The board delegates all authority and accountability for the day-to-day operational organisation of the school to the principal who must ensure compliance with both the board’s policy framework and the law of New Zealand. [For detail see Operational Policies]
In developing the above definitions for Sacred Heart Girls’ College, Hamilton, the board was mindful of the following excerpts from the Education Act 1989:
Education Act 1989, Section 75 and 76, and Section 65
The legal responsibility of boards of trustees is determined by Section 75 of the Education Act 1989:
s.75 Boards to control management of schools –
Except to the extent that any enactment or the general law of New Zealand provides otherwise, a school’s board has complete discretion to control the management of the school as it thinks fit.
s.76 Principals –
- A school’s principal is the board’s chief executive in relation to the school’s control and management.
- Except to the extent that any enactment or the general law of New Zealand provides otherwise, the principal –
- Shall comply with the board’s general policy directions; and
- Subject to paragraph (a), has complete discretion to manage as the principal thinks fit the school’s day to day administration.
s.65 A board may from time to time, in accordance with the State Sector Act 1988, appoint, suspend, or dismiss staff.