Board back on track
Statutory manager has principal’s support
Wanaka Primary School principal Wendy Bamford says she is ‘‘absolutely delighted’’ with the fast appointment of a limited statutory manager at the school to address ‘‘board issues’’. Ministry of Education head of sector enablement and support Katrina Casey said following a request from the school’s board of trustees, Dunedin businessman Cleave Hay was appointed earlier this month. ‘‘He has been appointed because of risks to the operation of the school. His role will be to pick up the powers of the board in relation to its employment responsibilities as employer of all school staff,’’ Ms Casey said. The board had been managed by a chair committee since former chairman Richard Cubie resigned from his position in December after having concerns about the way complaints from parents were being dealt with by the school. Mrs Bamford said she was delighted the ministry had worked quickly to appoint Mr Hay to the position. ‘‘He is a good man for the job,’’ she said. She declined to comment further on details behind the appointment but said it was for ‘‘board issues that need to be resolved’’. His appointment would not affect her position and Mr Hay would report regularly to the ministry on progress. ‘‘We will be closely monitoring the intervention and will review his appointment within 12 months. The aim of intervention is to return the school to full selfgovernance as soon as possible, and the vast majority of schools achieve this within two years,’’ Ms Casey said.