Six schools to close, parents to get cash to help move
UPDATE 3.10PM: Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek said he had weighed up a range of issues in deciding to close Toowoomba South and Charlton state schools.
Those schools and another four from across Queensland will shut their doors after the last day of term four.
Wyreema State School, along with Everton Park State High School, has been saved and will continue to operate.
Along with Toowoomba South and Charlton, the schools that will close include:
- Fortitude Valley State School
- Nyanda State School
- Old Yarranlea State School
- Stuart State School
Mr Langbroek said he considered issues such as enrolments, accessibility, curriculum and resource levels, before deciding which schools would close and which would remain open.
He said parents of students attending the closed schools would be eligible for an allowance of between $500 and $750 to help them move to a new school
Mr Langbroek thanked all of the eight school communities for their participation in the recent community consultation process.
"This will be a challenging time for the affected school communities and I assure everyone concerned that the education and welfare of our students continues to be my highest priority," Mr Langbroek said.
Mr Langbroek said the school closures were not about making money and any funds would be reinvested to improve school infrastructure.
2.40PM: Toowoomba South and Charlton state schools will close at the end of the year.
Wyreema State School will remain open.
Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek made the announcement in Brisbane moments ago.
1PM: Three Toowoomba schools will learn today if the State Government plans to close them at the end of the year.
Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek will make the announcement at 2.30pm.
Toowoomba South, Wyreema and Charlton state schools were all earmarked for closure earlier this year.
In May, Mr Langbroek announced that nine schools were being considered either for closure or amalgamation.
Those identified are understood to be within 5km of another state school.
If schools are closed, all students aside from those finishing Year 7 or Year 12 may receive either $350 for primary schoolers and $550 for seniors as a uniform allowance.
Some may also be able to claim a travel allowance from the government.
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