Rooms to meet de­mand

Central Leader - - NEWS -

Rapid growth to the school pop­u­la­tion at Mt Al­bert Gram­mar has seen the Govern­ment com­mit $6 mil­lion in fund­ing to­wards new class­rooms.

As­so­ciate ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter Nikki Kaye says the money will help fund 21 new class­rooms as part of a re­build­ing and ex­pan­sion project.

‘‘The Auck­land re­gion is grow­ing rapidly and the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion an­tic­i­pates that up to 600 new class­rooms will be needed across the re­gion over the next four years,’’ Ms Kaye says.

‘‘The new build­ings for Mt Al­bert Gram­mar and St Thomas’s School [in Ko­hi­marama] are part of a broader class­room build­ing pro­gramme pro­vided for in Budget 2013 which will ad­dress the ca­pac­ity needs for the re­gion.’’

Nine­teen of the Mt Al­bert Gram­mar class­rooms will ac­com­mo­date roll growth and two will re­place older build­ings.

The new in­clude 11 build­ings stan­dard class­rooms and 10 specialist class­rooms, all of which will meet mod­ern learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment stan­dards.

Un­til the class­rooms are com­pleted tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion is be­ing used to sup­port the school’s roll.

‘‘The Govern­ment has good plans in place to match ex­pand­ing school rolls in ar­eas where pop­u­la­tion growth is rapid, such as Auck­land, and these new class­rooms are part of that plan,’’ Ms Kaye says.

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