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1306 Board Workshop - June 2013

Part One - What is School Governance?

  1. Governance Overview

  2. (Jaramillo, G. (2000), Summary of the Carver Policy Governance Model )

  3. The board governs with Policies:

    1. The Charter - where we define the "ends" - where we want to go (vision/goals) (plus some other things the Ministry requires).

    2. The Governance Policy - The "rules of the gang" - how we operate as a board.

    3. The Operations Policy

      1. Defines the board's delegations to the principal.

      2. Defines the boundaries within which the principal must work.

  4. The board monitors its Policies:

    1. The board requires the principal to provide data to demonstrate the extent the Vision and Charter Goals are being achieved by the students (Link to Strategic Focus Reports).

    2. At alternate board meetings we monitor a part of our Operations Policy.  (Link to Board Reports) (Link to Policy Report format).

    3. We also require the principal to assure us that the National Curriculum requirements are being met by reporting on a different curriculum area at every meeting (Link to Curriculum Reports) (Link to Curriculum Report Format).

    4. The Annual Agenda is our monitoring plan.


A board has "complete discretion" to govern as it sees fit - there is no legal requirement for a board to follow this model of governance.


This model of governance used Kaikohe East School is based on "Policy Governance", sometimes called the "Carver model" after John and Miriam Carver. Our particular version was developed from Moffat, L., & Hines, E. (2003), The governance manual: school charter and policy framework. Wellington: NZSTA.


(Follow this link to the References page where you will find more links to background information about governance)



Part Two - Preparation for the next Board Meeting

  1. Agenda

  2. Suggest that we look at “Understanding the Financial Report” at the next workshop.

  3. Governance Review

    1. Governance Policy

    2. Previous Reviews

    3. Review Form

  4. Tasks

    1. Governance Review - needs to be completed by Thursday.

    2. Sometime next weekend go through the agenda and reports and come to the meeting with your questions and/or comments. Links will be emailed on Friday.

  5. Conclusion/Evaluation