School communities are swinging into campaign mode as nominations roll in for the September 2022 school board elections.
The five-week NZSTA-led national campaign, Get on Board! has been trying to raise awareness and appeal to would-be nominees across a wide range of cultural and professional backgrounds.
Contracted by the Ministry of Education to manage the elections, NZSTA has been working closely with schools and kura across the country to help them prepare, delivering guidance on holding fair elections and supporting boards to provide stable leadership throughout any membership changes.
“Boards bring local knowledge and values to the leadership and decision making of schools, and work with principals, school staff and whānau to help tamariki reach their potential,” says New Zealand School Trustees Association (NZSTA) President, Lorraine Kerr.
Ms Kerr says COVID-19 has been a powerful reminder of how important school boards are for keeping tamariki safe, well and engaged in their learning. She looks forward to seeing plenty of nominations and high voter turnouts across Aotearoa communities in September.
School board elections roll around every three years and give whānau a say in the future of their local schools; don’t pass up the opportunity to vote – the higher the turnout the better the result.
“If you’re passionate about the education and future of kids in your community, then why not stand for your local school board?
“You’ll be involved in everything from embedding the curriculum and planning for the year ahead, to supporting the principal with raising student achievement, and working through the many issues that crop up in our schools – it’s a big responsibility and a true privilege.”