Chch principal steps up to help transformation

TINA LAW
Last updated 05:00 13/11/2012
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RESIGNED: Christchurch Boys' High School principal Trevor McIntyre.

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Christchurch Boys' High School headmaster Trevor McIntyre is leaving to act as a go-between for the Education Ministry and city schools proposed to close or merge.

He is the second principal to leave a major Christchurch secondary school in the past two weeks and more leadership changes loom as the ministry looks to appoint up to five staff from within Christchurch's education sector to help with its earthquake renewal programme.

McIntyre, approached by the ministry, has been appointed executive adviser to the greater Christchurch Education Renewal Programme by Secretary for Education Lesley Longstone.

He will start on December 3.

Longstone said McIntyre would ensure the sector, parents and school communities had "one of their own" monitoring the integrity of the programme and facilitating the consultation process.

McIntyre said he felt he had an understanding of Christchurch that could be useful with the renewal.

"I was not looking to leave Boys' High. It's a fantastic job . . . It's as good a job as it gets."

He said he went into teaching because he wanted to make a difference in the classroom. Then he thought he could make a bigger difference as a head of department, and has worked his way up and now believed he had the ability to help the city.

McIntyre was offered the chance to take a secondment and return to Boys' High at the end of his 12-month contract but he thought that would be unfair to the school.

"I just thought, I've been here for nine years, I've given it my best shot . . . It's best for Boys' High to appoint a new head to lead the school through the next 10 years," McIntyre said.

He believed he would be able to provide a level of independence to the ministry process of closing and merging schools because he had not been privy to the development of the proposals and had a vast knowledge of the city's education scene.

"I might be useful in helping the ministry and the schools."

The Government is proposing to close 13 schools and put 26 through some form of merger.

McIntyre said the ministry "banged these proposals on the table and they've got schools that are really angry", but he hoped to work with the two groups to reach some successful conclusions.

He would also ensure the consultation process was fair and the rules were followed.

Boys' High deputy headmaster Paul McWilliam will step in as acting headmaster while the board recruits a new principal.

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Christchurch Girls' High School principal Prue Taylor was sacked on November 2 by the school's board. She is fighting her dismissal.

- The Press

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