Complaints about intimidation, shouting and arguing with
staff in front of school children by embattled Rotary Park
School principal Carmel Casey have been upheld by the
Rotary Park School commissioner Cleave Hay said the
employment investigation into the actions of Mrs Casey at
Rotary Park School had been completed.
He said several allegations had been made against the
principal by teaching staff, and following legal advice, Mr
Hay found four of the allegations warranted further action.
''Those upheld were regarding shouting and intimidation,
intimidation, yelling, and holding discussion in an
A disciplinary letter has since been sent to Mrs Casey, and
Mr Hay said she would be made redundant on January 27, 2013.
Mr Hay said no allegations were made against the teaching
''I'm pleased this has all come to a conclusion,'' he said.
Mrs Casey has since left Dunedin and attempts to contact her
for comment were unsuccessful.
The school's woes began last year when Mrs Casey became the
focus of allegations of incompetent teaching practices.
The situation came to a head when many parents began removing
their children as a show of defiance over her return to the
school after six months' leave.
Education Minister Hekia Parata ordered a school community
consultation process after Mr Hay recommended the school be
considered for closure when its roll dropped from more than
60 to just 21.
In June this year, the Ministry of Education announced the
school would close on January 27, 2013, because of the
The school's roll had declined significantly during the past
five years, from 84 pupils in 2008 to just 21 in 2012. Ms
Parata said it was not sustainable to keep the school open
because quality education could be provided at neighbouring
Only 10 pupils had been expected to return to the school in
2013. Mr Hay acknowledged the work of all the school's staff
throughout the year, the support of the school from its
families, and wished them well for the future.
''We will be handling many areas of logistics in the closure
until late in January  when the school officially