New Meningie Area School on its way

After many years of hard work by the Meningie Area School’s past and present governing council, a new school is finally on the way.

Around 20 interested parents, staff and community members gathered at the school music room on Tuesday night to learn about plans for the new school.

The present school was built in 1979, near 40 years ago, and has many health and safety issues.

The school was successful in gaining $5.75 million to enable it to undertake the first stage of the school redevelopment.

Architect Andrew O’Loughlin showed those present the tricky ways they plan to construct the three new class buildings while existing buildings are in use and allowing for future development for the school once funded.

Architects first had to work out how to build class rooms between existing buildings which will be removed once the new buildings are complete.

There will be six buildings altogether: two in each are junior, middle and senior but instead of placing them in line they will form three V-shaped areas.

The group also conducted weather charts to find the best way to protect the building from the wind and full sun while taking advantage of the natural sunlight in the classrooms.

They have achieved this by backing the V shape against the wind and facing them into the sunlight.

Part of some of the excising classrooms will need to be demolishing with some discomfort for a short time allowing for the constructions to occur.

The plans also include a footprint for the future relocation of the library and administration to the outer south west corner edge of the school so that visitors do not have to enter the precinct.

An area has also been set aside for a future kindergarten, should the need arise for that to relocate in the school grounds.

Funding for neither the library nor kindergarten has been secured at this stage.

The school has worked with the architects to develop a site plan which delivers a cost effective and attractive solution to the needs of our school community into the future which also minimises disruption to the community.

They were also supported by the Department of Education and Child Development’s capital works team, who have spent considerable time representing the case across government in delivering this outcome.

It is anticipated that work on the classroom blocks will begin later this year and hopefully be completed early in the 2018 school year.