Aldridge High becomes independent
ALDRIDGE State High School will become the first independent public school in the Fraser Coast in 2013.
The Maryborough school was one of just 26 educational facilities in the state to be selected for the program, in which the school will gain more control over its management.
The successful application comes as a win for the ASHS according to principal Ross Higgins, who said the school would now focus a lot more on the community and the needs of the students.
"Being an independent school will give us greater autonomy in that we will be able to get things done at a school level rather than through a head office," Mr Higgins said.
"It's going to allow us to enhance our level of community input, and drive our facilities to be better."
Mr Higgins said "good kids" would be given even better chances under the new administration, as the school would be able to focus on what the students needed.
"The major change for us is that we will be able to have more control over what happens to the school and how it happens," he said.
"We will have the freedom to directly recruit student teachers as well, which is something we couldn't do before."
ASHS will also receive funding from the government to help facilitate the change as part of the independent public schools program.