$11m boost for Otago schools

Two Otago schools are to be redeveloped at a combined cost of around $11 million, it was announced today.

Associate Education Minister Tim Macindoe said the schools - Maniototo Area School in Ranfurly and Lawrence Area School - both had buildings ''which are generally in poor condition and affected by issues such as weathertightness''.

Maniototo Area School would receive about $7 million and Lawrence Area School $4 million. The money would to go towards replacing or upgrading teaching spaces.

Mr Macindoe said the two schools were important centres in their respective communities, and providing access to high-quality learning environments would benefit the pupils and the wider communities.

''This $11 million investment comes on top of $37 million announced for new classrooms and school redevelopments in the Otago-Southland region last year,” Mr Macindoe said.

“This project is part of ongoing work across New Zealand to upgrade and expand our schools.''

The Ministry of Education and the schools would work together over the next two years to develop plans for the new facilities.

Construction work was expected to start in mid-2019.

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