PROGRESS is being made to address parent and community concerns about the Portland Bay School, its principal Paul Nugent said yesterday.
During Term 4 last year, parents became concerned about changes introduced at the school.
The concerns relate to loss of teachers, the locking of classroom doors, renovations made without school council approval and a lack of communication between the school’s administration and parents.
Two weeks ago Department of Education and Early Childhood Development deputy regional director Peter Henry held a meeting with a parent and a senior member of the school council.
“The meeting was very useful in terms of clarifying my understanding,” Mr Henry said.
Mr Nugent said he and the school council were working with the department to address some of the concerns.
“The department is holding regular meetings with a cross section of parties, including parents, to support the school to achieve a positive outcome for theBaySchoolcommunity,” Mr Nugent said.
“These meetings are closed to the public. This is the Education Department’s standard approach to dealing with these matters.”
Mr Nugent said the department and the school council took parents’ concerns very seriously and encouraged parents to speak directly to the appropriate representatives.
In the meantime, some parents have been reaching out to members of parliament.
Read more in Friday’s Portland Observer.