The Ministry of Education has confirmed it received a letter from 49 parents of pupils at Mount Aspiring College asking for an investigation into the lack of governance at the school. This followed the recent resignation of two board members and a vote of no confidence in the principal Wayne Bosley.
The letter, drafted by three parents, was addressed to Otago and Southland education director Julie Anderson.
Those parents, who wished to remain anonymous, shared it with others.
The letter said that parents wanted to “place firmly on the record a vote of no confidence in MAC’s board of trustees”, including the principal.
Issues raised in the letter included a lack of a stakeholder engagement plan and a lack of school leadership. This was further highlighted by several employment relations failures and non-disclosure agreements, the letter said.
The Ministry said it would support the school as it took steps to resolve the issues the parents had raised, as well as issues identified by a recent Education Review Office [ERO} report for 2019 which deemed the school “developing.”
“We will continue to work with the board to support resolution of the concerns raised and offer any assistance that may be needed,’’ the Ministry said.
One of the two board of trustee members who resigned was previous chairman Glenn Peat.
Peat told the Wānaka Sun that he resigned from the board because he felt “misrepresented”, and experienced personal conflict in speaking for the board when he held a different view to the majority of his fellow trustees.
“I believe that as the governing body of MAC, the board should not only instigate change as required but act with honesty, integrity and transparency,” he said.
“When elected to the board, I felt motivated and excited to bring about positive change within the school. It became apparent that the board was continuing to take the same approach as the past while expecting a different outcome - which is not a logical process.”
Board chair Ed Nepia could not be contacted.
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