Board of Trustees

Latest from the Board.....

Master Architecture Plan for the School

Please see the attached master architecture plan for the school which shows a visual master plan to inform us of the school's capital investment over the next 5 years. Created by Board member Jeremy Chapman. Jeremy and Jared Schofield have worked heavily with the Ministry on the improvement projects that you have seen within the school of late. It’s been really useful to have their skills to drive better construction outcomes for the children and they have both committed a lot of time to this process. However, what’s been missing is a coherent plan to pull it altogether. We will all work towards this and will challenge the Ministry on where the investment needs to go. There is also an opportunity to apply for a range of grants and to make use of a one-off grant by the Ministry for capital works. We also will utilise the skills of our current parent pool in working bees in the near future. With that in mind, we have created a plan for making better use of school fields for outdoor learning, sports and recreation. You will see a re-organisation of the existing facilities to create better learning environments.We would really value all your input into this process, email the school office or BOT with your feedback.

Verran Primary Master Plan.pdf

Roll of the Board…

All New Zealand's state schools have a board of trustees (BOT). The BOT is the Crown entity responsible for the governance and the control of the management of the school and are accountable for the school’s performance.

The Principal is the board's chief executive and responsible for the school’s control and management. The Principal is required to comply with the board's general policy directions; but has complete discretion to manage the school on a day to day basis.

The BOT is responsible for determining the strategic direction in which the school is heading (in consultation with parents, staff and students). The board must also ensure that its school provides a safe environment and quality education for all its students. Boards are also responsible for overseeing the management of personnel, curriculum, property, finance and administration.

Verran BOT Meetings...

The Verran BOT typically meet once a month between February and December on the last Tuesday of each month. Meetings are open to the public; however, they are not public meetings where everyone has the right to speak. Speaking rights can be granted in advance by the Board Chair. Sometimes parts of Board meetings are closed to the public when the board is discussing confidential matters.

Who is on the Verran BOT?

At Verran Primary, our Board is made up of the Principal, a group of 5 elected parents and an elected staff trustee. We have a wide variety of skills and experience and work together as part of a professional team.

Trustees are elected by the parent community and staff members. Elections for parent and staff trustees are held every three years. However, at Verran we have mid-term elections where the board have half the number of its parent representatives elected in a triennial election year and the remainder at a mid-term election 18 months later.

Current Board of Trustees Members:

👤 Shane Evans (Chairperson - Trustee)

👤 Jeanette Dunning (Principal)

👤 Linda Watson (Staff Representative)

👤 Leonie Sykes (Minute Secretary)

👤 Jeremy Chapman (Trustee)

👤 Jared Schofield (Trustee)

👤 Adam Isa (Trustee)

👤 Bonnie Yahel (Trustee)

Can I get involved?

Standing for the BOT is a great way to get involved in your child’s education. Training and support are available to make carrying out this responsibility easier.

Elections are run every 18 months and in order to stand for the board you must confirm that to the best of your knowledge you are eligible to be a school trustee. The website of the New Zealand School Trustees Association (NZSTA) has an excellent website with lots of great information for current or potential trustees.

If you are interested in standing for election, a good idea is to talk to a current BOT member. You may also like attend a couple of BOT meetings to get a better idea of what goes on at the meetings and about the responsibility involved. Click here for more information of boards of trustees.

Our Board of Trustees can be contacted via email at

Financial Audit

Verran School - Financial Statements and Audit Report.pdf