Sec­ond AGM called

ACS meeting to deal with is­sues over pro­posed changes

Alpine Observer - - Front Page - By STRUAN JONES

THE Alpine Chil­dren’s Ser­vices (ACS) board of man­age­ment has called a sec­ond An­nual Gen­eral Meeting for the year as contentious is­sues over pro­posed changes to the or­gan­i­sa­tion came to a head last week.

The meeting, planned for Novem­ber 27, comes in re­sponse to a pe­ti­tion cir­cu­lated last week declar­ing the un­der- signed staff and par­ents of the early child­hood ser­vices provider “do not have con­fi­dence in the cur­rent ACS Board.”

The pe­ti­tion, ti­tled ‘ACS Staff Need Your Help’, was signed by more than 60 staff and an undis­closed num­ber of par­ents, and was made avail­able to the board last week and called for a Spe­cial Gen­eral Meeting with the in­ten­tion of declar­ing all board po­si­tions va­cant.

The pe­ti­tion states the most re­cent An­nual Gen­eral Meeting held in May was in­valid due to a lack of num­bers to con­sti­tute a quo­rum.

It also de­clared the ACS board was propos­ing sig­nif­i­cant changes with­out “any gen­uine con­sul­ta­tion” with the ACS staff, and that “the ACS Board has not acted in line with the val­ues of ACS in­clud­ing in­tegrity and col­lab­o­ra­tion.”

The two lead­ing sig­na­tures on the pe­ti­tion are ACS gen­eral man­ager Jenny Grif­fiths and ACS busi­ness man­ager Jeanette McLaren, who both sit on the board of man­age­ment as non-vot­ing mem­bers.

Ms Grif­fiths has man­aged ACS for close to 15 years.

Among con­fu­sion and spec­u­la­tion over the pe­ti­tion, the board sought to quell par­ents’ con­cerns that changes were be­ing planned to ser­vices, and gave no­tice of an ‘An­nual Gen­eral Meeting II’.

In the lead up to the Novem­ber 27 ‘AGM II’, in­for­ma­tion ses­sions have been sched­uled for ACS par­ents for Novem­ber 12, 13, and 14 in Bright, Mount Beauty, and Myrtle­ford.

The five vot­ing mem­bers of the board in­clude two rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Alpine Shire Coun­cil: Coun­cil­lor Tony Kee­ble and man­ager cor­po­rate Emma Woolas­toon.

Coun­cil re­leased a state­ment on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 29 throw­ing their full sup­port be­hind the ACS board, say­ing “we have ev­ery faith in the cur­rent board, in par­tic­u­lar Coun­cil-ap­pointed mem­bers.”

The Coun­cil state­ment also as­sures fam­i­lies “there are no planned changes to any ACS ser­vices.”

While the pe­ti­tion sought to make all board po­si­tions va- cant, the planned ‘AGM II’ does not have as an item of busi­ness elect­ing a new board, and rather seeks firstly to rat­ify res­o­lu­tions passed at the AGM in May, in­clud­ing the elec­tion of the cur­rent board.

The ACS An­nual Gen­eral Meeting II will be held at 10am Tues­day, Novem­ber 27 at the Alpine Shire Coun­cil Cham­bers in Bright, where el­i­gi­ble par­ents and em­ploy­ees of ACS can vote.

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