Nine schools volunteer

NINE Tasmanian high schools are in the race to offer years 11 and 12 next year.

St Marys, Scottsdale and Winnaleah are among the schools that have put up their hand to be one of the first four to offer the program.

Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff last month invited 28 rural and regional schools to formally express interest in extending to years 11 and 12.

A tight deadline and lack of community support led a number of Northern regional high schools not to express interest in offering the program next year.

Mr Rockliff said Education Department staff would visit the nine schools to discuss their plans for delivering the extra years, and a recommended list would be finalised by the end of next month.

Scottsdale High School principal Natalie Odgers said it was a great opportunity to extend a program that the school already offered.

``We had a lot of community support for it,'' Ms Odgers said.

She said extending the school's program would provide students with more choice.

``We see it as a really good possibility for our community.''

Winnaleah District High School principal Bruce Campbell said he would see what the consultation process brought.

``We're just excited by the opportunity,'' Mr Campbell said.

He said the school, which  houses 140 students, would need to look at its capacity to provide infrastructure for year 11 and 12 students.

Mr Campbell said the community had been consulted on the move, and there were mixed reactions.

``We've got some who are for it and some who are not sure,'' he said.

``Maybe other schools are better placed, but at least we'll get a lot of information about where we'll need to be if we're not successful this time.''

Mr Rockliff said schools that missed out on being approved for extension to years 11 and 12 next year would be reconsidered in 2016.

 Up to 105 new teachers will be employed.

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