CLOUDS of community concern are gathering overPortlandBaySchoolfollowing an open day for parents and relatives.
Concern about locked classroom doors is the latest issue raised in relation to the special needs school, after concerns were first raised with the Portland Observer in early January in relation to changes made to the school since the arrival of new principal Paul Nugent at the start of Term 4 last year.
On Tuesday morning, support staff at Portland Bay School— formerly Portland Special Developmental School— also raised issues through their union over work conditions at the school.
On Wednesday Mr Nugent responded to some of the questions raised by the community.
However, two individuals with relatives at the school, who prefer not to be identified, approached the Portland Observer to express their shock, after attending a school event on Wednesday afternoon, to discover classroom doors were being kept locked.
One person said that, after entering the school grounds, she had to knock for the classroom to be unlocked, and the door was locked behind her.
She also approached one of the senior staff and asked if anything like this had happened before and was told it never had.
When she asked why the doors were being locked, she was told “This is what we were told to do”.
“The atmosphere is terrible and the workers don’t look happy,” she said.
Read more in Friday’s Portland Observer.