School soon to be cooler
Barooga Public School will be a little cooler in the future.
The school is one of 60 in the NSW Murray region eligible for new airconditioning systems.
The funding is part of the Cooler Classrooms program and NSW Member for Murray Austin Evans was was thrilled so many schools across the electorate would benefit.
‘‘We live in a very hot part of the state and it’s extremely important that our children and teachers can engage together in a comfortable classroom environment,’’ he said.
‘‘I’ve spoken to many people across our vast electorate who have stressed the importance of air-conditioning in our classrooms, so I’m thrilled that our electorate is a big winner in the program.’’
Barooga Public School principal John Francis said while he was not sure of the specific details of the program roll-out, any funding which improved the learning environment for teachers and students was welcomed.
‘‘Anything that makes the learning conditions and the working conditions better for our students and staff is always very much appreciated,’’ he said.
‘‘I’m sure a lot of the airconditioning systems we’ve got in the school now probably came off the back of fundraising some time ago and, as we move on, some of it may not be as effective as it may have previously been.’’
Schools in areas which have an average maximum January temperature of 30°C or more now automatically receive airconditioning in classrooms and libraries, while all other schools could apply for funding under the Cooler Classrooms Fund on a needs basis.
Previously, only schools with an average maximum January temperature of 33°C or more were airconditioned.
The second round opens in the new year.