Remarks school mulls zoning to reduce overcrowding

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Remarkables Primary is considering shrinking its zone area as the Ministry of Education wades in to combat overcrowding at the school. 

Education Minister Anne Tolley and the MoE has ordered the resort’s newest school to hold a public meeting about reducing the home zone – which could see families in Lake Hayes Estate, Quail Rise, Tucker Beach, Marina Heights and the northern side of Frankton Road be excluded from enrolling in the future. |

A meeting will be held at the school hall tomorrow (Wednesday) at 7.30pm to discuss the matter. MoE officials will attend. 

The proposed new home zone would only include: 
• The south side of Frankton Rd from Shotover Bridge to Kawarau Rd
• All streets accessed from McBride and Yewlett Crescent
• Frankton
• Kelvin Heights and south to Wye Creek including Jacks Point. 

If it comes into effect and subject to MoE approval, the new zone will commence from the start of term two next year. 

A letter went out to parents last night explaining that with the new zone, students currently attending the school would be unaffected, but the proposed changes would affect those pre-enrolled, from a date yet to be determined by the MOE. 

At this stage the school board will not offer out-of-zone placements for 2012. This will be reviewed in September 2012 for the 2013 school year, board chairman John Stalker says. 

“We’ve been talking to the MOE for the past couple of months and have put forward a number of proposals as to how the Ministry could take a long-term view towards planning for continuing roll growth in this district, not just at our school,” he says. 

“Unfortunately most of these proposals have been rejected to date, and we see the current zone change as little more than a short-term ‘band aid fix’ to an issue that will ultimately affect every family with young children in this district.” 

Mr Stalker said feedback on the proposed new home zone was important to the school and there would be further information and feedback forms available for members of the community to complete at Wednesday night’s meeting.