Member for Baulkham Hills David Elliott today announced that while students and teachers have been on holidays, local schools have been busy with maintenance and improvement projects.
Mr Elliott said the school holiday period provides the time to repair school facilities, while students and staff are off premises and enjoying their break.
“In the Baulkham Hills electorate, 11 projects worth over $510,000 have been undertaken during the holidays,” Mr Elliott said.
Some of these works include:
• Disabled access upgrades at Crestwood High School;
• Stage and outdoor learning area repairs at Matthew Pearce Public School;
• Installation of covered walkways at Winston Heights Public School; and
• Tree removal and gurney repairs at Muirfield High School.
“In 2013/14, $420 million of capital works funding is being invested in NSW public schools.
“A four-year, $35 million capital investment and maintenance program will improve facilities at some of the state’s most disadvantaged rural and remote schools, and minor capital works, including constructions such as new science laboratories and permanent classrooms, are being provided across the state at a cost of $204 million.
Mr Elliott said more than 750,000 NSW public school students will return to school from Wednesday 29 January.
“Starting school can be daunting for many students, especially those starting preschool, primary school and high school,” Mr Elliott said.
“Resources to assist with back to school are available online at www.schoolatoz.nsw.edu.au
“Help is also available to parents and caregivers via the Back-to-School Hotline, 1300 738 338. The hotline will be available between 8:30am and 4:30pm weekdays from Tuesday 28 January until Friday 14 February.”