Ministry of Education accused of failing Banks Avenue School

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 24 Sep 2020, 1:50PM
Former Shirley Boys High School campus sports hall
Former Shirley Boys High School campus sports hall

Ministry of Education accused of failing Banks Avenue School

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 24 Sep 2020, 1:50PM

A Christchurch primary school already facing a long wait for a new home might now lose its promised sports facilities.

The Ministry of Education's refusing to foot a three-million-dollar clean-up bill for new facilities.
Banks Avenue School says the ministry agreed to let them take over Shirley Boys High School's sports hall and hockey turf when it moved to its new QEII campus in May last year.
But Board Chair Kirk McKay told Chris Lynch they refused to hand over the keys because they were still demolishing other buildings nearby and they've since been badly vandalised.
He says they were of the understanding the Ministry would pay to repair them but it's changed its tune.
McKay says it's totally unacceptable to treat the community like that.
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