Commissioner for Waitaki Boys’

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Employment law consultant Nicola Hornsey has been appointed commissioner at Waitaki Boys’ High School to resolve serious issues at the school, the Ministry of Education announced on Friday.

The ministry decided at a meeting last Monday night to appoint a commissioner to take over the role of the board of trustees following a lack of confidence in the governance of the school.

Ministry of Education head of sector enablement and support Katrina Casey said the appointment will take effect from tomorrow.

Ms Hornsey has significant experience in governance and recently completed a successful term as limited statutory manager at Omarama Primary School, where she was appointed to handle employment issues.

A new principal started at the school late last year, and the school is now operating well.

“I have confidence that Ms Hornsey has the skills and experience to make the changes that are needed at Waitaki Boys,” Ms Casey said.

“The boys at the school need a safe and orderly environment in which to learn.

“Staff also need a positive environment if they are to teach effectively. In her previous work for us, Ms Hornsey has shown she is determined and gets results,” she said.

The commissioner visited the school on Friday to meet senior management with her brief being to resolve the serious issues facing the school.

Ms Hornsey is currently commissioner at Salford School in Invercargill, where she has made good progress in resolving issues, and was recently appointed commissioner at Aparima College in Riverton after the resignation of the board of trustees there.

Ms Hornsey has played a strong role in South Canterbury community organisations, as an appointed board member of the South Canterbury District Health Board from 2008 to 2013, and as a trustee of the Mid and South Canterbury Community Trust from 2005 to 2013.