$4m boost for Lawrence Area
Lawrence Area School is to receive $4 million funding for classroom upgrades, the Government announced on Tuesday.
The funding was part of $11 million to be shared between Lawrence and Maniototo area schools, with Maniototo receiving $7 million, Associate Education Minister Tim Macindoe said.
‘‘Both of these schools have buildings which are generally in poor condition and affected by issues such as weather-tightness.’’
Existing classrooms at Lawrence Area School, a decile six school, will be repaired and modernised.
The majority of teaching spaces of the decile eight school in Ranfurly will be replaced.
Both of the schools teach students from year 1 to year 13.
Lawrence Area School had 138 students in 2016, and Maniototo Area School 175.
Lawrence Area School principal John Auld said the school had been working with the Ministry of Education on a review of the site for nearly two years.
During that process, it was discovered that three of the school’s more modern buildings, dating from the 1980s onwards, had leaky building syndrome.
‘‘In addition, some of our older buildings are in need of substantial refurbishment after 60 years of service, and need to be brought into the 21st century.’’
Auld said the school had been seeking ‘‘quite a comprehensive solution’’ to its infrastructure issues, so $4m was ‘‘very welcome’’.
‘‘We’ve enjoyed a good, transparent process with the Ministry, and our students, staff and community will all be glad to see some financial assistance for our buildings, providing better teaching and learning areas for our school.’’
Macindoe said access to high quality learning environments would help achieve good outcomes for the wider Lawrence and Ranfurly communities.
‘‘This $11m investment comes on top of $37m announced for new classrooms and school redevelopments in the OtagoSouthland region last year.’’
The Ministry of Education and the schools would work closely together over the next two years to develop plans for the new facilities.
Construction work on the sites is expected to start mid-2019.