Our Board of Management

The Board of Management Explained


Until recently, our school has been managed by a single manager. Since October 2017, the task of managing the school has been assigned to a Board of Management (BoM). This brief note has been written to give parents of children attending our school an understanding of the role of the BoM.

What does the Board of Management do?

The Board of Management (BoM) manages the school on behalf of the Patron Louth & Meath Education and Training Board (LMETB). Although the BoM is accountable to the Patron and the Minister for the overall running of the school, it is the principal who is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school. The principal is accountable to the BoM/ETB.

The main duties of the BoM are to:

• Oversee the provision of an appropriate education for each pupil in the school

• Ensure that the characteristic spirit of the school is upheld • Discuss and ratify policies developed by the school

• Keep the patron informed on key decisions and proposals

• Ensure that school money/resources are used responsibly

How often do they meet?

The BoM meets a minimum of 5 times in the school year and once every term. The dates of board meetings are usually decided at the first board meeting of the year and thereafter may be obtained from the principal on request.

Who is on the BoM of my school?

The BoM has eight members. The composition of the board is made of up two Patron’s nominees, two teacher nominees (including the principal), two parent nominees, and two community members.

The members of Ard Rí Community National School’s BoM are:

  • David Cullivan: Patron’s Nominee and Chairerson
  • Linda Duffy: Patron’s Nominee
  • Darragh Roe: Teacher Nominee and Secretary
  • Catherine Dooley: Teacher Nominee
  • Lyndsey Ginnity: Parent Nominee
  • Paul O’Toole: Parent Nominee
  • Rebecca Meade: Community Member
  • Séamus Kenny: Community Member

Are the parent nominees my representatives on the board?

No, they have been elected to the board to ensure that the board is open to views from all sectors of the school community. The board is a corporate body, not a representative committee. The decisions taken by the board should reflect the views of the board members nominated by parents, staff, the patron and the wider community within the school’s catchment area. The board takes its own decisions following a process of consultation with its own members. It is accountable to the patron for its decisions.

How am I kept informed about the work of the Board of Management?

Following each board meeting an agreed report is published right her on our school website. The purpose of the agreed report is to keep the school community, including parents, informed about the work of the board.

If I have a complaint about the school, can I send that complaint to the BoM?

Your complaint may eventually come to the attention of the board. However, all complaints are dealt with in accordance with the school’s complaints procedure. Each school has a complaints procedure which is available from the policies section right here on the school website. This policy has been developed in order to ensure that all complaints are dealt with in a fair and efficient manner. All complaints should be directed, in the first instance, to your child’s class teacher.


 Board of Management Report to Parents for Academic Year 2017/2018

(3/5) Board of Management Report to Parents following meeting of the Board on 16.01.2018

  • The Board prioritise the implementation of new guidelines outlined in circular 0081/2017- Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools.  
  • Two members of staff are receiving training in National Educational Psychology Service Friends for Life Programme at present. Friends addresses anxiety and builds resilience in children. The Board are well aware of the increase in anxiety in young people in our society and support the introduction of Friends for Life at Ard Rí Community NS.  
  • Absent rates have improved within the school from 10.8% in December 2016 to 8.7% in December 2017. The Board encourage the continued implementation of the School Attendance Strategy. 
  • The Board commend the work of the Ard Rí Community NS Parent Association; especially in relation to funds raised for 6th Class Library and ICT, Hampers donated to Meals on Wheels, and the securing of Council funds to pay for an AED for the school. The Board support plans for social events, animal welfare awareness events, career guidance, parent training, menstrual care provision. The board wish the Cahirperson of the PA well in her role on the Meath Board Assembly for the National Parents Council. The Board look forward to meeting representatives from the Parent Association at the next meeting in March.    
  • The Board have ratified the Intimate Care Policy and encourage the formal implementation of Intimate Care Plans where required. The Board noted the LMETB Complaints procedure and support its immediate implementation. Updated policies are now available for download from the school website and from the school office upon request.  



(2/5) Board of Management Report to Parents following meeting of the Board on 21.11.2017

  • The Board wishes to remind parents that based on enrolment figures and trends multi-grade classes will continue to be a feature at Ard Rí Community NS. The staff and management will continue to assign classes as equitably as possible. The Principal will try to announce September 2018 classes before summer break. 
  • The Board support the efforts of the Parent Association to support the parents and children in the school community. 
  • The Board support the establishment of a Parent Association mailing list to inform parents of support and upcoming events. 
  • The Board support both proposed fund-raisers by the Parent Association. 1) NCBI Clothing collection to stock the 5th/6th Class library 2) Cake Sale to fund the Winter Show  
  • The following policies were ratified by the Board 
  • Statement of Strategy for School Attendance 
  • Critical Incident Policy 
  • The Rainbows Programme supports children and young people affected by loss or bereavement, separation or divorce. The Board support the establishment of a Rainbows Group at Ard Rí 

(1/5) Board of Management Report to Parents following meeting of the Board on 03.10.2017

  • Members of the Board of Management are as follows: David Cullivan (Chair), Linda Duffy, Catherine Dooley, Darragh Roe (Secretary), Paul O’Toole, Lynsey Ginnity, Rebecca Meade, Séamus Kenny 
  • BOM formally adopted reviewed Child Protection and Enrolment Policy