30 New Plymouth schools are crying foul because the Ministry of Education is forcing them to re-do their Board of Trustee elections.
The schools teamed up to advertise as one in a bid to save time and money, but failed to express there were specifically five slots available on each board.
However New Plymouth Principals Association president Roz Miller says that shouldn't matter, because the schools extensively advertised the fact in their own newsletters and packages to parents.
She says the Ministry of Education needs to use more common sense and realise that this extra effort and huge cost is just another unnecessary burden on schools in the wake of the Novopay debacle.
Ms Miller says they don't need the hassle at this time of the year when teachers are facing end of term, reports, parent interviews, school productions and ongoing Novopay issues.