Ex-principal appeals sacking ruling

Elgin Edwards
Elgin Edwards

The former principal of Bay of Islands College, Elgin Edwards, is in the Employment Court this week appealing against a decision that found the school's board was justified in sacking him last year.

Last August, the Employment Relations Authority found that Bay of Islands College was justified in sacking Mr Edwards, saying his "abrupt righteousness" did him little service during his time at the school.

Carol Anderson, the school's limited statutory manager, dismissed Mr Edwards in April 2013, alleging serious misconduct and irreconcilable differences.

He was appointed in 2010, and although the roll grew and NCEA achievement rates improved, his tenure was marked by division.

Ms Anderson said the key relationships within the school and external stakeholders and Mr Edwards had broken down irretrievably.

Mr Edward said that, while he made mistakes in running the school before being sacked, he was the best man to take the college and its community forward.

His claim for unjustified dismissal, and seeking reinstatement, was heard before Employment Relations Authority member James Crichton in Whangarei. In his decision, Mr Crichton found that Mr Edwards was justifiably dismissed by Ms Anderson.

Mr Edwards appealed the decision and the matter is being heard by the Employment Court at the Whangarei Courthouse, with the three-day hearing due to end tomorrow.

The Employment Court will likely reserve its decision.

- Northern Advocate

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