$14.7m school up­grade

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Grey Lynn School will get a $14.7 mil­lion facelift by early 2019.

An­nounced on Wed­nes­day by Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Hekia Parata, the Gov­ern­ment in­vest­ment will de­liver 14 new teach­ing spa­ces, in­clud­ing six new and eight re­place­ment class­rooms. A new li­brary, ad­min­is­tra­tion fa­cil­i­ties and mul­ti­pur­pose halls are also ear­marked.

The school, lo­cated on Sur­rey Cres­cent in Grey Lynn, has a grow­ing roll of 400 stu­dents from year 0 to year 6.

School prin­ci­pal Bill Barker said the school was look­ing for­ward to the new fa­cil­i­ties.

‘‘We are re­ally ex­cited,’’ Barker said.

‘‘It is won­der­ful news to the teach­ers, stu­dents and the com­mu­nity. We are happy that the ar­chi­tects and the min­istry lis­tened to our needs and they’ve come up with a won­der­ful de­sign.

‘‘We are all look­ing for­ward to the in­no­va­tive school en­vi­ron­ment.’’

Ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter, Parata said the project will see age­ing fa­cil­i­ties re­placed, set­ting the school up to ac­com­mo­date an­tic­i­pated roll growth.

‘‘As with many parts of the city, the pop­u­la­tion in cen­tral Auck­land is grow­ing rapidly, and we need to en­sure lo­cal schools have the ca­pac­ity to meet in­creased de­mand,’’ Parata said.

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Hekia Parata made the an­nounce­ment last Wed­nes­day.

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