December, 2018Queenstowns mayor says as many as three new primary schools might
be needed to cater for the resorts skyrocketing growth.
But the Ministry of Educations (MoE) keeping mum on what, if any,
plans are in the pipeline.
Mayor Jim Boult says he met with ministry officials this month to get on
the same page when it comes to population projections.
For example, Hanleys Farm, Jacks Point, and further south of the
Kawarau, theres no school, and potentially in the next 10 years there
could be somewhere like 2000-3000 houses down there.
He says that could mean more than one school could be needed in that
area to cater to those households.
Then theres Ladies Mile, he says.
If NZTA does finally get our traffic issues sorted, theres further
development proposed for Ladies Mile.
You cant send them all to Shotover.
Shotover Primarys roll has grown five-fold since it opened three years
MoEs previously confirmed its looking to buy land for a new primary
school in the Queenstown area, but has repeatedly refused to say
Boult says he also hasnt been told where theyre looking.
In a statement, MoEs deputy secretary sector enablement and support
Katrina Casey says any decisions about new schools and developments
will be announced in due course.
She doesnt address a question on whether any feasibility studies or
business cases are being worked on regarding new schools in the
Our job is to manage school infrastructure by planning for growth and
population shifts both in the short-term and much further out as well.
To do this, we consider population projections, local council
information and our own capacity and enrolment data.
We are currently working with the Queenstown Lakes District Council
to plan for future growth.
Source: Otago Daily Times
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