Salisbury School to fight closure through courts

Last updated 12:53 05/11/2012
Helen McDonnell
HELEN MCDONNELL: "It is very unfortunate that we have to go down the path of legal action".

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Nelson's Salisbury School is taking legal action against its closure including seeking an injunction to stop its students being shifted.

The board of  the residential girls' school in Richmond today filed judicial review proceedings in the High Court in Wellington against Education Minister Hekia Parata's decision to close the school.

The school has also sought an interim order that ministry officials take no further steps to shift the girls and close the school in December until the legality of the minister’s decision is determined by the court.

The move comes after Parata announced last week that she proposes to close Salisbury School, moving the school’s female students to a boys’ school in Christchurch from the beginning of next year.

Board chairperson Helen McDonnell said: "It is very unfortunate that we have to go down the path of legal action, but we have no choice if we wish to ensure the safety of our students, and that there is sufficient provision of appropriate education for their needs."

The school has 65 students with intellectual impairment from around the country and 62 staff.

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- The Nelson Mail

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