Aotea pri­mary school won’t hap­pen soon

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The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion has sig­nalled Aotea does not yet have the pop­u­la­tion for a pri­mary school.

While Katrina Casey, the Min­istry head of sec­tor en­able­ment and sup­port, said no de­ci­sion had been fi­nalised, pop­u­la­tion growth showed an ad­di­tional school will not likely hap­pen in the short term.

‘‘We con­tin­u­ally mon­i­tor pop­u­la­tion changes around the coun­try to iden­tify ar­eas where schools may need ex­tra help to man­age school rolls,’’ she said. ‘‘Our pro­jec­tions in­di­cate that there is some growth in the Aotea/Pa­pakowhai area [but] our as­sess­ment right now, based on Statis­tics New Zealand pop­u­la­tion pro­jec­tions and the num­ber of dwellings over the next five years from lo­cal de­vel­op­ers, shows an ad­di­tional school is not cur­rently needed.’’

‘‘Our pro­jec­tions in­di­cate . . . an ad­di­tional school is not cur­rently needed.’’

Most of Aotea, which has nearly 1400 homes, is zoned for Pa­pakowhai School.

Rod­ney Strong, chair­man of Aotea Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion, had a meet­ing with Min­istry rep­re­sen­ta­tives in March, armed with a 500-sig­na­ture pe­ti­tion in sup­port of build­ing a school on land set aside by de­vel­oper Car­rus.

The land is on Frances Brown Ave, but it is un­der­stood Car­rus would re­vert this back to res­i­den­tial if there is no in­di­ca­tion from the Min­istry to build a school.

Strong said a school could be­come a fo­cal point for the com­mu­nity and par­ents wanted to walk their chil­dren there each day.

Casey said mon­i­tor­ing popu- la­tion num­bers in the short and long term will con­tinue, but work­ing with ex­ist­ing schools near Aotea was the best course of ac­tion.

‘‘We’ll work with schools to help them man­age their en­rol- ment schemes to en­sure there is enough room for lo­cal kids to at­tend their lo­cal school. Also, where there are par­tic­u­lar pres­sures, we can pro­vide ad­di­tional teach­ing spa­ces at some schools.’’

Aotea will not have a school built in the short term.

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