30 Jun 2009

Community determined to save school, says principal

8:16 pm on 30 June 2009

The principal of a Christchurch school facing closure says the community is determined to save it.

Aorangi Primary School was allocated more than $2 million by the previous Labour-led government for rebuilding.

However, Education Minister Anne Tolley says closure is now a possibility due to a falling roll, the cost of rebuilding and the availability of other local schools.

Principal Stephanie Thompson believes the roll has dipped only because parents are waiting to see if the school will rebuilt.

Ms Thompson says the school also has a bilingual unit and a programme for children with emotional needs.

She says a meeting held on Monday night showed the community wants to keep these features.

The school has until 10 August to convince the Government it should stay open.