Timetable for Election.  Fix Election Date: Now                                                            Select Returning Officer by: Wednesday 27 May 2020                                                  Close Main Roll: Wednesday 3 June 2020                                                                          Call for Nominations by: Friday 5 June 2020                                                                  Close Supplementary Roll: Wednesday 17 June 2020                                                Nominations Close: Friday 19 June 2020 Voting Papers sent by: Wednesday 24 June 2020 Election Day: Friday 3 July 2020                                                                              Count Votes: Thursday 9 July 2020                                                                                  Board takes Office: Friday 10 July 2020                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         As previously notified, we had a vacancy for a Whanau Trustee on the Hikuai School Board of Trustees. Unfortunately the lockdown period occurred before we could appoint a replacement to the Board.    In the meantime, both Julia Smithson and Sarah Steinemann have announced their desire to stand down and so a further two Whanau Trustee vacancies are going to become available.  Claire Steer, the remaining Whanau Trustee was selected to the Board, rather than elected, and has indicated that she is also happy to stand down, but put her name forward for election. In the event that Claire is not re-elected then she, together with Sarah Steinemann, have both indicated that they would be available for co-option to the Board for a period of time to help the new Board settle in.   It has therefore been decided to hold a whole Board election for four Whanau Trustees, with the election date set as Friday 3rd July. The process is defined by the MoE and takes a number of weeks (see timetable below), however nominations are to be made by Friday 19th June. In the event that the number of candidates matches the number of vacancies, then no voting is required as all candidates are automatically elected.   We are keen to invite all of those who may harbour an interest in joining our school Board to consider putting yourself up for nomination. With a recent change of leadership, and the appointment of a new Principal on the horizon, now is a fantastic opportunity to inject some fresh ideas into our school as we continue to strive to make Hikuai School the ‘school of choice’ on the Paradise Coast.   So what does the Board of Trustees actually do? What’s involved?   Every state and state-integrated school in New Zealand has a Board of Trustees that governs it. The Board's job is to see that everything that needs to be done gets done - legally, ethically and as well as possible in the best interests of its students.   It is also the employer of all staff, including the Principal, and sets the overall strategic direction of the school. The Principal is the Board’s ‘Chief Executive’ and manages the school in line with the Board’s direction and policies.   The Board is responsible for making sure all students get a high quality education that will prepare them to thrive in the world by the time they leave school. It is responsible for being able to show its parents and community, as well as the government, that students are being well prepared for life beyond school. The Board must be able to demonstrate strong leadership for its local community and provide leadership for it’s Principal and staff. At the same time, the Board is elected by the community to ensure that the community has a voice in how their school operates. An effective Board needs to be able to balance these two responsibilities.    A public call for nominations will be made on Friday 5th June so you don’t have to commit yourselves just yet. If this is something you are interested in and have further questions I encourage you to speak to myself, or one of our existing Board members. We are only too happy to answer any questions you may have. Full training is available through NZSTA and the Board Chairperson will organise an induction session for all new joiners.   The next Board of Trustees meeting will take place on Monday 25th May in Room 5 at 6pm.  You are welcome to come along as a guest to find out more about what we do and to see if it might be for you. Due to level 2 regulations we can only have a limited number of visitors however, so please register your interest with Rachel if you would like to attend.   Alternatively, please read through the attached document compiled by NZSTA offering a parent’s guide to the role of the Board of Trustees.

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