TERM one is shaping as the last term ever for Thoona Primary School, which is due to be de-staffed by March 27.
Just three students currently attend the school and currently students and the principal travel to other schools two days per week.
By the end of the term that will be increased to five days per week and then Thoona Primary School will be empty, with no students or staff, but it won’t officially be closed.
A spokesperson for the education department said “later this year, the department will consult with local parents to test the level of support for the retention of the school”.
No statement has been made yet on whether the government, or the school council, would make the final decision on closing the school.
The spokesperson said a reason for the decline in enrolments had been that parents were sending their children via bus to Wangaratta.
“There are many families in the town who have chosen to send their children to other nearby schools – many travel to schools in Wangaratta by bus each day – and this has led to the most recent decline in enrolments,” the statement said.