Valley school bounces back

By Janna Sherman

Kokatahi-Kowhitirangi School principal Megan McLellan with new entrant Harry Lucas, who has bolstered the roll to 60 — the highest it has been in 12 years. Ms McLellan said Ministry of Education figures showed the roll had not been that healthy since 2001. In 2008 it had slumped to 23, meaning the school only qualified for sole-charge funding. However, since then numbers had been steadily increasing and funding was now secure for three full-time teachers. Ms McLellan said the roll reflected the strong local industry, and the support shown by the community. In the past few ‘gypsy days’ — the universal day when sharemilkers shift to new farms with their stock — the roll had either balanced out or gained. The community was also conscious of supporting the school, and when possible looked at employing
workers with families, she said.