|Rushden Argus May 19th 1899
Rushden School Board - Report
The monthly meeting of the Rushden School Board was held in the Board Room, College-street, on Tuesday evening. There were present: Messrs. J. T. Colson (chairman), A. Mantle (vice-chairman), G. Miller, C. L. Bradfield, B. Vorley, Paul Cave, F. Newman, G. H. Skinner, Mrs. A. G. C. Vann, and Mr. J. Heygate (clerk).
Mr. George C. Cobley (late apprentice under the Wellingborough School Board) applied for the assistant mastership at the Alfred-street School. He stated that he had been engaged at the Broad Green School for four years. The Clerk stated that the applicant having obtained a Queen's Scholarship, there was no vacancy under the Wellingborough School Board. The applicant having been interviewed by the Board, Mr. Paul Cave moved, and Mrs. A. G. C. Vann seconded, that Mr. Cobley be appointed at a salary of £55, the duties to commence after Whitsuntide.
The Clerk reported that the balance due to the treasurer on the general account was £39. 3s. 3d.
On the proposition of Mr. B. Vorley, seconded by Mr. Paul Cave, a number of bills against the Board were passed.
The committee recommended that the salary of Mr. Capon be increased £5 per annum as from May 1st; also that May Brookes be assistant mistress at Moor-road School, at a salary of 3s. a week,
Newton Road Schools
The Chairman reported that the repairs to Mr Jenkins's house were necessary. Mr. P. Cave and he had visited the house, and they thought there was cleaning to do at the schools.They thought, they would have to call upon Mr. Sharman to prepare a specification of what was wanted, and the work be tendered for. Mr. Paul Cave said that it would pay them to do the work thoroughly now rather than wait till next year. Mr. Miller moved that specifications be prepared, and Mr. A. Mantle seconded. The Chairman drew the attention of the Board to the asphalting which was necessary at the Newton-road grounds, and Mr. Paul Cave moved that the matter be attended and the necessary work carried out. I ought not to propose that, as I am on the Council. (Laughter) I may get into trouble. The Clerk: You are ................................................ last week, (Laughter ) Clerk: I spent a good deal of time looking into it.
Miss. L. L. Scott wrote asking that the ex-pupil teacher be replaced by a certificated teacher. The Chairman thought that they might continue the present advertisement, and a motion to this effect was moved, but Mrs. Vann proposed as an amendment that they apply for a certificated teacher . Mr. Vorley thought that the matter should be dealt with in committee, and moved that the question be deferred. Mr. G. Miller seconded, and the latter course was unanimously agreed to.
The Board decided to close the schools for one week at Whitsuntide.
A circular letter from the Land Law Reform Association was received, asking the Board to join them in a petition to the House of Commons in favour of the rating of ground values. Mr. Paul Cave thought it was a matter for the Urban Council, and Mr. Miller concurred, and moved that they pass on to the next business. Agreed to.
No Gas Required
The Rev. J. Crook wrote asking for the use of the schoolroom, Alfred-street, for three Sundays while the Succoth Chapel was being renovated. The writer added, 'we shall not require any gas'. (Laughter) The application was granted on the motion of Mr. Skinner, seconded by Mr. Bradfield, £1 being fixed as the charge for the use of the rooms.
Mr. Jesse Payne wrote resigning his appointment under the Board. The resignation was accepted, and Mrs. Vann proposed, and Mr. G. H. Skinner seconded, that an article 50 assistant be advertised for at a salary of £55.
Mr. R. Marriott desired instructions respecting the trees which front the new schools in the Newton-road. The Chairman said that Mr. Sharman recommended their removal. Mr. G. H. Skinner: The trees will make the room dark. The Chairman replied that they would not materially affect the light in the rooms. The principal reason for their suggested removal was because of the boundary wall Mr. Paul Cave said that the middle tree was the only one which was in the way of the wall. The other two were not, and he thought should remain, for "any fool could cut a tree down, but it was a wise man that planted one”. Mr C. L. Bradfield moved that the centre tree be cut down. Mr. Miller seconded, and it was carried.
This concluded the business of the Board.