Bound­ary blues for school par­ents

Rodney Times - - OUT & ABOUT - JAY BORE­HAM

A pro­posed en­rol­ment zone for Orewa North Pri­mary School has some par­ents con­cerned their younger chil­dren won’t be able to join their sib­lings at the school.

The sug­gested zone stretches north from the bridge over the Orewa es­tu­ary to just past Pu¯ hoi.

It cuts some roads through the mid­dle, such as Hat­ton Rd in Orewa, with only prop­er­ties with odd num­bered let­ter boxes in the zone.

One Hat­ton Rd par­ent is unim­pressed her two younger chil­dren may not be able to join their sis­ter at the school.

She un­der­stood the need for zon­ing from the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion to man­age pop­u­la­tion growth and avoid over­crowd­ing, but wasn’t happy peo­ple liv­ing close to the school were over­looked for kids as far away as Pu¯ hoi.

‘‘Their pro­posed zone doesn’t make much sense to me, as some streets that they ex­cluded are closer to the school than those that they chose to in­clude, but they also de­cided to split streets in half.’’

She thought the zon­ing should prioritise chil­dren who live in Orewa.

The school is two weeks into a month-long con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod with par­ents on the pro­posed zon­ing.

Prin­ci­pal Bruce Tilby said he had been ap­proached by a num­ber of par­ents with the same con­cerns and had en­cour­aged them to sub­mit on the pro­posed zon­ing.

The school, with a cur­rent role of 332, was set to swell to some­where be­tween 500-600 stu­dents within the next five years or so, he said.

Tilby said it would be up to school’s board of trustees to de­cide, but he thought out of zone sib­lings would be able to come to the school for the fore­see­able fu­ture and they would have first pri­or­ity in out of zone en­rol­ment con­sid­er­a­tions.

Orewa Pri­mary has fin­ished its new en­rol­ment zone process.

Orewa Pri­mary board of trustees chair­woman Amanda Cot­terell said par­ents at the school who be­came out of zone had sim­i­lar con­cerns about sib­lings.

‘‘We have told them that re­ally that’s not go­ing to be a prob­lem. There will def­i­nitely be sib­lings al­lowed to come through from our out of zone stu­dents,’’ she said.

Par­ents from both schools will have to go through the zon­ing process again in the next few years, ahead of a third school be­ing built in Orewa by 2021.

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The pro­posed en­rol­ment zone for Orewa North Pri­mary and Orewa Pri­mary’s en­rol­ment zone.

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