Shirley, Avonside should be neighbours - principal

22:39, Feb 13 2013

Two earthquake-hit Christchurch schools should be rebuilt next to each other, a principal says.

Shirley Boys' High School principal John Laurenson said it was ''desirable'' for his school and Avonside Girls' High School to be located side by side so they could share facilities.

Geotechnical reports for the two schools, released this week, showed it was economic to rebuild on land at Avonside but not at Shirley.

Laurenson did not think there would be enough room to house both schools on Avonside's site.

Avonside Girls' High board chairman Tim Bergin said the possibility of two schools on one site with some shared facilities was worth considering, in consultation with the community.

The Ministry of Education yesterday said no decisions had been made on the future of the two schools, and geotechnical data was just one factor when considering a school's future.

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Laurenson said he was optimistic about the future of Shirley Boys' High after the ministry acknowledged on Monday that there was a need for a boys' school to serve eastern Christchurch.

He said the school did not have a long-term future on its North Pde site and would  relocate within  four years.

Ministry deputy secretary Katrina Casey said there was considerable work to be done, including consultation, before any decisions were made on the future of secondary schooling in Greater Christchurch.

The Press