Issues with school board

LETTER

I am writing to you in regards to the functions of a Board of Trustees for a school. Over this past year, as a parent I have felt alienated and ignored by the BoT of my child’s school.

It was my understanding that a BoT is about governance not management. There have been many issues with this particular board and I along with many others have seen no transparency or show of good faith with parents.

Letters of complaints have been sent to appropriate people and at a recent meeting we received feedback about putting things in place and working together to move forward. However, it just seemed like we were still being ignored. At the same meeting a question was asked of this BoT: “Do we as parents have a voice?” To which the reply was “No”.

I’m confused and very concerned, as this type of behaviour is not what I voted for. So I’m left with no choice but to get the thoughts of the Gisborne public, good or bad.

concerned parent

I am writing to you in regards to the functions of a Board of Trustees for a school. Over this past year, as a parent I have felt alienated and ignored by the BoT of my child’s school.

It was my understanding that a BoT is about governance not management. There have been many issues with this particular board and I along with many others have seen no transparency or show of good faith with parents.

Letters of complaints have been sent to appropriate people and at a recent meeting we received feedback about putting things in place and working together to move forward. However, it just seemed like we were still being ignored. At the same meeting a question was asked of this BoT: “Do we as parents have a voice?” To which the reply was “No”.

I’m confused and very concerned, as this type of behaviour is not what I voted for. So I’m left with no choice but to get the thoughts of the Gisborne public, good or bad.

concerned parent

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Gordon Webb - 15 days ago
Your decision to publish yesterday the letter from "Concerned Parent" about issues with a school board is unfortunate. That writer appears to lack the intestinal fortitude to name the school involved. Apart from the vagueness of the allegations and the absence of any verification for them, local school managements and those of us who generously give of our time as BoT members are left wondering if the finger is pointed in our direction. Please put up or shut up.

Anonymous - 14 days ago
I believe the role of the BoT is to do what is best for the school and for the Kids, not cater to parents who feel ignored.

Correct me if wrong but I think there are also legalities around what information BoT are actually allowed to give out.

I also agree with Gordon's comment about this letter being extremely vague. It's difficult to gauge a situation like this when hearing only one side.

Supportive Parent - 14 days ago
In regards to the concerned parent, good on you for having your say. I totally agree with you, the purpose of the board is to be the voice of the parents who have children attending the school. If the board is not functioning then guaranteed this will impact on staff, and eventually the children. The board role to me is not about status and if it becomes personal or about being in control, then move on. If board members are feeling so insecure that they may think someone is pointing the finger at them, then maybe have another look at what's really going on. If it's an issue giving of your time then get off or "shut up". Being a board member to me is a privilege not a right. If letters of complaints are not being heard, and the same behaviour is still continuing with the board, then where do parents go?! Answer: The Gisborne Herald.

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