Meningie Area School will receive $5.75 million to upgrade classrooms

UPGRADE: Meningie Area School students with Principal Iain Love eagerly anticipate the redevelopment of their historic school.
UPGRADE: Meningie Area School students with Principal Iain Love eagerly anticipate the redevelopment of their historic school.

After 15 years of planning, Meningie Area School is set to receive a $5.75 million upgrade of its 25-year-old facilities.

Three new buildings will replace the current deteriorating structures, allowing for an expansion of student intake across the district by 2018.

On Monday, Minister for Education Susan Close announced the school would receive the funding for a major upgrade to include new junior, middle and senior school classroom facilities.

Reception to year five students would be placed in the junior school, years six to nine would become the middle school and years 10 to 12 would complete the senior school.

Principal Iain Love said funding would facilitate the first stage of a three phase plan to revitalise the school. 

“This is the most significant phase and will allow of each student to be in a new classroom by 2018,” he said.

“The existing buildings have been deemed not fit for purpose and can no longer be repaired.”

He said the redevelopment would increase student intake from 210 to 300.

Beyond the three new buildings and a new science lab, Mr Love said the school had a plan to redevelop further.

“We are hoping to build a new library and arts centre in the future and would aim to acquire further funding for the next two stages,” he said.

For Mr Love, it was paramount to acknowledge the tireless work of community members who contributed to making the project a reality.

“Chair Neville Kernick and the entire governing council at the school have devoted a lot of time to make this happen,” he said.

“This project will be great for the community as well as the school.”

Mr Love envisioned construction would begin next winter.

He said the governing council, alongside an architect, developed a plan to ensure minimal disruption for students while works are underway.