Community to have say in principal selection

ROSE CITY parents are keen to have more say in their children's education.

Warwick State High School P&C president Mark Wheeldon said he was supportive of the government's changes to give parents a greater say in who runs their school.

"I think it's a good idea for parents to be able to voice what desires they have in a school principal," Mr Wheeldon said.

"It's great that we can have the community voice put forward through the P&C.

"As parents we all find it really important to be able to determine the direction the school is heading."

Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek said the importance of school principals in the success of a school could not be underestimated and it was vital that the recruitment process was transparent.

"We want to make sure that principals are well matched with their school communities and there is a greater talent pool to select from," he said.

"Principals drive the success of our schools, which is why it is so important that we have our best and brightest at the helm and meeting the expectations of the community."

Mr Langbroek said under the old process a panel was responsible for matching principals with vacancies without formally consulting the community and knowing the needs of the school.

He said vacancies would now be advertised throughout the year and any principal could apply.

"The new process will deliver more applicants and allow school P&Cs and councils to have direct involvement in principal recruitment," he said.

Queensland Association of State School Principals president Michael Fay also expressed his support for the changes.

"The new process will allow principals to apply for vacancies as they occur as opposed to a process that doesn't target particular schools," Mr Fay said.

"Hopefully this will result in a reduction in the number of acting positions. In addition, experienced principals can still be involved in the selection process, which is highly desirable."

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