Minister launches Triennial Board of Trustees Elections
Triennial Board of Trustees Elections
Minister Hekia Parata is encouraging people with a mix of
skills and experience to step forward and become a board
member of their local school.
“If you are creative,
you can crunch numbers, you like to work as part of a team
and are eager to put students at the heart of every decision
you make, then your school needs you to step up.
“This year’s theme is Step Forward – Piki ake –
and I trust New Zealanders will do just that,” says Ms
School boards hold overall responsibility for
the governance of a school, setting goals, determining the
strategic direction and monitoring their school’s
performance, and raising the achievement of each and every
Ms Parata says trustees don’t have to be
parents or have children at the school they stand for.
“They do need to be able to reflect their community –
the parents, families, whānau, aiga, caregivers, hapū, and
iwi who are local to them and the school.”
says the trustee elections are the largest democratic event
in the country, involving the election of a board of
trustees for almost 2,500 state and state-integrated schools
every three years.
“More than 15,000 people are
needed to form boards, and more than 110,000 people have
taken on the trusteeship role since 1989.”
official election launch is at the Pasifika festival in
Auckland this morning. Elections will be held around the 30
May 2013. Nominations open 15 April 2013.
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