New buildings and upgraded facilities manufactured off-site in a factory and transported to the school site have had a positive impact on students and staff at Lake King Primary School.
Education Minister Colin Barnett, who officially opened the new $775,000 buildings today, said they made a tremendous difference to students.
“It’s a very exciting time for the students and staff as well as the community ,” Mr Barnett said.
“The method of construction helped improve quality control, meet timeframes and limited on-site inconvenience.
“Historical information indicated that if the new building was to be constructed on-site, up to 50 per cent of the budget for the project could be consumed in transport, accommodation and labour costs.
“This meant that the amount of accommodation to be provided would have been severely cut and would not have met community expectations.
“After consultation, the community accepted the proposal of a transportable school.
“It was a brave step for the school to take but one which the students and parents wanted.
“The facade of the building was designed to complement the existing buildings on the site.”
Mr Barnett said work involved building two classrooms, a multi-purpose activity area and resource room, a combined computing/telematics area, an administration block, an undercover area and a new cement basketball court.
He said the upgrade, which was completed in May this year, also included computer cabling and air-cooling.
“Originally Lake King Primary School opened in a hall in 1935, with 11 students” Mr Barnett said.
“One room was transported onto the current site from Culbin in 1953 for the start of the 1954 school year and was extended in 1964 into a two-room building, forming the basis for the original school.
“The existing timber frame and weather board construction had reached the end of its effective life.
“The building had been attacked by white ants on more than one occasion and severe settlement had occurred.”
The new facilities were designed by David Heaver, in conjunction with Loftus Walker and Hewitt and built by Arrow Constructions and Total Relocations.
Mr Barnett thanked staff of Lake King Primary School for their co-operation, support and flexibility throughout the relocation of the school and their dedication and commitment to supporting the students.
He also thanked the Lake King community for their support throughout the process.
As part of the project, the community relocated an old, timber-framed weatherboard lunch shed, from the site, and plan to establish a heritage precinct nearby.
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