Principal appointed to school with no name

JODY O'CALLAGHAN
Last updated 05:00 15/10/2013
Steven Mustor
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NEW PRINCIPAL: Steven Mustor will take charge of the merger between Discovery 1 and Unlimited schools.

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The school may not have a name or location, but the merger between Discovery 1 and Unlimited has a new principal.

Steven Mustor, principal at Southland's Waiau Area School, will take charge at the new Christchurch school ahead of its January opening.

His first assignment will be deciding a new name and securing the desired central-city location.

Discovery 1-Unlimited board chairman John Duncan said in keeping with both schools' special character, the staff and community played a leading role in selecting the school's director by questioning each short-listed candidate in an open forum.

"It's an unique and truly collaborative process which sits comfortably with our philosophy of community engagement and involvement," he said.

Mustor said he was excited about the role and the collaborative selection was a "good reminder of just how passionate this community is" about the education of its children.

Discovery will continue operating on its temporary Halswell site, and Unlimited from its Canterbury University site, but as the one school from January. It aims to be in one central location by 2016.

Several schools affected by the Ministry of Education's post-quake school renewal plan have begun their final term in existence.

Lyttelton West School principal Diana Feary will lead the new merger school with Lyttelton Main, chairman of the appointed board Tom Scollard said.

He said the decision was made to appoint the principal as soon as possible, so they could lead the merger process and have staff appointed and a name chosen ahead of the May merger date.

The location of the school had not yet been confirmed, Scollard said.

Feary said she was "honoured and very excited" at her appointment.

Windsor and Burwood merger school board member Ali Hughes said interviews to appoint a new principal would be held in the coming weeks.

Other staff appointments would be made once a principal was in place and in time for the January opening.

Aranui High School principal John Rohs said members of the Aranui community leadership group had been chosen to engage with the wider community on its opinion of what the new Year 1 to 13 school should look like.

Aranui High and Aranui, Avondale and Wainoni primary schools will close at the end of 2016, with a new community campus to start by 2017.

It is expected Education Minister Hekia Parata will announce the final shape of the school by March 2014.

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Central New Brighton principal Toni Burnside said it was likely a principal for the merger between Freeville, and Central and North New Brighton in 2015 would be appointed next year.

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