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If a school or preschool (site) is appointing a principal or preschool director through a merit selection panel, there should be a representative from the council.
Someone from the department will contact the governing council and ask that you nominate one of the members to be on the panel.
The role is voluntary and it can be done by anyone on the council. It doesn’t need to be the chairperson, but it can be.
Who you represent
Once the panel has been set up, the person nominated by the council is responsible to the merit selection panel's chairperson.
In your role on a merit selection panel you are not representing the views of the council or any other group. You’re there as a member of the public, looking for the best person for the job.
Who chairs the panel
It’s often an education director, but it can be different depending on who is available and other needs.
Selection training for governing council representatives is provided by the South Australian Association of School Parents Clubs. Contact them to arrange for this training.
Council members can talk to their current principals for more information on this.
Governing Councils, Office for Education and Early Childhood
Phone: 8226 9617
Email: decd.sitegovernance [at] sa.gov.au