COMPARISONS were inevitable when Warrnambool mayor Michael Neoh stepped into the classroom this week.
What was easier — getting a class of prep kids to study maths quietly or getting councillors to pass a budget?
Cr Neoh was this year’s pick for principal for a day at Warrnambool Primary School and the former teacher was on familiar ground.
“Working with students is much harder, but students are better behaved,” he quipped.
Taking a rest but keeping an eye from the sidelines, principal Peter Auchettl welcomed back his former colleague from their teaching times together at Warrnambool College.
The mayor was no stranger to the Jamieson Street classrooms, either.
“I started here in 1971 (as a pupil) and there’s still a teacher here I had — Rhonda Steele,” Cr Neoh said.
“I’m a former school teacher and things have changed a lot since I was teaching.”
In response to this week’s swap, Mr Auchettl has been given the chance to run the city.
“I’m offering Peter to come and experience the mayor’s role. I’ve picked a date with some high-level meetings,” Cr Neoh said.