Introduction: In agreeing to their appointment to a Board of Management, a member of a Board is undertaking the valuable task of helping to shape and manage our voluntary secondary school, CBC, which is entrusted to their care. This work is done on a voluntary basis and while much of it is routine, nevertheless, it requires a commitment in terms of time and goodwill that is, perhaps, sometimes taken for granted.
With the involvement of parents, teachers and Trustee nominees, Boards of Management in our schools represent a true example of local partnership and volunteerism in action. A special debt of gratitude is owed to all those who serve on Boards.
Appointment to the Board: All members of the Board of Management are appointed by the Trustees. Trustees appoint four trustee nominees. At a properly convened staff meeting two teacher nominees are elected and, together with two elected parent nominees, they are appointed by the Trustees to the Board of Management.
Gender Balance: Section 14(5) of the Education Act 1998 refers to directions which may be given by the Minister in respect of “appropriate gender balance”. Trustees, parents and teachers should take account of gender balance when nominating or electing members
Election of Parents: There must be an election of parents/legal guardians of children currently in the school. The parents of children currently in the school elect two nominees for appointment to the Board. The election must be open to all parents and is not confined to the Parents Council or nominees drawn from the Parents Council.
Nomination Process: Nominations can be sought by writing to all parents/legal guardians asking them to return nominations to go forward for election. It should be advised that the consent of the nominee should be sought before putting the name forward. The nomination form can be found at the end of this notice.
This form should be downloaded, and a hard copy appropriately completed, signed and returned to the Board Secretary before 5pm this Friday, October 16th. These nominations, when returned to the school, will then, if necessary, be placed on a ballot paper for election.
Election Process - Nomination Option: If required, prepared ballot papers are posted to all parents/legal guardians, two per household, unless school records indicate otherwise. Parents/legal guardians are asked to indicate two names on the ballot paper for election. The election is by majority vote. The counting of votes takes place on a specified evening at a specified time by duly nominated tellers who are not candidates for election. All ballot papers should be placed in an envelope marked Ballot Paper to ensure it is a secret ballot. This envelope is then placed in a larger envelope with the name of the parent/legal guardian and the name and class of their son/daughter. The names are checked against the register of parents/legal guardians eligible to vote. In the event of a tied vote the elected parent is determined by lot.