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Kalgoorlie teachers call for 24/7 guards

Teachers at a troubled high school in Western Australia's Goldfields region that was trashed just hours after a $45 million redevelopment was unveiled want security guards on-site around the clock.

Three 13-year-old boys and a 10-year-old boy were charged with a string of offences after Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School and another school in the town were broken into and vandalised on the weekend.

Security guards were hired earlier this year after a teacher was assaulted, but State School Teachers' Union general secretary Mary Franklyn, who met with members on Tuesday, says more needs to be done.

"Until the school's security fence can be finished and the CCTV cameras fully installed, our members want security guards to be on-site 24/7, not rostered on and off as they have been in the past," she said on Wednesday.

Ms Franklyn said the town also needed an additional behaviour management specialist to help with a small group of students who had become "completely disengaged" and were posing a risk at the school.

Department of Education Goldfields regional executive director Ken Perris said everything was being done to support the school.

"As has been said publicly a lot this week, this is a complex problem which goes way beyond the school and it needs the entire community involved in helping young people adopt a more positive approach to life," Mr Perris said.

The department also said construction of the new security fence was nearing completion, security guards continued to be rostered on at the school at key times after hours and on weekends, and additional security measures were being arranged, including consideration of CCTV.

A WA government report in July suggested there was a crisis of confidence and a need for dramatic intervention at the school, which was investigated after 83 students were suspended in the first term.

Premier Colin Barnett and Deputy Premier Liza Harvey will attend an emergency summit to deal with the town's social problems, which largely involve youth crime, on November 5.

© AAP 2016

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