More play space for young pupils
Bluestone School has purchased the house next door to provide more space for its pupils to play.
The property, on the east side of the school in Raymond St, was purchased two months ago, principal Ian Poulter said.
The purchase was made following a request to the Education Ministry as the school's roll of 500 warranted having additional playing space, he said.
"We've always been a very small site land-wise, and going back to the original school [merger in 2005] . . . we bought one house and demolished that . . . and now we have been able to purchase the second house and extend the hard court area.
"We're trying to make sure we've got good space to run around."
The area was particularly valuable in wet weather.
"We have a very active sports programme here . . . and you can appreciate that we'll often have three or four classrooms out there at one time."
There was no intention to build on the new area, Mr Poulter said.
"We want the children to be in an environment where they [have space]."
The area would extend the existing hard court area, and would be completed in time for the new year.
He was not sure what price the property was purchased for but said it was at government valuation (GV).
The Timaru District Council website has the GV at $155,000.
The Timaru Herald