Board of Trustees News September 2017
The Board met recently for the second of two meetings this term.
The school is governed by a Board of Trustees comprising parent representatives, a teacher representative and the Principal.
The Ministry of Education requires schools to have a Board which is structured in this way to ensure the interests of the wider school community are represented. The Board focuses its governance on the 6 National Administrative Guidelines.
Representative members are generally elected through Board elections, which are held every three years. The next election will be in 2019.
The current Kelburn Normal School board members are:
Some key roles of the Board are to:
The New Zealand School Trustees Association (NZSTA) has developed an area on its website called ‘Parent Place’ which has some excellent information for parents and caregivers regarding the role of boards of trustees. You can download a copy of ‘A parents guide to the role of the board of trustees’ here.
The Board encourages parents to become involved in the school. If you have questions or complaints, please follow the process of taking them initially to the teacher or staff member involved. If you don’t get a satisfactory response, the matter needs to be escalated to the Syndicate Leader, Assistant Principal, Deputy Principal, Principal and, if necessary, the Board of Trustees.
Issues related to the day-to-day management of the school need to be discussed with the Principal, but the Board welcomes communication from parents in relation to the overall governance of the school. We will review and respond to any correspondence regularly.
Parents are also welcome to attend Board meetings, held monthly at the school. Check the school calendar or ask the office staff for meeting dates. Copies of minutes are available at the school office or from the Board secretary Loraine Best.
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