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12:45 pm, April 17th, 2015 - 35 comments
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National has this habit of announcing and then reannouncing new policies and capital projects. Why bask in the limelight once only when you can do so again and again?
In Key’s recent pre budget speech he said this:
Today I can confirm that the Budget next month will provide another $244 million over the next four years to meet growing school rolls and to improve the quality of learning environments.
Four new state schools will be built and these are:
– Rototuna Senior High School in Hamilton.
– A primary school in Rolleston, near Christchurch.
– Two primary schools in Auckland – one at Kumeu and the other at Scott Point.
But what is this? Is Rolleston school already being built?
Concrete foundations are in place for the new West Rolleston Primary School, with the last of the pours taking place on Saturday. The Ministry of Education head of education infrastructure, Kim Shannon, says the school, which is due to open in February 2016, will initially cater for 450 students.
[Source 15 Apr 2015 Central Canterbury News digital paper page 5]
It was very trusting of the Ministry to start construction of this school before budget had been confirmed, presuming this was the case.
And the Rototuna Senior High School looks like it was already in the pipeline. From a Waikato Times editorial [not online yet]:
Actually, it was one of two new state schools that had previously been announced. Preliminary design plans for the new junior and senior high schools were signed off by the school’s establishment board and put out for tender in August last year. The first sod was turned on the junior section of the school early in February. Associate Education Minister Nikki Key [hehe] was among the 90 people who attended the ceremony. Announcing and reannouncing the spending of millions of dollars on schools is one thing. Delivering is another.
Local MP David Bennett certainly thought it was a done deal. He announced this particular school back in May 2014, just in time for the last election. Imagine the embarrassment if the Government had failed to include funding for the school in this year’s budget.
Talk about tricky …