The State Government has allocated an extra $10 million to the reconstruction of Mt Lawley Senior High School.
Education Minister Colin Barnett said today the money - which came in addition to the $7 million already allocated - would allow for a middle school to be built and gymnasium/recreation centre.
Mr Barnett said the $2 million was from the Education Department’s capital works program and the $5 million from the sale of AlintaGas.
“I am pleased to confirm the State Government will proceed with the construction of a new gymnasium/recreation centre and a middle school at Mt Lawley,” he said.
“I am confident these commitments will go a long way to helping us meet the aim of providing the school’s students with the best possible educational environment.”
Mr Barnett said construction of the gymnasium would begin mid-2001 and was scheduled for completion in May 2002.
“The additional $10 million for the middle school will be provided from the 2002-03 and 2003-04 Education Department capital works programs,” he said.
“Construction of the middle school will begin in the middle of 2002 and is planned to be finished for the start of the 2004 school year at a cost of about $15 million.
“We recognise that the age, condition and design of almost all of the school’s facilities makes them unsuitable for the delivery of a modern education.”
Mr Barnett said the upgrades would take into account the special relationship the school had set up with the adjacent Edith Cowan University.
He said the work done with ECU would lead to the joint development of the senior school and university at Mt Lawley.
This would, in effect, amount to the rebuilding of the school.
“The Education Department has held discussions with the university about the joint development of facilities to create an educational precinct which incorporates ECU’s Mt Lawley campus and the high school,” Mr Barnett said.
“Those discussions will continue to progress future stages of a rebuild of the school, including the senior campus, which could incorporate a digital resource centre.
“In addition, ECU is proceeding with a redevelopment of its performing arts facilities, which will be made available for use by Year 11 and 12 students of Mt Lawley Senior High School.
“This will give Mt Lawley students the unique opportunity to access tertiary-standard performing arts facilities.”
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