Lawrence school will lose a classroom

By TOBY WALKER

THE DECISION to remove a demountable classroom from Lawrence Public School has been defended by the Clarence Valley's school education director Ron Phillips.

Mr Phillips said a drop in students at the school had prompted the Department of Education to transfer the demountable to another school where it was needed.

He said the decision was departmental policy statewide, based on the needs of other schools that had increased student numbers.

Lawrence Public School this year has 95 students in regular attendance, a drop in its total enrolment from 2004.

A similar situation arose earlier this year when a de- mountable building used as a library at Nymboida Public School was removed.

Although Lawrence could make use out of the extra demountable classroom, Mr Phillips believed the school community accepted the decision to send it to a school with a greater need.

"The department is a large organisation and we closely monitor student enrolment trends," he said. "The decisions are in response to the students' needs.

"Out priority is to accommodate students in classrooms.

"I think the issue is if there's a classroom of students at another school around the State with a greater need for the building then it moves."



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