Parents want current head to stay on, school declines to name new principal A new principal has been appointed at the Christian Alliance PC Lau Memorial International School this week, despite protests by parents and staff who called for the current head to keep his job. Parents of pupils at the Kowloon school were informed of the appointment on the Christian Alliance website on Tuesday but they have not been officially told who is to replace Arthur Enns, whose contract will not be renewed when it ends this summer. The successful candidate is understood to be a deputy principal from Yew Chung International School, according to parents and teachers. The appointment was quickly followed by the resignation of Linda Reeves, vice-principal of the primary section, because of the 'circumstances' in the school, according to her statement. Parent Jeff Shurr said he had already made enquiries with another international school to find out if it could admit a group of children. He said parents agreed at a meeting on Wednesday that a parent teacher association should be formed and reiterated demands that Mr Enns, who had the full support of parents and teachers, remain in his post and the management committee resign. They have also asked the Education and Manpower Bureau to intervene. Parents have filed a police complaint after the alleged destruction of banners they intended to use for a protest outside the Kowloon Tong Alliance Church last weekend, which they claim was carried out by a janitor on the instruction of school managers. Barry Yen, chairman of the management committee, refused to comment on the banners and declined to identify the new principal. He said the school had surveyed parents last year about setting up a PTA but that any association formed would not have a management role. 'The question is whether any of those parents asked our school prior to applying for places if there was a PTA,' he said, adding that managers were still willing to communicate with them. He said he had only seen around 20 letters of complaint and signatures about Mr Enns' departure, not the 300 claimed by parents, who this week showed the South China Morning Post copies of 80 letters and signatures from parents and more than 125 from students. Parents only found out about Mr Enns' departure in March, after they had paid their deposits for the next school year, which parent Maur Tanner described as 'slimy' as this prevented them switching to other schools in September. 'I am so worried about my child because transparency is so low. How can we put our children in a school where parents are not informed of changes?' she asked. One teacher described the way news of Mr Enns' departure was announced as 'beyond insensitive for a Christian school'. Another said: 'There needs to be ... an equitable balance of power between parents, teachers and management committees.' An EMB spokesman said: 'We respect the operational autonomy of the private school, but at the same time encourage it to respond positively to stakeholders' calls for enhanced transparency.'