8 new schools announced, as mammoth school building program continues
Vital new education initiatives, child and parent centres, year 7 students moving to secondary schools supported in State Budget
A record $4.1billion will be spent on Western Australia’s public education system over the next year, an increase of 3.1 per cent on the previous year’s spending.
Treasurer Christian Porter said the 2012-13 education budget would support a significant capital works program, major educational and school reforms, and provide additional resources for schools to meet the forecast growth in enrolments.
“A record 7,100 extra students enrolled in public schools in 2012, almost 3,800 more than expected,” Mr Porter said.
The Treasurer said $341million had been allocated in the State Budget for the important transition of year 7 students to secondary schools in 2015.
“This includes $265million to build new facilities at selected secondary schools and $22million for primary teachers to retrain as secondary teachers,” he said.
Another major new initiative funded in the 2012-13 State Budget is the establishment of 10 Child and Parent Centres on school sites in disadvantaged areas, to provide important services to help families nurture young children.
“The State Government has allocated $28.8million over the next four years to develop the centres and provide grants of up to $10,000 each to other schools in low socio-economic areas for programs and help for families with young children,” Mr Porter said.
Education Minister Liz Constable said funding would also continue for the Independent Public Schools initiative which was leading the nation in this area with 207 schools granted Independent Public School status in the first three intakes.
The Minister said the total capital works budget for 2012-13 was $518million which included funding for a new high school at Banksia Grove ($45million), to open in 2015, and $5.5million for the commencement of a new high school at Forrestdale to open in 2018.
Dr Constable said $28.78million had also been allocated for the first stage of a rebuild at Willetton Senior High School and building would continue on new schools at Baldivis ($44million) and Butler ($51.4million), both due to open in 2013. Planning for the second stages of these schools, totalling $75million, would also get under way.
Planning had also started on the $30million second stage of Halls Head Community College due for completion in 2015 and second stages at secondary schools in Byford ($47million) and Banksia Grove ($25million) will also progress.
Building has also started at Hedland Senior High School and 11 other regional schools this year stretching from Esperance to Derby as part of the $100.5million Regional Schools Plan, funded in partnership with the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program.
An additional $40million had been allocated in the Budget for design, technology and science upgrades at a number of district high schools across the State.
The Minister said construction would start on five new primary schools this year due to open in 2014, at Hammond Park; North Butler; North Yanchep; Treendale, Australind; and Wandina, Geraldton (kindergarten to year 3), at a total cost of $78.2million.
Final stages of construction would continue on four primary schools due to open in 2013, including East Dalyellup, Pearsall, Baynton West (Karratha) and West Byford at a total cost of $63.45million and the $14million replacement of Yakamia Primary School in Albany would be completed during 2012.
Also due to finish this year are additions and improvements at Sutherland Dianella Primary School ($7.3million), Makybe Rise Primary School, Baldivis ($7.7million), Spring Hill Primary School, Tapping ($3.4million).
The $52million Government initiative to install air-conditioning in about 480 schools would continue and schools will also benefit from $2.6million for administration upgrades, $2.6million for library resource centres, $1.6million for toilet upgrades or replacements, $2million for electronic whiteboards and $2million for playground equipment and shade structures.
An allocation of $15million has been set aside in 2012-13 to buy and develop land mainly for new secondary schools and $5.4million has also been provided to assist in the reduction of bushfire risk around public schools listed on the Bushfire Zone Register.
Under the national partnership initiative, planning and construction will continue for four more indigenous family and child centres across the State at a cost of $27.5million over four years.
Planning & construction of additional classrooms for schools under enrolment pressure - $13 million.
Construction will continue at:
Governor Stirling Senior High School - $63million completed by 2013
Karratha Senior High School - $46million second stage to be completed in 2013
Dalyellup College - $30million second stage to be completed in 2014
Dongara District High School - $30million for completion in 2012
Exmouth District High School - $15million for completion in 2012
Bullsbrook District High School - $23.5million for completion in 2014
Kununurra District High School - $49m in Federal funding, completion late 2012
Applecross Senior High School - $56million redevelopment
From 2009-10 the Govt has allocated or committed $769m for new or replacement schools
From 2009-10 the Govt has allocated or committed an amount of $350m for upgrades to schools
WA teachers continue to be the highest paid in the country
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