Work will begin to replace classrooms recently damaged in a fire at Ararat West Primary School thanks to a $2.1 million funding boost from the Victorian Government.
Visiting the school, Victorian Minister for Education James Merlino announced a new modular building would be constructed to replace Block B which was damaged by the fire. The new building will include classrooms, an art and craft room and staff working areas.
Students returned to the school following the fire in October 2017 which forced them to relocate temporarily to Ararat Secondary College.
The school is the latest to receive funding as part of the Government’s $155 million program of asbestos removal and building replacement. Across the state the first 26 schools have now been announced to receive modular buildings as part of the rollout.
These new, innovative buildings reduce planning and building times, meaning students and teachers will get these brand new facilities sooner, with less disruption to learning and teaching programs.
Work is expected to begin in March 2018 and be completed in mid-2018 in time for the beginning of Term 3.
As part of its emergency response to the fire, the Government also invested $370,000 to furnish and install relocatable buildings at the site.
The Government undertook an extensive, state-wide audit of 1,712 government schools, which found 497 schools contained high-risk asbestos. The high-risk asbestos was removed from all of these schools by March 2016.
The Victorian Budget 2017/18 provided $85 million to remove more asbestos from more schools, including funding to install the first 30 of the 100 proposed modular school rooms.
Source: Vic Government