SCHOOLS SCORE

Con­sul­ta­tion un­der way on how to di­vide $100m to ed­u­ca­tion:

Tweed Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - Ais­ling Bren­nan ais­ling.bren­nan@tweed­dai­lynews.com.au

TWEED schools are putting to­gether their wish lists as con­sul­ta­tion be­gins with the NSW Gov­ern­ment over what to do with the $100 mil­lion al­lo­cated for school up­grades.

The gov­ern­ment al­lo­cated the fund­ing for Tweed in the re­cent State Bud­get, but de­tails of where it will be spent re­main sketchy.

Tweed MP Ge­off Provest said the funds would be used specif­i­cally to im­prove pub­lic schools through­out the shire.

“The beau­ti­ful thing about this money is that there’s no great di­rec­tion, ex­cept we have $100m,” Mr Provest said.

“It would be the big­gest ed­u­ca­tion spend this area has ever seen. We could build two brand new pri­mary schools of the Kingscliff size if we wanted.”

Mr Provest said the gov­ern­ment was meet­ing with school com­mu­ni­ties to dis­cuss po­ten­tial up­grade op­tions.

“There will be an in­ten­sive con­sul­ta­tion process,” he said.

“I deem it that the key stake­hold­ers are the school pro­fes­sion­als, fol­lowed by the P&C, and fol­lowed by the mums and dads.”

Mr Provest in­di­cated Kingscliff and Tweed Heads South pub­lic schools were top of the list for fund­ing.

“Kingscliff is rapidly out­grow­ing their foot­print at the mo­ment and there are de­mount­able (build­ings) right up to the boundary,” he said.

Kingscliff Pub­lic School re­liev­ing prin­ci­pal Belinda Mi­rana said there would be a lot to dis­cuss about the fu­ture of the school.

“I know when it comes to new schools, they will talk with our teach­ers and P&C to see what they feel is vi­tal for the school if we were to get any up­grades,” she said.

“That would be a joint de­ci­sion and a very in­clu­sive process. It would take time to work out what the best de­ci­sions for any school would be.”

Tweed Heads South Pub­lic School prin­ci­pal Ian Ree­son said he was look­ing for­ward to what could be done to im­prove the school.

“While at this stage we don’t have de­tails, we are ex­cited at the prospect of in­vest­ment and op­por­tu­ni­ties this will bring to our stu­dents in the form of 21st cen­tury learn­ing spa­ces,” he said.

The con­sul­ta­tions are ex­pected to con­clude by year’s end.

PHOTO: SCOTT POWICK

UP­GRADE PLANS: Kingscliff Pub­lic School is on the list of po­ten­tial schools to be up­graded in the Tweed.

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