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HEREFORDSHIRE TEACHERS' i SALARIES. I Some Increases Given. I An important meeting of the Herefordshire Education Committee was held at Hereford on Saturday under the presidency of Sir James Rankin. The chief question under discussion was the teachers' salaries and their demand for a scale. At a previous meeting the committee decided not to consider a scale of automatic increases, subject to efficiency as demanded by the National Union of Teachers, but that it be referred to the Salaries Committee to revise the salaries of head teachers where it might appear to them to be desirable, so as to make them not less than those pad to teachers holding similar positions in similar counties. The report of the Salaries Committee as presented on Saturday, stated that they had carefully considered the resolution, and after making increases in the salaries of head teachers where it appeared to them desirable, amounting in the aggregate to £ 1,232 10s, submitted a list of salaries as amended. In addition S70 had been added to the salaries of assistant teachers. In fixing the salaries, Jength of service and the Government reports on each school had been taken into con- sideration. It was recommended that the increases of salary date from January 1, 1914. In Council Schools, where there was a teacher's house, a certain sum had been added to the salary for house rent, rates, gnd taxes, and in one case for the use of gas. In such cases the gross salary was given, and the amount added shown—thus S130 less S,10, meant that the £ 10 (the estimate value of these emoluments) was first added to the S120, the net salary. This report was signed by Col. Prescott Decie, chairman of the County Council. In moving the adoption of the report, Colonel Decie said the increases recom- mended were considerable, and he ventured to say that the Education Committee would give no more. In arranging these increases they had not taken any account whatever of the threatened strike of the teachers. (Hear, hear). He hoped they would give up that idea, as the strike did not seem to be a sort of warfare suited to them, and it was un- worthy of their position. By the new arrangement the salaries of all the head- masters and mistresses, and also the whole of the teachers in the elementary schools would he reconsidered every year in March. No headmaster could get less than 100, and they might get £ 200, which he contended was better than a scale. Mr F H Russell seconded. Mr Walt is said he could not imagine that the committee's recommendations were going to allay the discontent existing among the teachers. The report was as full of unj ust anomalies as it could be. -,u THE OLIVE BRANCH. r Mr Gibson Dyson said he was surprised at Mr Wallis's rem-trks. The teachers quite understood the difficulties of the committee, which were not of the committee's making. One of these was that when the schools were handed over to the Local Education author- ity some of the head teachers were getting large salaries, and the committee had acted generously in not reducing them. He hoped the teachers appreciated this. Mr J Farr said the committee had pre- sented the report with the best intentions and feelings, whatever might be said to the oontrary, and he hoped that the feeling engendered outside would now subside. (Applause). The report was the olive branch of peace to the teachers. Sir James Rankin said he hoped the increases recommended would act as a balm to the schoolmasters. There would be no further negotiations between the school- masters and the Special Committee. The Bishop of Hereford said he could not but feel there was still some risk of the differences continuing, and he thought it would be ad visable to enter into communica- tion with the teachers. The report wa3 adopted. The Special Committee wero empowered to act in any emergency in consequence of the teachers' threat to strike. With an average salary for headmasters of 1120 13s, it is pointed out that Hereford- shire will still have the lowest average in the English counties, except Oxford (£117), Rutland (LI15), the Isle of Scilly (Xll7), Lincolnshire, Kpsteven (£112), and Lincoln- shire, Lindsey (LI19). It is stated, for the teachers, that it is doubtful whether the new proposals will atop the strike. TUMBLE-DOWN SCHQOLS. I Speaking of the condition orsome of the elementary schools in Herefordshire, Col. Decie said the authority had to take the Council schools over, but had never approved of the sites on which they were placed or of the buildings as they existed. But they were now held responsible for all the faults in respect to them. A number of them were so bad that the County Surveyor had reported thnt, it would be more economical to rebuild than to repair them. These school s were put up by committees short of funds, and built by lucal builders at a coat much less than ought to have been incurred. They were practically in a fair way to tumble down. He did not think they could venture to recommend that these schools be rebuilt, because the future of education was very un- certain—(hear, hear)-but if they were called upon to provide sound accommodation it might be a good thing in some cases to re- build. For the second time a farm institute scheme was brought forward, costing about £ 16,000. The Agricultural Committee had had this particular scheme under considera- tion for a whole year, but Ald. Corner objected to the passage of such a highly im- portant financial matter without full oppor- tunity to go into the details. Ald. Russell and Ald. Preece assured the Alderman that the scheme was not likely to put a penny on the rates, but as the Chair- man of the Committee desired united support he consented to postponement for considera- tion. The Committee will in the meantime look out for a site.

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