Wednesday October 29, 2014
Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli and Member for Mulgoa Tanya Davies today visited St Clair High School to discuss plans for the school’s refurbishment following a fire at the school in June.
Mr Piccoli said the Department of Education and the local community pulled together following the fire to get students back to school for the beginning of term three.
“The devastating fire earlier this year caused extensive fire, smoke and water damage to 43 classrooms, as well as the canteen, library, staff rooms, toilets,” Mr Piccoli said.
“In the two weeks after the fire the Department of Education and the local community completed the necessary demolition works, installed 20 demountable classrooms, two libraries and a staff room.
“They also refurbished the HSIE block, which gave the school 12 classrooms, toilets, and a staffroom.
“Other important work was undertaken including restoring power, data systems and plumbing.
“The work of local community in conjunction with the Department of Education is nothing short of extraordinary and I commend everybody who was involved in the getting the school up and running again.”
Tanya Davies said the Department of Education has engaged Public Works and the Government Architect’s Office to manage the rebuild.
“Meetings have been held with the school to discuss the scope of the project and how it will proceed. The cost of the work is currently being calculated and this is expected to be known by the end of November,” Tanya Davies said.
“A reference group has been formed for the project. Once the cost of the work has been determined, a design and tender process will be undertaken. Works are expected to commence on site next year.”