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School Closures

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The Bligh Labor Government has decided our school at Dows Creek near Mackay, must be closed down at the end of the year without following proper procedure. They have treated the community with complete contempt, justifying this decision using outdated and incorrect information.
The decision making process is staged:
Identification of schools that may be unviable - Term 1
Consultation to mothball school - Term 2
Mothball/School Closure - Term 4
The final decision to mothball or close a school or to implement another option is vested in the Minister for Education and Training and Minister for the Arts. (Term 3)

We had a meeting with ED. dept. officials on 15th September where they heard numbers were 11 and increasing, in a growing area. We were informed the recommendation would be to monitor for 2009. Enrollments for 2009 are 15 with more wishing to enroll. Despite this the minister decided to close the school and notified the school on the 6th November.
It seems the truth won't stand in the way of achieving their agenda.
In press releases and on radio they continually quote outdated information to justify the decision.
Posted by Kungurri Krank, Tuesday, 9 December 2008 10:21:05 PM
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Hi Kungurri

How many students and where will they go next year?
Posted by Rainier, Wednesday, 10 December 2008 5:04:37 PM
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I have two students at the school. We have the option of busing the children to Mirani (approx. 15 K's) Or by car to Gargett, 10 K's(40 K's per day)
Posted by Kungurri Krank, Wednesday, 10 December 2008 6:14:56 PM
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hi!

wow, i think that's very unfair!
what will you do now?
what do your parents say to this situation?
can't believe this...
Posted by daltong2005, Thursday, 11 December 2008 2:24:24 AM
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We can't get the mothballing decision changed,therefore our children will probably go to Gargett. We haven't given up completely,and will continue to fight to have our school re-opened in 2010.Considering the short time span the whole community was shocked and most parents are still coming to grips with the decision, but probably most will send their children to Gargett.
Many of the families enrolled at the school are young families and have younger children not yet at school age.
As farms in the area are broken up and older families leave, younger families with children are moving in.
This school is more than just a place we send our children to be educated, it is the centre of our community and without it, the community will be devastated
Posted by Kungurri Krank, Thursday, 11 December 2008 8:44:11 PM
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Kungurri Krank

Is it fair to expect taxpayers to maintain school buildings, pay staff and provide resources for fifteen, twenty or thirty students?

I sympathise with how you're feeling right now, but realistically you must admit it's just not an efficient way to spend our state's limited educational funds.

You will form new community liasons within a larger school environment, and most likely in a few years' time look back on it as the best move you ever made. Rationalisations such as this are an unfortunate fact of life which we all have to face in one way or another at some stage of our lives.

You can either view the change as a loss or as a brand new opportunity, remembering that the take you have on the situation will have a big effect on how your children cope with the change.

There are many advantages a larger school has over a smaller one, and I'm sure it won't be long into the new school year before your children are happily rattling them off to you.
Posted by Bronwyn, Thursday, 11 December 2008 11:57:05 PM
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