AMALGAMATION INVESTIGATION: Dysart State School could be amalgamated with Dysart State High School, working under one principal.
AMALGAMATION INVESTIGATION: Dysart State School could be amalgamated with Dysart State High School, working under one principal. Contributed

Govt looks at merging Dysart schools

DYSART schools could be in for a restructure, with talks of amalgamating the primary and high schools.

A spokesperson from the Department of Education, Training and Employment said consultation would be done in the community.

"The (department) will soon start community consultation with the Dysart State School and Dysart State High School communities regarding future schooling options for the area," the spokesperson said.

"The department will be investigating a number of options for the two schools.

"Amalgamation is just one of the options that may be considered."

The spokesperson also said a decline in student numbers had been recorded.

"Both schools have recorded a small decline in student numbers in recent years and it's important this is addressed," they said.

However in February this year, notes from a round table meeting in Dysart indicated differently.

With Dysart State School principal Robert Deen listed as the representative, the Isaac Regional Council minutes noted there had been a "huge influx" of Prep students, with 82 enrolled at the school of 400.

The meeting also recorded the school had been able to offer smaller class sizes and had lifted from 15 to 17 classes.

On the Dysart State School P&C Facebook page, a representative posted they had been informed about the potential amalgamation.

"I would like to let everyone know that the DSS P&C have just been informed there will be a consultation in 2015 around a proposal of amalgamating our two schools," they said.

"This will result in only one principal to cover both schools.

"Once more information comes to hand we will be passing it on.

"We just believe this information should be passed on to the parents and public ASAP so everyone can have their say."

The Education Department did not provide a timetable for talks.


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