19 schools to close or merge

Last updated 12:53 18/02/2013
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Phillipstown students are shocked at merger news.

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Education Minister Hekia Parata has confirmed the schools for the chopping block under the interim proposal for schooling changes in Christchurch.

Since the earthquakes, schools across Canterbury have had a combined 9300 vacant places.

The news comes six months after initial shock announcements in September 2012 when 26 schools were lined up for a merger, and 13 schools were pegged for closure.

Today those numbers dropped to seven possible closures and 12 mergers. 12 schools initially on the list will remain open and will not merge: Bromley, Burnham, Burnside Primary, Duvauchelle, Gilberthorpe, Okains Bay, Linwood Ave, Ouruhia Model, Shirley Intermediate, Yaldhurst, Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Whanau Tahi and Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Waitaha

Branston Intermediate, Glenmoor, Greenpark, Kendal, Linwood Intermediate, Manning Intermediate, and Richmond will close. 

The mergers have affected 12 schools: Burwood merges with Windsor, Central New Brighton with South New Brighton, Lyttelton Main with Lyttelton West, North New Brighton with Freeville, Phillipstown with Woolston, and Unlimited with Discover. 

As announced a few days ago, there will be five new schools built in Lincoln, Rangiora West, West Halswell, and two in Rolleston.

An appeal process is in place.

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