Otago Daily Times

Min­istry ar­ranges tem­po­rary class­rooms for schools


- MARK PRICE mark.price@odt.co.nz Education · South Island · Dunedin · Christchurch · Chris Hipkins

DE­LAYS in build­ing four new class­rooms at Hawea Flat Pri­mary School will mean two short­term class­rooms be­ing brought in from an­other school in the South Is­land.

Education Min­is­ter Chris Hip­kins said in Septem­ber last year the school was to get four new class­rooms — part of a $27 mil­lion pack­age spread over five schools.

How­ever, yes­ter­day the min­is­ter an­nounced $5 mil­lion of fund­ing for 28 ‘‘short­term’’ class­rooms in the South Is­land, two of those go­ing to Hawea Flat and two to Alexan­dra Pri­mary School.

Hawea Flat prin­ci­pal Ta­nia Pringle said the short­term class­rooms were ex­pected be­fore Christmas and were to cover the pe­riod dur­ing which the four new class­rooms were be­ing built.

She ex­pected a start early next year.

The school’s roll is 265.

Ms Pringle said the school was al­ready ‘‘out of space’’, and the four new class­rooms, pro­vid­ing for 100 pupils, could not come soon enough.

The school has 10 class­rooms; ju­nior classes house be­tween about 22 and 24 pupils and senior classes about 25 to 28 pupils.

Mr Hip­kins also an­nounced $7 mil­lion for ‘‘roll growth’’ class­rooms at four South Is­land schools, in­clud­ing Dunedin’s Grant’s Braes School.

A new $20 mil­lion pri­mary school for 400 pupils at Rolle­ston East, in Christchur­ch, is also planned.

Mr Hip­kins said Rolle­ston was one of the fastest grow­ing ar­eas in the coun­try and since 2010, four new pri­mary schools and a sec­ondary school had been es­tab­lished there.

Nei­ther Alexan­dra Pri­mary School nor Grant’s Braes School re­sponded to a re­quest for comment yes­ter­day.

 ?? PHOTO: MARK PRICE ?? Out of space . . . Hawea Flat Pri­mary School wait­ing for new class­rooms.
PHOTO: MARK PRICE Out of space . . . Hawea Flat Pri­mary School wait­ing for new class­rooms.

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