East Launceston Primary School’s modern facelift is underway, with works begun on the $4.5 million redevelopment.
The redevelopment has been funded by the state government and includes construction of a new kindergarten, general learning areas, staff and support facilities and a multipurpose facility.
Construction began over the school break, with Tasmanian builder Rosier Constructions selected as the contractor for the works.
Acting Education Minister Roger Jaensch said the redevelopment would ensure East Launceston Primary School pupils and teachers “had access to some of the most modern learning spaces in the nation”.
“We know that giving students and staff a contemporary learning environment builds pride and engagement with their school as well as supporting 21st century learning, setting students up to succeed in their chosen careers,” Mr Jaensch said.
The works will also include a new playground, seating and fencing to ensure the pupils and community benefit from the project.
Construction will focus on land near the existing school site and also at a site near East Launceston Oval.
Mr Jaensch said the project was part of the government’s “record investment in education infrastructure”.
It’s anticipated about $192 million in funding will flow to schools over the next six years, to assist with infrastructure upgrades.
“The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to lifting education standards in this state with more teachers and high-quality facilities to support students and their local communities,” Mr Jaensch said.
The government has also committed to employing an additional 250 teachers.
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