Winton School has received approval for more than $400,000 in Government funding for two new classrooms to cater for continued roll growth.
Principal Steve Wadsworth said the school simply did not have space to cater for growing numbers, particularly at the junior end of the school.
''It's exciting and we're feeling very positive. It's a school that's enjoying both roll growth and property development.''
The school's roll of 270 could reach 280 by the end of the year, and it has 40 new entrants on its books for 2014, taking it to 300 by the end of next year.
''I've spoken to the council, real estate agents, property developers ... and they've all said for various reasons Winton is an attractive place to live and to work.''
And it was likely the school would continue to grow.
''Projected roll figures for the next three years will see us hover around the 300 mark, perhaps even a little more.''
Next year another $200,000-plus in Ministry of Education capital works funding would be used to upgrade five classrooms for year 2 to 6 students.
''It will certainly give a modern, new feel to the school and a great learning environment for staff and students.''
It was now a race against time to get the two new classrooms built to meet the on-going roll growth, with the project scheduled for completion by term two next year.The classrooms would be on a grassed area near Great North Road.
''It will also provide us with an opportunity to redevelop the bush area there, making it more attractive with paths and a nature area.''
The school will begin 2014 with 11 teachers, increasing to 13 by the end of the year.
In October 2011 a new $200,000 classroom was opened at Winton School, the most recent in a strong of developments since 2010, which resulted in $1 million being spent on three new classrooms, a new library and administration block, multi-purpose area and hall upgrade.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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