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CHESTER EDUCATION COMMITTEE' I CHoat MEDICAL INSPECTORS. I MUSEUM TRANSFER DIFFICULTIES. I A meeting of the Chester Education Com- mittee was held at the Town Hall on Monday, the chairman (Alderman J. G. Frost) presiding over a small attendance. Apologies for absence were received from the Bishop of Chester and Miss B. Clay. The medical inspection of school children was the subject of a recent conference between the Elementary Education (Provision of Steals) Sub- Committee and representatives of the Public Health Committee of the Chester Corporation. After full consideration it was resolved to make the following recommendations:—(a) That an assistant medical officer of health be appointed at a salary of k250 per annum, who shall assist in discharging the duties of the Council in respect of medical inspection of schoolchildren, under the Education (Administrative Provisions) Ac, 1?)7; one-half of th 3 salary of :ueh officer to be paid by the Education and Public Health Committees respectively, (b) That as the Council have in contemplation the appointment of a iady sanitary inspector, such a person be appointed at a saliny of A:Itio per annum, who shail assist in carrying out the duties of the Council in respect of medical inspection of school chiidien, under the Education (Administrative Provisions) Act 1907 one-halt of the salary of such inspector to be paid by the Education and Public Health Committees respedivcJy. that i- l ic Council liad The Chairman cxp'&in?d that the Council had referred this subject to the joint conference of the Public Health Committee and the Ele- mentary Education Sub-committee, the outcome of which was the two recommendations. The question am*? over a memorandum of the Board of Educaton issued last November, stating that the children attending elementary schools were I to receive certain medical iivij>ection. lie moved the recommendations be adopted. Alderman W. Yernon (seconded, and the I recommendations were confirmed. GROSVENOR MUSEUM TRANSFER. I The Higher Education Subcommittee recommend that, in the event, of procedure not. being sufficiently forward for the transfer of the Groove.or Museum as a whole to the Cor- poration, as from August 1st, 1D08, arrange- ments, nevertheless, b0 made for the transfer of the schools of Science and Art and the City and County School for Boys, together wit.h the members of the teaching staff at their existing salaries, as from the same date. Mr. E. M. Sneyd Kynnersley said that since t-h-ey had pawned the recommendation several facts had come to their knowledge, and it ap- peared that at present it was not desirable they should take over the Museum School, as it would complicate their arrangements with the Govern- ing Body. The Town Clerk (Mr. J. H. Dickson) explained that he did not think it. wise to pass the recom- mendation al. the present time, as if they did they wou'd, to a certain extent, be re^rting to what they had been attempting to avoid from the very commencement. It would complicate matters very considerably. lIe was not at all sure they could sever the school that par- ticular way from the rest of the institutions of the Slu.seum. Even if t.hey could do that, they would have to have a separate tJ"u.t eksed or document for the purpose of accomplish;ng it, and that would, to a considerable extent, 'I influence the (scheme now being prepared by the Charity Commissioners. Further than that, the result of rh# arrangement would be that the present governing body of the school would absolutely come to an end, and the representa- tives of the governing body would cease to exist upon the Management Committee of the Sluscum, and would have no further voice with regard to the Museum at all. Looking at all the circumstances, it was advisable to withdraw the recommendation, and allow him to ask the Charity Commissioners to pres." forward, so far 149 they could, the scheme they had in hand for transferring the whole thing over to the I local education authority. Sir. John Dodd said he understood that copies of the amended scheme of the Commissioners had been forwarded to the learned societies, so that the Commissioners were pressing on with ,li.at tlie were prc?,6iiit? oi 'Alt ] ] After further diteutss.on, the rooonimemiation wa, withdrawn. CITY AND COUNTY SCHOOL FEES. The Higher Education Sub-eonimiu.ee recom- mended that a uniform charge of £6 per annum be mad-e for ail pupils attending the proposed new City and County School, OIl the basis of aU pupils being supplied with stationery (not in- cluding text books) free of charge. Mr. Kynnersley said it had been settled once t.hat t he fees should be E6, then it was deter- mined they should be .85, but the Cheshire Education Committee insisted upon Lb, on t.he ground that they chargeel £ 6 at the other schools in the county, and it would not do to make an exception. The coumy committee were willing that they should charge JC5 for the city children and £ 6 for the county, but this would obviously not do, and finally the present, arrangement was made. He moveJ the rcccm- mendation be adopted. The Mayor <?kcd if the county cotn'nit? had agreed to this. The Director (?L-. A. E. Loyci!): That is not known, but 1 think they will. Di-. -Afktnii It was further explained that e-tailonery in- i eluded everything but text books. Sir. John Owene pointed out that the proposal had been agreed to in order to meet the county authorities. He disagreed with the decision altogether, because the present charge in respect of the. girls was i;4 a year, so that it was an increase of 50 per cent, to charge £ 6 for the boys. There was a danger of its resulting in the girls and boys not being kept at the schools long enough to benefit by secondary education, which was always the effect of the higher foes. The recommendation was carried. DEFECTIVE SCHOOL PRESUMES. Ai, zi, izimtliig of the Eiemclltary Education Sub-committee, a recommendation from the Board of Education was received in reference to Handbridge St. Mary's Church of England School. The communication stated: "1 am directed to warn the authority that unless the defects in the premises, which have been pre- viously pointed out, arc remedied during the current f-cbool year, the Board of Education will b. unable to consider that the school satisfies the conditions imposed by Article 18 of the Code, and will 1h; compelled to make a deduction from the grant. The letter was sent to the corre- spondeni of the school, who informed the sub- committee that he was in communication with the Hon. Cecil T. Parker, representing the Duke of Westminster, the owner of the schools, and hoped to submit proposals on behalf of his managers at an early date. NEW CATHOLIC SCHOOLS. At a meeting of the Elementary Sub-com-¡ mittee, on April Hd). the foi!owing reooJution from the managers of Ht. France' s R.C. Schools was read:—"That, owing to the report from Whitehall, the plans submitted will not be pro- c-eeded with for the present:, and that endeavours be made to secure a new site, in order to erect echools to the satisfaction of the Board of Edu- cation." with the additional statement That we arc actually engaged in negotiations for the purchase of an adjoining site, which will enable us to provide all necessary accommodation." The sub-committee decided to forward the com- munication to the Board of Trade. It was re- ported that the managers declined the invitation of the local education, authority to the conference. with, the managers of St. Werburgii's School as to the provision of suitable accommodation. SUCCESSFUL EVENING SCHOOL. At a meeting of the Higher Education Sub- committeo, the Director read the report of the headmistress of the Hunter-street Evening School for Girls, which stated that the results of the season's working had been gratifying; that the total number on the registers was 78, and of these 57 had attended sufficiently often for their attendance to be counted for Govern- múnt. grant, most of them giving the minimum number of attendances in more than one subject; that the total attendances of the girls earning grants was 4,877, or an average of 851 hours' instruction for each pupil; that the work per- formed by the girls was of excellent quality— the new class for needlework being very suc- cessful, many of the girls in the drawing and brushwork classes giving evidence of good ability, the domestic economy and cookery class retaining its popularity, and the shorthand and English classes, though smaller, being very successful. TO AVOID DISASTER. The E, lciiip-ntary Education Sub-committee I bavG resolved that communications be  d addressed to the managers of Victoria-road (boys'), Christ Church (girls'), ajid St.Wer- burgh's (boys') schools, drawing attention in each case to the special defects of structure involving some risk and difficulty of exit in case of fire or panic; and requesting the managers at once to consider the question and forward pro- posals for remedying these defects, or removing, by other arrangements, the danger arising therefrom.

MR. YERBUROH AT BOCGHTON.i…

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