Numbers crisis at school
MICHELLE FRANCIS will have to find another school for her daughter Alisha, 7, unless the Mullumbimby Adventist School can triple enrolments.
Only six students are enrolled at the struggling school and the education board has said the school will close unless it can get 18 students next year.
Ms Francis said the school had helped her daughter and she did not want to move Alisha again.
“We had to move several times because of changing jobs and rentals,” she said. “Alisha started school quite early and has had to move three times.
"We found her behaviour had become really bad and we needed to find somewhere that really looked at Alisha, not at 100 children.”
Ms Francis said her daughter's manners and behaviour had improved since she started at the Adventist school.
In the school's 57 years, enrolments have been as high as about 50, but competition has grown.
Another religious school is down the road from the Adventist school in Main Arm Road, and there are schools at Durrumbul, Main Arm and Upper Main Arm.
Former parent Madeline Rogers, who is helping with the campaign to save the school, said a rationalisation of state schools could help the Adventist school, but would come too late if the school closed next year.
The school is owned by the Seventh Day Adventist Church and is run by a board that looks after 11 schools from Gosford to the Queensland border.
A local management committee looks after the day-to-day running of the school.