Christchurch schools have been given an outline of the timing for the extensive consultation promised.
Schools whose boards are closing voluntarily must tell the ministry by October 26 2012.
7th December 2012 is the last date by which they must tell the Ministry of Education what they think of proposals.
February 8 2013 – the date by which the Ministry of Education will get’ feedback to Education Minister Hekia Parata.
February 18 2013 is the date that school boards will be told of Hekia Parata’s decisions. If alternatives are to be considered, there will be a timetable set for consultation on those alternative proposals.
If a school board wishes to appeal the decision, they have a 28-day response period, during which boards must provide information or reasons why their school should stay open or not merge, by March 22 2013.
April 5 2013 – formal announcements on all closures and mergers are expected to be made on this date.
Put the dates in your diary, people. Good luck to those choosing to fight.