A classroom space to be created out of old dental clinic
AN EXTRA classroom is to be created from in the building that used to house Dyer Street School’s old dental clinic.
Plans to refurbish this area were made by school’s board of trustees following the movement of the clinic itself, which is now at Naenae Intermediate.
Dyer Street principal Denise Sainsbury and staff were also involved in the decision to change the clinic into a classroom space.“The plans were made when it became known that the dental service was changing to a caravan and mega-clinic at Naenae Intermediate,” says Mrs Sainsbury.
Refurbishment began at the school at the end of 2012 with the changing of the entrance way and senior toilets.
“Although there is work to be done on the interior, we are still using it at present.
“We currently have a suite of computers in there,” says Mrs Sainsbury.
The board of trustees has approved $15,000 for the refurbishment and will contribute more if and when the need arises.
“We are currently in the process of gaining quotes for further work,” says Mrs Sainsbury.
Carla Jowitt, a parent at the school, is confident that the children will not be in any danger from the worksite.“There are no problems with safety because the school is able to block off the entire area.
“It can be fenced off with enough area for safe movement, and builders in the past have made sure they kept well away from the kids,” Mrs Jowitt says.
Dyer Street School’s sharing off the relocated dental clinic with Naenae College and Naenae Intermediate is running smoothly.
“It is still early into the partnership, but parents seem to have made the transition quite smoothly,” says Mrs Sainsbury.
“All students still get assessed at the school through the onsite caravan, so it is only for further treatment that they need to go to the new centre.”
The refurbishment is expected to be completed before the end of the year.