Public fights to save Nelson high-needs school

  • 07/08/2016
Salisbury School (File)
Salisbury School (File)

A public meeting is being held by people trying to save a Nelson-based residential school for high-needs girls from closure.

Salisbury School staved off closure in 2012 with a legal challenge against Education Minister Hekia Parata, but is again under threat with its roll now down from about 80 to nine girls.

The school caters for Year three to Year 11 students who have complex needs.

Ms Parata wants the school to close in January next year, citing the high per-student cost - $214,909 for each girl.

On Sunday a Save Salisbury School event in Richmond will be hosted by Labour's West Coast Tasman MP Damien O'Connor.

Other speakers will include Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne, Nelson Mayor Rachel Reese and Labour MP Jenny Salesa.

Consultation on the proposed closure ends on Friday.

NZN