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SPECIAL MEETING OF THE EDUCA- TION COMMITTEE. A special meeting of the Barry Education Com- mittee wad held on Friday afternoon, at the School Board Offices, Barry Docks, the members in attendance being Mr J. A. Hughes (chairman), Mr J. A. Manaton, J.P., Mr J. C. Meggitt, J.P., Mr D. Lloyd, Mr J. Milward, Rev J. Byrne, Rev Ben Evans, and Miss M. E. Meredith, with Mr T. B. Tordoff (clerk), and Mr R. Treharne Rees (deputy clerk). RE-ARRANGEMENT OF SCHOOLS. Previous to the meeting a conference took place with Mr A. G. Legard, H.M. Chief Inspector of Schools for Wales, several schools being visited, and suggestions of re-arrangement were considered. These recommendations were now fully discussed by the Committee, more especially with reference to a re-arrangement of the Barry Boys' and Infants' Schools and Holton-road Infants'. The Chairman pointed out that Mr Legard had suggested that it was essential to have a central hall in connection with all the schools, At Barry Infants' it was suggested to have two separate schools, because, as had been pointed out to the sub-committee, it was unwise to have a junior and senior section. All the different standards of children in an infants' school should be under one headmistress. Rev Ben Evans said the arrangement at Holton Boys' was only a temporary one, and he was con- vinced this would soon have to be altered. He would propose that at Barry there be two. distinct infants' schools, with the boys' department at the rear of the building and that it be an instruction to the architect to modernise the building as much as possible. This was agreed to. At the suggestion of Mr Manaton, it was also agreed that a manual instruction centre bo also formed at the Barry School. SITES OF NEW SCHOOLS. The Sub-committee also suggested that prices be obtained from the Wenvoe Castle Estate of the cost of portions of land on which to build new schools in Gladstone-road, Tynewydd-road, and Buttrills-road. Mr Milward asked why four acres should be suggested for the Tynewydd-road site when one acre was sufficient in the other cases ? They had been told that the Board of Education only sanctioned schools for 400 children. The Chairman thought they should provide a suitable playground for the children at present they played about the streets. If they had a large green playground, the children could play cricket and football, and inter-town and inter-school matches could be played there. This he thought would be an admirable thing for the children. Mr Milward We shall not get one acre at the same proportional price as four acres. The Committee agreed to the recommendation, the price to be obtained both of one and four acres in Tynewydd-road. ARCHITECT TO BE ADVERTISED EOR. The Chairman said he was not sure whether they would be able to get an architect to do the work of preparing the plans, &c., for new school work at four per cent. commission. The School Board used to pay six per cent. They should secure the services of an architect experienced in school work. Mr Milward said there were plenty of capable architects who would do the work at the price. He suggested that the Committee should employ an assistant of their own to prepare plans, specifi- cations, and bills of quantities under the supervi- sion of the Surveyor. This would save the town a deal of money. The Chairman At what salary do you suggest ? Mr Milward About B200 a year. The Chairman did not think they would be able to secure a person well up in his profession at that figure. An architect was similar to a solicitor the District Council had to offer £500 for a clerk, and he did not think they would be able to secure a really good architect at the figure suggested by Mr Milward. Mr Meggitt enquired whether there would be sufficient work to employ as architect in connec-. k tion with the schools' The Chairman did not think so, and also pointed out that they would also have to provide assistants, and to get a good man they would have to pay about j6400 a year. Rev Ben Evans did not favour the appointment of a young man. If one was to be appointed he should be a first-class architect. Mr Manaton said they would not have sufficient work, after the first twelve months, to regularly employ an architect, and he did not think they would get a good man at dE200 a year. If they got the work done at four per cent. they would get it done cheaply. Mr Meggitt considered that four per cent. was too low if the architect had to make out his own bills of quantity. Rev Ben Evans proposed that they offer five per cent. on the amount of the work done. Mr Meggitt seconded, and the resolution was agreed to, Mr Manaton being the only dissentient. STANDING ORDERS. The Committee agreed to the Standing Orders for the government of the Committee which are similar to those recently adopted by the District Council. APPOINTMENT OF TEACHERS. The Committee confirmed the appointments of teachers made by the Sub-committee on the previous afternoon, a list of which appears above. The Chairman explained that the Committee had adopted the plan of the old School Board, in allow- ing the head teachers to recommend certain of the applicants in order of merit, and in the whole of the cases, except one, where further information as to qualifications were required, those recom- mended had been appointed. Mr Manaton Were the whole of the applica- tions read to the Committee ? The Chairman said the Committee had allowed the head teachers to submit certain of the applica- tions, and these were submitted to the Sub- committee for final selection, but the whole of the applications were there for the Committee to puruse. The proper course, he thought, to adopt was allow the head teachers, who were far more capable, and took a deeper interest in the matter of selection than the Committee, to select and recommend the best applicants. The Sub- committee also discussed the qualifications with the teachers. Mr Manaton said, with all due respect to those who had been selected, teachers who had been apprenticed to the Board, and who had gone to college to qualify, should receive the first con- sideration in the appointment of teachers, rather than go outside, One teacher had gone to college at the express desire of the Board, and had not now been selected. He proposed that the report be referred back, and that the Committee should go through the whole of the applications. The Chairman hoped the Committee would not agree to Mr Manaton's suggestion. If there had been no local applicants this point would not have been raised. Personally he preferred giving the appointments to local applicants, provided all things were equal, but they should first of all see that they were equal. They should appoint the best teachers, no matter where they came from. Many of their best teachers came from outside the district. It was evident someone had been talking to Mr Manaton, and he was sorry for that. They should not listen to these statements which only tendbd to prejudice their minds against the head teachers. Most of the teachers appointed were leaving college, and if they were referred back they would no doubt apply elsewhere for appointment. Mr Manaton: Did the Sub-committee have before them the standard of the whole of the applications ? The Chairman The Sub-committee only went through the qualifications of those recommended by the head teachers, and in the case of local applicants enquiries were made. Mr Manaton Did a teacher leave here at the request of the Board to go to college t Rev J. Byrne Yes. Miss Meredith said the head teachers had not seen the testimonials of the local applicant. Rev J. Hyrne lathis to be the settled method of appointing teachers ?: The Chairman I hope so. Rev J. Byrne thought it would be better to refer them to the Committee who made the appointments. The Chairman I was much impressed with the manner in which the teachers went through the applications. I do not intend to go through the whole of the applications. On Mr Manaton's proposition. being put to the meeting, Mr Manaton, Mr Milward, and Mr Lloyd voted in its favour, and the rest of the committee against, the proposition being, therefore, lost. Rev Ben Evans proposed that Miss Pinch bf1 recommended to the head-mistress of Romilly-road Infanta' School. The Chairman That is another way of appoint- ing her, because it is unlikely that the head teacher will go against the recommendation of the Com- mittee. Miss Meredith seconded. The Chairman: I am told that this teacher is not fitted for an infants' school. The Rev J. Byrne: We ought to know whether she has a Froebel certificate. The Chairman She is not qualified to teach kindergarten. Rev Ben Evans then withdrew his motion. Miss Mary Lily James, Barry Docks, was appointed as a supernumerary teacher, and the recommendation's of the Sub-committee were then agreed to. INCREASE OF SALARY. Application was made by Miss G. Davies- and Miss Warren for an increase of salary, and the Committee decided to grant the same at the com- mencement sf the school year. RESIGNATION OF MISS LLEWELLYN. Miss E. V. Llewellyn, head-mistress of Holton- road Infants' School, tendered her resignation. Rev Ben Evans proposed that the resignation be accepted with regret. Miss Llewellyn, he said, had done excellent service under the Board, and he was sorry she was leaving. Mr Milward seconded, and the resolution was agreed to. The Committee accepted the suggestion of Mr Legard, and decided to divide this school into two, and to advertise for two headmistresses. THE KIGHT OF APPOINTMENT OP TEACHERS FOR ST. HELEN'S SCHOOL. Notice of motion was given by Mr Meggitt to rescind the power vested by the Education Com- mittee in the managers, of St. Helen's Roman Catholic School with regard to the appointment of teachers. Rev J. Byrne remarked that Mr Meggitt seemed to legislate for the managers, and objected to the notice of motion. The Chairman ruled that Mr Meggitt was in order. Rev J. Byrne stated that he had the applications for the vacant post in his possession. The Chairman That is another matter. Mr Manaton thought it would be well to ask the managers not to make the appointment in the meantime. The Chairman concurred. Mr Meggitt then proposed, and Mr Manaton seconded, a resolution asking the managers not to make the appointment, but it was lost by the cast- ing vote of the Chairman. The Committee then decided to hold a special meeting on Friday to consider the whole question of appointments. Rev J. Byrne remarked that in the meantime the appointment would be made. In reply to Mr Meggitt, the Clerk said that the Committee had vested its powers of appointment in the managers, and at his request a note was taken of. his objection thereto. THE ALTERATION OF BARRY SCHOOL. In reply to a letter from Mr H. S. Randell, con- tractor, Court-road, the Committee instructed the Clerk (Mr T. B. Tordoff) to reply stating that .they did not intend proceeding with the altera- tions to Barry School at presenb, but were prepay ing new plans. COMPENSATION TO THE LATE CLERK. The Clerk was directed to enquire of the Local Government Board the amount of compensation to be paid to Mr Gwyn Morris, the tat9 elerk to the, School Bacrd. DAMAGE DURING NATURAL HISTORY RAMBLES. Mr David Rees, White Farm, Merthyr Dovan, wrote complaining that the children in their natural history rambles trespassed on his lands and it was decided to call the attention of the teachers to the matter. FACILITATING THE PRESS. It was agreed to supply the local Press with a I copy of the Committee's minutes. BARRY EDUCATIONAL SOCIETY. Rev Ben Evans and Mr J. A. Manaton were appointed representatives on the committee of the Barry Educational Society. LEAVE FOR STUDENT TEACHERS. Leave of absence was granted to those teachers desirous of sitting for the London matriculation examination. CORPORAL PUNISHMENT. Mr H. Whitehouse, headmaster of Barry Boys' School, wrote informing the Committee that there were thirteen teachers in the school under his control who were authorised to adminster corporal punishment, so that the 45 entries in his book last month would only mean a little over three per teacher. The Committee accepted Mr Whitehouse's explanation, and decided to request the other head teachers to see that all cases of punishments were duly entered in the books. PROPOSED CO-ORDINATED SCHEME. A letter was received from the Glamorgan County Council asking the Committee to take part in a conference with the view of securing a co- ordinated scheme for the administration of the Education Act in the County, but the matter was referred to a special meeting of the Committee. This concluded the business of the meeting.