Parata: New schools in Lincoln and Rolleston
Only days away from sharing the fate of 31 Canterbury schools, Education Minister Hekia Parata announced on Friday new schools for Lincoln and Rolleston.
The schools are two of six announced at a media scrum on Friday at Pegasus. Schools were also planned for Pegasus, Rangiora, and Halswell.
Pegasus and Halswell are scheduled to begin construction in April, opening for the 2014 school year. No timeline was shared for the remaining schools, nor any location specified as yet.
Ms Parata was swamped by media when she arrived, with the news quickly overtaken by questions on the next phase of the Christchurch schools restructure, the on-going Novopay debacle and impending NZEI strike action.
The $1 billion re-structure of schooling in greater Christchurch was part of the government’s re-build of the region following the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, she said.
‘‘Both Waikuku School and Halswell Primary School will showcase the kind of modern learning facilities that school communities and parents can look forward to for their children in greater Christchurch.
‘‘This includes new facilities with flexible spaces, access to ultra-fast broadband, and energy-efficient buildings, with plenty of natural light and fresh air.
‘‘These schools are designed to reflect the advice of education experts, to ensure that students can be taught using the latest techniques and technology.’’
Ms Parata said the re-build of Waikuku School will cost about $15 million and cater for up to 600 children.
‘‘In addition to Waikuku School and Halswell Primary School, we also have current plans to build four brand-new schools in Canterbury over the next 10 years,’’ Ms Parata said.