Govt confirms future of 12 Christchurch schools

8:12 pm on 27 March 2013

The Government has announced final decisions on the future of 12 of the Canterbury schools affected by reorganisation plans in the wake of the region's earthquakes.

It says the schools had all agreed with its interim proposals for them and had supplied their submissions early, enabling Wednesday's announcement.

Burnham and Burnside primary schools, Duvauchelle and Okains Bay schools, Ouruhia Model School and Shirley Intermediate will all remain open.

Bromley and Linwood Avenue schools, and Yaldhurst Model and Gilberthorpe schools, will no longer be merged.

Ten of the schools will remain open while two, Discovery One and Unlimited, will merge from the start of next year.

Ouruhia School principal Mark Ashmore-Smith says the announcement was expected and the ministry's decision to relocate the school in future is better than it being closed.

Seventeen other schools with closure and merger decisions hanging over them have until Thursday to make submissions.