‘Fresh start’ for school

The Gore Main School community is looking forward to a "fresh start" in 2020, principal Glenn Puna says.

The limited statutory management intervention placed on Gore Main School in January was revoked this week.

At the end of 2018 the school’s board of trustees attempted, with support from the Ministry of Education, to resolve employment issues but when this was not successful requested that a manager be appointed.

The principal at the time, Mary Miller, resigned.

The ministry appointed Cleave Hay as limited statutory manager.

Appointed in March, Mr Puna took up his new role in the second term.

Mr Puna said having the limited statutory management lifted was a positive outcome for the school.

"It’s come at a nice time of the year that we are able to put that chapter behind us and move into 2020 with a fresh start," he said.

He had enjoyed his first eight months at the school.

"It’s been good getting to know everyone."

Although Mr Hay was overseeing the governance of the school, it had been "business as usual" for staff.

"Right from day one the focus has about our kids and making sure we are doing what we can for them."

It had been good having someone with Mr Hay’s governance knowledge in the school, he said.

Board of trustees chairwoman Marion McFadzien said the board was pleased to announce the limited statutory management had been lifted.

"Mr Puna has made excellent progress within the school this year, and the board and staff are looking forward to an exciting 2020," Mrs McFadzien said.

Mr Hay said he was satisfied the issues which had caused him to be appointed manager had been dealt with.

"I’m confident that the relationships in the school and the governance and management are sound and I’m very happy the intervention can now be lifted,’’ he said.

 - Sandy Eggleston


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