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Hampton School board shake-up ... chairman, principal's friend sent packing

Published:Monday | April 10, 2017 | 4:21 AM

There has been a shake-up of the board of The Hampton School in St Elizabeth arising from a series of controversies over the decision of principal Heather Murray to appear at the bail hearing of Moravian pastor Rupert Clarke.

Board chairman Trevor Blake has been asked to step aside.

The Education Minister Ruel Reid says he has since approved the recommendation of the Munro and Dickenson Trust for the appointment of former chief education officer Wesley Barrett as chairman.

Meanwhile, Yvonne Clarke, the wife of the Moravian pastor charged with sexual offences, has also been asked to tender her resignation as a board member at Hampton.

It's not yet clear who will replace her.

Clarke is a close friend and former batch mate of the Hampton principal.

The board chairman Trevor Blake had renewed controversy earlier this year after he contradicted the education minister about an agreement at a meeting for the Hampton Principal to go on leave amid public pressure over her decision to appear at Reverend Clarke's bail hearing.

The issue arose because while Murray was at the hearing, she attempted to block the media from taking images of Clarke.

The principal had explained that she went to court to support Clarke, since she was too devastated to attend.

Meanwhile, the hunt is on for a new principal at the Bethlehem Moravian College.

Clarke who had also been the principal at the Malvern-based tertiary institution is going on retirement.

However, in a newspaper advertisement yesterday, the board of the college said the position of principal is now vacant and it is seeking applicants.