Broncos man bucks brothers over school closure

Brisbane Broncos founding chairman and Marist Brothers College Rosalie old boy, Barry Maranta, has joined the fight to prevent his old school from closing.

The Courier-Mail reports on the latest chapter in a long-running feud. It says the school's supporters have been told their plan to save the 78-year-old institution had failed.

A consultant had been employed to determine what was best for the prime real estate. The private school in Brisbane's inner west has been under pressure because of dwindling enrolments.

The closure is scheduled for the end of 2008. Those opposed have seized on a new report suggesting the secondary school is poised to take advantage of an inner-city renaissance.

Prominent Brisbane businessman Barry Maranta, said the report proved the school had a viable long-term future. He is a member of the interim Rosalie College Board set up to save the school.

"We have the money, the curriculum, the proven demographics and the willpower to take the school forward," he said.

The report predicted strong growth in the number of male secondary students in the school's catchment zone, with up to 700 extra Catholic males of secondary school age living in the area by 2026. Financial modelling by an international accounting firm indicates the school is capable of prospering.

Mr Maranta is a founding chairman of the Brisbane Broncos. He said Brisbane Catholic Education refused to consider a plan to establish a school of business excellence at Rosalie in partnership with Queensland University of Technology.

Brisbane Catholic Education acting executive director Vicki Tanzer said it is seeking public expressions of interest on the future use of the Rosalie site. She said demographic modelling showed a greater need for Catholic boys secondary schools in Brisbane's outer suburbs.

Rosalie school still to be sold (Courier Mail, 17/9/07)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Marist Brothers Rosalie
Barry Maranta (Wikipedia)

Rosalie old boys lobby Bathersby to keep school open (CathNews, 5/7/06)

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