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
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.