$21m for more Auck­land class­rooms

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Auck­land schools are get­ting more class­rooms as a re­sult of a $21 mil­lion gov­ern­ment boost.

A gov­ern­ment re­port in May re­vealed 214 schools around the coun­try were con­sid­ered over ca­pac­ity, while 488 were at risk of be­com­ing over­crowded.

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Nikki Kaye was in Auck­land on Thurs­day to an­nounce where the money would be di­rected.

Eight schools in Auck­land will get 41 new class­rooms. These in­clude 34 for roll growth and seven re­place­ment class­rooms.

Four of the schools get­ting new class­rooms are in cen­tral Auck­land.

Do­min­ion Road School, Mead­ow­bank School and One­hunga Pri­mary School will each get four new class­rooms. While St Thomas School will get nine new class­rooms.

Rowan­dale School in Ma­nurewa, the sec­ond most crowded in Auck­land, is get­ting six new class­rooms.

Kaye vis­ited the school on Fri­day. She said the Gov­ern­ment would de­liver a to­tal of 21,000 new stu­dent places for Auck­land schools by 2021.

Kaye said the min­istry had a pri­or­ity list which looked closely at school prop­erty needs and roll growth.

Rowan­dale School prin­ci­pal Karl Vasau said he was ’’very happy’’ about the new spa­ces.

‘‘We were in a real dire sit­u­a­tion,’’ he said.

Na­tional List MP Par­m­jeet Par­mar said the in­creased fund­ing for Do­min­ion Rd school was good for the Mt Roskill com­mu­nity.

‘‘This is a fan­tas­tic in­vest­ment in the ed­u­ca­tion of Mt Roskill chil­dren,’’ Par­mar said.

The four new class­rooms would ac­com­mo­date roll growth and help young peo­ple learn in a com­fort­able and mod­ern en­vi­ron­ment, she said.

Ta­maki MP Si­mon O’Con­nor said there had been a need for more class­rooms in Ta­maki schools with fast grow­ing rolls.

‘‘We recog­nise that Auck­land is one of our fastest grow­ing cities, and we’re com­mit­ted to cre­at­ing ex­tra ca­pac­ity in schools to sup­port this. The new roll growth class­rooms will pro­vide around 680 ad­di­tional stu­dent places across Auck­land to help schools with grow­ing rolls.’’

The in­vest­ment was part of a $240m in­vest­ment al­lo­cated for Auck­land school in­fras­truc­ture in the 2017 Bud­get, he said.

The fund­ing came af­ter Stone­fields School was granted $20m to pro­vide 450 ad­di­tional stu­dent places.

KYMBERLEE FER­NAN­DES/FAIR­FAX NZ

Nikki Kaye with Rowan­dale School prin­ci­pal Karl Vasau.

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