Workload could increase

Jeremy Rockliff

Jeremy Rockliff

LEARNING Services North may assume greater responsibility after the state budget if talk of a restructure – as a budget savings measure – proves correct.

Education sources yesterday said  Learning Services North-West could be cut, with responsibility of schools in that region falling to Learning Services North.

In 2011, a similar restructure process under former education minister Nick McKim saved $2million, when the four Learning Services were cut to three by combining the South and South-East units.

A government spokesman for Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff said the government would not comment on budget speculation.

The restructure could mean Learning Services North will govern up to 100 schools across a huge geographical area.

The 2011 restructure resulted in cuts to administration and management roles.

Learning Services North and North-West are now run by acting general managers.

Learning Services North acting general manager Craig Tyeson is contracted for that position until the end of term 3 this year.

Former Learning Services North-West general manager Bruce Cameron retired from the position in December 2013, with acting general manager Trudy Pearce filling the role.

Five years ago, Learning Services managers earned between $145,000 and $174,000.

Learning Services is the administration and support unit that governs state schools and manages school complaints, building maintenance, school psychologists, and special education advisers.

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