Role of the board in school property projects
An overview of your role, access project management forms and further guidance on each project phase.
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Boards have a governance role in project management. You will be involved in developing the project brief, overseeing the work of a project manager, providing approvals and more. The relevant building standards and legislation for school property work are also linked to here.
- Working with project managers
- Designing schools
- Providing governance for professionally managed projects
- Project management forms
- Building standards and legislation
Property projects have three phases: early, during, and the end stage of the project.
These are also referred to as planning, implementation and completion.
Boards have many responsibilities to adhere to throughout the life of a project. These include but are not limited to:
- developing a project brief
- engaging a project manager
- appointing a project control group
- providing project approval
- keeping people safe at school while the project is underway
- completing required documentation
- accounting for project funds
- closing the project file.
All school property projects, no matter how small, must have a project manager. We recommend working with a professional property manager for projects of high value (even if they don’t need building consent), such as replacing all your carpet.
Does your project require building consent?
You must use a professional project manager. They will ensure all work complies with the Ministry requirements. Read more at Procurement to find out how to engage one using the Ministry’s procurement processes.
What if my project does not require consent?
You can use a non-professional project manager (e.g. board member or caretaker). You are still required to follow the Ministry’s project management requirements.
The board’s involvement at various stages of a project is required whether you use a professional property manager or not.
Level of involvement of board and project manager across a project’s phases
Project manager engagement
Project management panels
Police vetting contractors
Find further information on the Role of a project manager in school property projects.
Designing learning environments and spaces will not just be part of your long term property plan. Maintenance, refurbishment projects, and other school property projects will require you to think about how the social, pedagogical and physical elements align in service of positive educational outcomes.
Many of these forms are the responsibility of the project manager, however if you are managing small projects yourself you will need to complete them.
The relevant standards for school property work include the following.
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