A prominent education advocate has retired from her position on the board of Beyond the Bell, an initiative committed to improving educational outcomes for young people in the Great South Coast region.
Kaye Scholfield was an integral member of a board which has the goal of seeing 90 per cent of young people in the area achieving year 12 or equivalent by 2030.
Dr Scholfield said it had been a pleasure to be on the board and that collaboration with parents, schools and the community was key to the success of the initiative.
"If you work together it actually costs the community less," she said.
Dr Scholfield has been on the board since the initiative began in 2011 and is proud of the projects that have been undertaken by the seven local action groups which support young people.
“One very good example is the Stepping Stones to School project in Glenelg helping families and young children’s transition to kinder and school,” she said.
Dr Scholfield brought a wealth of experience to the board having completed a PhD focused on education, rural development and partnerships. She was also head of RMIT in Hamilton.
She is now looking forward to reading, gardening and spending more time with her family on her farm north of Caramut.
Beyond the Bell executive officer Adele Kenneally said Dr Scholfield had been a crucial member of the board.
"Kaye was instrumental in advocating and lobbying for Beyond the Bell," Dr Kenneally said.
She said networking was one of Dr Scholfield strengths and that she was well connected in the region and with people at state and federal government levels.
"We are really going to miss Kaye on the board," she said.
Dr Kenneally said the board looked forward to Dr Scholfield’s contributions as an expert support in the future.
Meanwhile, the 2017-18 Beyond the Bell report card has just been released at the group’s annual general meeting.
The initiative has secured a state government funding commitment of $1 million during the next three years to support Beyond the Bell activities.
The State Trustees Australia Foundation has also provided $90,000 for phase two of the Continuum of Need Project, Nurture Nest Program and Stepping Stones to School Program.
Dr Kenneally said the initiative was grateful for the funding it had received and that there would be a lot of activity in relation to educational attainment happening in the next year.