Pouring some money into the local school system is finally seeing results, just in time for the elections, with the completion of the new Ballina Coast High School and the near completion of the $15 million upgrades for Pottsville Beach Public School.
‘As an ex-teacher at Southern Cross, I was absolutely amazed by the standard of the new Ballina Coast High School and the potential for such great learning to take place there,’ said Member for Ballina Tamara Smith MP when she joined education minister Rob Stokes to see the finished buildings.
‘The Minister has delivered on promises of revolutionising learning spaces but we mustn’t forget the blood, sweat and tears of parents, teachers, support staff, the Principal and senior executive that have gone into making the transition as smooth as possible.
‘I know having worked with the community during that transition from Ballina High School to Southern Cross and now to Ballina Coast High School, it hasn’t always been easy and to make it to this point is an absolute credit to the teachers and the school community.’
Thirteen new permanent classrooms and new administration facilities are part of the $15m upgrade for Pottsville Public School and all classrooms will be air conditioned as part of the NSW Government’s $500 million Cooler Classrooms program.
Member for Tweed Geoff Provest said the government is ‘providing facilities that allow students to achieve their best whilst at school.’
This was reiterated by education minister Rob Stokes who said, ‘We are making the largest investment in public school infrastructure by any state government in Australian history. This includes building new schools and upgrading existing facilities to enhance the educational environment for students across NSW.’
The big question on everyone’s lips is will this include the new high school for Pottsville that has been ever promised and yet to be delivered.