Locals 'want super school'

A MULTI-CAMPUS “super school” appears to be on the agenda for Lismore, despite repeated denials from NSW Education Department officials.

Last Friday, NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli said on radio that Lismore “wanted to move to the same structure as Dubbo”, which has had a controversial multi-campus school with split senior and junior campuses for the past decade.

The Minister was in Dubbo to discuss changes to the system there following a range of problems that teachers attribute to the split-campus model.

While the Minister would not make further comment, saying the initiative was coming from a local level, an Education Department spokesman again said he could not understand the “continued speculation” as there was no such proposal on the table and officials had nothing to add to written statements supplied to The Northern Star last week den-ying the restructure.

“I certainly haven’t been given any information ... and given that there is no plan, and given we’ve confirmed that if schools are to be working closer together, or if there was to be consideration of a major change, people would be consulted from the outset,” he said.

Lismore MP Thomas George said yesterday he spoke to Richmond River High School students last week and assured students and the community nothing would happen without full a consultation process.



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