ACS board calls for second meeting
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 undersigned 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 vacant, 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.