Schools' deadline nearing

CHARLEY MANN
Last updated 05:00 03/12/2012
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Schools slated to close or merge have just five days to complete submissions for the Education Ministry.

The ministry announced proposals in September to close 13 schools and put 26 through some form of merger.

The affected schools were given a 10-week time frame, which ends on Friday, to consult their communities and report back to the ministry.

Avondale Primary, Aranui Primary, Aranui High, Chisnallwood Intermediate and Wainoni School, which are proposed to close and become a year 1 to year 13 campus, were given an extended deadline to consult until March 7 next year.

The Press is aware of four schools that have so far made full or part submissions.

Yaldhurst Model School has yet to receive confirmation from the ministry that it received the school's submission, despite it being handed directly to Education Minister Hekia Parata when she visited on November 8.

The submission proposes to expand the school on the current site as surrounding subdivisions grow.

There is also some confusion over Burnham School's submission.

The ministry regional operations deputy secretary, Katrina Casey, said it received information from Burnham that was regarded as a part submission. However, Burnham Board of Trustees chairwoman Jackie Freeman said the school was still writing the submission.

 

SPEAKING UP

Four schools affected by the proposals the ministry says it has received submissions from:

❏Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Te Whanau Tahi, which is proposed to merge with Te Kura Whakapumau Te Reo Tuturu Ki Waitaha at an unknown site.

❏South New Brighton, which is proposed to merge with Central New Brighton. ❏Yaldhurst Model School, which is proposed to merge with Gilberthorpe School.

❏Burnham School, which is proposed to close.

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