School soon to be cooler

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

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.

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