Council to fight school downgrade

Glenora District High School

THE Derwent Valley Council will object to the proposed closure of the high school section of Glenora District High School. Education Minister Nick McKim today said a number of schools had been identified for possible closure.

“I know that the potential closure of schools will come as a shock to many people, but I can reassure everyone that this is a crucial part of renewing Tasmania’s education system,” Mr McKim said. “I am aware that many school communities will have strong and passionate arguments to keep their schools open and all these factors will be considered during the consultation process which will begin immediately,” he said.

At tonight’s Derwent Valley Council meeting, several councillors expressed their opposition to the proposal to remove secondary classes (Grades 7-10) from Glenora District High School which would effectively reduce the campus to a primary school. Mayor Martyn Evans agreed to a request that he write to Premier Lara Giddings to oppose the proposed closure, as well as writing to Mr McKim to advise him of the importance of maintaining the Glenora school in its current form.

Downgrading Glenora District High School to a primary school would leave no high schools between New Norfolk and Queenstown. High school classes were removed from Ouse District High School several years ago. On ABC Radio this evening, Ms Giddings said a principle would be that students would not be expected to spend more than 45 minutes traveling to school.

The Mercury has more here.

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