Margaritis quits chairman role

TINA LAW AND CAROLINE KING
Last updated 17:19 27/11/2012
James Margaritis
JAMES MARGARITIS: The former Christchurch Girls' High School board of trustees chairman.

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Christchurch Girls' High School board chairman James Margaritis has resigned from his role.

Margaritis stood down as board of trustees chairman at the board meeting yesterday.

A statement on the school's website today says Margaritis will remain as a board trustee until elections in May.

Deputy chairwoman Robyn Burgess, who was acting chairwoman at the meeting last night, will remain in the role until the elections.

Margaritis' picture has been removed from the school's website.

Margaritis has come under pressure to resign after the Employment Relations Authority last week ordered the school to reinstate principal Prue Taylor after she was dismissed by the board on November 2.

The authority report said the relationship between Taylor and Margaritis had ''seriously broken down and may well be irretrievable''.

The report identified several failings made by the board in dismissing Taylor and said her sacking was unjustified.

Mark Smith, a spokesman for some Christchurch Girls parents, said he hoped the resignation would be "a step forward" in resolving the issues currently facing the school.

"Our three main areas of concern remain the board's engagement with parents as stakeholders, process points around the recent termination of the principal's employment contract, and the way forward relating to the parent community expectations and recommendations."

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