A recruitment process for the Chairperson and four Community Members of the board of the new Education Authority has been announced.
The Southern Education and Library Board in Armagh is set to go, to be replaced by a single authority across Northern Ireland.
The fear here locally will be that the single governing body would sit in Belfast, or elsewhere in the Province, and the educational base lost to Armagh.
Speaking about the recruitment opportunities, the Minister said: “The Education Authority represents a positive step forward for the administration of education here. The new body will replace the existing Education and Library Boards and their Staff Commission and deliver frontline services in a more streamlined and efficient manner.
“These posts on the board of the Education Authority offer a valuable opportunity to bring about long-lasting strategic improvements in education here, particularly in performance and governance. Significant yet exciting challenges lie ahead when the new body becomes operational and I encourage anyone who feels they meet the criteria for the posts to apply for them.”
The Education Authority will have a budget of approximately £1.5billion and will become the largest employer in the north, with over 39,000 people.
This isngle authority is being created now to coincide with the reduction of 26 local authorities here to just 11, which currently exist in shadow form and will come into full effect at the start of April next year.
The SELB, which is headquartered on the Mall in Armagh, covers the governance of schools across the council areas of Armagh City and District, Newry and Mourne, Craigavon, Banbridge, Cookstown and parts of Fermanagh and South Tyrone.
These posts on the board of the Authority will be effective from 1 April 2015 for a four year term.
For more information on the posts and details of how to apply visit the Department of Education website here.
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