July 12, 1888. Community Meeting

There was a very large and influential gathering of the ratepayers of the village at the meeting on Thursday evening last called by the Reeve and the Chairman of the High School board to consider the question of the proposed expenditure on the High School buildings. The Reeve Mr. Rathburn… explained the object of the meeting. He said that the High School board have found that the cost would be more than at first expected.

Other speakers were: Mr. Stuart, Chairman of the board (subject: policy of the board); Dr. Lumley, member of the board (subject: heating and ventilating); Mr. Harrison, village clerk (subject: finances); and Rev. D Currie and John A. Leitch – the last two gentlemen spoke in favour of the new school. One gentleman was noted as being entirely in opposition of the new school, stating that “Those in power are determined to go on and only called his meeting to be whitewashed beforehand” and that he “would not be a party of the whitewashing!”

After S.J. Waler and Elish Adams, other members of the board, had spoken a few words, and several questions were asked of the board and answered by them, it was moved by Mr. Angus McKenzie and seconded by J.M. Corneil, that the meeting having heard the statements made by the High School board, entirely approves of the steps taken by them for the erection and equipment of a first class High School in the Village of Glencoe.

The meeting unanimously resolved that application be made to the municipal council for the sum of $9000 for the purpose of purchasing a High School site, erecting and completing a High School building, and putting the grounds in proper order.

Source: typed copy of article from Transcript and Free Press Files. Original dated July 12, 1888.

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