Parents help principal fight for her job

Peggy Burrows has vowed to clear her name. Photo / File
Peggy Burrows has vowed to clear her name. Photo / File

A Givealittle page set up to support a school principal fighting her controversial sacking has raised $700 in two days.

Rangiora High School principal Peggy Burrows was fired in March, following a long-running stoush between her and her board of trustees.

Subsequently the ministry sacked the Board of Trustees and Commissioner Bev Moore took control of the school in February last year.

Mrs Burrows was suspended a few months later over allegations she breached a gagging order by leaking board documents to the media.

The saga followed a number of allegations and tensions over employment and finance.

The 57-year-old is challenging her sacking, seeking reinstatement for unjustified dismissal, and her case will be heard by the Employment Relations' Authority in September.

She told the New Zealand Herald this morning Rangiora High parents, Paul Finch and Jennifer Goulding set up the Givealittle page.

Neither could be contacted this morning, but Mrs Burrows, who led Rangiora High for 13 years before her sacking, expressed her gratitude for the support.

"Actually, I can't tell you how grateful I am."

She did not know how much the case would cost, but was determined to clear her name, Mrs Burrows said.

"The commissioner wrote a report [saying] that I lacked integrity and had been dishonest. I have to keep going until that can be put right, and that's what I'm doing."

She also wanted her job back, she said.

"The first and most important thing to me is to clear my name. But, when you've been in education for 37 years your school becomes your whanau. I miss my staff and students."

The Ministry of Education said it was not involved in any way with Ms Burrows case.

"All employment matters relating to this case are managed by Bev Moore, who as commissioner at Rangiora High School has taken on all the powers of a board of trustees.

"The ministry has no legal authority to exercise any powers of Boards of Trustees or of commissioners."

- NZ Herald

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