Who wants to be on a school board?

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JOY Burch is encouraging parents and members of the community to submit expressions of interest (EOI) for vacant positions on ACT public school boards.

“ACT public school boards play a vital role in setting and leading the strategic direction of schools and I encourage parents, carers and members of the wider community to nominate for one of these important positions,” Joy said.

The school board, working in partnership with the principal, is responsible for the school’s strategic direction, budget, curriculum and related issues.

“The members are part of the decision-making process, so a position on a school board really is an opportunity to set the future direction of a school.

“Board members can be elected as school Parents and Citizens (P&C) association members or as appointed members who are usually from outside the immediate school community.

“Community engagement with our schools is a vital part of our public education system, and I thank the many parents, carers and community members who volunteer on school boards for their time and commitment.

“In the ACT we have what is arguably the best education system in the country, so I encourage parents and members of the community to take a look at the vacant positions and to express their interest in playing a key role in our public schools.”

All ACT public schools are required to have a school board, meeting at least four times per year.

Appointments are made for up to two years and usually commence in April. Further details on school boards are available on the ACT Education and Training Directorate’s website at www.det.act.gov.au/school_education/school_boards.

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