|The Rushden Echo, 18th November 1898, transcribed by Jim Hollis
Rushden School Board
At a meeting of this Board on Tuesday night, there were present:- Messrs. J. T. Colson (chairman), F. Newman, G. H. Skinner, B. Vorley, Paul Cave, A. Mantle, and C. L. Bradfield, and Mrs. Vann, with the Clerk (Mr. Heygate).
The New Church Sunday School
The Clerk read a letter from the Rev. W. R. Morse (Rector of the parish) agreeing to take the Newton-road school for a Sunday school, the school to be used twice a day and the rent to be £7. He (the Clerk) had informed Mr. Morse that the arrangement would be subject to a month’s notice.
The Chairman said the school was commenced on Sunday and there were a number of children present. Two rooms were used instead of the one room originally wanted.
The New Infants’ School
A letter was received from the Education Department, approving of the plans, specifications, and tenders for the new infants’ school in Newton-road, and consenting to the borrowing of £4,750 for 50 years.
The Clerk said that immediately after the last meeting he wrote to the Atlas Insurance Co., to ask whether they were prepared to negotiate for the loan at less than 3¼ per cent, but received a reply to the effect that they would not lend the money at as low a rate as 3¼ per cent. He had received another letter from the Prudential Insurance Co. to the effect that the total indebtedness of the Board was greater than one year’s rates and under the circumstances it was not their custom to lend more money, unless the previous loans were for remunerative works. To that letter he (the Clerk) had replied that £9,000 of their loans was for remunerative works, but he had not heard from them again.
The Chairman said that if the Insurance Company did not lend them the money the board would have to apply to the Public Works Loan Commissioners, unless they could borrow it from some Corporation such as West Ham, from which the Urban Council had just obtained a loan at £3 2s 6d per cent.
Salaries of Teachers
The committee recommended that the salaries of Misses Scott, Gadsby, and Newell, from whom applications were recently received, be increased by £5 per annum, but they were not yet prepared to report on the applications of Misses Brigstock and Turner.
On the motion of Mr. Vorley, seconded by Mrs. Vann, the report was adopted.
Applications for increases were received from Misses Knock, Jacques, and Packer, and were referred to the committee.
The Chairman remarked that fresh applications came on at every meeting.
The Clerk suggested that the Board should follow the example of the Wellingborough Board and set aside a special meeting to consider such applications.
Mr. Cave thought it would be a good thing to work to a scale.
The Chairman said that unfortunately there had been cases which they could not work to a scale.
Mr. Cave said that it meant, of course, that those who could not work up to the standards would have to leave.
The Chairman said he knew that it was the usual thing to have a scale, but there were difficulties in the way here.
Mr. Bradfield thought that the difficulties would last about a year, but the Board would be glad that they had tackled them. He would be inclined to support an experiment.
The consideration of the subject was deferred.
A sum of £10 was voted to Mr. Jenkins for extra work in connection with the evening continuation school this session.
The committee reported that they had appointed Miss Alice Carter, of the British Board-school, Northampton, assistant mistress at Alfred-street Infants’ school at £45 per annum, and had also appointed Miss Eva Barber, of the Kettering-road Board-school, Northampton, assistant mistress at Newton-road schools on the same terms.
The committee’s action was approved.
The Attendance Officer (Mr. G. Bayes) forwarded a report dealing with a number of cases where the attendance of children was not satisfactory, and stating that many children were absent through ringworm and other diseases. He suggested that it would be wise to close the schools on Thursday afternoon (for the circus.)
The board decided not to close the schools.
It was reported that a piece of fencing at Alfred-street schools had been broken by the scaffolding used by the contractor for Messrs. Cave’s new factory.
Mr. Cave said on the other hand about 60 panes of glass had been broken in the factory since it was erected, mainly by boys attending the schools.
It was decided to write to Mr. Cosford, the contractor, with regard to the damage.
The Night of The Meeting
Mr. Cave again introduced the question of an alteration in the night of meeting, and said it was very inconvenient for him to attend on Tuesdays.
The Chairman didn’t think the Board could open the question then.
Mr. Cave said the alteration from Friday to Tuesday was made while he was abroad and he had not an opportunity of considering it.
Mr. Bradfield said there was a motion at the last meeting of the Board to the effect that the meetings be held on Thursday nights but it was defeated.
The Clerk said that his duties as Clerk to the Wellingborough Board would be interfered with by holding the meetings on Thursday nights.
The Chairman said Mr, Cave was considered when the alteration was made, because it was mentioned that it would be somewhat inconvenient for him to attend.
Mr. Cave said it was not very pleasant to come in at the fag end of the meeting and not know what was done. It didn’t look like working harmoniously together when one member is practically shut out.
Mr. Skinner: Could we have the meeting later?
Mr. Cave: It would suit me if it was an hour later, but I have a business engagement on Tuesday nights which cannot be put off.
The Chairman thought it was very improper to discuss the matter that night after having discussed it so recently.
Mr. Cave: But I am debarred from the meetings.
The Chairman pointed out that the night of meeting was altered to suit Mr. Skinner, who could not attend on Fridays.
Mr. Cave gave notice that he would initiate a discussion on the subject at the next meeting.