Roll growth prompts plea
‘‘Severe overcrowding’’ issues at Romahapa School have prompted its board of trustees to write directly to Education Minister Nikki Kaye to ask for a temporary classroom.
As of next Monday, the roll at the rural school will reach 88 children.
Romahapa School board of trustees member Jules Witt said that’s about 40 more pupils than the two classroom-two teacher school was designed to take, with students squeezed into the space, and overflowing into other areas.
Contributing factors included a change in demographics, with more young families moving to the area, and also an increasing number of permanent residents living at nearby popular holidaying spot Kaka Point.
In the letter to the minister, Romahapa School board of trustees chairperson Megan Carey says even if the school roll drops to the Ministry of Edu- cation estimate of 75 children, it will still be ‘‘significantly overcrowded’’.
The letter outlines discussion with education ministry representatives over the last 18 months to bring the roll to a more manageable level.
However, the situation had reached an impasse, with the overcrowding issue becoming increasingly urgent. Witt said. ‘‘We just weren’t getting anywhere with the ministry, so we’ve had to take the next step.’’
Romahapa School, near Balclutha.