Salford to stay under statutory manager
Salford School will remain under the governance of a limited statutory manager until a commissioner is appointed.
The school's board of trustees resigned on Thursday, stating the "unfortunate intervention" had created more problems than it had been intended to fix.
Ministry of Education head of sector enablement and support Katrina Casey confirmed a limited statutory manager would remain in place at the school until a commissioner was appointed.
The ministry would begin working through the commissioner appointment process, but it was difficult to put an exact timeframe on this, Ms Casey said.
The ministry did not clarify whether Peter Macdonald would remain in his role as limited statutory manager in the meantime, or whether a new manager would be appointed. It also did not answer questions on whether Mr Macdonald would be appointed to the commissioner role.
Mr Macdonald was appointed as limited statutory manager in November following an Education Review Office report noted high staff turnover and dissatisfaction.
The exact matters that prompted the board to resign are yet to be revealed, although former acting chairman Dr Aaron Fox said one major factor was the significant financial drain the statutory intervention had become for the school.
The board was not required to give the ministry a reason for its resignation, Ms Casey said.
Under the Education Act, the ministry must appoint a commissioner to govern a school when there is no longer anyone eligible to preside at board meetings.
The board's resignation was a hot topic online yesterday with some parents using social media to express their support for the school.
Karen Keppel posted a comment to theSouthland Times Facebook page, commending staff for their professionalism throughout the intervention process.
"I can only thank all the staff at the school for keeping on doing an amazing job of providing fun, meaningful learning experiences for our kids and protecting them from silly adult politics," she wrote.
However, commenters on The Southland Times website called for more transparency, with one reader demanding the board fully explain the reasons behind their resignation.
"They at least owe it to the parents to spell out exactly what ALL of the issues are, otherwise what are we to think? . . . The voting parents deserve better!"
Other commenters deplored the ongoing "drama" of the intervention.
Parents spoken to by The Southland Times outside the school yesterday said they were happy with the education their children were receiving.
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