News soon on Kandanga Creek
COMMUNITY action to save the Kandanga Creek State School at Upper Kandanga might yet succeed, as a result of Education Department fine-tuning its “mothballing” policies.
Education and Training Minister Geoff Wilson says 14 schools due to be mothballed will remain open and “the process itself will be mothballed in favour of long-term sustainability plans”.
But this does not yet mean the worries are over for schools, like Upper Kandanga, which have been closed already.
“Obviously some schools have to be closed from time to time,” a spokesperson for the Minister said yesterday.
But the government had now adopted a longer-term view which will assess schools over a three-year period.
The fate of recently-closed schools which had support from their communities would be decided in coming weeks, the spokesperson said.
Mr Wilson said the Queensland council of Parents and Citizens Associations had been “absolutely instrumental in petitioning for a new process that has at its heart the viability of our schools.
“It has long been our position that we prefer state schools to remain open and responsive to the broad educational needs of our students.”
The Department of Education and Training asked in July for people to contact its office if they are interested in enrolling their children at the school.
A minimum of 15 enrolments are needed to make re-opening the school viable, it said at the time.
The school’s closure was widely attributed to the Traveston Crossing dam proposal, which saw its proponent buying up properties, leading to the loss of families which had previously sent their children to the school.