Articles of Management Section 20 & 21

Extract from the Articles of Management Sections 20 and 21

  1. If the trustees of the Religious Order(s) or of the Diocesan College concerned wish to nominate a cleric/member of the Order(s) to the post of Principal, the Board of Management shall, subject to the prior approval of the Trustees, appoint the person proposed by these authorities, provided that person is qualified for the post in question. The terms of appointment, the duration of which shall be determined by the Trustees shall provide that should such aforementioned member cease to be a cleric/member of the said Order(s) his or her contract shall thereupon terminate.

  1. (a) Post of Principal

Where the authorities of the Religious Order(s)/Diocesan College do not wish to appoint a cleric/member of the Order(s) to the post of Principal in the manner proposed in (20) above the appointment shall be made as follows:

The Board of Management shall publicly advertise the post and set up a Selection Committee consisting of two nominees of the Trustees, two nominees of the Board of Management and an independent external assessor to be agreed on by the Board. The Committee shall select its own Chairperson from among its members. The Board of Management shall have due regard to gender balance in the setting up of the Selection Committee.

(b) Post of Deputy Principal

In the case of the post of Deputy Principal the appointment shall be made as follows:

The Board of Management shall publicly advertise the post (except in schools of less than 17 teachers when the post shall be advertised in the school) and set up a Selection Committee consisting of two nominees of the Trustees, two nominees of the Board of Management (one of whom may be the Principal of the school) and an independent external assessor to be agreed by the Board. The Committee shall select its own Chairperson from among its members. The Board of Management shall have due regard to gender balance in the setting up of the Selection Committee.

(c) Selection Committee: Disclosure of Interest

A member of a Selection Committee who stands in a relationship to a person who is a candidate shall disclose to the Board of Management the fact of the relationship and the nature thereof. In this context the Selection Committee members are required to make a disclosure not only in the case of a family relationship but in respect of any personal, business or other relationship which could be regarded as prejudicial to ensuring absolute impartiality in the selection process.

Unless the Board is fully satisfied that the participation of the Selection Committee member during the Selection process would not be prejudicial, the Board of Management shall direct that the Selection Committee member withdraw and another person shall be nominated in the appropriate manner to replace that person.

(d) Selection Committee: Procedure

(i) The Selection Committee shall draw up a short list from the applications received and shall interview the candidates on that list.

(ii) Having interviewed such candidates as present themselves, the Selection Committee shall submit a written report to the Board of Management. In the report the Selection Committee shall nominate the candidate whom it considers most suitable for appointment unless it deems no candidate to be suitable for appointment to the particular post; in which case it shall include a statement to that effect in its report. A list of candidates in order of merit who are deemed suitable may be retained by the Selection Committee. In the event of the post not being filled by the first nominee the Selection Committee shall nominate the next candidate in order of merit for the post.

(iii) The Board of Management shall appoint the person so nominated save where in any particular instance the Board shall consider that there is good and sufficient reason for not making the appointment, in which event the Board shall submit the matter to the Trustees for determination.

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