D-day on school closures

TINA LAW
Last updated 05:00 29/05/2013

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Teams of Ministry of Education staff will visit 17 Christchurch schools today to deliver the final decision on their future but one school will hear the news offsite.

Phillipstown School has asked to be told the decision at an office a short distance from the school.

Education Minister Hekia Parata wants to merge Phillipstown School at Woolston School, something Phillipstown is fiercely opposed to.

Phillipstown School principal Tony Simpson said he wanted to hear the decision away from the school where he and board chairman Wayne West could digest the information without interruption.

His office was not big enough to spread out all the information he expected to be provided by the ministry and because the school could not use its hall, he wanted to go offsite.

Once they had taken in all the information he and West would return to the school and relay the decision to staff and then pupils and the community.

Simpson said the ministry was happy to oblige with the school's request.

The 17 schools under threat are being told the final decision by ministry staff between midday and 2pm. Parata will make a public announcement at 2.45pm.

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