School to get $2m upgrade

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JOHN.COSGROVE@nullcluthaleader.co.nz

Two construction and renovation projects costing almost $2 million have been announced at Rosebank School in Balclutha.

Rosebank School principal Pauline Simpson said she was excited to deliver the news on Monday as pupils and staff returned to school under Alert Level 2 restrictions.

The projects would be fully funded by the Ministry of Education and had been in planning since 2016.

The first project is the complete re-roofing of the school buildings. It will involve six months’ work reinstalling and renewing both the interior cladding and the exterior roofing materials and the renovation of existing office spaces inside the original school office.

The office spaces to be renovated were part of the original school office built in 1957 and will be re-purposed as both modern office and non-teaching spaces for staff.

The second project will be the construction of a new classroom block, to be built beside the latest one (room 9) that was built in 2016.

“It will be a mirror of the existing building and because it has already been designed there should be no problems getting it built,” Mrs Simpson said.

Rosebank School board of trustees chairwoman Sarah Hayward said she was absolutely delighted the projects would be fully funded by the ministry.

“This frees up money that can be put to good use on the other school development projects we have planned,’’ she said.

“We have been waiting for approval to build a new classroom since 2016 and it is now in its final stages of design so we should be calling for tenders shortly.’’

The board would approve the re›roofing stage as soon as tenders were let, she said.

“There will be an open call for tenders for both projects and we are hoping to get the re-roofing done this year.

“We will be able to cope with the re›roofing work going on during school time as we are lucky to have the flexibility of space at Rosebank.

“There are several spare spaces we can move children into during the building process.”