The Liberal National Government today encouraged high-profile, influential West Australians to help steer the future of public education by joining Independent Public School boards.
Launching the School Board Development Program to strengthen the influence and effectiveness of public school boards, Education Minister Peter Collier said the role of parents and community members was crucial for local decision-making in public schools.
"With schools and their communities working ever more closely together, we can provide an even better education for students in Western Australia," Mr Collier said.
"Board members are already bringing skills, expertise and experience to Independent Public Schools, helping to shape future directions, endorsing plans and budgets, and monitoring the performance of their schools."
The development, training and support provided by the program will help board members play an even more prominent part in leading the direction of their school.
"I hope this two-day program will help attract entrepreneurs, industry leaders, philanthropists and others who have made a contribution to their school boards," the Minister said.
"I encourage all existing school board members to take this opportunity, and urge any West Australian who has a contribution to make to get involved on an Independent Public School board."
More than 60 per cent of public schools will be Independent Public Schools by the beginning of 2017.
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