The fates have been sealed for the final eight Christchurch schools awaiting decisions on their futures - with four closures to make way for a super-school in the east and three New Brighton schools to merge.
Aranui, Avondale and Wainoni schools, and Aranui High School were today informed by Education Minister Hekia Parata their schools will close on January 27 2017.
The closures pave the way for the proposed Aranui Community Campus - a year 1-13 school to be built on the current Aranui High School site.
The super-school is set to open at the start of 2017.
"The community campus is a fresh and exciting approach to education in Aranui, with huge potential benefits for students and the wider community. This is the first campus of its kind in greater Christchurch, with successful examples operating in other parts of New Zealand," Parata said.
Further east, Central New Brighton, Freeville and North New Brighton Schools will merge at the start of term one 2015 on the Freeville and North New Brighton sites.
The school will move permanently to the North New Brighton site in 2016 when building work is complete.
Chisnallwood Intermediate will remain open on its current site, with a review in 2020.
The estimated cost of the shake-up in the east has been estimated at over $41 million.
"Today's announcement marks a significant milestone in education renewal for greater Christchurch, as it means all 38 schools affected by proposals announced last September now have final decisions, or made their own decision to close," Parata said.
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