Seven spare classrooms to be de­mol­ished

South Waikato News - - FRONT PAGE - By PET­RICE TARRANT

Los­ing seven classrooms is a sign of the times for Pu­taruru Pri­mary School.

Prin­ci­pal Tr­ish Scown said the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion had de­cided the ru­ral school had nine classrooms to spare – five more than the max­i­mum al­lowed.

The empty build­ings are a re­sult of the school’s de­creas­ing roll which has lev­elled out in the past three years af­ter a big drop.

This year the min­istry will de­mol­ish seven classrooms, leav­ing three spare rooms which in­clude the school’s break­fast club and com­puter suite.

Ms Scown said the down­size was on the cards be­fore the Christchurch earth­quake hit.

When the dis­as­ter struck all the min­istry’s re­sources were poured down south, giv­ing Pu­taruru Pri­mary School a few years grace.

But the time has come for the move, she said.

‘‘ Ap­par­ently it is more cost­ef­fec­tive to de­mol­ish them than it is to main­tain them.’’

She said they would be sad to see the build­ings re­moved.

‘‘ But I can un­der­stand their point of view, there is only so much money to go around.’’

The school is still await­ing con­fir­ma­tion when the de­mo­li­tion will take place.

One of the seven build­ings will be only partly de­mol­ished, leav­ing the roof as a rain shel­ter.

When the school first opened the build­ings were well used with a full roll of 370.

At its low­est the roll dropped to 169 but Ms Scown said it had lev­elled out about 200 for the past three years.

Photo: PET­RICE TARRANT

No use: The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion has de­cided to de­mol­ish seven classrooms at Pu­taruru Pri­mary School af­ter a de­creas­ing roll has left them empty for years.

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