Canadian International School of Hong Kong (CDNIS), a leading international school founded in 1991, has come under the spotlight following a spate of resignations by its board members.
Seven people — almost a third of the school’s entire board of governors – resigned in quick succession last week, with a founding director among those who quit, Apple Daily noted Tuesday.
Principal Gregg Maloberti is said to have hosted three meetings with parents on Monday in an attempt to quell concerns over the management. However, the parents were not satisfied, according to the report.
Some parents have launched an online petition calling for chairman Kennedy Liu to resign and the entire board be overhauled. it said, adding that some 360 people have signed up on the petition so far.
Problems surfaced after former principal Dave McMaster wrote a letter accusing Liu of not running the school properly. Among the allegations, the management is said to have threatened teachers that their bonus payments could be cut if they do not conform to board decisions.
McMaster tendered his resignation last year along with two other senior teaching staff but agreed to withdraw the decision as he was assured that Liu would not continue on his board position this year, the report said.
However, Liu was elected chairman of the board in June, prompting seven board members to quit last week in a show of protest. They want Liu to take his hands off school matters permanently and the board be revamped.
Dr. Gregg Maloberti, who is the current principal of the school, is believed to have defended Liu in a series of meetings with members of the teaching staff last week, stressing that Liu was not the root of the school’s problems.
Maloberti’s plea didn’t find takers among some of the teaching staff, resulting in a standoff.
The Parents-Teachers Association of CDNIS said it is concerned with the situation, and called for the matters be resolved as soon as possible.
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