Waitaki Boys' High board considering report

DANIEL BIRCHFIELD
Last updated 15:25 09/07/2014
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ONGOING: An independent adviser has produced a report into issues at Waitaki Boys' High School.

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Waitaki Boys' High School's (WBHS) board of trustees has confirmed it has accepted an independent report into issues surrounding the school and are now in the process of implementing its recommendations.

Dunedin-based independent consultant Cleave Hay was commissioned by the school board last month after concerns were raised by parents and others in the school community about administration and management at the school.

Hay presented his report to the school's board at a meeting on Monday night, while the board accepted it at it's meeting on Tuesday night.

The report was formally discussed at the meeting, with the public being excluded to protect the privacy of individuals.

The Ministry of Education is not considering intervening at this stage, however it has acknowledged the board's acceptance of Hay's report.

WBHS board of trustees chairman Garry McLeod says the report did not draw any conclusions, but clarified what the overarching issues are and made recommendations for the board to move forward with.

"Mr Hay has reported on the concerns raised, which included meeting with and talking to former pupils, teachers and ex-teachers and parents.

"The board now have a much clearer understanding of what needs to be addressed and how we can do this in the most appropriate and effective way."

He says members of the school community will assist with the next step in the board's process.

"The key message we want to get out to the school community is that the board has identified a way forward and is committed to putting in place the measures needed to resolve the issues identified in the report.

"We are all focused on getting the best outcomes for the school."

While McLeod says it's not clear how long the process will take at this stage, the school community will be kept informed on progress.

The report is not being published publicly and the board is not providing details on the specific issues identified by Hay.

McLeod thanked everyone who had contributed to the process so far, including Hay, on behalf of the board.

"Mr Hay's vast experience in education management issues and his report has been gratefully received by the board.

"We also appreciate the input from the school community, who, like us, are committed to ensuring Waitaki Boys' High School continues to provide a supportive environment and excellent standard of education for its students.

Ministry of Education head of sector enablement and support Katrina Casey says it acknowledges Hay's recommendations and the board's commitment to addressing highlighted issues.

"The next step is to meet with the board to discuss the recommendations in the report, including timeframes for agreed actions to be implemented, and to identify any support we can give to the school.

"We will monitor the board's actions in response to the report's recommendations to ensure all issues are addressed," she says.

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