Dunedin-based National MP Michael Woodhouse welcomes today’s announcement for the approval of the redevelopment of Carisbrook School.
Associate Education Minister Craig Foss announced a $4.6 million investment to upgrade Carisbrook School which will provide a 21st Century learning environment for students.
“Last week I received a fair hearing from the Minister and left our meeting confident that he would approve the project,” Mr Woodhouse says.
“There is a lot of interest in the community on this issue and I am pleased a decision has been made which will go a long way to providing some certainty for the school community.
“Throughout the process, the Minister has been well versed on the issues facing this school and the need to bring forward the site upgrade.
“Everyone, from the Minister to school boards and parents, has been working together to secure the best possible outcome for the students.
“Today’s announcement reflects that hard work and the development of Carisbrook will be a great example of the modern-school model at work.
“The upgrade is expected to take about18 months to complete. More than 400 students will be based at the Caversham site for the beginning of the 2014 school year.”
The Dunedin school opened on 1 February 2012 as a result of decisions made in 2011 to merge Caversham Primary School, Calton Hill Primary School, and College Street Primary School.
To accommodate a growing school roll, students are currently split between the three school sites.