Ten of Cranbrook School’s eleven board members have announced their resignation in a dramatic escalation of the internal dispute that has divided one of Sydney’s most expensive and well-known private schools.
In a letter to parents Monday, the 10 councilors said the ongoing turmoil was damaging the school’s reputation and affecting its operations. “We believe that this has made the government of the School unsustainable,” they said.
“We are writing to inform you that we have resigned as members of Cranbrook School
Council and any affiliated entities as of December 31, 2022,” the letter said.
“The current situation is damaging the school’s reputation and impacting its operations.
We believe this has made the governance of the school untenable.”
The letter was signed by school board president Jon North and board members Gillian Larkins, Suzanne Williams, Craig Carroll, Rob Forsyth, Susan Fuller, Michael Jensen, Joe Karsay, Hugh Dowling and Ben Ritchie.
Only one council member, Katrina Rathie, who heads the Cranbrook Foundation and is also on the SBS board, did not sign the resignation letter.
“Despite a series of good faith attempts over many months to resolve the underlying issues
we have come to the conclusion that a workable solution is not possible and we can no longer
fulfill our duties as directors”, wrote the 10 councillors.
“We are committed to supporting the School in facilitating an orderly transition.”