While we have welcomed Lisa Ellsworth to the board as the teacher representative, following the departure of Whaea Tui, we have recently had three resignations from the board. Two elected parent representatives – Soazik Shearer and Guillaume Corgnet – and co-opted member, Yvonne Kirkwood. We sincerely thank them for their contributions over the past two years.
As a result of these vacancies, and the fact that it is roughly one year until the next scheduled board members election, the board has chosen to select (shoulder tap) a Māori and a Pasifika representative in their place. This is in line with Treaty of Waitangi objectives and to encourage diversity, reflecting that of our school community.
However, our community is entitled to ask that we select two replacements via the election process. Requests for this to be undertaken must be made in writing to the chair of the board, Greg Ratcliffe, within 28 days from the date of this newsletter. If 10% of the enrolled school community call for an election, that will be the process. You can contact Greg by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by dropping off a letter at the school office.
We do advise, though, that even if two board replacements are decided by election, it is still the intention of the principal and the board to also co-opt a Māori and a Pasifika representative onto the board, if there is no representation of these peoples through the election process.
The 10 Year Property Plan (10YPP) was approved by the board, following a property condition assessment and our property consultant’s recommendations for works/maintenance on the school buildings. The 10YPP ‘ensures that the school is well maintained and the physical environment supports teaching and learning, within the budgets provided by the Ministry.’ This process is carried out every 5 years through the 5 Year Agreement (5YA).
There are weather-tightness issues with the cladding of the school hall which need to be addressed. Due to Ministry of Education policy relating to weather-tightness, half of our next 5YA funding has to be used for the remediation of the hall. Any balance above this 5YA portion will be covered by the ministry through supplementary funding.
Although this halves the next 5YA (2021 – 2026/27) spending for the rest of the school, fortunately, the ministry has supplied supplementary funding to our current 5YA (2016 – 2020/21) to allow us to continue with proposed work including the much-needed upgrade of the toilets behind the main block, repair of the leaky Admin building roof and replacement of electrical wiring. These works are currently going through the tender process and will be started sometime this year.