New technology centre for Kyogle

A MULTI-million-dollar technology and applied science centre is to be built at Kyogle High School.

Funding for the project was announced in the State Budget as part of $46 million set aside for eight major new building projects in schools across NSW.

School principal Janeen Silcock said the entire school community was thrilled that the project, which had been on the drawing board for the past four years, had finally received funding.

The technology and applied science (TAS) classroom block will house food technology, textiles and design, woodwork and metalwork classrooms, as well as a staff study.

It will be attached to the new Federally-funded commercial kitchen which is to be built at the school, ready for the start of the 2011 school year.

“Now that the announcement has been made, I would expect the builders working on the commercial kitchen will be here ready to start within a few weeks,” Mrs Silcock said.

However, while Mrs Silcockexpects the commercial kitchen to be ready for the new school year, the new TAS centre isn't likely to be completed until the start of 2013.

When it was, she said the school would have state-of-the-art facilities for all its vocational education training subjects – hospitality, construction, metals and engineering.

At present TAS students are largely working out of demount-able classrooms at the 55-year-old high school.



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