Two new birth to year 12 schools will be built – 1 in Adelaide’s northern suburbs and 1 in the southern suburbs – for the growing number of South Australian families who want to send their children to a public school.
The new schools were announced today as part of the 2017-18 state budget.
Both schools will each accommodate 1400 students, 100 special school students and have a 55 place children’s centre on site.
The school in Adelaide’s north is likely to be located within the Munno Para region and the school in Adelaide’s south is likely to be located within the Sellicks Beach-Aldinga region.
Education and Child Development Minister Susan Close said it is more important than ever before that we invest in our schools to prepare children to be successful in a very different world to the one our grandparents grew up in.
Work will now begin on finalising the sites and planning for the new schools, which will be financed, designed, constructed and maintained by the private sector, allowing preschool and school staff to focus on their jobs. Both new schools will be built using a public, private partnership (PPP) process.
Today’s announcement is in addition to the $250 million the state government invested in the 2016-17 state budget to upgrade and build new contemporary STEM facilities (science technology, engineering and mathematics) in government schools as part of STEM Works.
Just last month the state government also announced it will pay the utility costs of all 900 schools and preschools across the state in addition to the $15 million investment in installing solar panels and LED lighting to help reduce power costs.
Further information about the 2 new schools will be communicated through DECD Update.