Old Bonalbo now a ?real cool school
By GEOFF BATEMAN
THERE'S a chill in the air at Old Bonalbo School ? and the kids just love it.
After years of baking through some of the highest temperatures on the Northern Rivers, the school has turned on a new airconditioning system, paid for by the school community.
The new air-conditioning system comes after years of lobbying for the Department of Education to install the equipment.
That ended early last year when the school community decided to take matters into their own hands, vowing that students would not face another summer in baking classrooms.
At the 'switching on' ceremony at the school this week, before a crowd of community supporters and children at the tiny school of 27 students, the happy pupils agreed that Old Bonalbo was now a 'real cool school'.
A combined effort by the P&C and School Council raised the $8000 needed to air-condition the two principal classrooms.
School Council president Lance Kirkley said that without assistance and support from local member Thomas George MP, The Northern Star and Express Ex- aminer, the task would have been much more difficult.
Fundraising co-ordinator Ralph McNa- mara said he was humbled at the level of support by local and district folk.
However most rooms are still without air-conditioning and lobbying would continue to cool the rest of the school.