Fund­ing a win for school and Mans­field

Mansfield Courier - - OPINIONS / PEOPLE -

I READ the ar­ti­cle re­gard­ing the fund­ing re­ceived by the Steiner School and “wow” was my first re­ac­tion (Courier, Novem­ber 16).

This is a school that I have had some in­volve­ment with in the past (2000 – 2007) as a town plan­ner work­ing for the coun­cil.

The num­ber of peo­ple that I met that moved to Mans­field be­cause of the school re­ally sur­prised me.

The vi­sion and dreams to me were pretty grand at the time but look at what has been achieved.

It’s not a school for ev­ery fam­ily but I have seen the mu­si­cal tal­ent that has been pro­duced (eg Aaron Scales) as well as the ben­e­fits for kids that don’t re­late to main­stream ed­u­ca­tion.

There is def­i­nitely a need for schools like this and Mans­field is all the bet­ter as a re­sult.

I re­call when the Plan­ning Per­mit Ap­pli­ca­tion was lodged with coun­cil for the bus stop at the front of the school.

It was an ex­er­cise for one of the class years to come up with a de­sign, pre­pare the ap­pli­ca­tion and sell it to the com­mu­nity.

Nat­u­rally there were ob­jec­tions from lo­cal res­i­dents who didn’t want any­thing dif­fer­ent to the norm and didn’t ap­pre­ci­ate the ef­fort put in by the stu­dents.

It went to a coun­cil meet­ing and the stu­dents ad­dressed the coun­cil­lors and it was ul­ti­mately ap­proved.

What a great lesson in life for all con­cerned.

Congratula­tions to the school and Mans­field be­cause both will ben­e­fit enor­mously from the fund­ing in­jec­tion – well done.

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