Calls out for limited statutory manager

CHARLEY MANN
Last updated 05:00 30/11/2012
Prue Taylor
Iain McGregor
REINSTATED: Principal Prue Taylor was absent from the CGHS prize-giving.

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The Christchurch Girls' High School board of trustees has asked the Education Ministry to intervene at the school before principal Prue Taylor returns.

Before Taylor, who was sacked on November 2, returns, the board wants a limited statutory manager in place.

A limited statutory manager works alongside the board and a principal, the ministry's website says.

A ministry spokesman said it "will consider this request and put a recommendation to the [education] minister in due course".

Taylor said the move would be beneficial.

"I'm sure it will be useful for the board to have an independent person working with us all."

Taylor was reinstated in interim last week after an Employment Relations Authority (ERA) found her dismissal appeared to be procedurally unjustified.

A full hearing will be held in February.

Before the ERA hearing, the ministry wrote to the school board saying if Taylor was reinstated, the "level of risk would escalate to the extent that the ministry would immediately recommend the minister consider intervention".

The ministry said, in its letter, Taylor's sacking had dealt with its concerns with the school but a reappointment would change that and prompt the recommendation to appoint a limited statutory manager.

ERA member David Appleton, in his findings, recommended an action plan be put in place to help ease Taylor's return.

Meetings between Taylor and each staff member who has identified concerns about her return will be held, facilitated by an "independent, external and experienced facilitator".

Under the Education Act, a limited statutory manager remains in place until the minister is satisfied they are no longer required.

Taylor is still waiting to hear from the board about her return date. However, the board has said it is "absolutely committed to having Prue back reinstated by December 12".

Board chairman James Margaritis stood down this week.

He will remain a board member until elections next year. Deputy chairwoman Robyn Burgess will take over the role.

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