More money for local schools

SEVERAL more Derwent Valley schools have received funding allocations under the Federal Government’s education revolution. Visiting Tasmania to announce the latest successful applicants, Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Julia Gillard said the government was undertaking the largest school modernisation program in Australia’s history to support local jobs, stimulate every local economy and invest in important long term infrastructure.

The second round of the “National School Pride” project was announced late last month, including more than half a million dollars for Derwent Valley schools, including:

Collinsvale Primary School – $50,000 to refurbish and extend its multi-purpose hall.
Glenora District High School – $125,000 to upgrade student toilet and outdoor facilities.
Molesworth Primary School – $75,000 to extend its library.
New Norfolk High School – $150,000 to refurbish the school oval, outdoor learning areas and kitchen.
New Norfolk Primary School – $125,000 to upgrade external play areas and replace boundary fencing.

Last week saw Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Julia Gillard in Hobart to announce the successful applicants under round two of “Primary Schools for the 21st Century”, which she described as one of three elements of the Rudd Government’s $14.7 billion ‘Education Revolution’. The $12.4 billion P21 program would deliver funding to every primary school for major infrastructure projects, including libraries, multi-purpose halls and classrooms, Ms Gillard said.

New Norfolk’s Fairview Primary School will receive $2 milion from the “P21” fund, to extend some of its classrooms. Other beneficiaries are:

Collinsvale Primary School – $250,000 to extend its multi-purpose hall to provide a community facility.
Glenora District High School – $750,000 to extend the school hall.
Maydena Primary School – $250,000 – to build a multi-purpose hall.
Molesworth Primary School – $850,000 – to build a multi-purpose hall.
Ouse District High School – $250,000 – to build a new multi-purpose hall.
Westerway Prmary School – $250,000 to refurbish the school library.
St Brigid’s School (New Norfolk) – $1.422 million to build a multi-purpose hall.
St Brigid’s School (New Norfolk) – $998,000 to refurbish the school library.

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