The Tarras School board of trustees is happy with the outcome
of an independent review into the departure of some families
from the school last year, and wants to put the matter behind
it, chairman Lachy Brett says.
The board commissioned a review after some families withdrew
their children from the school towards the end of the 2012
school year, ''so we had the information that was needed to
investigate their concerns'', Mr Brett said.
''There was just a small group of people who were unsatisfied
with some of the personnel that were at the school.''
He could not say how many children were involved and whether
they had all been taken away from the school for the same
reasons, as some families had moved out of the area, which
may have been a factor.
Mr Brett said the review was carried out by Mike Allison, a
commissioner for the Ministry of Education, who ''seems to
think that there's no evidence at all that there was any
problems with the personnel''.
He declined to provide a copy of Mr Allison's report, which
he said was private.
A notice in this month's Tarras Talk community newsletter
advised the full report would be made available for
interested members of the community to read, by appointment,
in the school library this Wednesday and Thursday evening.
It also included an excerpt from the report, which read:
''While understanding the concerns of the disaffected parents
and respectful of their right to make decisions in the best
interests of their children, this report finds insufficient
documented evidence to investigate their concerns further.
''Rather, the recognised professional assessments of
principal performance, the current ERO report, the current
Principal Appraisal and the results of the school's National
Standards, tell a different story, as do the substantial
number of the principal's supporters.''
The school's principal is Noelene Pullar, who has been in the
role since 1989.
''Fortunately, and without apportioning any right or wrong to
the actions of any in the community, this crisis may have
resolved itself,'' Mr Allison added.
Mr Brett said the school roll was higher now than it was
before the issues were raised.