All of New Zealand’s state schools have a Board of Trustees (BoT) to govern the school. The Board is elected every three years by parents and staff.
What does the Board of Trustees do?
The Board governs the school in accordance with the Long Bay School Charter and the directives of the Ministry of Education. The essence of trusteeship is that all Trustees on the Board hold in trust for the community the successful education of all children enrolled at the school. The Board is responsible for setting strategic goals through its Strategic Plan, determining Board policy, delegating powers including school management, review, employment of staff, the school’s financial affairs and property management.
Who is on the Board of Trustees?
The Board comprises of seven members: five parent trustees elected by the parent community, one staff trustee elected by the school staff and the school principal.
Board members for the 2019 – 2022 period are:
Kylie Jackson-Cox (Parent Trustee, Chairperson)
Dave Clark (Parent Trustee, IT portfolio)
James Edgoose (Parent Trustee, Property portfolio )
Harushini Welgemoed (Parent Trustee, Finance portfolio)
Autumn Facer (Parent Trustee,Health and Safety portfolio)
Linda Barton (Principal)
Ellis Walker Bell (Staff Representative)
Lisa Dunlop (BoT Secretary)
Board of Trustee Meetings
The Board meets twice a term on a Monday at 6.30 p.m. in the school staff room. These meetings are advertised in the school newsletter and this website. All members of the school community are warmly invited. Members of the school community who wish to speak at a Board meeting on a particular issue, should contact the Board Chairperson so that provision can be made. The contact email for the Board is firstname.lastname@example.org A copy of the Long Bay Primary Charter, the most recent Policies and Procedures, plus Board of Trustee minutes are available in the school office for you to read.
How can I get involved?
Standing for the Board is a great way to get involved in your child’s education. Elected Board members will be offered training and support to make carrying out this responsibility easier.
Elections are run every three years and in order to stand for the board you must confirm that to the best of your knowledge you are eligible to be a school trustee. The website of the New Zealand School Trustees Association (NZSTA) has information for current or potential trustees. www.nzsta.org.nz
If you are interested in standing for election, a good idea is to talk to a current Board member. You may also like attend a couple of Board meetings to get a better idea of the Trustee role and the responsibility involved.