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About the Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees works in partnership with the community, principal, teachers and government to ensure that our students get the best possible education.

Together the BOT “governs” the school – that is, set the goals, vision and priorities for the school in the form of our school charter (Charter / Goals).

We must ensure that the National Education Goals are met – they are the government’s priorities for education; and that the National Administration Guidelines are followed.

The National Administration Guidelines cover the areas below:

Curriculum
Monitoring the achievement of all students, including Maori students, special needs, gifted and talented, and under-achieving students. It also covers areas such as homework, assessment and evaluation, internet safety and reading recovery.

Personnel
Staff professional development, Staff appointments, staff appraisal, complaints and concerns etc.

Operations and Legal
The development of Policies / Procedures to ensure safe and effective management of the school that meets legislative requirements. This includes reporting to parents and consulting with the community.

Finance
Developing and regularly reviewing the school budget, approving major purchases and overseeing all spending.

Property / Health and Safety
Ensuring that the school is a safe, positive environment that meets our children’s learning needs. This includes education outside of the classroom, behaviour management policies, complaints procedures, emergency procedures; and overall maintenance of the school.

The Board includes at least five parent representatives, including the Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer; a staff representative, and the Principal.

The Board provides a vision for the school, we don’t “DO” but play an important role in deciding and overseeing what should be DONE. Then we leave it to the experts to DO IT – the principal and staff.

An election is held every three years (the next one being in March/April 2010), during which parents can stand for election onto the Board. In the intervening time however, additional members can be “co-opted” onto the board for specific skills they may have (for however long they are needed), or to fill a vacancy left by a departing member. The main criteria for involvement in the Board are enthusiasm and a commitment to the education of the children of Somerfield!

The Board meets once a month – (advertised in the school Newsletter). Our meetings are open to the public and you are welcome to attend. If you wish to raise an issue at a BoT meeting you should first discuss this with a member (usually the Principal or Chairperson) so it can be added to the agenda before the meeting. Everyone is welcome – even if you just want to see what we do and how we do it!

The Board can be contacted through the school office (332 2364)