Schools against Otepopo option

Maheno and Weston schools have decided it would not be in their best interests to provide education at the Otepopo School site, in Herbert, as a "second campus".

The Ministry of Education was asked to consult the boards of trustees of Hampden, Maheno and Weston schools on the possibility of retaining the Otepopo site as a second campus of one of the schools.

When contacted yesterday, Maheno School board chairwoman Sonji Armstrong and Weston School board chairman Russell Bryant both confirmed their boards' positions.

Last week, Hampden School board chairman Ian Carter said his board believed it should not be the school's responsibility to make the decision on what happened with Otepopo's school.

Consultation on the proposal was to have taken place last month, with the schools scheduled to report to the ministry by June.

Consultation on the possible closure of the Otepopo School began last year and, in January, Education Minister Anne Tolley said she was satisfied it should close.

Commissioner Mike Allison then had to advise her if he had any arguments in favour of the school staying open.

Mrs Tolley said yesterday the ministry would provide her with a report based on feedback from the schools and she would then make a final decision.


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