17 Dec 2009

Decision on Aorangi School next week

10:09 pm on 17 December 2009

The future of an embattled Christchurch primary school will become clearer on Monday.

Aorangi School has been the subject of a two-day judicial review in the city's High Court.

The school's board was granted a review of the process Education Minister Anne Tolley followed in reaching her decision to close it.

The board's main argument was what it described as flawed consultation.

It claimed the Education Ministry withheld information the board needed to make intelligent submissions against the plan.

A lawyer for the minister, Una Jagose, said much of the data the board says was not forthcoming was hypothetical and did not exist.

She reminded the court it was up to the Minister how the education budget is spent and that proper consultation does not require agreement between parties.

Justice French will deliver her decision on Monday.