College seals deal for Slade

SLADE Campus could spring to life before the end of the year with legalities wrapping up and Warwick Christian College ready to make the move.

Christian Community Ministries director of finance and administration Paul Salmon said they were in the process of obtaining the Slade campus from the Southern Downs Regional Council for use by Warwick Christian College after putting forward a successful tender last year.

"This process is still taking place and is now subject to government timelines," he said.

"The duration of this process is unknown but it could take a few months."

He said Warwick Christian College was also in the process of applying for accreditation to add secondary schooling to its curriculum - which would commence in 2013.

Mr Salmon said there had been a positive feedback from the community.

"As part of this application, the college ran a phone survey in the Warwick area to obtain data required by the government," he said.

"The results of this survey were pleasing and indicated strong community interest in the Warwick Christian College's future secondary school."

Mr Salmon said the campus acquisition timeline and the secondary school accreditation timeline were two independent processes.

"It is likely at this stage the Slade campus will be obtained by CCM in early 2012 and will be able to be used as a school as soon as compulsory accreditation processes are done to shift the college from the current site," he said.

"This could be by late 2012 if the processes flow smoothly."

He said the secondary schooling application requested a start date of Term 1, next year.

"At that stage, Warwick Christian College will begin offering Year 8 and add a year level each year after that," he said.

Mr Salmon said plans for school leadership and staffing were still on track.

"CCM is excited about offering affordable non-denominational Christian schooling from P-12 in Warwick, as we have done in other regional and metropolitan areas," he said.

"We are also excited about working with the community in the acquisition of the Slade campus."

"This is a great opportunity for the college to have an excellent input and connection with the people of Warwick."

SDRC CEO Rod Ferguson said negotiations with CCM were finalised before Christmas but legal documents were still being finalised.

"It is expected to have signing of contracts in the not too distant future," he said.

The former Warwick Shire Council purchased the campus in 2007 for $3.65 million.

The final hand over of the campus should end a controversial period for Southern Downs council after local groups battled to keep the school in the hands of community groups.

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