Former head at heart of investigation

AMY MAAS AND CIARA PRATT
Last updated 05:00 11/02/2014

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The principal of Rangeview Intermediate School has resigned after being investigated by the Department of Internal Affairs.

A department spokeswoman confirmed David Latimer is being investigated by the department, but would not reveal the nature of the ongoing investigation.

It is understood Mr Latimer has consulted a barrister in relation to the inquiry.

When contacted, Mr Latimer said he did not want to make any comment.

He resigned last month from Rangeview Intermediate School, where he had been principal for six years.

He is understood to be working at a car repair shop in Henderson.

Acting principal Wendy Naidu cited sick leave as the reason for Mr Latimer's departure on December 3.

"A letter went out to our parents to say the board of trustees had received and accepted Mr Latimer's resignation," she says.

Mrs Naidu says Mr Latimer's resignation did not relate to any other staff or students.

"Our community were notified last year and the school year has started as usual, very positively," Mrs Naidu says.

Speculation in the community about what the investigation is about is "wrong", board of trustees chairwoman Catherine Clark says.

"I want to make it clear that this is an isolated incident concerning Mr Latimer and does not involve any students or staff at the school," she says.

The school has every confidence in acting principal Mrs Naidu and acting deputy principal Gary Wood, Ms Clark says.

"We are in no hurry to appoint a new principal, we are very confident in our management team. Everything was fine and dandy at the school. We have no worries about the school or children."

Ministry of Education head of sector enablement and support Katrina Casey confirmed Mr Latimer's resignation.

She says the ministry is confident the board of trustees managed the situation to ensure no children at school were at risk.

"We will provide any support the board needs from us for as long as it needs it as the new school year gets under way," she says.

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