The Canberra Times brings us the news that the government has hired an independent consultant to look at other options for building the Ginninderra mega-school.
This would appear to be in response to much community concern as well as a meeting with the Ginninderra District High School Parents and Citizens Association.
The P&C outlined three alternative proposals that would mean Ginninderra High would not have to be closed for the three years the new school is being built. These were to build the school where Higgins Primary currently is, to build it on the playing fields across the road from Ginninderra High or to build it on the other end of the Ginninderra campus so the buildings already there do not have to be demolished immediately.
Also in the story (but not completely in the version that’s made it onto the net) were concerns about where Ginninderra students would go to school. In the initial announcement about the mega-school, Ms Gallagher said the department would make sure the students would get a place in another school of their choice while the construction of the new school took place.
However, parents are now saying that some high schools in the area are strongly discouraging their kids from applying since they are almost at capacity anyway. Ms Gallagher denied this was the case, saying she had not received any reports about anything like this.
Also left out of the online version are Vicki Dunne’s comments about the whole business.
“This is a clear indication that the Government has got the whole process wrong,” she said. “They rushed into closing the school down this year and they’ve hit a snag.”
She called for the government to stop all plans for the immediate closure and to have “proper consultation” witht he community about what would be best for education in West Belconnen.