WBHS board finding ‘a way forward’

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Waitaki Boys’ High School board of trustees has accepted a report into the school and will be following its recommendations.

The report, completed by Dunedin-based independent consultant Cleave Hay after concerns were raised about the administration and management of the school, was accepted by the board during a routine meeting on Tuesday night.

Board chairman Garry McLeod the report did not draw any conclusions but clarified what the overarching issues were 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,” Mr McLeod said.

“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.”

The board was now working with the recommendations and would co-opt members of the school community to assist with the process, he said.

“For privacy reasons, we are not able to publish the report or provide details on the specific issues identified by Mr Hay.”

The board did not have a set time frame, as they were not sure how long the process would take, however they would keep the school community informed on the process, Mr McLeod said.

“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.”

Mr McLeod said the board wanted to thank everyone who had contributed to the process so far, including Mr Hay.

“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.”