UPGRADES worth $3.5 million dollars will add five classrooms to Mt Hawthorn primary school.
The school is expected to grow from 850 to more than 950 students by 2025, and with enrolments at most inner suburb schools surging, the government is under pressure to spend money on squeezing them in.
A similar expansion has upset Inglewood parents who are fighting to save the school oval from being built over, but Mt Hawthorn’s new classrooms will simply add a second storey to an existing building fronting Scarborough Beach Road.
School board chair Michael Jenkin says they’ve spent years lobbying for more classrooms, so were pleased to be getting this “purpose-built, modern facility which is desperately needed”.
Perth MLA Eleni Evangel, who played a hand in securing the funding, says it’s a “huge win for the Mt Hawthorn school community.”
Architects will start early in 2017 and construction is expected to start in 2018.
by TRILOKESH CHANMUGAM