WBHS board tight-lipped over recommendations

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The Waitaki Boys’ High School board of trustees remains tight-lipped about the recommendations that were due to have been completed yesterday.

The recommendations to address ongoing issues at the school were accepted by the board following an investigation into the school by independent consultant Cleave Hay.

Serious concerns were raised by the Ministry of Education about the administration and management of the school during a meeting in May.

Board of trustees chairman Garry McLeod said all recommendations should have been completed by yesterday but he could not confirm this until the board had consulted and looked over the information.

“As far as I know, it’s all been completed.”

He could not provide any more information because it was “private and confidential”, he said.

Mr McLeod could also not confirm when the board would be meeting to discuss the recommendations.

While he acknowledged the situation would have an impact on the school, he did not want to discuss any of the impacts, whether positive or negative.

However, no further complaints had been received by the board since the original ones that the school was alerted to following the meeting with the Ministry of Education in May.

Ministry of Education head of sector enablement and support Katrina Casey said the ministry would be meeting with the board again early next week to discuss its progress on the review recommendations.

“We will decide what, if any action, in addition to what the board is doing, we need to take after that meeting.”

The recommendations that should have been completed by the board yesterday include reviews of all school-based systems, employment processes, staff welfare, student welfare, board governance practices and board performance.

Several of the recommendations were due to have been completed in August, with the rest to have been completed by September 30.

Mr Hay prepared the report, with recommendations, in June following four days in Oamaru conducting 28 face-to-face and seven telephone interviews with current staff, former staff, parents and a number of community members.

By RUBY HARFIELD