Department to keep eye on schools

WHILE it has no plans for a new high school on the Fraser Coast in the next 20 years, Education Queensland says it will be constantly watching the capacity of local schools.

Deputy director-general Alan Wagner said the department “constantly monitors and fine-tunes its capital works program according to demographic needs”.

He said the trends were reviewed annually.

“Capital works priorities for building schools are influenced by many factors, such as the ongoing development of an area, existing infrastructure, population growth trends, and the capacity of local schools to cater for any increasing enrolments.”

His comments were in response to the concerns of Hervey Bay MP Ted Sorenson and Maryborough MP Chris Foley who believe local public high schools may not be able to cope if the State Government pushes forward with plans to take Year 7 out of primary school and make it the first year of high school.



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