MOTHER-of-three Bobbie Antonic doubts that her year 5 daughter will attend a public high school in Medowie, but she hopes one might be built for her twin sons in year 1.
The Medowie Public School P & C president is among community members who have been campaigning for a public high school in the growing suburb for more than 15 years.
The high school is among the educational infrastructure for which the Newcastle Herald is campaigning to get rid of a backlog of building needs.
More than 750 high school students leave Medowie by bus each day to attend high schools as far away as Newcastle.
The area’s population is predicted to double in the next decade and with RAAF Williamtown nearby it is likely to house young families for some time to come. The best option is for a year 7 to 10 school next to Wirreanda Public School.
Parents were dismayed to learn in November last year a demographics report found a high school would not be needed for at least five years, despite projected growth including a new town at Kings Hill.
There was also concern a new high school would impact on enrolments at the nearby Hunter River High at Heatherbrae and Irrawang High at Raymond Terrace.
Parents said two primary schools in Medowie have more than 1000 enrolments between them.
DOUBTS: Bobbie Antonic with children Harley and Sunny. Picture: Peter Stoop