Yes it is probably very uneconomical with 12 kids(it's interesting the the Department has banned any kids from enrolling outside the official catchment of the school),but this is the last bit of a farming community's infrastructure left. The parents have worked hard at increasing enrolments, it was only 6 kids a few years ago, and they felt they were guaranteed by the local Department of Education office 6 weeks ago that it would be open in 2012, so they feel shocked and dismayed by the sudden announcement last week.
It is only 30 minutes to some much larger schools, Maclean and Lawrence, but for some families this one teacher school has taught many generations.
Some will say they will get a better education at the larger schools with more opportunities, maybe, but it still comes down to the fact that it is a local school that understands what is important to students and their families. The Department says they will review the situation in a year and a groundsman will keep maintaining the playgrounds for no-one, but we all know it is 'Yes Minister' speak for closure for ever.
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