Saturday, April 20, 2024

$14.3m for 10 SA school upgrades

Ten South Australian public preschools and schools have been granted additional funding by the State Government.

Minister for Education, Training and Skills, Blair Boyer visited Seaview Downs Primary School today – as students returned to classrooms for Term 4 – to unveil the designs for the school’s upgrade.

The school has been granted additional State Government funding for a major upgrade project worth $19.3 million.

With more than 300 students, the southern suburbs school has received an additional $4.3m for the construction of several new buildings to deliver modern classrooms and learning areas. The project will also include a new administration building and the demolition of ageing infrastructure.

It’s expected construction will begin in January 2024, once a builder has been appointed.

“The Seaview Downs Primary School community eagerly anticipates the start of this exciting redevelopment project in the new year,” said Seaview Downs Primary School Principal, Sam Winters.

“With new, modern facilities, our teachers can continue to deliver a high-quality learning program for our students in spaces that have been designed with collaboration and flexibility in mind.”

Funding for a major upgrade at Fregon Anangu School in the APY Lands has also been increased to almost $21m for the construction of several new buildings for junior, primary and secondary teaching and learning along with new food technology and administration facilities – adding an extra $1.5m to the project.

The existing art building will also be refurbished along with landscaping and new paved areas, said Minister Boyer.

“With quality facilities comes quality education. I am proud to be providing preschools and schools across South Australia with the additional funding to make sure they have the facilities families deserve,” the Minister said.

“Our students deserve to spend each day in an outstanding learning environment that allows their teachers to support them to be their best.

“Rather than seeing these schools miss out on the facilities they deserve, the Malinauskas Labor Government has stepped in and provided additional funding to make sure they get the best learning environment for the best learning outcomes.”

Additionally, John Pirie Secondary School in Port Pirie has received an extra $1.25 million for its almost $12 million redevelopment project, which includes theatre upgrades and two new middle school buildings.

Key features of the upgrade also included a new car park with disability access, landscaping to new and refurbished areas and demolition of ageing infrastructure.

Additional funding has also been granted to:

  • Seaview High School: an additional $1.9m to deliver a $17.65m upgrade which includes a new performing arts facility, STEM facilities, a new two-story creative design building and the demolition of ageing infrastructure.
  • Belair Primary School: an additional $1.5m to deliver a $6.5m upgrade of learning areas and student and staff amenities.
  • Elliston RSL Memorial Children’s Centre: extra $1.4m added to deliver a $3.4m project moving the Elliston RSL Memorial Children’s Centre to the school site.
  • Springbank Secondary College: an additional $1.2m to deliver a $11.55m upgrade which includes a refurbished main building of contemporary learning spaces and new disability unit classes, a refurbishment to the gymnasium amenities, demolition of ageing infrastructure and a new covered outdoor area.
  • Murray Bridge North School: an extra $580k to the $5m project for two new outdoor learning areas, an improved school entrance, landscaping and refurbishment of learning spaces.
  • Reidy Park Primary School: an additional $330k to deliver a $5.33m upgrade which includes a new outdoor covered area, the redevelopment of play spaces, and the refurbishment of learning areas.
  • Cummins Area School: an additional $297k to deliver a $4.2m upgrade delivering a new technology studies, art and general learning areas building, landscaping and an upgraded administration area.

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