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( BARRY SCHOOL BOARD. At the monthly meeting of the Barry School Board held on Thursday evening, the 4th instant, the members in attendance were Mr J. Lowdon, J.P. (chairman), Captain R. Davies (deputy chairman), Rev J. Byrne, Rev W. Williams, Dr W. Lloyd Edwards, Dr Livingstone, Mr D. Lloyd, and Mr Peter Wright, with Mr Gwyn Morris (clerk), and Mr R. Treharne Rees (deputy clerk). THE NEW PRIZE SCHEME. The reports of the several committees held during the pass month having been passed, an amended prize scheme was submitted.-—Dr Lloyd Edwards, in moving its adoption. said the distri- bution of prizes had had the effect of improving the attendance of scholars materially, and he thought the Board could congratulate itself on this fact.-Dr Living-stone seconded.-Rev W. Williams and Mr Lloyd opposed, the former contending that the prize scheme was not the success claimed for it, inasmuch as it deterred and discouraged many who were not well enough or otherwise prevented from attending regularly. The scheme was adopted by six votes to two. SIR JOHN BRUNNER'S BILL. The Chairman explained that Sir John Brunner's Bill was intended to enable School Boards to carry on the work of evening schools and technical instruction classes.—Mr Wright thought this Bill had been withdrawn in favour of the new Education Bill of the Government.—The Chairman was not aware that it had been withdrawn.-Rev W. Williams said under the new Bill it still remained that no one over 16 years of age could be admitted to the evening schools, so that as a Board they would be in the same position as they were before.—The Board agreed, on the motion of Dr Lloyd Edwards, to petition Parliament in favour of Sir John Brunner's Bill. THE SCHOOL STAFF. Miss C. Townsend resigned her post on the teaching staff of Romilly-road School, and Miss John, of Holton-road Infants, was appointed in her place.—Miss Helen Williams, Holton-road Boys, also sent in her resignation. THE OFFICES CONTRACT. It was resolved that the sum of d6200 be paid to, Messrs Profit and Davies, contractors, on account of the new oSices and the contractors and architect (Mr George Thomas), were directed to attend the next meeting with reference to the proposed exercise of the penalty clause of the contract in consequence of the delay by the former in completing the work. THE ANNUAL GENERAL SUMMER HOLIDAY. Mr F. T. Kingston applied on behalf of the Barry Sunday School Union, that the schools be closed on Wednesday, the 17th instant, on the occasion of the annual general summer holiday in the town, when a great demonstration of the Sunday Schools will take place.—This was agreed to. THE MINUTES. Three tenders were received for the printing of the minutes of the Board for the ensuing year, and that of Mr Llewellyn, printer, at is 9d per page, was accepted. THE BOARD'S VACATION. It was decided that no meeting be held in connection with the Board during the month of August. TECHNICAL CLASSES. The Chairman ruled that the intended motion of the Rev W. Williams, that the Board proceed forthwith to make arrangements with the County Council for carrying on the Technical Classes during the coming session on the same lines as in previous sessions, was not is; order, being, according to the Cockerton Judgment, illegal, and the Board would still be liable to be surcharged for what- ever expenditure was made in connection there- with, notwithstanding the fact that such expenditure would be met by a grant from the County Council. He (Mr Lowdon) suggested, however, that individual gentlemen, should, with the approval of the County Council, constitute a local committee to carry on the classes, otherwise the action of th-e Board would prove to be ultra viresi—Rev W- Williams felt if the first Bill of the Government had been passed they would be recognised by the County Council to carry on the work as heretofore, but the Board having under- taken the work by resolution it was their duty to relinquish the same by resolution. He hoped, however, the use of the schools would be granted for the purpose As, usual,—Captain R. Davies said if a body of gentlemen undertook to carry on the work, and the consent of the County Council was obtained for the purpose, they might then apply for the-use of the schools, and he did not see there would be any d'iiEeulty.—Pr Lloyd Edwards reviewed the past action of the Board in the matter-The Chairman said the Bill at present before the House would not give the Board the power it required.—The motion was, therefore, not proceeded with. TEACHING OF WELSH. The Chairman also declared out of order, in face of the Board's existing resolution in the matter, the Rev W. Williams further intended motion that the Board instruct the head teachers of boys and girls' departments to make arrangements for introducing the teaching of Welsh during the next school year in the lowest classes, as is already done in one boys' department, and that at the same time provision be made for continuing the instruction, in this subject so that eventually it may result in being taught in every class of each department. The resolution at present in force, Mr Lowdon pointed out, gave the head teachers power to frame their own time tables, the same to conform as much as possible with each other, and that the teaching of any second language be left to the discretion of the head teachers.—Rev W. Williams: You have got me there again, Mr Chairman, on a technical point. (Laughter). THE RECENT MAGISTERIAL CRITICISM. Captain R. Davies, referring to the recent remarks from the local justices'bench by Mr T- R. Thompson with reference to children taking flowers to school to their teachers, said the justices were informed on good authority that this was the case, and Mr Thompson called atten- tion to the fact, because the eagerness of children to take flowers to the teachers might induce them to steal the flowers for the purpose. The magis- trate had no desire to cast any undue aspersion on the teachers, and he (Captain Davies) thought it, would be well if the Board asked the teachers not to receive flowers from the children in future.- Dr Lloyd Edwards and Dr Livingstone considered that the matter should be allowed to rest where it was. Enough they felt had been said on both sides. THE LATE ALDERMAN JONES C RICTUS. Dr Lloyd Edwards moved a vote of deep regret at the death of Alderman J. Jones Griffiths a gentleman who had done so much on behalf'of education, both in the county and in the Barry district. Captain R. Davies seconded, and it was unanimously carried. This concluded the business.