Little school is facing the axe
THE future of one of the few remaining single-teacher schools in the region - tiny Kioma State School - is in doubt after the State Government yesterday announced a review of its viability.
Education Queensland said the school, about 70 kilometres north-west of Goondiwindi, was experiencing “declining and low enrolments” and poor “forward growth estimates”.
Director-General Julie Grantham said an annual review of all schools, including those mothballed, was done to ensure they offered the best use of resources.
“We aim to provide the best possible education for students throughout the state,” she said. “We do this by supplying modern classrooms and delivering the broadest range of learning opportunities no matter where students live.”
Ironically, the tiny school is planning to celebrate its 50th anniversary in October.
Kioma SS was established in 1959 after calls from the then-manager of Kioma Station Laird McColl and his wife Anne.
A series of information sessions will be held with the school community during Term 3, from July to October.
The announcement follows a denial by the government it plans a massive sell-off of school property across the State.
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