Tem­po­rary so­lu­tion

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Bron­wyn Dono­van

PRE-PRI­MARY stu­dents from Vic­to­ria Park Pri­mary School will join their kin­der­garten class­mates in tem­po­rary class­rooms on Planet Street, Carlisle, un­der a pro­posal from the Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment, which has sub­mit­ted an ap­pli­ca­tion to the Town of Vic­to­ria Park that owns the land.

The Town last week de­ferred a de­ci­sion un­til its Septem­ber meet­ing to con­sider de­mol­ish­ing a 1960s build­ing and shed on the site and in­stall two more tem­po­rary class­rooms, an of­fice and three new sheds.

In Novem­ber 2017, the coun­cil ap­proved the in­stal­la­tion of two trans­portable class­rooms for kin­der­garten stu­dents in an at­tempt to al­le­vi­ate ac­com­mo­da­tion pres­sures, with stu­dent num­bers at Vic­to­ria Park PS ex­pected to in­crease from 564 in 2019 to 604 in 2021.

Vic­to­ria Park PS parent Ni­cole Cox said while most par­ents un­der­stood that a growth in stu­dent num­bers meant the school had out­grown its site, par­ents were dis­ap­pointed with the lack of for­ward plan­ning.

“The Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment has known about grow­ing stu­dent num­bers and the school has had plans for re­de­vel­op­ment at Cargill Street on the ta­ble for two years, yet the State Govern­ment has not acted,” she said.

A depart­ment spokes­woman said rep­re­sen­ta­tives started work­ing with schools in Vic­to­ria Park be­fore 2015 to help man­age grow­ing en­rol­ments.

“At this time, the lo­cal in­take area of Vic­to­ria Park Pri­mary School was re­duced to man­age the num­ber of new en­rol­ments at the school and lo­cal in­take ar­eas were es­tab­lished for Millen Pri­mary School and Lath­lain Pri­mary School,” she said.

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