A Hamilton Catholic school principal has resigned.
Arnna Graham-Sommerville has resigned as principal of St Joseph’s school after ten years in the job.
The resignations follow allegations of nepotism, bullying and financial mismanagement at the school, which resulted in an investigation by the Ministry of Education.
At the request of the board of trustees, the Ministry of Education appointed commissioner Trevor Kilpin in December to oversee the management of the school and to carry out an investigation.
Mr Kilpin confirmed that Ms Graham-Sommerville had resigned.
“It’s been an employment issue and it had to be dealt with.” He said she was not forced out and “it was her decision to resign”.
He would not comment as to what the conflict between the principal and the board was, or about the findings of the ministry’s investigation.
Four other staff members, including the deputy principal and senior management, have also resigned to take up positions at other schools.
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