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Resolution: make a difference for our schools

New Year’s resolution: make a difference for our schools

People have eight weeks to think about taking on a role that could well be the best and most rewarding New Year’s resolution.

While on holiday, people are being asked to consider standing for the School Trustee Elections in March 2007 – to give some of their time and skills for their local school.

Trustee election project manager, Janet Kelly, is encouraging people to think seriously about becoming a trustee during their Christmas break.

“We hope people don’t overlook the good they can do right on their community doorstep by supporting their schools,” she says.

“The education of our young people has always been and will continue to be a vital and worthy community cause.”

The elections campaign has been underway since October, but will be increasing in intensity in the New Year leading up to the March event.

“Schools will be sending out the call for nominations for school trustees by March 1, 2007. That leaves eight weeks for people to think about what they can offer schools for the good of their community,” says Janet Kelly.

Nominations close on March 15 and voting closes on March 29.

“For the children and young people in today’s schools – it is vital that their schools are governed well and, for this, they need school boards with a mix of skills and experiences,” Janet Kelly says.

“Trusteeship is a great way for people to use their skills and experiences for the good of the children in their area.”

“People from the wider community, including parents, can become trustees. What we want are people with a commitment to children and education and the skills to ultimately help the school lift student achievement.”

The school trustee elections involve 2,500 schools around the country, which provide education to 762,000 students.

Anyone interested in more information about trusteeship should contact their local school, says Janet Kelly


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