Principals awaiting ministry meet

02:13, Mar 19 2014

College principals are still waiting for a meeting with Education Ministry officials to discuss the next step in the future of Blenheim's secondary schools.

The Express reported last week that ministry staff from Nelson were to meet with the principals of Blenheim's two colleges this week to "determine how to proceed".

However, yesterday boys' college principal Wayne Hegarty said he had not been contacted by the ministry. Marlborough Girls' College principal Karen Stewart was similarly in the dark.

The much-anticipated meeting comes after more than 300 submissions were received from the Marlborough community about a ministry proposal to change secondary schooling in Blenheim. Both Marlborough Boys' College and Marlborough Girls' College have buildings that are earthquake risks, leaky and old, and the ministry has asked if the community wants the schools rebuilt or a new option, such as combining them on one site and introducing a co- educational option.

Mr Hegarty said it was up to Education Minister Hekia Parata to decide what happened next.

"We only hope that they [the ministry] would rethink their options and consider the options the community have come up with. Having some of our blue-sky thinking considered would be fantastic.,"

Education Ministry head of sector enablement and support Katrina Casey said yesterday the meeting was still in the pipeline.

"Our staff in Nelson will meet with Marlborough Boys' and Marlborough Girls' representatives in the next 10 days and together determine how to proceed."