1 Oct 2009

Aorangi principal prepared to seek judicial review

8:17 pm on 1 October 2009

The principal of a Christchurch primary school facing closure says she is prepared to take legal steps to keep it open.

Education Minister Anne Tolley says Aorangi Primary School should close as it has a falling roll and needs major investment in its buildings.

Mrs Tolley's decision follows a lengthy dispute over the need for new facilities at the embattled primary school, which has a roll of about 90.

The minister says that, in the current economic climate, the school's planned $2 million replacement programme cannot be justified.

The board of trustees has been given 28 days to submit final arguments as to why the school should stay open.

Principal Stephanie Thompson says the Ministry of Education pre-determined the outcome of the review by quoting consultation which never took place in its briefing paper to the minister.

Ms Thompson says the consultation process was a sham and if Mrs Tolley does not change her mind, the school will seek a judicial review of the decision.