Coast school for our disadvantaged kids opens next year

A SCHOOL for disadvantaged youth in the Livingstone Shire area will be opening its doors next year to 32 students.

The Baptist Union of Queensland has entered into an agreement with School of Today to use the former education facility as a special school for disadvantaged youth and requested to lease the piece of council-owned land at 46 Dawson Rd, Glenlee, from Livingstone Shire Council at a rate of $1 a year for 10 years.

In the Livingstone council meeting yesterday, Mayor Bill Ludwig said he was all for the lease to go ahead.

"The Baptist Union of Queensland is looking to do something very similar to what Livingstone did in 1999 and still do today in the community centre," Cr Ludwig (pictured) said.

"These initiatives give those high school students who struggle fitting into the traditional system a more relaxed and informal environment to advance.

"That education facility is already approved on that site and the BUQ is wanting to lease the part of council-owned land to use as a space for a range of outdoor activities where they can have a community garden and time outside of the classroom setting.

"At this stage, from my understanding, it's just going to be Year 12 students and making that additional land available to BUQ at a peppercorn rate means we can get those young people through the education system and into university."

Carinity executive manager of education Michael Harding said the new school expected to employ 13 full-time staff by 2020 when it reached its enrolment capacity of 84.

"The school is planned as a Special Assistance School, which is a classification recognised by State and Federal governments as providing alternate modes of school for those students who become disenfranchised from mainstream approaches to school education," Mr Harding said.

"The qualifications gained at Carinity Education schools are the same as mainstream schools, however the programs are based on practical activities and real world applications.

"Reasons of referral can be varied however the main reasons we see are that a student is simply not coping in mainstream schooling or whose attendance has been poor or disrupted."

An information session about the school is being planned for July 27.



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