Parents fear school end

THE potential closure of Rosevale State School looming at the end of the year is again concerning parents.

Education Queensland is monitoring the school after almost three years of being under its viability review, before a decision is made later this year.

But concerned parent Steve Doyle said he was fed up with Education Queensland's continued delay and the uncertainty it places on the community and students future.

“What's most concerning is the whole community is going to be affected, it's not just the current or future students but the future of the whole community,” Mr Doyle said.

“There are no positives for the school to close; the only positive is possibly for Education Queensland's budget.

“The school's future is uncertain from now until about October when they make a decision and we are supposed to be celebrating our 125th anniversary in November which we have been planning for months.”

Mr Doyle said the school community along with parents and residents had been busy planning the school's 125th anniversary for November but the celebration was turning sombre.

“It now looks like it will be a dual purpose, 125 years since the school opened and the year it was forced to close,” he said.

Mr Doyle has one child, Tiffani aged 10, currently enrolled in year 6 at the school, making the total enrolment at the school eight but next year his daughter Jessika will be enrolled in prep.

“We have four more prep students confirmed for next year too so that will boost enrolment numbers again,” he said.

“If Rosevale closes then the nearest school is Warrill View which is about 20km away and doesn't have a bus service.”

The executive director of schools for the Moreton East education district recently met with the school's principal and P&C executive to discuss the community consultation process and how they will finalise a decision.

Another community consultation will be held at the school next Wednesday with a decision about the schools future expected to be made during term four.

An Education Queensland spokesperson said they were encouraging community members to have their say on the future of school's with declining and low enrolments in their region.

“Each year the department conducts a review of all schools to ensure the best possible use of resources,” the spokesperson said.



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