Ko was told for years that candidates for election to the parent association demanded two signatures from committee members.
But after eventually gaining access to the association’s statutes, after numerous inquiries, she found that parents who wanted to nominate only needed signatures from two middle school parents and did not require approval or control from the committee.
It was an unintentional mistake, school principal Ross Congleton told Ko last October in an email seen by Sunday time. “We believe that the current committee has acted in good faith and has simply repeated the past [incorrect practice] and that the error was unintentional, ”he wrote.
The bursary thanked Ko for raising the matter.
Congleton also said the parent association’s constitution was not intended as a legal document “but rather should be considered as school rules”.
In March, Ko, who has two children in middle school, submitted an application to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal under the Equal Opportunity Act against three mothers, but later withdrew his case.
Ko says that misinformation about the nomination requirements prevented her from running for election, and that other committee members were reappointed, not elected, before her.
Ko said there were “personality clashes” between herself and members of the committee.
“These people who are on the committee think they are of blue blood and they are superior [to] others. The rules are for others to follow and everyone should make concessions for their group. They enjoyed making their own circles and running the association as their private club, ”Ko said.
“I believe in diversity, inclusiveness, openness and justice. I have a strong desire to serve society without devotion or malice, and embrace diversity with open arms. But they do not. “
Ko was suspended from two parent WhatsApp groups in December after she was told one of her messages was “related to bullying”. This year, she was reinstated in both groups after lobbying.
Friday afternoon upon request from Sunday timethe junior high school sent a newsletter to the parents telling them that the revision process was underway and that elections under the new rules would be held later in the year.
Last week, Scotch appointed Dr. Scott Marsh – principal of Sydney’s William Clarke College – as his 10th principal, six months after firing Matthew Leeds from the role after a whistleblower alerted the school to a previous complaint of misconduct against Leeds.
The outgoing principal Tom Batty left the school last week.
Scottish alumnus Peter Yunghanns called for the removal of the school board after its failed attempt to hire a new principal. He met with Ko over her predicament. “If the Supreme Court can not get its affairs in order, there is some hope [of it] be properly run, ”he said.
John Simpson, a school-aged boy and former member of the school board and a member of the Monash University Council, said governance was a major issue among elite private schools.
“The standards of management at a number of schools are not where they need to be, and this is partly a function of staff and partly a function of rapid growth in the sector,” Simpson said.
“Amy has been very brave and deserves to be supported by all those who believe in the value of strong governance.”
The school has encouraged Ko to participate in a review of the parent association’s rules and agreed to formally thank Ko for making them aware that the election rules were not being followed.
A spokesman for Scotch College said the Junior School Parents’ Association was a group of volunteers who generously donated their time to the school.
“The school’s intention was to have a set of easy-to-understand rules to facilitate a smooth operation of [association]said the spokesman. “Times have changed and it is no longer fit for purpose.
“The school acknowledged this and is in the process of reviewing and updating the association’s rules.”
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