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Million-dollar boost for Lyall Bay School

Nov 22nd, 2011 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

BLANK CANVAS: Lyall Bay School's acting principal Clint Chalmers in front of 48 Freyberg Street.

After nearly three years of lobbying, Lyall Bay School finally has the $395,000 needed for new classrooms – and a $1.18 million cherry on top.

The school will use the $395,000 school roll growth funding to build three new classrooms at 48 Freyberg Street.

The site was bought in 2009 but the school has been unable to build until now for lack of funding.

It is also one of five schools nationally to receive one-off grants, announced earlier this month by Education Minister Anne Tolley, to upgrade existing buildings. 

The $1.18 million grant will be used to replace its existing junior school building.

Acting principal Clint Chalmers described the funding boost as a “welcome surprise” after several years of having requests declined despite its roll continuing to climb.

The school’s roll has grown from 397 in 2007 to 425 this year, a 7% increase, and Mr Chalmers says they’re currently using their library as a classroom.

Lyall Bay School is one of five in the eastern suburbs which has reached its capacity and has been struggling for room.

The rolls of Lyall Bay, Houghton Bay, Hataitai, Kilbirnie and Roseneath School have collectively grown 10% over the last five years, with a 67 % growth in new entrant numbers.

Mr Chalmers said the new classrooms will allow them to change the structure of the Lyall Bay School.

“The new block will be for year three and four students, so we’ll have a middle school as well as a junior and senior school.”

Tenders for this  project are due back at the end of the month and they would like the work on the new classrooms to start over the school holidays.

The school hopes the existing junior school building will be demolished and replaced with a new building late next year or early 2013.


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