An online survey will give people the opportunity to give feedback on what they believe is the best option for the future provision of schooling for year 7 to 13 pupils in Eastern Southland.
The Gore High School and Longford Intermediate boards of trustees are working together to seek community input on how the schools will cater for the needs of pupils.
The initiative started after the Gore High trustees started to explore how to solve the problem of the school’s ageing buildings, which were proving costly to maintain.
The Ministry of Education hired an independent consultant, Dr Gabrielle Wall, to oversee the process.
Last month, Dr Wall facilitated workshops in the schools and community to gather information.
Dr Wall said people at the workshops discussed three possible options: an intermediate and a year 9 to 13 secondary school, a year 7 to 13 secondary school, or a year 7 to 10 middle school and a year 11 to 13 senior school.
“Participants were also encouraged to suggest additional options, and there were several other possible structures mentioned,” Dr Wall said.
“All of these ideas will now form the basis of an online survey, which will be open for any interested person to complete.”
She met almost 250 people over the course of the meetings and focus groups, including pupils, staff, parents and community members.
The feedback she received covered a variety of topics, she said.
“All spoke about transition, and the importance of transition between schools going smoothly for students and their families.
“Participants also talked about their aspirations for a local bilingual pathway through secondary school.”