The meeting was led by Establishment Board members: Rory O'Connor (Chair), Wendy Welsh, Alison Pask, Roger Ellis and David Waters. They were joined by the Ministry of Education facilitator - Tricia Chapman.
The role of the Establishment Board of Trustees (EBOT) is to ensure the school is ready to open in Term 2012. It is responsible for
- setting the initial Values and Vision of the new school;
- appointing the foundation Principal;
- contributing to the design of the school;
- determining the school policy and governance matters as well as ensuring the school meets the needs and aspirations of the local community
The core curriculum has been set by the Ministry of Education (following its own consultation proces) and so the Establishment Board is not starting with a "clean sheet" in working out the draft Values & Vision for the school.
The Board is keen to receive feedback from the community on the draft Vision & Values which were distributed at the meeting. Further copies of the draft Vision & Values are available on request from firstname.lastname@example.org
Board Chairman Rory O'Connor also discussed the draft timeline being followed by the Board. Getting the Vision & Values right was very important. Design of the physical layout will be strongly influenced by the Vision & Values.
The timelineThe approximate timeline, which may be subject to revision, is as follows:
January-March 2010 - Research modern school design, develop draft Values & Vision of school, Visit newly built schools in Auckland & Wellington to gain from their experiences;
April-June 2010 - Start recruitment process for Principal, finalise Values & Vision, contract architect & builder;
September -October 2010 - Appoint Principal.
October-December 2010 - Design
January - December 2011 - Building phase
January-March 2011 - appoint senior management team.
April 2011 - Principal takes up position.
July 2011- senior management team take up positions.
November-December 2011 - ERO readiness audit.
Term 1 2012 - school opens.
mid-2012 - new Board of Trustees elected. Establishment Board ends.
The Establishment Board welcomes comments and questions from the community. Please feel free to either email us at: email@example.com or share a comment on the blog.