Decisions: Kelvin Hutchinson at the Slade School public meeting on Tuesday. Mr Hutchinson wants the campus to be developed into a youth mental health institution
Decisions: Kelvin Hutchinson at the Slade School public meeting on Tuesday. Mr Hutchinson wants the campus to be developed into a youth mental health institution

Slade site not needed says DET

THE Department of Education has no plans to use the former Slade School campus and says Warwick State High School has no space issues.

The Daily News sent through a query on Tuesday to the department, and yesterday Infrastructure Services acting deputy director-general Graham Atkins said the school was “well below capacity with 1025 students enrolled as of February 2010”.

As reported yesterday, there were several calls on Tuesday’s public meeting to help decide the future of the Slade School campus to use the former Anglican Church Grammar school as a split campus for the Warwick State High School.

Mr Atkins said the school did have a small number of classes starting at 7.45am on some days, but said it was a “timetabling and subject mix issue” and “not related to a space or facility issues”.

“Short-term enrolments forecasts will be met within the current capacity of the school, and the Building the Education Revolution program will provide additional capacity,” he said.

“A Language Centre is being constructed at Warwick State High school funded under the Science and Language Centres for 21st Century Secondary Schools (SLC) element of the BER program.

“As Warwick State High School will meet the predicted enrolments, the department is not looking at acquiring the Slade School campus.”

The longer the debate goes on about what to do with the Slade School campus, the more funds are being poured into the site.

Southern Downs Regional Council (SDRC) Corporate Services director Andy Ireland told the Daily News the facility was costing ratepayers $250,000 a year.

He said the predicted revenue for this financial year from Slade School was just $95,000.

Mayor Ron Bellingham said the use of the former campus by Warwick State High School seemed the best of the ideas from the Slade School public meeting on Tuesday.

“I think we need to reinvigorate, or perhaps reinvestigate, discussions as to what is going to happen to our high school – I see that as the lead from these discussions,” he said.

“I think that perhaps the opportunity is there to progress that discussion again on behalf of our community.

“Council has a very difficult decision.”

Former Warwick State High School teacher Margaret McKinnon was passionate that the high school was running out of space and said the Warwick community needed to lobby the State Government.

“We’ve got space up there (Slade School) and we owe it to the children of Warwick to give it a go,” she said.



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