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I'W. Rhymney Valley School Managers. MANAGERS AND SPECTACLES. THEY DON'T SEE EYE TO EYE. The Rhymney Valley School Managers fcflid the monthly meeting, at Rhymney, on Mo; day afternoon. There were present: J. Edwards (in the chair), J. Evans, V. Williams, W. Nash, Lewis, Watkins, D. Price, Albert Thomas, Rees Harris, J. Price, B. Jones, Aid. N. Phillips, with the deputy clerk (Mr. Langway), and the mcdieai officer of health (Dr. Hail Redwood) The following resignations were submitted:— Mr. W. Gordon Price, C.A., from the Lower Rhymney mixed; Mr. James Dudley. C.A., at Abertysswg mixed, and Miss C. A. Bevan, U.A., of Pengam mixed. The Chairman ex- pressed his regret- at the resignation of Mr. J. Dudley and Mr. W. Gordon Price. Both wero going away, Mr. Price to Bala. The latter had been brought up amongst them.— The Deputy Clerk pointed out that there would be need to hold a special meeting for the re- arrangement of tho staffing of the schools,, and the Chairman said it would be well to and applications until then. The Deputy Clerk said that would be the last meeting of the present group of the managers until the new group was appointed.—Mr. W. Nash proposed, and Mr. A. Thomas seconded that a special meeting be called for the 23rd inst, at New Tredegar.—This was agreed to. The Deputy Clerk mentioned the intention of the County authority to erect a temporary school at Phillipstown. New Tredegar. Mr. Albert Thomas said that the Powell Duffryn Company were erecting 200 houses there now, and a stone building would be required.—It was decided to get further information on the subject. Miss M. A. Davies, a teacher at the Cwm- syfiog- Infants' School, asked for recognition as an uncertificated assistant, pointing out that she had been successful in passing at the Cam- bridge examination in December last.—Mr. D. W. Price proposed, and Mr. A. Thomas sec- onded, her appointment as such, and that her salary be made up accordingly as from the time she qualified.—This was carried. The recommendation of the Managers, favour- ing the extension of Mr. John Thomas's period of service for another year—he having attain- ed the age limit—was rejected by the County Authority who reported that they had enquired into his qualifications, which were not ef euch fitness as to warrant them doing this, having regard to the present day requirements.—Mr. B. Jones x-epudiated this and said that th.o Inspector's reports could not be better in re- gard to his efficiency.—The Chairman thought they could do nothing more in the matter.—Mr. B. Jones: Then it shows we cannot rely on our Inspector's reports, for those reports are first class.—Deputy Clerk': This is no reflection on the teacher. The Committee only extend the time when there is something which makes it exceptionally desirable to do so.—Mr. W S. Nash There is no doubt they are guided large- ly by the numbers of teachers out of employ- ment and naturally eay, "This man has served his time and must room for somebody else."—The subject then dropped. Miss M. Aggex, supplementary teacher, New Tredegar Infants' School, was granted an ex- tension of time—six months—in which to qualify as U.A. A letter from the Director of Elementary Education was read, drawing attention to the neglecting to test the Abertyasrwg registers.— Oh the suggestion cf Mr. John Evans it was decided to appoint certain members to under- take this work at the various schools, but to leave the appointments to made by the new group of managers. It was recommended thar a spectacles be supplied to Edith M. Harding of Rhymney, and to D. J. Burston, Abertysswg. The appli- cations were granted, but. Mr. B. Jones asked where the spectacles came from.—Deputy Clerk: Newpor:.—Mr. B. Jones: We are here to help the parents if they are poor, and at the same time to put them to the great expense of going to Newport.—The Chairman: The children go there to have their eyes tested.—Mr. Bv Jones: Eyes can be tested here just as well. as at Newport.—Deputy Clerk: There is a room at Newport specially fitted up for the purposp- Mr. B. Jones: So there is here at Pontlottyn and other places.—Mr. L. Watkins: A child which had its eyes tested by a specialist when a. doctor saw the spectacles being worn said that in another year she would have lost her eyesight by wearing them.—Mr. D. W. Price: I think we ou,«rht to consider whether it is not possible to have these spectacles locally.— The Clerk: They have a. special room at New- port- Every optician has a. special room. We have one at New Tredegar, and why on earth should we send children to Newport and pass the special rooms in our own district. The train faro is almost more than the cost of the spectacles.—The Clerk: They have the train fare paid for them.—Mr. D. W. Pries: Then it is hard on the rates.—The Chairman: I think you will see that it is best that they should no to the properly qualified men.—Mr. D. W. Price: I say we have as competent men In this neighbourhood as at Newport, men who can often go to the schools and see what the children want.—Aid. N. Phillips The county's specialist ca.n get a large quantity of spectacles for much less money, and the County Commit- tee have acted entirely in thQ interest* of the children, and economy.—The cubject then drop- ped. The following satisfactory report on Fairview School from H.M.'s Inspector (Mr. R. E. Hughes) was read "Despite irregular attend- ance and a long closure through epidemics, the teaching in this school is of a very creditable character. Much care and intelligence are shown in teaching reading: the children are taught to solve their own difficulties, and pro- per reading posture is cultivated. In the writ- ing lessons also the necessity of proper body posture is duly inculcated. The children are trained to answer in sentences. The scheme of work is properly graduated, and correlated, and the necessary notes and diaries are kept. The headmistress teaches Welsh with much suc- cess. Punctuality and personal cleanliness both show a welcome improvement. The school should be provided with a clock."—It was de. cided to order a clock. There were eighteen applicants for the ap- pointment of cleaner at the Abertysswg Infants' School. One of the members stated that by reason of the fires being lit so late in the morning, the temperature only reached 40deg. "even when the Inspector was there," and the teachers' health was continually suffering, and therefore it was necessary to get someone who would have the fires going much earlier. The appointment was given to Miss Elsie Edwards, of Abertysswg, whose testimonials aa a good servant were highly satisfactory. A letter was read from Mr. W. Griffiths, showing how he felt entitled to lID amount of £23. The letter led to some discussion in re- gard to anomalies of salaries existing amongst head teachers in the Rhymnev Group of Schools.—Aid. Phillips said he would object to d-sal with an individual teacher, as there were cases of notorious inequality down below. Their chairman should be asked to enquire whether the managers might revise existing salaries on an equitable basis. At present there was most glaring inequality. He would move that, the committee be asked to allow the man- agers to re-arrange the salaries in their group without increasing the total.—The Chairman, however, pointed out that this would open up a very big matter, and advised that it be post- poned and put on the agenda of their nest meeting.—This was agreed to.

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