Two new schools for Hamilton
Cheers and applause greeted Education Minister Hekia Parata's confirmation yesterday that a new primary and new secondary school will be opened in Hamilton's northeast from 2015.
The high school - with a 2016 completion date - will be the first to be built in the city in more than 30 years.
Speaking at a 300-strong public meeting in Flagstaff Ms Parata said the new schools were needed to cater for rapid population growth.
The announcement was met with rapturous applause from residents who have been waiting about six years for the project to get the go-ahead.
The Times understands the secondary school will be built on an 11-hectare plot in Rototuna, bought by the Government in 2010, near to Te Totara Primary.
The primary school will likely be built on a 2.4-hectare plot on Endeavour Ave, Flagstaff, also owned by the Ministry.
Both sites will need to be approved by residents.
Community feedback will also help to decide how the secondary school will be set up - whether there will be a separate or joined intermediate, the name of the school, zone boundaries, whether it will have a uniform and its approach to the national curriculum.
"These will be modern new schools with flexible learning areas, access to ultrafast broadband, and energy efficient buildings," Ms Parata said.
Consultation for the primary school will take place throughout March and April with a final decision expected in June, and the same process for the secondary school will happen later this year.
Ms Parata could not confirm how the school will be funded and did not rule out the possibility of a public-private partnership model, or a charter school.
However, the community would have to support a charter school for it to be approved.
Ministry of Education figures show there are about 1900 primary-school-age students in Hamilton's northeast, but that number is projected to grow to about 2500 by 2016.
Both Rototuna and Te Totara primary schools are near capacity.
WHEN WERE THEY BUILT?
Hillcrest High School - 1972
Fraser High School - 1968
Melville High School - 1965
St John's College - 1961
St Paul's Collegiate - 1959
Fairfield College - 1957
Hamilton Boys' High School - 1955
Hamilton Girls' High School - 1955
Sacred Heart - 1946
Waikato Diocesan School for Girls - 1928