North Coast schools get funding

MODANVILLE School principal Barry Cooper is thrilled about ‘the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to improve the infrastructure of his school with a new administration and library block.

“We appreciate getting all this new infrastructure but there have been issues,” Mr Cooper said.

“We are hoping for a bricks and mortar construction but don’t know for certain.”

Modanville School has received $850,000 funding from the Schools for the 21st Century program and a further $75,000 from National School Pride funding.

It is a lot of money for a school of 100 students and Mr Cooper knows its value.

Normally schools have to raise money through their communities, he said.

Thirty-one new buildings have been planned for North Coast schools.

Bexhill Public School have workers on site clearing the space for a new library but they are not sure when it will arrive, with the scale of new infrastructure in schools across NSW causing most of the the confusion.

The Federal Government’s stimulus package and various different educational funding packages have left some schools wondering when construction will start.

Schools will have partially pre-fabricated buildings of a modular design range delivered before the end of the school year and their construction is expected to be completed early next year according to a NSW Education Department spokesperson..

Schools to benefit from the 31 building projects include The Pocket, Crystal Creek, Dungay, Tyalgum, Fingal Head, Stokers Siding, Blakebrook, Coffee Camp, Tintenbar and Goonengerry.

The buildings are manufactured in south-east Queensland and will be transported and fitted out on location by Reed Construction Group’s on-site teams.

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