Ministry to appoint a commissioner for school

The Ministry of Education has begun the process of appointing a commissioner to replace the board of trustees of Wanaka Primary School.

In a statement yesterday, head of sector enablement and support Katrina Casey said the board had formally requested it be dissolved and a commissioner appointed.

''We will now go ahead and appoint a commissioner who has the appropriate skills and expertise to govern the school. The commissioner will work with the principal and staff ...

and the school community to return the school to full governance.''

The move follows the resignation of three board members last month and two earlier this year.

Limited statutory manager Cleave Hay, who has been working with the board since January, told the Otago Daily Times yesterday the board remained in place until its members either resigned or the Minister of Education dissolved it.

From past experience, he expected the process to take about three weeks.

Under the Education Act 1989, the commissioner takes responsibility for all ''functions, duties and powers'' of the board.

The process is aimed at returning the school to self-governance.

- mark.price@odt.co.nz