Zoning review prompts submission to school board

19:55, Aug 12 2014

Up to 30 families could be forced to send younger children elsewhere if a school's enrolment boundary changes.

A section of Mission Heights Primary School's western boundary could shift under a zoning review.

The review was requested by the Ministry of Education in June with the opening of Ormiston Primary School next year.

That has been met with some concern by parents in the Topland Drive area and the Jeffs Rd intersection with Stancombe Rd.

Houses in those areas will move into the Baverstock Oaks Primary zone under the proposal.

Currently families in the area have the choice to enrol their child into either Baverstock or Mission Heights Primary.

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An email from Mission Heights Friends and Family, a committee of children's parents, is circulating, outlining the changes after a July meeting with the Ministry of Education. It is urging parents to sign its submission expressing concern about the changes to the school's board.

Principal Veena Vohra says the rezoning process is common practice when a new school is being built in the same area.

"This will only affect those children who aren't already enrolled . . . those who are already enrolled in the school can continue here after the changes," she says.

Vohra says the changes will prevent overcrowding. She says Mission Heights Primary is designed for a maximum roll of 750 students.

Last year there were 630 students enrolled at the school, an Education Review Office report says.

The school's board will receive the submission from the committee this month.

Eastern Courier