Lae special school elects office bearers

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The National, Thursday, May 19, 2011

NEW office bearers took charge of the Morobe Special Education School in Lae, Morobe, last Friday.
They were elected by parents of students who said the election had been long overdue.
School office bearers are Lutheran Pastor Sere Muhuyu as chairman, Phil Rehder as deputy chairman, Ben Gipong as secretary and Russell Gardner as treasurer.
The election was conducted under the supervision of assistant police commander Northern Region Giosi Labi.
The meeting elected Dylan Tovey, Hanz Mehel, Karen Quinn, Nellie McLay and Jane Kenni as committee members.
Many parents said there had not been an election for new office bearers in 10 years.
They said non-governmental groups like Susu Mamas, Lions and Lioness Centre, Buk Bilong Pikinini Library, Lioness Centre for Youth Education and a private school, Slybeez Learning Hive, were occupying space at the school to run their own activities.
The parents also questioned why certain business people pushed to be included in the school management.
The parents claimed the K70,000 renovation work being carried out on the ablution block had been contracted to the construction company of a committee member.
The school used to be owned by the Lutheran Church but is now run by charity groups.
The school has a property behind Dousett Flats, on Salamanda Street and the Sirowai Units on Boundary Road. 
Parents pay K250 in fees and the school has an enrolment of 120 students and 10 teachers.