Work starts on leaky schools
Repair work has started on two central Auckland schools with leaky building problems.
Sandringham’s Edendale Primary and Mt Albert Grammar School are among four Auckland schools identified as having leaky building syndrome earlier last year.
Three Edendale blocks built between 1994 and 1998 were affected, including the school library.
Problems were discovered five years ago and children have had to deal with classrooms that leaked on rainy days.
Principal Rosemary Vivien says she is pleased repair work has got under way and expects it to be completed by the end of August.
“Everything is going according to plan, the works are being done and we are looking forward to when they are finished.”
Mt Albert Grammar School’s eight-year-old 24-classroom block was built in four stages between 1998 and 2002 and started to show signs of leaky building syndrome not long after.
Principal Dale Burden says since the Ministry of Education got involved with former education minister Chris Carter, the building repair sped up dramatically.
“There’s been far more action in the last eight months than there has been in the previous two years. I am very satisfied and grateful for that.”
Mr Burden says while work is under way to make the building watertight, classes have been relocated to 12 temporary prefabs.
Although both principals say they are limited as to what can be discussed because their cases are before the courts, Mr Dale says the ministry has handled the problem exceptionally well.
“I can’t speak more highly of the ministry’s property division.
“They’ve been very good about this. It’s been new to them too. We were the first major school for them to deal with.”
Northern region manager of network provision Ray Webb, who was responsible for ensuring buildings were repaired or replaced to suitable standards, says the situation is now being handled at a national level.