The Ministry of Education has assumed control of a Hastings
Heretaunga Intermediate School principal David Lunny has
resigned, while a limited statutory manager has assumed the
powers of the school's board.
Mr Lunny had no comment when approached by Hawke's Bay Today.
Ministry of Education head of sector enablement and support
Katrina Casey said Mr Lunny had resigned, effective December
13, and Rachel Smith was acting principal. The board of
trustees was still in place.
"A limited statutory manager was appointed to the board on
October 1, and has assumed the powers of the board in
relation to employment matters, curriculum management
(including teaching and assessment practice), and has
initiated a school-wide self-review.
"The ministry does not intervene lightly in the running of a
school. The effective management and functioning of a school
is our principal concern. Three reasons the ministry may
intervene in a school are a risk to the operation of the
school, a risk to student achievement, or a risk to student
welfare and safety."
While a commissioner would replace a board of trustees, a
limited statutory manager might take on some but not all of a
board's roles and responsibilities and the board remained in
"We actively work to ensure that a school is returned to full
self-governance within two years."
The school made headlines this year after a teacher with a
conviction for aggravated robbery was sentenced for stealing
Amanda Jane Scott pleaded guilty in the Hastings District
Court in July to a charge of stealing the $400 pair of
sunglasses at Mitre 10.
Scott is understood to have been the getaway driver for a
bank robbery in 1991 and, at the age of 22, was jailed in
Christchurch Prison for three years.
She has since resigned.
- By Sam Hurley and Anna Ferrick of Hawke's Bay Today