By ERWIN CHLANDA
The principal of the Aboriginal Yipirinya School, Ken Langford-Smith, has been locked out of its grounds in Lovegrove Drive, following a decision by the school committee.
Its president of two years standing, Ulbunda David Kriss, a tourism operator well known in the industry as Jungala, says the decision was made on December 28.
He says committee members were angry about the dismissal by Mr Langford-Smith of staff at the end of the 2014 school year.
Mr Kriss says the principal has been stood down on full pay, pending a meeting at 4pm tomorrow.
In the meantime he has been barred from acting as principal, engaging someone else as principal, speaking to staff and committee members.
The locks have been changed and there are security personnel at the gate of the school as non-teaching staff are returning to work today.
If Mr Langford-Smith were to enter the school he would be trespassing, says Mr Kriss.
He says the initial deadline to answer questions given to Mr Langford-Smith was January 12 but this has been extended upon his request.
Mr Kriss (pictured) says an investigation is now under way into the roles of Mr Langford-Smith in the management of the school.
Mr Kriss says the matters are being “handled in legal and proper manner.
“Mr Langford-Smith has a fair chance to answer allegations.”
Mr Langford-Smith is on a flight from interstate. We offered him the right of reply, speaking to him before departure a short while ago.
File photo: Security guard at the closed gate of the school today.
UPDATE 1:40pm: Mr Langford-Smith, again offered the right of reply by the Alice Springs News Online, said he had been advised by legal counsel not to talk to the media.
By ERWIN CHLANDA