New classrooms for Bay schools

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Education Minister Hekia Parata
Education Minister Hekia Parata

Two Hawke's Bay schools will get new classrooms as part of a $1.8 million investment by the government to build five new classrooms at schools in Gisborne and the Bay.

The announcement was made by Education Minister Hekia Parata today.

The two schools are Eskdale School near Napier, which will get two new classrooms, and Clive School in Hastings (one new classroom). Kaiti School in Gisborne will also get two new classrooms.

Ms Parata said the decision was in response to the fact that Gisborne and Hawke's Bay were experiencing population growth.

"We're committed to building new classrooms where this growth is having a flow-on effect on school rolls," Ms Parata said

"Earlier this year, along with Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye, I announced $4 million for eight new classrooms in Hawke's Bay as part of Budget 2016.

"Today's investment comes on top of that, and is part of a second round of investments in roll growth classrooms under this year's Budget."

More announcements about the second round of roll growth investments will be made over the coming weeks, with a third round expected in February next year.

"As well as meeting roll growth, we're also committed to modernising local schools," Ms Parata said

"Last month I announced $19 million for the redevelopment of Flaxmere College and Kimi Ora Community School in Hastings, and Gisborne's new Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Horouta Wananga is also on-track for delivery by 2018."

Budget 2016 sets aside $882.5 million for school infrastructure, more than double that of last year's Budget.

Clive School is a member of the Whirinaki Community of Learning (CoL), while Eskdale School belongs to the Napier City CoL. Communities of Learning are about schools working together to help students achieve their full potential.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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