De­mo­li­tion work starts

Central Leader - - NEWS -

De­mo­li­tion of cold, leaky class­rooms is un­der way as Wes­ley Pri­mary School en­ters the fi­nal phase of its $1.5 mil­lion makeover.

The Cen­tral Leader spoke to prin­ci­pal Rae Parkin last De­cem­ber about the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion’s de­ci­sion not to re­pair the de­te­ri­o­rated 1950s two-storey school block be­cause of the high cost.

The min­istry’s con­clu­sion was par­tially based on the fact the decile 1 school has at­tracted fewer stu­dents over the past decade.

Fol­low­ing the de­ci­sion stu­dents were moved into class­room pre­fabs, which were in­stalled on the school grounds ear­lier this year.

Ms Parkin was pleased with the out­come, say­ing the pre­fabs pro­vide a ‘‘lovely place of learn­ing’’ for the chil­dren at the school.

De­mo­li­tion of the old school build­ing is tak­ing place dur­ing the hol­i­day break and the grounds are be­ing cleared in prepa­ra­tion for a new ad­min­is­tra­tion block.

The ad­min block will in­clude the of­fice, the prin­ci­pal’s of­fice, stor­age and re­source room, Read­ing Re­cov­ery space and ac­counts and will cost around $340,000.

There will also be as­so­ci­ated land­scap­ing.

The work is set to be com­pleted by Oc­to­ber, act­ing prin­ci­pal Claire Edwards says.

‘‘It will be great to see this pro­ject com­pleted,’’ she says.

‘‘At Wes­ley Pri­mary we are fo­cused on teach­ing and learn­ing and pro­vid­ing our stu­dents with the best pos­si­ble learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment,’’ Ms Edwards says.

Progress: Wes­ley Pri­mary School prin­ci­pal Rae Parkin spoke to the Cen­tral Leader last De­cem­ber about the plans for the de­te­ri­o­rated 1950s two-storey school block.

Wes­ley Pri­mary School’s makeover was de­layed for a short time when it got caught up in the fall­out from the Fe­bru­ary col­lapse of con­struc­tion com­pany Mainzeal. The school was left with pot­holes, piles of dirt and fences block­ing ac­cess to the play­ground af­ter the con­struc­tion gi­ant went into re­ceiver­ship.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.