Mallanganee to lose school

THE Mallanganee Public School will almost certainly be closed at the beginning of next year.

School education director for the Richmond Valley, Selwyn Nix, told a meeting of parents and community members last week he would recommend to the Minister for Education and Training, Verity Firth, that the school be formally closed at the start of the 2010 school year.

Mr Nix told the meeting, which was attended by just a handful of people, there was no prospect of sufficient student numbers to reopen the school next year.

The primary school was put into mothballs at the beginning of this year after only two students had enrolled at the school.

Eleven students attended the school last year.

One of the parents at the meeting had wanted the Department of Education to give the Mallanganee community another 12 months to shore up student numbers before closing the school for good.

However, a spokesman for the Department of Education said Mr Nix would not be altering his recommendation to the Minister.

He said the school community over the past six months had conducted a media campaign and had held an open day in a bid to attract more enrolments.

However, neither had been successful in attracting more students.

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