11 Sep 2008

Funding, jobs safe at troubled Northland school

7:38 pm on 11 September 2008

The Ministry of Education has agreed to keep funding and jobs intact at a troubled Northland school which has seen its roll drop by nearly a third in the past year.

Education Minister Chris Carter has appointed a commissioner to run Opononi Area School in Hokiganga after an Education Review Office report that found it failing in most areas.

The school's board is being dissolved and trustees met on Thursday night for the last time. The commissioner is expected to take over within a week.

The ministry has agreed to hold staffing and funding at present levels for the coming year.

Opononi Area School lost 30% of its roll in the past year and there was concern that staffing cuts could destroy its viability.

The ministry's Northland manager, Chris Eve, attended Thursday's meeting to discuss the next steps for the school.