Rotary Park School may stay open for 2012

Rotary Park School. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
Rotary Park School. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
A commissioner's report sent to the Minister of Education today, has recommended Rotary Park School should remain open for the rest of 2012.

The report was written by Rotary Park School commissioner Cleave Hay after consultation on the proposed closure of the school.

During the past month, 51 submissions had been received from the community on the future of the school, and showed the overwhelming majority wanted it to remain open, at least until the end of 2012.

Mr Hay said some people wanted the school to remain open indefinitely, but the majority had accepted that the school would likely close at some stage.

Keeping the school open for the remainder of 2012 would allow the year 6 pupils to graduate without having to change schools twice in the next 12 months.

Mr Hay said if the school were to close at the end of term 2 or term 3, year 6 pupils would have to finish their primary schooling at another primary school before heading off to intermediate at the beginning of next year.

It was hoped Education Minister Hekia Parata would make a decision within the next two weeks on whether to continue the closure process or stop it.

If she recommends the process continues, a second round of consultation will begin. Ms Parata ordered a school community consultation process after Mr Hay recommended Rotary Park School be considered for closure because of its low roll, which was now 21 pupils.

Parents began removing their children from the school when it became clear principal Carmel Casey was returning after six months' leave.

Mrs Casey has been the focus of allegations of incompetent teaching practices and bullying of staff at the school.

A report on an independent investigation into the allegations is imminent, Mr Hay said.



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