New school announced for West Rangiora

ASHLEIGH STEWART
Last updated 13:35 07/03/2013

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A new school for up to 800 children will be built in West Rangiora by 2017, the Government says.

The school is one of 15 new schools to be built or rebuilt in greater Christchurch in the next 10 years as part of the Government's $1 billion investment in education in the region.

The West Rangiora school for Year 1-8 students would help meet the ''faster than forecast'' roll growth in region, Waimakariri MP Kate Wilkinson said.

"It is still in the very early planning stages - a site is still to be identified and design and construction timeframes confirmed  -  but the school is currently projected to be needed by 2017," she said.

The announcement comes after plans were revealed last month for the rebuild of quake-damaged Halswell Primary School and construction of the new Waikuku School in Pegasus to commence in April.

Both were expected to be finished early next year.

Education Minister Hekia Parata  announced at the same time plans to build schools in Rolleston, Lincoln, Rangiora West and West Halswell over the next 10 years.

Wilkinson said the West Rangiora school would be modelled on the advice of education experts, and would be in line with modern children's needs.

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