Under requirements set out in the Education Act, 1998 it is expected that all schools will operate under a Board of Management structure. Catholic Voluntary Secondary Schools with Boards operate in accordance with the Articles of Management for Catholic Secondary Schools negotiated by ASTI and the Catholic Managers.
The establishment of Boards of Management represents the introduction of democracy and participation in the management of second level schools and is a real and genuine expression of partnership at a local level. The introduction of a Board of Management in an already existing school will help to ensure the future of that school and the employment security of its staff. The Board of Management structure ensures an element of continuity and security for teachers at a time when religious orders are considering withdrawal or are actually withdrawing from their involvement in secondary education.
Composition of Boards of Management
Voluntary Secondary Sector
The Board of Management consists of eight persons appointed by the Trustees. Four members are nominated by the Trustees. Two parents / legal guardians of children currently in the school are elected by the parents / legal guardians. Two teachers are elected by all the current pro-rata contracted, non-casual part-time, job-sharing and current full-time teachers on the staff of the school on the date of the election. The elected teachers should have at least one year of registered service in the school and should be lay members of the staff. The term of office for each member of the board is three years.