School Trustee Elections for 2016
The NZSTA School Trustee Elections for 2016 is just around the corner.
The Returning Officer has been appointed, and on Wednesday 4 May 2016 at midday we will be closing the main roll, and calling for nominations from Parents, Caregivers and Students to nominate Parent Representatives onto the Board of Trustees (Friday 6 May 2016).
It is very important that you consider if there is a Parent, a friend or a colleague that you have come to know and who you believe may be in a position to serve on the Board of Trustees.
For a Board to function best, members should have varying skills and be able to function in a constructive team. Also a passion for the College, its students, our community, and for education is a must!
Belonging to the Board of Trustees requires that you attend one meeting a month of 2 to 3 hours, diligently read the Board documents emailed to you so that you are prepared for the Board meeting and be able to converse easily in English, able to form your own thoughts and opinions, and share these with the rest of the Board members. It also means that you undertake various tasks, when required, between board meetings.
Trustees are elected by the parent community, staff members and, in the case of schools with students above Year 9, the students.
What is the work of the Board of Trustees?
“The Board is entrusted to work on behalf of all stakeholders and is accountable for the school’s performance. It emphasises strategic leadership, sets the vision for the school, and ensures that it complies with legal and policy requirements. Policies are at a governance level and outline clear delegations to the Principal.
The Board and Principal form the Leadership Team, with the role of each documented and understood. The Principal reports to the board as a whole with committees used sparingly and only when a need is identified in order to contribute to Board work. The Board is proactive rather than reactive in its operations and decision making and does not involve itself in the administrative details of the day-to-day running of the school. The Board is encouraged to ask the right questions. Enhancing student achievement is its focus”.
The term of office of the Board
The school community elects trustees every three years. A newly elected Board takes office seven days after it is elected and stays in office until the next general election for trustees - either six days after nominations close, if no voting is required, or six days after voting closes.
Who cannot be a Board Trustee
With the following exceptions, anyone may stand for election to be a parent representative. A trustee does not need to be a parent/caregiver of a student.
Certain persons are ineligible to be Trustees and they are:
- An undischarged bankrupt
- Prohibited from being a director or promoter of, or being concerned or taking part in the management of, an incorporated or unincorporated body under the Companies Act 1993, the Securities Act 1978, the Securities Markets Act 1988 or the Takeovers Act 1993
- Subject to a property order under the Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act 1988 (unless it is a temporary order under section 30)
- A person in respect of whom a personal order has been made under that Act that reflects adversely on the person’s (a) competence to manage his or her own affairs in relation to his or her property; or (b) capacity to make or to communicate decisions relating to any particular aspect or aspects of his or her personal care and welfare;
- A person who has been convicted of an offence punishable by imprisonment for 2 years or more, or who has been sentenced to imprisonment for any other offence, unless they have obtained a pardon, served the sentence, or otherwise suffered the penalty imposed;
- Not a New Zealand citizen, and are either:
- A person to whom section 15 or 16 of the Immigration Act 2009 applies
- A person obliged, by or under the Act or any other enactment, to leave New Zealand immediately by or within a specified time (being a time that, when specified, was less than 12
- months); or
- Deemed for the purposes of that Act to be in New Zealand unlawfully
- Any a permanently appointed member of the Board staff may, if otherwise eligible for election, be elected as a staff representative, but no permanently appointed member of the Board staff may otherwise be elected to the Board or be appointed or co-opted on to the Board
- Any non-permanently appointed member of the Board staff may, if otherwise eligible, be selected, appointed or co-opted onto the Board
- No person who has been appointed returning officer for an election of trustees is eligible to be nominated as a candidate in the election
- A contractor or subcontractor with the board without the approval of the Secretary for Education and receiving payments exceeding $25,000 in any financial year (see section 103A Education Act 1989 - this would also this would also cover situations where a person has a 10% or more shareholding in the contracting company or a company that controls the contracting company.