Northern Outlook : April 19th 2014
AMBER LIGHTS UP POOL Sport Saturday, April 19, 2014 WATERWOES Rates row P4 purchase farmland has been questioned by the chair of the school’s board of trustees. A 20 hectare section of land that was gifted to the school in 1906 was sold in 2007 – giving the school a windfall of $7.7 million. With accrued interest, the sum has grown to $10.6 million. A caveat on the gift required the school to use any proceeds of the sale of the land to purchase more land. In addition to that, the High Schools Reserves Act governs how the money can be spent. Board chair Matt James told the Northern Outlook the board has requested clarification from the Ministry of Education about the restrictions on the money. ‘‘My preference would be respecting the legacy we were given as being one of ensuring the best opportunities for kids that attend our school.’’ At a Rangiora High School alumni function on the weekend, he told about 70 guests he did not believe spending the money on another farm would achieve the best outcomes for the school. Former Rangiora High student Farm not ‘best’ for school R By CATE BROUGHTON ANGIORA HIGH School’s obligation to use funds of more than $10 million to HOPPING BACK Readers’ letters P4 P23 NOR TH CANTER BUR Y’S BEST READ COMMUNIT Y NEWSPAPER EASTER CARAMELS Food P15 WEEKEND EDITION Pyramid of smiles TEAM-BUILDING: Hundreds of students from area schools throughout Canterbury took part in a sporting and cultural festival at Oxford Area School this week. Pictured are RangioraNewLife School students (bottom row from left) Liberty Bradshaw, Olivia Eastmond, Hayley Stavreff, GraceCross;middle row: EmmaCollins, Katelyn Thomson; top: Charlotte Petrie. Colin Wall, 70, said guests at the alumni event were shocked and disappointed by James’ comments. He said many believed the school had wasted money by not purchasing a farm soon after selling in 2007. ‘‘In 2007, they probably could have replaced it for a third of the money, and now the farm they buy will be half the size that it was.’’ James told the Outlook the board was charged with student achievement. ‘‘If we bought another farm, it would have minimal benefit to student achievement, arguably, apart from the revenue we would gain from running it as a farm.’’ The school’s small sheep farm ‘‘more than covers’’ what is needed to deliver the land-based courses it offers, James said. ‘‘The reality is, we don’t have huge numbers of kids going to Lincoln and Massey, and even into farming in general, but we do have a core number of kids who are interested every year.’’ He said students had other opportunities to gain experience on a network of local farms the school had relationships with. CONTINUED Page 2 Photo: EMILY SPINK More pictures, page7.
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