Banora High stage 3 canned



THE Banora Point High Parents and Citizens group president has questioned NSW Government plans to use demountable classrooms at the new school.

Nicole Kammel said teachers had been told by Education Department officials last week that four demountables would be needed at the school in 2008, instead of building a stage 3 classroom block included in initial plans for the school.

"It's ridiculous that we will have demountables in a brand new high school," Mrs Kammel said.

She said Banora Point High currently had less than 500 students but demountables would be needed when enrolments reached about 690 the year after next.

Mrs Kammel said two demountables had re-cently been removed from the school after arts and woodwork classes were transferred to the new stage 2 building and the government should now "get on and finish the job" of building Stage 3.

Education Department North Coast director Ron Hankin said a decision last year after extensive community consultation for Banora Point High to cater for 800 students meant it was possible that no more than four modular teaching spaces would be required when student numbers were close to 800.

These extra rooms would be built on site and could be moved elsewhere if necessary, he said. Mr Hankin said it would be presently uneconomical to build the "multi-million dollar" stage 3.



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