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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 6 Hansard (8 June) . . Page.. 2066..


(2) Not applicable.

(3) Not applicable.

Ginninderra district high school

(Question No 1093)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Education and Training, upon notice, on 4 May 2006:

(1) What transitional arrangements were put in place by the Department of Education and Training to facilitate the transfer of students from the Ginninderra District High School (GDHS) to other schools;

(2) What was the expenditure incurred in providing each of the transitional arrangements, including (a) liaison/curriculum planning, (b) counselling, (c) principal's planning, (d) implementation/project team, (e) library amalgamation, (f) assets redistribution, (g) records disposal, (h) property disposal and (i) staff development;

(3) What consultants were employed to advise on the closure and transition arrangements and what was the total cost of the consultancies;

(4) Were there any staff redundancies as a result of the closure of GDHS and what was the total cost of the redundancy packages;

(5) What refurbishment has been undertaken in schools receiving students from GDHS and/or its priority enrolment area in this financial year, and what is the expenditure on the refurbishment.

Mr Barr

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The principal of Ginninderra District High School met with attending and prospective students and their parents/carers to design personal transition arrangements. Curriculum, friendship group, transport and school uniform issues were considered. Other schools held information and open days to assist parents and students make a decision about the most appropriate alternative school.

(2) Expenditure included:

a)

Liaison/Curriculum Planning:

Covered by Department staff.

b)

Counselling:

Department counselling services were utilised.

c)

Principal's planning:

$52,769

d)

Implementation/project team:

$73,672

e)

Library amalgamation:

Nil. The library assets were distributed to schools.

f)

Assets redistribution:

$11,883

$10,000 to remove the heating plant and associated equipment from GDHS

(for use at another site)

g)

Records disposal:

Nil. Records have been distributed or stored according to ACT Government guidelines.


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