Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

School Principal Plan Row; PandCs Offer Cautious Support While Union Slams Move

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

School Principal Plan Row; PandCs Offer Cautious Support While Union Slams Move

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Nicky Moffat

Reporter

Fast Facts

Parents and community representatives to get increased say in principal selection

Principals can apply for positions on a rolling basis instead of annually

Reducing the number of acting principals and increasing permanent appointments is a key aim

A PLAN for communities to have greater say in the selection of principals, announced by the Newman Government last week, has been cautiously welcomed by Parents and Citizens Committees in the Gladstone region.

Builyan Parents and Citizens Committee's Rebecca Smith said the local community would like to have more input into principal selection at Builyan State School, but she's not yet sure whether the changes would have that effect.

"Our school is a one teacher school. The principal is the teacher, so it really matters that we get the choice right," she said.

"We're often surprised when principals leave, and we really want to make it work. …

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