Sampson filed a formal complaint about North’s conduct earlier this year, and the outcome of the breakup is likely to have ramifications for the future of the school.
In a letter sent to parents and alumni over the weekend, four members of the school community, alumnus and donor Will Vicars, Dexus Real Estate Trust Chairman Warwick Negus, McKinsey Managing Partner Angus Dawson, and the Macquarie Bank director Nicola Wakefield Evans were critical. of Cranbrook council for not supporting Sampson.
It came after 10 of Cranbrook’s 11 council members, including North, sent a letter to parents and alumni last week.
Councilors who signed said the school would be better served if it were coeducational via a “well-planned and considered route” and some raised concerns about the rush to admit girls from next year.
The board’s letter scolded four “disgruntled individuals” alleging they had damaged the school’s reputation and intimidated the board with legal threats. The council said it supported Sampson in fulfilling his contract, which expires at the end of 2024.
The letter stated that the goal of the four “disgruntled individuals” was to force the resignation of several council members in order to “reshape the council to move Cranbrook to the next stage of its evolution.”
That letter did not identify the people, but they are Vicars, Negus, Dawson and Wakefield Evans.
Tynan said that while he had “never been very involved in school politics”, as a Cranbrook father of three, he was concerned about the school’s reputation and also said that parents should have a better understanding of how the school is governed. and increased representation on the board. .
Another parent, who spoke on condition of anonymity to be able to speak freely, said he was concerned that “the good teachers would leave if the instability continued.”
“Parents are concerned that good governance has collapsed, and the school must put the best interest of the students first,” they said.
“There are parents who fundamentally believe that the board is not behind coeducation. They thought they could kick it. Cranbrook is a really progressive school and the principal has made it more inclusive.”
The board members’ letter said the school was conducting an independent governance review to address the concerns of the school community.