West­land prin­ci­pal re­signs

The Press - - News - SAM STRONG

A prin­ci­pal who was on leave from a West Coast high school un­der govern­ment in­ter­ven­tion has stepped down from the role.

After a pe­riod of leave, Trevor Jones de­cided last week to re­sign from West­land High School in Hok­i­tika.

The school re­mains un­der lim­ited statu­tory man­age­ment and a sec­ond act­ing prin­ci­pal ap­pointed this year started in Novem­ber.

Lim­ited statu­tory man­ager Liz Clark said Ross Will­cocks would stay on as act­ing prin­ci­pal as the school be­gan its search for a per­ma­nent re­place­ment.

‘‘The process of ap­point­ment for [a] new prin­ci­pal is in the plan­ning and prepa­ra­tion stage. The board [of trustees] want to con­sult widely with the stu­dents, staff and community in this process,’’ Clark said.

In a state­ment, the school wished Jones ‘‘all the best for his fu­ture en­deav­ours, and thanks him for his com­mit­ment, ded­i­ca­tion and con­tri­bu­tion’’ since

2014.

Jones was cred­ited for in­tro­duc­ing Te Ma­rautanga o Aotearoa, suc­cess­fully se­cur­ing

$1.5 mil­lion of fund­ing for a community and sports cen­tre on the school site, and in­creas­ing the num­ber of stu­dents leav­ing the school with NCEA level 1, 2 and 3.

Will­cocks re­placed John Doo­nan, who was ap­pointed as act­ing prin­ci­pal in July after Jones went on leave for per­sonal rea­sons.

West­land High’s main hall and ad­min­is­tra­tion block was de­stroyed by fire last year, adding to the is­sues it faced be­fore go­ing into lim­ited statu­tory man­age­ment.

In March, it was re­vealed staff voted against Jones be­fore the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion ap­pointed a lim­ited statu­tory man­ager to ad­dress em­ploy­ment and fi­nan­cial is­sues.

Clark re­placed the first ap­pointed lim­ited statu­tory man­ager in June.

Jones did not re­spond to re­quests for com­ment.

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