City school governors disqualify councillor

From left, Ella Rose, five, Emily Rose, five, and Louise Rose, 13. The Sir William Dupree & Phyllis Loe Chess Tournament, taking place at Portsmouth High School in April, is aimed at young people of all ages.

CAPTION: From left, Ella and Emily Rose, five, and Louise Rose, 13.

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A CITY councillor has been thrown off a school’s governing body after failing to show up for a single meeting in the last six months.

Mike Smith, the headteacher of City Boys in Portsmouth, said his chair of governors had no alternative but to axe Cllr Jim Fleming, who is shadow member for children’s services.

He said: ‘Jim’s been on our governing body for about two years and he’s been a terrific asset for us and a big supporter of our school within the local authority.

‘Unfortunately, he hasn’t been able to attend any meetings for the past six months and the regulations for governing bodies state under those circumstances you can no longer be a member.’

City Boys’ governing body meets in full once every half-term. Mr Smith said: ‘I’m disappointed Jim has had to leave but I’m grateful to him for his contribution. I regard him as a real friend and am in no doubt that he will continue to support us.’

Despite several attempts, Cllr Fleming could not be contacted by The News.

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