Manjimup will have a new primary school in 2004.
Education Minister Colin Barnett said today members of the Manjimup community would also be given the chance to have a say in the future of their primary schools.
Releasing the draft plan for the future of primary education and education support facilities for community consultation, Mr Barnett said community involvement was important and members of the local community should take the opportunity to contribute to the process.
“I would encourage individuals and groups to provide comments for inclusion in the consultation report,” he said.
“The Local Area Education Planning Drafting committee - comprising parents, community members, teachers and principals - formed the draft plan and submitted it to the Education Department in June this year.
“Parents and other interested groups who haven’t yet learnt about the options can now do so through the consultation process.
“The drafting has focused on providing the best education options for students at Manjimup, East Manjimup and Quinninup Primary Schools and the Manjimup Education Support Centre.
“The draft plan details recommendations for the replacement or reconstruction of Manjimup Primary School and the Manjimup Education Support Centre, with the aim of providing better education in improved facilities.”
Mr Barnett said the drafting committee acknowledged that each of the four options released for public comment had advantages and disadvantages.
He said the drafting committee had explored and developed many recommendations during the drafting phase.
Warren-Blackwood District Director Neil Milligan would initiate the consultation process with the relevant school communities.
Copies of the draft plan would be available from schools and the Warren-Blackwood District Education Office and the consultation phase would conclude by June 2001.
“At the end of that period, the consultation report will be submitted to Education Department Director-General Peter Browne who will make a recommendation to me for a decision,” Mr Barnett said.
“Members of the public are welcome to make written submissions to the District Director during the consultation period.
“This is an exciting opportunity for communities to now explore improvement in primary education delivery in the Manjimup area.”
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