Western Springs College Redevelopment Communication 24/2/15
Prepared by the Ministry of Education and the Western Springs College Board.

The Western Springs College (WSC) Board of Trustees met with Ministry of Education representatives on Friday 20 February to discuss the status of the planned school redevelopment. Attending the meeting were the Head of Education Infrastructure Service and Auckland Director for Education, the WSC Principal and a group of Board Trustees. The meeting was requested by the WSC Principal and Board, to support their case for a full rebuild of the school as consulted upon with the community.

The Ministry acknowledged the Board’s proactive approach in providing additional information about the college, including: the academic achievements of the mainstream and rumaki classes, the spiritual significance of the whare and the whenua to the rumaki community, the importance of WSC as the only local co-educational school to the local network of feeder schools, both mainstream and Maori; and the need for WSC to deliver a full Modern Learning Environment so that local primary and intermediate students already using new technology can continue their e-learning pathway.

This information will be used to support the business case due to be submitted to Ministers at the end of February. The complexity and size of the WSC redevelopment is such that this is a decision which will be made by Cabinet.

Following the Board’s presentation, the Ministry confirmed that it was now finalising the business case for Ministers and committed to another meeting with trustees at the end of March to provide an update. The Board and the Ministry agreed to work together on regular communication to the community throughout the decision making process. The Ministry said it appreciated the integrity and professionalism of the Board as it continues to maintain confidentiality of information until the business case has been considered by Ministers. Officials thanked the WSC community for its patience during what it acknowledged is a lengthy process.

For further information or questions please contact:

Rob Coltman, WSC Board Chair: rob.coltman@fortunemanning.co.nz
Anna Verboeket, WSC Board Trustee: anna.verboeket@xtra.co.nz