The NSW Government and its schools will be needing roof and building supplies as the new state budget is set to focus on upgrading educational infrastructure across the state, with around 170 schools to be worked on the next few years, with planning for 20 of them to start sometime in 2018.
The first primary schools to be developed will be for Edmonson Park, Green Square, Westmead and Rhodes East, plus Gregory Hills and Murrumbateman in the southern tablelands. Edmonson Park will also be getting a new high school, whilst Randwick Boys and Girls, Birrong Boys and Girls, and Cecil Hills High will be getting upgrades.
Other renovations and upgrades are on the way, with the necessary roof and building supplies and preparations ready for the work on 110 major school infrastructure projects underway, with 40 new projects that have already been announced set to follow. The spending comes as enrolments at Sydney schools balloon, leaving a lot of them over capacity.
Government’s forecasts show that enrollments with hit 944,500 by 2031, from 2016’s count of 780,000, with 80% of them in Sydney alone, which amounts to about 96,500 primary students and 67,500 secondary students.
Gladys Berejiklian, the Premier, says that the budget would be the state’s biggest investment in educational infrastructure in its history. She says that the state was in the midst of a school building program, and this budget took things to a whole new level. Berejiklian has expressed pride in the NSW government for daring to take this step, this investment in their schools and their students.
This investment will amount to at least 43,500 new slots for students, and about 200 additional classrooms across the state.
The Education Minister, Rob Stokes, says that the new, upgraded schools are being designed and developed with sustainability as their core aspects, on top of encouraging the best practices in education.
Part of the plan will be an upsurge in school maintenance, with $160 million to be spent in 2018-19 as part of the $747 million investment to be spent over the next four years.
Several projects, like Arthur Phillip High, Inner Sydney High School, and Jordan Springs Primary School, with the total list amounting to about 170 projects.