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Commissioner appointed to Makoura

The Ministry of Education [MoE] has appointed a commissioner to replace the board of trustees of Mākoura College after it voted in favour of having the school’s board dissolved.

Mākoura College was informed last week that a commissioner would be stepping in and covering the duties of the school’s board.

The recent announcement follows the welcoming of its new principal, Simon Fuller – who will be starting his position in term four.

As reported by the Times-Age late last month, the college had been without a permanent principal since Marion Harvey – who left last year – in which it announced in July of this year that Fuller would take over the job.

In a recent letter sent out to the school’s community – Board of Trustees member Josie Reiri-Rongonui said MoE’s role in any intervention is to return the school to full self-management as soon as the recommendations of the intervention have been met.

“At a special meeting of the board of trustees, we requested that a commissioner be appointed,” Reiri-Rongonui said.

“The board believes this is an opportunity to bring in expertise to work alongside the Principal so the school can move swiftly to support the work needed to move Mākoura forward.”

MoE has appointed Jodie Cook as commissioner for the school – which currently has 238 pupils enrolled.

“Working in collaboration with the incoming Principal Simon Fuller, we are excited to continue the progress at Mākoura College and will ensure that teaching and learning continues to thrive,” Cook said.

“Simon and I will be working closely with the school’s community to ensure that the community’s aspirations for our students are heard and realised.

A review of the school’s performance is scheduled to take place within 12 months to decide whether a commissioner is still required.

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