Board back on track

Statu­tory man­ager has prin­ci­pal’s sup­port

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS - By CHE BAKER

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.

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