Classroom upgrade on target

Queen Charlotte College in Picton has almost completed the first phase of a million-dollar classroom upgrade.

Work to install a new roof on a block of classrooms is expected to be finished this week

Queen Charlotte College principal Tom Parsons said the school's flat roofs were not ideal in the high wind and rainfall Picton was known for.

"The school's leaky roofs had to be fixed, so we made use of the opportunity to upgrade the classes to modern learning standards. We are insulating the building, replacing windows and repainting the whole building," Mr Parsons said.

Bad weather had delayed work over the summer holidays, so the school had been forced to shuffle the timetable around so that pupils did not miss out on class time this week.

"I am very grateful to Haack Construction that they will be able to complete the building by replacing windows after the students leave at 3pm every day from next week. It is a great help for us and our pupils that they are willing to work around our schedule," Mr Parsons said.

The next building to be upgraded and have its roof replaced will be the public changing rooms attached to the community gym and then the private student changing rooms, he said.

Mr Parsons hoped the project would be finished by this time next year.

The Marlborough Express