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Education department to look for community engagement officer

By Ashlea Witoslawski

The local community is still looking to have their school merger questions answered after the prospects of a new Community Engagement Officer briefly appeared, and then disappeared yesterday.

The News was alerted in the morning to a job advertisement placed online by Melbourne-based recruitment agency Dixon Appointments.

The News understands the placement of the advertisement was an administrative error.

The Community Engagement Officer role was advertised on behalf of the Department of Education and Training as a six-month contract based in Shepparton.

By mid-afternoon, the ad for the role had been removed online, but not before it was shared on popular Facebook group; ‘Stop Shepparton’s New Super School’.

Group member and ex-high school teacher Lindsay Dann said the job would be that of a ‘‘spin doctor’’, however, it showed the department’s need to employ someone to have the community’s questions answered.

‘‘They’ve got no-one out in the community telling us information or answering our questions,’’ Mr Dann said.

‘‘The education department must be very worried about what’s happening.’’

Mr Dann said he and Facebook group founder Robyn Boschetti visited the Department of Education and Training in Shepparton about three weeks ago and issues regarding the lack of information shared was flagged with staff.

‘‘I think this could have been a motivator for organising the role,’’ he said.

‘‘It could certainly be a benefit for the department.’’

The Facebook group now has more than 2200 members, who were involved in a large protest last Friday along High St and Wyndham St in Shepparton.

The group has also created a lot of public discussion in various ways, gathering names on petitions and continuously sharing its views in our letters section of the newspaper.

The Department of Education and Training was contacted for comment.