Three Sydney Schools Are Getting A Major $290M Upgrade
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We often hear about the plight of long-suffering, underfunded public schools across the state waiting on the NSW government to grant them the resources they need to keep their classrooms well-stocked and their infrastructure in tip-top shape. So it is a good news day when not one but three NSW public schools get a massive cash injection to put toward much-needed upgrades.
As part of an ambitious $7 billion investment program, which will deliver 200 new and upgraded schools across NSW over the next four years, the government has splashed out a whopping $290 million to fund modern buildings, refurbished classrooms and new playgrounds across three Sydney schools.
Having just got the greenlight, the hefty budget will be divided between the institutions, with $250 million has been allocated for Chatswood Public School and Chatswood High School on the North Shore, while Darlington Public School in Sydney's inner-west will receive $40 million.
The Chatswood upgrades include new and refurbished classrooms, sporting and recreational facilities, libraries and performing arts spaces, with Architectus architecture studio leading the design process.
The Darlington school project will include 19 teaching spaces, a special programs room, a canteen and a library, to be designed by FJMT design studio.
“Upgrades to Chatswood Public School will include up to 53 classrooms with special programs and support classrooms while Chatswood High School will include up to 123 classrooms with special support classrooms,” Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning Sarah Mitchell said, supporting her claim that the upgrades will transform the teaching and learning experiences for both students and staff.
Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes attested that the new, world-class education facilities would also boost the State’s economic recovery and also create jobs, adding that “the school projects in Chatswood alone will deliver 266 jobs during construction”.
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