Primary’s problems on mend

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A LIMITED statutory manager (LSM) appointed to Remarkables Primary School to help resolve “employment and relationship issues” remains in the role almost seven months on.

Madeleine Hawkesby was drafted in last November after the school board said it needed “specialised support”.

Since her appointment, an “action plan” has been put together to strengthen governance, management and professional relationships at the school.

Hawkesby says the improvements are written into the school’s annual plan.

“Solid progress has been made and we are confident we can implement and sustain the necessary actions.

“Student learning remains the school’s primary focus, as the school’s core function.”

Principal Debbie Dickson is still employed at the school and has carried out the same role since the appointment of an LSM.

Ministry of Education official Katrina Casey says: “We always work with schools to support them to resolve problems themselves, and only intervene as a last resort.

“Where we do step in, an intervention aims to bring expertise and fresh pers-pective.

“It also acts as a circuit breaker for entrenched problems, so that the focus of the school can go back on teaching and learning.”

The plan will help the school board manage its roll growth.

Its roll has increased ten-fold since it first opened and continues to grow.

Once budget decisions about roll growth are made, Ministry staff expect to know more about plans for future expansion.

The school took over the neighbouring former Frankton Playcentre building in May last year.

The school’s situation is being monitored and will be formally reviewed before November.

joshua.walton@scene.co.nz