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Salisbury School facing closure - again

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 16/06/2016

Nelson's Salisbury School is again facing closure.

Education Minister Hekia Parata says its roll has fallen from 72 to nine since 2011, and the per student cost of educating the girls is now $214,909.

Ms Parata says she has started consulting the school's board over its future, and the proposed closure date is January 27 next year.

The boarding school was put on notice in 2013, but it fought the closure through the courts.

The High Court ruled closure would be unlawful and didn't take into account the safety of its students.

At that time, the school had 70 staff and 43 students.

Ms Parata says the roll has dropped to nine because of the introduction of the Intensive Wraparound Service, which provides intensive, localised support for special needs students.

"The high cost of continuing to fund Salisbury School for a very small number of students versus the significantly lower cost and higher demand for IWS raises questions about the most effective of resources for students with high and complex needs," she said on Thursday.

Ms Parata says if a decision is made to close the school, the Ministry of Education will work with parents and the school to determine what is in the best interests of its students.

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