East Murray Area School await a decision from the Minister for Education

East Murray Area School. Photo: Supplied.
East Murray Area School. Photo: Supplied.

The fate of East Murray Area School remains unknown as the governing body and staff await a decision from the Minister of Education as to whether the educational institution will remain open. 

A spokesperson from the Department for Education said the school’s governing council consulted with the local community in relation to the long term viability of the school due to declining enrolments, with parents recently polled on the matter.

“The outcome of this poll and the closure of the school will be considered by the Minister for Education,” the spokesperson said.

“If the closure is approved by the Minister, the department’s closure process will begin with the school to ensure the necessary support for staff and students to have a smooth transition to their new school from 2019.”

Principal Belinda Keatley said she hoped the school would remain open but the poll indicated unanimous results that the school should re evaluate whether they stay open. 

“The department has been a great support throughout the process to discuss matters with school and staff in order to ensure that the school community were able to make an informed decision,” she said. 

“It’s now in the hands of the department and we hope to know when school goes back.

“At this stage we can’t say one way or another what will happen with the school.”