MINISTER OPENS $4 MILLION UPGRADE AT WILSON PARK SCHOOL
Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli and Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan today officially opened Wilson Park School’s new $4 million facilities.
They were joined by Member for Lismore Thomas George at the school, which is one of 19 Schools for Specific Purposes upgraded by the NSW Government using $94 million of residual Building the Education Revolution funding.
“These new facilities are certainly enhancing the educational experiences for the students here at Wilson Park School,” Mr Piccoli said.
“It again confirms the value of the decision to boost facilities for students with disability across the State using the residual Commonwealth funds.
“Students and staff are now enjoying enhanced facilities across the school.
“As well as new and refurbished classrooms, the students are excited by the improved access to the hydrotherapy pool and bike track.
“The new fencing ensures the security of students, but also the freedom to make the most of the playground.”
Mr Hogan said the upgrade to Wilson Park School includes a new block of four classrooms with toilet and bathroom facilities.
“This new block replaces demountable classrooms and I know the school has made the most of the new facilities since moving into them earlier this year,” Mr Hogan said.
“Other improvements have included the building of access ramps, covered outdoor learning areas and a bus garage.
“Three existing classrooms blocks were also refurbished, including a special programs room.
“The project also included upgrades to the school’s infrastructure, including the installation of a solar power system, improving the student drop-off area and providing emergency vehicle access to the lower section of the school.”
Mr George said the opening marks the latest chapter in the proud history of Wilson Park School, which grew out of the community’s commitment to the wellbeing of young people with disabilities.
“It has created an environment where students can learn with a program that meets their specific needs,” Mr George said.
“I congratulate the staff, parents and wider community of Wilson Park School for creating a school which clearly has such a deep personal relationship with each student and their families.
Mr George said the NSW Government is also supporting students with low-level disability through the Department of Education and Communities’ Resource Allocation Model, which in 2015 includes $240 million for students with low-level disability.
“In the Lismore electorate, over $9 million in needs-based funding will be distributed to schools in 2015, an increase of $1.5 million on this year’s funding,” he said.
“This is what public schools have wanted — a significant increase in funding guaranteed into the future, with the greatest benefits flowing to schools and students with the greatest need.
“Across NSW we are delivering $664 million to schools in 2015, including an additional $97 million as a result of the Gonski agreement.”