till the following Jfa.lCb., consequently they have to make provision lor the year during which their successors take office, A coition of affairs which leaves it open to astute financiers on either side to work the oracle either in itevonr of the outgoing Board, or by the new Board .-111 against the old one. Of course we do not suggest jfar one .moment that such incidents do occur. Be ||ia.fc as it may, the present Board are in the unenvi- able position of having imposed upon the ratepayers the heaviest expenditure, and consequently the high- bit rftte that has yet been levied upon them for School Board purposes. TBU5 late Board gained very considerable notoriety fry what eorne were pleased to call their high-handed aebemes, but we think that if results are held to testify the means, they may fairly oiaim to have suc- d in the endeavours, which were to make the Uewtowu Board Schools models in their way- .combining efficiency with economy. Our readers will lie plowed to know that the result of the examina- tions as far as they are known at the time we write Are highly satisfactory; the Penygloddfa Schools, criuek mere, considered to be the weak point, have sum & large average attendance than ever they had, and bu gained the highest possible grant all round. Tb* only drawback being that the infants only got the 6d. per head, instead of the le. for singing. Boeh results are not to be got in a day, or sometimes ia a. year or more, and on the principle of giving credit to whom, it is due, we congratulate both the jBoaxd and the teachers. Wz would remind the Board that although in our opinion the ratepayers would not be unwilling to pay for efficient education, that with so large an expendi- ten they have a right to demand it, and when the Jay of reckoning comes at the end of their term of dtiee, if it has not been given and proved by results, they may anticipate a lively time, and must not ex- pect other than the fate of all failures and consider- sidering the agricultural depression, and also as jV,.e4, or, even greater depression in our local indus- teits, we trust that the Board while doing all they _II to promote efficiency, will not forget that eamomy with, and in addition to efficiency, will be Tibeir sore and only passport to the confidence of the 7tttepayens.

NEWTOWN SCHOOL BOARD FINANCE.

THK COAL WAR.

THE PARISH COUNCILS BILL.

- THE COUNTY RATE BASIS.

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THE COAL CRISIS.

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