New Wanaka classrooms to address roll growth
Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said today’s announcement of two new classrooms at Mt Aspiring College would help in addressing secondary school roll growth in Wanaka.
“I’m delighted that $700,000 in funding has come to the Upper Clutha area and I know that it will be put to good use by the local community.
“Wanaka’s population continues to grow, on the back of strong tourism and construction growth, and these increases are also being felt in the classroom as school rolls rise.
“At the start of this year Mt Aspiring’s roll was 857, up from 772 at the same time in 2015, and more than double the 385 pupils at the school in 2000.
"It's phenomenal growth and the demand for more teaching space is something that the Government is keen to address, with this latest post-budget announcement a wonderful investment in the area.
“Extensive building and renovation work has already been underway at the college, with this money providing an opportunity for the school to develop two new purpose built classrooms to meet the needs of students.
“Mt Aspiring is a great secondary school, which is well supported by the Wanaka community, and I am delighted that this funding has been made available to meet the educational needs of young people in the area.”
Mrs Dean joined Associated Education Minister Nikki Kaye in Queenstown today to make this funding announcement..
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