PRE-PRIMARY students from Victoria Park Primary School will join their kindergarten classmates in temporary classrooms on Planet Street, Carlisle, under a proposal from the Education Department, which has submitted an application to the Town of Victoria Park that owns the land.
The Town last week deferred a decision until its September meeting to consider demolishing a 1960s building and shed on the site and install two more temporary classrooms, an office and three new sheds.
In November 2017, the council approved the installation of two transportable classrooms for kindergarten students in an attempt to alleviate accommodation pressures, with student numbers at Victoria Park PS expected to increase from 564 in 2019 to 604 in 2021.
Victoria Park PS parent Nicole Cox said while most parents understood that a growth in student numbers meant the school had outgrown its site, parents were disappointed with the lack of forward planning.
“The Education Department has known about growing student numbers and the school has had plans for redevelopment at Cargill Street on the table for two years, yet the State Government has not acted,” she said.
A department spokeswoman said representatives started working with schools in Victoria Park before 2015 to help manage growing enrolments.
“At this time, the local intake area of Victoria Park Primary School was reduced to manage the number of new enrolments at the school and local intake areas were established for Millen Primary School and Lathlain Primary School,” she said.