Craighead seeks $1000 per family for rebuild

EMMA BAILEY
Last updated 05:00 09/11/2012
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SHAND HOUSE: Craighead's school hostel was damaged by the Christchurch earthquakes.

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Craighead Diocesan parents are being asked to consider a $1000 donation per family for the rebuild of the school's hostel, likely to cost millions of dollars.

Forty-three boarders were moved out of Shand House in March after the school's board of proprietors received an engineering report indicating earthquake strengthening was needed.

Since the third term all boarders have been back on campus, living in the modified Unwin Gymnasium, which was turned into a temporary 44-bed hostel in just six weeks.

A letter sent to parents proposes that each family donate $1000 a year toward the rebuild because it was not covered by insurance or the Earthquake Commission. This would be on top of school fees, which this year are $3296 for a day girl and $13,572 for a boarder.

Finance committee chairman Ross Wells said the "donation" had not been ratified.

"It is not a board policy yet. It is just a scoping document and we have invited feedback.

"The rebuild is being priced now and the relocation has already cost a bit, less than $500,000, but that included two relocatable buildings and the retrofit of the gym and the new hostel furniture. An architect is putting together the plans now but we won't have the final price until December or January.

"The build price and fitout will be many millions. The final plan will depend on how much we can fundraise or borrow."

Finance committee deputy chairman Mark Hawkins said it was the first time the school had gone to parents for money for the rebuild.

"When we compare fees with other schools we are quite low, but our results are higher than average, so parents have had good value for money."

Rangitata MP Jo Goodhew said because the school was integrated it was responsible for the buildings, whereas with a state school the Government was responsible.

The school has a permit from Timaru District Council for only two years to use the gymnasium. Parts of Shand House will be demolished but the original part of the building will be retained.

Shand House had been home to 33 year 7, 8 and 9 pupils, as well as 11 year 13 pupils. The Len Home boarding wing, which houses 77 girls, has not been affected.

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