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Paying parents to sit on school boards

By johnboy - 5 May 2009 35

The Canberra Times brings word that Andrew Barr is considering paying parents encourage them to get involved with school boards.

    He said he was ”not suggesting directors’ fees a la company board of management, but it might be worth considering tying in some money to make a broader range of parents participate and to recognise that there is often a cost to giving up time for volunteering such as having to get alternative child care.”Schools would need to fund honorariums from within their own budgets as allocated under school- based management.

Anyone care to elaborate as to what it is school boards actually do?

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Paying parents to sit on school boards
peterh 12:44 pm 05 May 09

the other thing about paying parents to sit on the board is that the parents will have an influence for new children coming to the school. what about schools who have an influx from out of feeder areas – after those schools in the particular suburbs were closed?

If you are paying a parent to sit on the board, you are effectively employing them as a member of the ACT government. Their input has weight over a non paid parent, it would create little fiefdoms within the act schools system. We already have staff paid by the department to make decisions re student enrollments, we don’t need newly paid parents with a hidden agenda.

Thumper 12:42 pm 05 May 09

It does looks suspiciously like the politicisation of school parent bodies.

Maybe it’s time to rid the schools of school based management and let them get back to the black art of teaching?

YapYapYap 12:35 pm 05 May 09

This looks particularly odd in the face of last week’s announcement of a review into school based management, with a clear emphasis being to lift some of the burden on principals (and therefor on school boards), and moving those tasks back to the department.

A case of Andrew ‘Headline’ Barr looking for another media opportunity, me thinks.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 12:26 pm 05 May 09

The real question that needs to be asked is why parents don’t want to sit on boards now. Start figuring that out and things will become clearer.

Handing out money, FFS…

barking toad 12:18 pm 05 May 09

The whole issue reeks of a typical labor/leftie sense of entitlement for what
should be a voluntary involvement of parents in assisting the running of the
institution that educates their kids.

The snout/trough mentality is embedded in labor politics.

Ask our local Cairns senator when it arrives back from another holiday.

BerraBoy68 12:08 pm 05 May 09

rottweiler said :

I am very involed with the P&C at my daughters school and I do it purely because I want to be involed in how the school runs and what happening with my kids, Many parents don’t give a toss what’s going on but like to bitch about it paying these “parents” would be a joke and cause more problems than it’s worth. I recieve small benifits from my volunteer work a free snag here and there or I pay a discounted rate for some events I’m helping out at, and for me that all I want.

Oh yea.. I forgot free snags, bacon and egg sangers at fete’s etc.. all the payment any parent needs. Good pick up, rottweiler!

rottweiler 11:53 am 05 May 09

I am very involed with the P&C at my daughters school and I do it purely because I want to be involed in how the school runs and what happening with my kids, Many parents don’t give a toss what’s going on but like to bitch about it paying these “parents” would be a joke and cause more problems than it’s worth. I recieve small benifits from my volunteer work a free snag here and there or I pay a discounted rate for some events I’m helping out at, and for me that all I want.

BerraBoy68 11:40 am 05 May 09

Thumper said :

Or paying volunteers fire fighters?

Seriously, there is enough infighting on school boards as it is, if they were paid you’d have serious problems, if not corruption and nepotism.

This is a really, really stupid idea.

Agreed. My kids school has parents queuing up to be on the Board as it is both inclusive and fun. I sat on the board of my kids pre-school when they were younger and we ran it the same way. Sure it was an hour or so out of your time each month but we made sure we raised money that benefited out kids as well as those that came the following year. We also took along a few drinks and snacks so it was a self-funded social event as well.

Conversely, another pre-school Board in the same area had massive fights when it was decided that some of the money raised though the year would be used to fund board members travel (a few $ petrol money) and a special Board dinner at the end of the year. Apparently, it all became very very nasty.

In any event I always thought the term ‘volunteer’ meant just that – you do it because you want to without gaining either financial or material reward.

barking toad 11:31 am 05 May 09

Parents getting involved as a check/balance to the department policies is
only going to work if it’s self motivated on a volunteer basis. I’m sure most departmental policies will be fine but a parental view should be encouraged.

Paid toadies will spout the departmental view.

It depends on whether parents want to have a say in their kids education or just use a school for child minding.

neanderthalsis 11:29 am 05 May 09

I wouldn’t think it was the job of the school board to implement the policies of the department; that would be the role of the departmental staff, the principal and the teachers. The Board would advise on the implementation and the effectiveness of the policy, and where necessary inform the School and the Department that their policies are a crock…

Thumper 11:25 am 05 May 09

Or paying volunteers fire fighters?

Seriously, there is enough infighting on school boards as it is, if they were paid you’d have serious problems, if not corruption and nepotism.

This is a really, really stupid idea.

Furry Jesus 11:20 am 05 May 09

What about asking parents to volunteer as teachers when Ms Johnson calls in sick after staying up too late dancing for the boys at Mooseheads?

johnboy 11:17 am 05 May 09

Working to implement the policies of the department doesn’t sounds like a worthwhile way to spend an evening if you ask me.

MrMagoo 11:15 am 05 May 09

School Boards work with the Principal to manage the affairs of the school, including finance and high level admin. They work to implement policy as directed by the Department and consult with the P&C on actions that will benefit the school and the environment which kids operate in.

barking toad 11:04 am 05 May 09

What crap. If parents aren’t motivated to get involved then they get what they deserve.

If you want to pay “volunteers” you’ll get a new mob of politicians that follow the money.

Andrew should wear a face mask to stop mayor infection. Or is it too late?

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