What does the BOT do?

What is the Board of Trustees?

The Board is a group of interested citizens (not necessarily parents/caregivers) who have been elected or appointed to act on behalf of the community to ensure the successful education of all children enrolled at the school.

In Palmerston Primary School’s case our Board is made up of elected parent and community representatives, elected staff representative and Principal.

What is the Board of Trustees for?

Every state school or state integrated in NZ has a Board of Trustees, who acts on behalf of the school’s community to ensure that the school continuously improves student progress and achievement outcomes, and as such is accountable to its parents, the community and to the government.

What does the Board Do?

The Board provides strategic leadership and direction to the school. Palmerston Primary School has a well-developed policy framework which gives direction to guide all school activities. The Board needs to ensure the school’s policies are maintained and relevant at all times. The Board is also responsible for providing a Charter for the school – which outlines how we will ensure the school is managed, organised and administered properly.

What doesn’t the Board Do?

An important point to understand is that the Board is not responsible for the day-to-day running of the school. Our Principal has overall responsibility for day-to-day management of the school, within the policies and delegations established and approved by the Board.

The Ministry of Education defines the difference in roles as:

Primarily, the Board governs, providing overall direction and control of the school, while the Principal – as the school’s ‘Chief Executive’ – manages school operations.

How does the Board Work?

Well, we meet generally every 4-6 weeks. An agenda is issued in advance, along with supporting information/material. Matters will be discussed and where-ever possible actions agreed at the meeting. Minutes of each meeting are documented and available on request.