24/07/2020 | John Gardner MP | Better Services

Students at Modbury Special School have had their first look at brand new classrooms, as a result of $1.5 million expansion from the State Government.

The classrooms, which have been specifically designed for students who require extensive levels of adjustments, will create 16 additional places at the school.

The brand new modular building includes 2 classrooms each with a kitchen, IT nook, flexible learning room, centrally located teacher preparation area, meeting room, storage and accessible toilets.

It is the first time the school has had purpose-built facilities for students who require extensive levels of adjustments, with the modular build enabling a fast-tracked delivery by the beginning of Term 3.

The expansion at Modbury Special School is part of the Marshall Liberal Government’s record $1.3 billion investment in infrastructure works that is delivering a generational upgrade of schools across South Australia, providing a much needed economic stimulus for the state’s construction industry.

Education Minister John Gardner said the new facilities will provide significant educational benefits for students at the school.

“This is a significant investment into Modbury Special School that will create 16 additional places for students who require extensive levels of adjustments,” said Minister Gardner.

“By using high quality modular classrooms, we have substantially reduced construction times to a few short months, quickly addressing an identified need in the greater Modbury area.

“The delivery of these new classrooms meets a critical need for families in the north eastern suburbs, providing purpose-built facilities for students who require extensive levels of adjustments.

“Investment in our schools and preschools is an absolute priority for the Marshall Liberal Government. We are delivering more than $1.3 billion worth of infrastructure works across the state, and with the economy taking a big hit from the COVID-19 pandemic this investment is more important than ever.”

Ginny Pyatt, Deputy Principal of Modbury Special School, welcomed the new classrooms

“The building is going to be an excellent addition to the teaching and learning facilities of our school,” said Ms Pyatt.

“We are very excited about the new buildings and we are looking forward to expanding and welcoming new families to our school community.”