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Aug 23, 2018

What’s the Fate of Lorna McKay as Gwen Liz Principal?

Lorna McKay

Gwen Lizarraga High School remains in disarray, despite a new school year kicking off on Monday.  That disorganized state is due in part to a protracted issue involving Principal Lorna McKay who has been benched while the Teaching Services Commission adjudicates a matter brought against her.  Doctor McKay refutes allegations of financial misappropriation during her leadership of the secondary school and has appealed a decision handed down by the TSC.  While we agree that the matter is not before the court, it is lodged in a tribunal that will ultimately decide her fate as principal.  Earlier today, Minister of Education Patrick Faber weighed in on the embattled principal.


Patrick Faber

Patrick Faber, Minister of Education

“On the matter of the principal, Dr. Lorna McKay, there is the situation of her appeal which keeps her in the position of the principal.  The position is that we had; well there is a pronouncement by the TSC [Teaching Service Commission] on the charges that were levied.  She is not satisfied with those results and so she’s making an appeal and that appeal has to come before the appeals tribunal, but the tribunal is unable to convene because the chairman, the regular chairman of the tribunal is Mr. Steve Perrera, who at some point in the leadership of Dr. McKay sat on the board of Gwen Liz and as a result he is unable to preside over, he has to recuse himself and we are seeking to find a lawyer to replace, and you understand… Dis da noh something that is permanent.  Mr. Perrera is the permanent chair of the tribunal, this is somebody who has to come in merely to hear the case of the principal of Gwen Liz and that is proving difficult to find.  I did have some additional suggestions made by our Cabinet colleagues on Tuesday and I will approach those persons to see if we can fill the gap there.  And once we do that, we hope to resolve the matter of Gwen Liz’s leadership as quickly possible.”

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