The CFB Team recently received this email from a scared and concerned teacher. It is published below as is. Thank Mr Chandler (whose electorate covers Palmerston) and his government’s cuts for putting students (and teachers) in danger. Does he even know what’s going on in his own back yard? Who’s (ir)responsible for this?! If this was a school any of our children went to we’d be absolutely livid and would be demanding some answers, fast:
Date: Sat, 2 Nov 2013 10.30 am
Subject: Palmerston school
Hylton Hayes and one of his Palmerston principals bullying several staff in
a big way. They always pick on those who are good at their jobs and
elevate those who are ‘yes men’ and only been teaching 3 or 4 years.
One school in Palmerston has no principal or assistant principal for the
coming week, but they are pretending that the assistant principal is the
acting principal, but she’s not even in town. The principal is principal
at another Palmerston school for three weeks whilst still controlling what
happens at her substantive school. This coming week, there will be a number
of different people ‘in charge’; each taking a different day. The
instruction has been given that Sue is only a phone call away, meaning that
the principal who is at another school for three weeks should be called.
What happens if both schools have major incidents at the same time? This
is a school where assaults are common place. People are being placed in
charge, but they have no authority to do anything or to contact anyone
except the substantive principal who is currently not their principal but
the principal of another school.
Is this legal? Rather than place someone into the assistant principal’s
position for three weeks, they want to keep power. My question is: If a
school can manage by itself without a principal or assistant principal for
a week, why are they being paid so much money to sit in a job when we can
actually manage without them?
Small story underpinning some much bigger ones.
Signed – Don’t Feel Safe”