July 26, 2021
Extra classrooms to deal with roll growth
The Government is investing $100 million for Short Term Roll Growth classrooms at schools across New Zealand.
Speaking at Ruakākā School in Whangārei this morning, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis said the pūtea will enable students and teachers to focus on education rather than overcrowding.
Ms Ardern says the investment will also help Covid economic recovery.
Ruakākā School will get two extra classrooms, as will Te Rangi Āniwaniwa in Awanui and Whangārei Intermediate, while Ōruaiti School near Mangonui gets one classroom.
Ms Ardern also announced the first school to benefit from a $150 million top up for shovel ready school property projects will be Kamo High School in Whangārei.
The fund is for existing school property projects that were ready to enter construction but face delays because of cost escalation or other pressures.
Kamo will get almost $7 million so it can get on with replacing two end of life teaching blocks with a single two-storey teaching block providing 22 classrooms, giving it capacity for 1,000 students.
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