$9.4m upgrade transforms Casino Public School
THE Casino Public School has been transformed by building upgrades and renovations which were opened yesterday.
Using a mix of money from the state and federal governments, the school has been substantially rebuilt.
With $3.8 million from a State Government capital works fund and the Federal Government, the school was able to upgrade toilet facilities and roofing, repaint, and install security fencing around the school.
With a further $9.4 million, including through the Federal Government's Building the Education Revolution economic stimulus package, the school was able to do much more.
That included building an impressive new multi-purpose hall, a new library and classrooms plus a new canteen and more building upgrades.
Air conditioning throughout the school was also replaced.
Principal Garry Carter said the opening marked a significant event in the history of the school.
"When I arrived in May 2010 there was only one old toilet block and a weatherboard building demolished and there were no foundations laid," Mr Carter said.
"So from May 2010 until the works were completed in July 2012 the school has basically been rebuilt."
Mr Carter said the benefits of the works included extra space in classrooms, better ventilation and lighting and a reduction in electricity use.
He also said the upgrades provided for a much more pleasant environment for students and teachers.
"Having a pleasant learning environment certainly supports learning," Mr Carter said.
The school has certainly changed dramatically since former teacher and former Richmond Valley Councillor Charlie Cox started teaching at the school in 1962.
"It is a lot different now, but the spirit hasn't changed it is still a wonderful place to be with great kids and good staff."