Giv­ing up is not an op­tion

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Noel Thomp­son noel.thomp­

THE case to bring se­nior classes to Mun­dub­bera will be stronger this time around.

Coun­cil­lor Faye Whe­lan, who also led the last ap­pli­ca­tion to the gov­ern­ment, ad­dressed a meet­ing of 30 par­ents and cit­i­zens last Thurs­day.

Ear­lier this month a spokesper­son for the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion said num­bers were in­suf­fi­cient at the school to of­fer a range of sub­ject choices or a qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion for stu­dents in their se­nior years.

But Cr Whe­lan said num­bers at the Mun­dub­bera State School were “much bet­ter now”. “At the time of the last sub­mis­sion there were only 16 chil­dren in grade 10 and 15 (stu­dents) in grade 9,” she said.

“Now we have 30 stu­dents in grade 10, and 27 (stu­dents) in grade 9.

“The num­bers are much bet­ter now through all the grades in the school.”

Par­ent Tony Kas­sulke said giv­ing up was not an op­tion.

“Last time we gave up and caved in to soon,” he said.

“I was and still am dis­ap­pointed that we gave up so eas­ily.

“We just won’t ac­cept no for an an­swer.”

Cr Whe­lan said she was hop­ing for a meet­ing with the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter.

North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil has in­cluded the school ex­pand­ing to in­clude P–12 in its cor­po­rate plan.

But, she said, the coun­cil has been too busy with other things, such as the floods and bud­gets.

Cr Whe­lan will call an­other meet­ing in the com­ing weeks to form a com­mit­tee to work through the de­tails of a new ap­pli­ca­tion.

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