Final decision for South Canterbury schools

  • Trevor Mallard
Education

Education Minister Trevor Mallard announced today his final decisions on the review of South Canterbury schools, a move that will unlock nearly $15.2 million in extra resources for the education of local students.

"I have agreed with all of the recommendations of the mediator who has been working with schools and the community to come up with a good solution for local students.

"I would like to thank all those involved in this project for their advice and feedback during what has been a challenging and stressful time.

"This reorganisation is aimed at ensuring South Canterbury students have access to quality and sustainable education now and into the future. Students will also be able to enjoy the benefits of the extra operational resources released to individual schools.

"Using current estimates, $5.23 million will be available to schools, over and above their normal entitlements, for education development resources. There will be a fund of $1.49 million for schools to use for joint education projects, and $8.46 million of extra property funding will be available.

"My decision also includes the establishment of a Joint Executive Group involving board representatives from Temuka High School, Timaru Girls' High School, Timaru Boys' High School and Mountainview High School.

"The group is to meet at least twice a year, with the aim of collaborating on joint education projects, and coming up with strategies to lift student achievement," Trevor Mallard said.

The review decisions are:
For the Geraldine district

  • retain Woodbury School and Geraldine High School;
  • merge Geraldine Primary School, Hilton School and Orari School on the Geraldine Primary School site as a year 1 to 6 school with Geraldine Primary School as the continuing school; and
  • Te Moana School has opted for voluntary closure and is undergoing this process.

For the Temuka district

  • retain Arowhenua Maori School;
  • merge Winchester School and Milford School as a year 1-6 school on the Winchester School site with Winchester as the continuing school;
  • merge Temuka Primary School and Clandeboye School on the Temuka Primary School site as a year 1-6 school with Temuka Primary School as the continuing school; and
  • retain Temuka High School.

For the Pleasant Point district

  • retain Pleasant Point Primary School and recapitate as a full Year 1-8 primary school; and
  • close Pleasant Point High School.

For the Timaru North district

  • merge Marchwiel School and Washdyke School as a full Year 1-8 primary school on the Marchwiel School site with Marchwiel as the continuing school;
  • merge Grantlea School and Seadown School as a full Year 1-8 primary school on the Grantlea School site with Grantlea as the continuing school; and
  • retain Waimatatai School.

For the Timaru South and West district

  • retain Highfield School and recapitate as a full Year 1-8 primary school and retain its special education unit;
  • retain Cannington school and recapitate as a full Year 1-8 primary school;
  • retain Gleniti School;
  • merge Timaru South Primary School and Pareora East Primary School as a full Year 1-8 primary school with both campuses being retained and Timaru South as the continuing school;
  • merge Timaru West Primary School and Timaru Main Primary School as a full Year 1-8 primary school on the Timaru West Primary School site with Timaru West as the continuing school;
  • merge Fairview Primary School and Claremont School as a full Year 1-8 primary school on the Fairview Primary School site with Fairview as the continuing school; and
  • merge Salisbury School and Beaconsfield School as a full Year 1-8 primary school on the Beaconsfield School site with Beaconsfield as the continuing school.

For Timaru City secondary and intermediate provision

  • retain Mountainview High School;
  • retain Timaru Boys' High School and Timaru Girls' High School;
  • close Pleasant Point High School; and
  • close Watlington Intermediate School.

The board of each continuing school will manage the transition period and govern the new school until elections can be held.

The Ministry of Education will work closely with schools to make sure their requirements for a smooth changeover are met and that the review is implemented in time for the 2005 school year.

The ministry's submission to Trevor Mallard and the mediator's report will be available on the network review section of the ministry's website www.minedu.govt.nz

The list of approximate funding for the schools follows. Funding is worked out on a roll basis, and follows students to their chosen school.

South Canterbury - estimated extra funding

Reorganisation Education Development Joint fund Extra Property Funding
Merge Geraldine Primary School, Orari School and Hilton School on the Geraldine Primary School site, with Geraldine as the continuing school $381,000 $108,740 $260,753
Merge Winchester School and Milford School on the Winchester School sitewith Winchester as the continuing school $333,500 $95,190 $705,870
Merge Temuka Primary School and Clandeboye School on the Temuka Primary School site with Temuka Primary School as the continuing school $262,000 $74,780 $205,287
Merge Marchwiel School and Washdyke School on the Marchwiel site with Marchwiel as the continuing school $251,000 $71,640 $37,256
Merge Grantlea School and Seadown School on the Grantlea School site with Grantlea as the continuing school $295,000 $84,200 $1,236,101
Merge Timaru South Primary School and Pareora East Primary School with both campuses being retained and Timaru South as the continuing school $392,000 $111,900 $165,631
Merge Timaru West Primary School and Timaru Main Primary School on the Timaru West Primary School site with Timaru West as the continuing school $564,000 $161,080 $787,856
Merge Fairview Primary School and Claremont School on the Fairview PrimarySchool site with Fairview as the continuing school $262,000 $74,780 $978,060
Merge Salisbury School and Beaconsfield School on the Beaconsfield School site with Beaconsfield as the continuing school $367,500 $104,900 $1,074,690
Recapitate Pleasant Point Primary - - $1,422,976
Close Watlington Intermediate School $1,055,000 $301,220 -
Close Te Moana School $134,000 $38,220 -
Close Pleasant Point High School $937,500 $267,850 -
Recapitate Cannington School - - $357,282
Recapitate Highfield School - - $1,234,868
Total: $5,234,500 $1,494,500 $8,466,630