Sacked Christchurch school head back on job

OLIVIA CARVILLE
Last updated 05:00 08/12/2012
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CONGRATULATIONS: Prue Taylor receives a hug from her son Hamish after the Employment Authority grants her interim reinstatement.

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Sacked principal Prue Taylor is due to return to the helm of Christchurch Girls' High School on Wednesday.

Taylor was sacked by the school's board of trustees on November 2.

She was temporarily re instated two weeks ago after an Employment Relations Authority report found her dismissal was "procedurally, and possibly substantively unjustified".

The authority said the board could decide if Taylor was to be reinstated before or after the current school term ended because of a predicted "flurry of media attention" upon her return. The school term ends on Tuesday and Taylor said she was "really looking forward to going back".

Despite her excitement, Taylor was yet to hear from the board.

"I have had no personal contact from them but my lawyer has been working with them and their people."

The ERA had indicated Taylor was to be back at her desk no later than the day after the term ended.

"Wednesday is the day the ERA member indicated was the last possible day I could come back so I'm going on that."

Meetings would be held on Wednesday to provide Taylor with a smooth transition back into the school, she said.

"I can't wait to find out what's been going o."

Board spokesman Tim Priddy said Taylor would return to the school on Wednesday.

"We are still working through a process as the ERA determination set that date to be December 12, 2012," he said.

"Communication is between the lawyers representing the respective parties."

A full hearing on Taylor's dismissal will be held in early February.

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