RCT Cabinet, on the advice of the Education Director, have decided to appoint four additional governors to Coedpenmaen school at a cost of £250 each per day. Their reason is that, they say, the governing body is not providing sufficient support and guidance to the school.
They say that a high degree of absenteeism amongst governors is affecting their ability to operate effectively as a team.
What the report which went to the Labour Cabinet did not elaborate on is which governors are causing the problem. Yet during the education scrutiny meeting on 15th July which sought to have the decision reconsidered Chair of Governors Cllr Mike Powell revealed that one of the culprits is actually an employee of the education authority who has not been allowed time off for meetings. Two more are Labour Town Councillors.
One of them, Lewis Fackrell, represents to Treforest ward on Pontypridd Town Council and was there as a representative of that Council. He had the good grace to resign following a letter from the Director of Education which was sent to those with a poor attendance record.
The other is a community governor - that is he was elected by other members of the governing body. Allen Bevan is a Town Councillor in Trallwn and is employed by Pontypridd's Labour MP Owen Smith. You would think, therefore, that time off would not be a problem.
Yet this is not the only body Mr Bevan sits on and fails to attend meetings of. As revealed a few days ago he has been a member of the Community Health Council since August last year and during that time has only attended one meeting.
It is obvious that he sees these important positions as merely additions to his c.v and has no real interest whatsoever in the community he alleges he wants to serve.
The Labour party locally may do well to put their own house in order before they go wading in with their heavy handed attitudes and criticising others.