Schools to receive classroom upgrades
Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean is delighted Oamaru's Pembroke School is to get a new classroom.
Mrs Dean said details of the construction were today announced by Associate Minister for Education, Nikki Kaye, at a function in Queenstown comprising post-budget announcements on school property investment.
"This is the kind of news all communities relish," Mrs Dean said.
"The construction of a new facility within any community has to be good news. It's an indicator our town is increasing in population. It's tangible proof we aren't standing still.
"It's also an acknowledgement to the skill of the school's hard working staff and supportive parents. It recognises faith in their ability.
Gary Kircher, Waitaki District mayor described the announcement as excellent news.
"It's great to hear of the growth in Oamaru school rolls, especially when previous predictions for the district had been for decline.
"Waitaki really is proving itself to be a great place to live and it is equally good to see the government respond to that demand, in this case with an increase in classroom facilities for Pembroke School," he said.
Construction costs for the new classroom have been estimated at around $300,000.
Wanaka's Mt Aspiring College is also in line for an upgrade and will receive two new classrooms at a total cost of $700,000.