Wanaka Primary School has appointed local policeman Mike
Thomas its new board of trustees chairman, as Ministry of
Education intervention over governance issues at the school
The ministry appointed Dunedin man Cleave Hay as limited
statutory manager for the school several weeks ago, after
discord arose at governance level towards the end of last
A committee has governed the board since former chairman
Richard Cubie resigned in December, citing his concern over
the way the school had dealt with complaints from parents.
Mr Hay announced to staff and parents yesterday Mr Thomas had
been unanimously elected as chairman at a special board
meeting on Tuesday.
Mr Thomas is a parent-elected trustee who has been on the
board since the general elections last year and has
experience through his career in chairing groups.
''He is a well known and respected member of the community
through both his career and community activities,'' Mr Hay
Principal Wendy Bamford said she looked forward to working
with Mr Thomas ''in moving our school forward''.
Mr Thomas said he too was looking forward to working with the
board, Dr Bamford and staff, in conjunction with Mr Cleave,
in his new role.