The decision to close Wollombi School is a decision that will impact on the families and that small community, significantly. I am of course most disappointed that the Upper House call for papers showed that the decision was to be based on dollars, not education. This was probably the greatest insult to all.
I had taken on face value responses from the Minister for Education and the Dept of Education that educational outcomes would be at the forefront of decision making.
I have spoken in Parliament on this issue many times in the past, including this statement last August.
The local community have put their heart and soul into the campaign to save the school – but they could never have known the decision was already made and it was based on the dollars and cents, not the education.