The Minister of Education appoints an EBoT to every new school that is being established. Our EBoT was appointed in June 2021 and it is likely to be in place until June 2023.
The process for appointing an EBoT starts with the Ministry advertising for expressions of interest from people with the required skills and experience who wish to put their names forward for the EBoT.
An EBoT has five members and can co-opt up to four other members to support its operation. The Ministry appoints a governance facilitator to support the EBoT. Once a principal is appointed, they will also become part of the EBoT.
The EBoT’s role is to oversee and assist in the process of setting up a new school.
It stays in place for as long as it is required to ensure the new school has the best possible start it can. This is usually about three to six months after the opening of the school, at which time elections are held for the Board of Trustees.
The EBoT receives grants to operate and to set the school up and equip it.
The EBoT is responsible for much of the work that will produce a functioning teaching and learning organisation, including: – working with the community to develop a vision for the school – involving the community in the development of the school and keeping them up to date with progress – working with the Ministry and contractors on the design and construction of the buildings and grounds – developing a staffing plan, advertising for staff and appointing the staff – establishing systems and procedures – preparing enrolment information for new students.
We are extremely fortunate at Ahutoetoe School to have a very experienced group of education specialists who make up our board. The members of our Establishment Board of Trustees are:
Natalie Todd Presiding member (Chair) Principal of Wairau Valley Special School
Richard Winder Board Member Principal of Northern Health School
Alan Curtis Board Member School Trustees Advisor
Christine Stuart Board Member Ex-Principal of Ararimu School
Nicole Varadi Board Member Real Estate Consultant & former teacher
Julien Le Sueur Governance Facilitator Ministry of Education
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