AN INNER-CITY school that struggled with a lack of classrooms has received government funding to build four more – hot on the heels of opening a new two-storey block last term.
Grey Lynn School principal Bill Barker has seen the roll expand from just 85 students to about 360 during his 15 years in the job.
The school has also climbed from decile 2 to decile 7.
Mr Barker says the change is indicative of the area’s growth through gentrification.
‘‘In terms of roll growth we’re talking about 30 kids a year at the moment,’’ he says.
the new emony block.
Also in attendance was associate minister of education Nikki Kaye.
Ms Kaye publicly announced the school has received funding for a further four classrooms.
A board-funded school hall will also be constructed at the same time to economise on building costs.
Planning work will get under way shortly, with the building project due to be finished in early 2015, Ms Kaye says.
‘‘Grey Lynn School is a fast growing inner-city school, and these new classrooms and hall will mean they will have more space to accommodate rising student numbers in modern learning environments.’’
Fresh facilities: Grey Lynn School principal Bill Barker stands in front of the new eight-classroom block.
Good outlook: The two-storey block stands on the edge of the school’s forest and has a lookout point.