FUNDING could not have come at a better time, says Opotiki College principal Susan Impey.
The college and six other Opotiki schools are among those set to receive funding to be spent on repairs and maintenance of their buildings.
The funding announced by the Ministry of Education on Sunday will be based on school rolls, with a minimum of $50,000 and the maximum capped at $400,000. Almost every state school will receive a capital injection next year valued at $693 per student to bring forward urgent school property improvements.
Opotiki College will receive $228,690 based on its roll of 330.
Principal Susan Impey said the one-off boost would coincide well with planned capital works upgrades and other funding opportunities available to the college.
“It couldn’t have come at a better time,” she said.
She said over the coming year, the various funding opportunities would be used in a concentrated effort across multiple areas of the school.
“I’m absolutely ecstatic, it gives us even more scope to ensure our buildings are fit for purpose and will prepare us for the future,” she said.
“It’s going to be really exciting; we can really now get a fully-co-ordinated site that meets our learners needs now, and equally importantly, in the future.”
Mrs Impey said the funding had come as a surprise and would be used to compliment work already planned under capital works, with the goal of making the school “a more user-friendly and more pleasant learning environment”.
“This will allow us to work on those areas as well,” she said.
“We will have so many more options because of this, and among them is upgrading our sporting facilities.”
Opotiki Primary School will receive $185,724 based on its roll of 268.
Principal Tony Howe said although he had not yet heard what conditions or criteria there would be around the funding, it could be used to modernise some older buildings at the school.
“Obviously we’re very happy,” he said.
Mr Howe said although the school was already in good shape, with upgraded toilet facilities and other modernisations, items like more heat pumps could be considered.
“Our school is in pretty good nick, but we have some buildings built in the ‘70s that need some modernising,” he said.
Mr Howe said timeframes would vary for work to begin, as in some cases it was a matter of contractor availability.
Woodlands School will receive $79,695 for a roll of 115.
Principal Glenn Phipps said the funding was welcome but the school was waiting on clarification from central government on what it could be spent on before making plans.
“For us it’s a great thing,” he said. “Any time we get money is great.”
Ashbrook Primary School will receive $74,844 for a roll of 108; Waiotahe Valley School, $68,607 for a roll of 99; Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Waioweka, $50,000 for a roll of 71; and Te Kura o Torere, $50,000 for a roll of six.