$60k paid to Linwood College commissioners
Commissioners appointed to run Linwood College have been paid more than $60,000.
Figures released to The Press by the Education Ministry under the Official Information Act show $59,700, and another $3854 in travel and accommodation costs, was paid to commissioners to run the school after the board of trustees was sacked in March last year. Both figures exclude GST.
The money was paid for 390 hours of work, or the equivalent of almost 10 40-hour working weeks, between March 16 last year and June 6 this year.
Most of the money was paid to Michael Rondel, who took over from Janet Kelly in May after she was appointed on a short-term contract.
Rondel was paid $180 an hour and Kelly received $80 an hour.
The school returned to self-governance last month, when a new board was elected.
Anne Tolley, the education minister at the time, dismissed the school's board because it took too long to move the school to Cashmere High School after the February 2011 earthquake.
Documents released under the Official Information Act showed the time frame was so tight that Kelly also did not meet the relocation deadline.
Tolley's move outraged the trustees and members of the school community, who questioned the legality of the decision.
Schools usually have to cover the cost of commissioners out of their own funds, but in this case all the costs were covered by the ministry.
Ministry senior manager Marilyn Scott said the ministry paid commissioner costs when a school was unable to pay without putting teaching and learning at risk.
Linwood College board of trustees chairman David Cox said he had no idea whether the school received value for money from the commissioners because he was elected after Rondel and Kelly had left.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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