The Labour-controlled Vale of Glamorgan Council has received a number of “late applications” from members of the public volunteering to serve as council representatives on the governing boards of local schools.
After Labour won control of the Vale of Glamorgan Council in 2012 it brought in a new “panel” selection system for appointing its “local authority governors” – the governors who specifically represent the Vale Council as the Local Education Authority in each school. [Other governors are not appointed by the council].
This system gives each existing Vale Council governor the option of either standing-down at the end of their term of office – or of formally re-applying, in writing, for renewal of their positions – and then being considered in competition with other applicants by the Vale Council’s so called “Appointment of Local Authority Governors Advisory Panel” . The panel goes entirely on the paper application – and doesn’t actually interview any of the candidates.
The Vale Council says the system is aimed at introducing fresh talent into school governing bodies – and there’s no longer any need for applicants to be councillors. Critics however, claim the real aim to is to ensure the appointees are politically acceptable to the Labour-controlled council . ( See PDN http://tinyurl.com/zb3lfat )
The Vale council’s governor-selection panel met on October 3rd 2016 – for the first time under the chairmanship of Cllr Lis Burnett (Labour St Augustines) who is Deputy Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council and has now taken over the Vale ‘cabinet’ education brief from double-jobbing Labour councillor and Ogmore MP Chris Elmore.
At this meeting the following appointments were made (subject to ‘cabinet’ ratification) at the following schools:-
Albert Primary School: . Here there is 1 governor-vacancy. The council is to ascertain whether either J.M.Evans or M. Evans would like to accept the appointment . [Full names and sexes of potential governors are not revealed in all cases – although some school parents say full CVs of school governors should be placed in the public domain as a matter of course ]
Cogan Nursery School: Here there is 1 governor-vacancy. The council is to ascertain whether either Mr S Glover would like to accept the appointment (see also Cogan Primary below).
Cogan Primary School: Here a governor-vacancy had arisen just two days before the meeting of the Governor Appointment Panel . The council is to ascertain whether either Mr S Glover would like to accept the appointment (see also Cogan Nursery above) .
Fairfield Primary School : Here there is are 3 governor-vacancies. The panel has appointed (subject to ‘cabinet’ ratification) Mr S Glover, J Wilcock, M Williams. (J Wilcock is also being invited to accept a Vale Governor appointment at Llandough Primary school).
St Cyres Comprehensive School: Here there were 3 governor-vacancies . TThe panel has appointed (subject to ‘cabinet’ ratification) Cllr Lis Burnett, Cllr Chris Franks (Plaid Cymru Dinas Powys) and S Davies . Cllr Burnett is chairman of – and Councillor Franks is a member of – the Vale Governor Appointment Panel. Both had declared an interest as existing governors being considered for re-appointment and had left the room when St Cyres and their potential re-appointments were being discussed by the panel . Whilst Cllr Burnett was out of the room Cllr Fred Johnson temporarily took the chair.
Ysgol Pen y Garth: Here there were 2 governor-vacancies . The panel has appointed (subject to ‘cabinet’ ratification) Cllr Chris Franks and D.J.Horgan (As with St Cyres, Cllr Franks – a governor being considered for re-appointment at Ysgol Pen y Garth – left the room during this discussion).
All appointments are to be ratified by the Vale Council’s ‘cabinet’ next week.