A LETTER calling on enrolments for next year has Stanley parent Katherine Collins hopeful the primary school will re-open.
The school hasn’t operated this year with the Education Department saying there were too few students.
But a letter from the department this week has said the school may re-open if there were enough enrolments and if that best served the needs of the community.
Mrs Collins, who had to find a new school for her daughter at the last minute, is out to ensure the school re-opens.
“We need parents to express their interest,” she said.
Mrs Collins was still wary about the issue with the department guarded on how many students were needed to make the 155-year-old school viable again.
“How is Stanley going to go ahead without a school?” she asked.
“I hope they take every enrolment seriously and it’s not just a fob off.
“They won’t say how many they need.”
Mrs Collins also wanted to know who the principal would be.
“We believe the last principal is still on sick leave,” she said.
A department spokeswoman said it was not about a minimum.
“It’s about providing for the needs of students and meeting the needs of a community,” she said.
“We won’t be able to make that assessment until we learn how many families are interested in returning.”
More than 70 residents heatedly discussed the issue at a meeting in February.
The department’s regional field officer, Tony Gooden, told the meeting the school was not closed.
“We have no intention of closing the school,” he said.
“We will consult, but if it’s determined down the track we can’t sustain a school it will close.”