The upgrade of Millthorpe Public School is taking some significant steps forward, with NSW Treasury confirming the project and a tender is set to be awarded for the completion of the school designs.
The school upgrade will deliver a new building with 10 new permanent teaching spaces, refurbishment of existing buildings, one refurbished support classroom, as well as a special programs area, library, new amenities and appropriate upgrades to core facilities.
Member for Bathurst Paul Toole welcomed the news and said he was was delighted with the progress of the upgrade.
“This is an important project for the Millthorpe community, and an upgrade that will greatly benefit students and teachers at the school,” Mr Toole said.
“We will engage the school community throughout the planning, design and construction phases of the project. The tender is expected to be awarded soon, and an information session will be held within the next couple of months to consult with the community on the revised designs.”
A Development Application (DA) is scheduled for submission to Blayney Shire Council in the next month, with the project team having held initial discussions on the requirements for the school upgrade.
“The DA submission will provide another opportunity for the community to share their thoughts and ideas on this project,” Mr Toole said.
Millthorpe Public School principal Penny Granger said the upgrades would deliver a “school that everyone wants”.
“From a functioning and teaching point of view, this is going to be our dream school,” she said.
“We’re going to get a big library, going from 98 square metres to 167 square metres. The admin area will be upgraded, so staff will actually have space to work in.
“The new build will be double storey and when the upgrade is complete the eight demountables will be taken away, giving us more playground room with links to the nearby oval.”