Progress slow on school rebuild

CHANGE: Ellesmere College is searching for a new principal.

Ellesmere College could have 80 per cent of its school rebuilt.

But progress has been slow as the school waits for the Ministry of Education to develop a preferred design option to help determine funding requirements.

Discussions for the rebuild have been in progress for the past 18 months and a business case is currently in development.

MoE’s head of education infrastructure services Kim Shannon said the next stage is to identify a preferred option.

“We do not have any further details around plans and time-frames at this stage,” she said

Principal Gavin Kidd said the entire school is to be rebuilt a part from the gym and library to modernise the school and it will receive completely new teaching blocks.

“Ellesmere College was built largely on relocatable buildings and a lot of them were built to be shipped up and put on site.

“The school has been very good at maintaining the buildings and everything but some of them are coming to the end of their life,” Mr Kidd said.

Mr Kidd said is planned the school will be rebuilt in four stages over the next few years.

So far the school has developed a concept design to help form the MoE’s option analysis for the school’s redevelopment.

Ellesmere College could have 80 per cent of its school rebuilt.

But progress has been slow as the school waits for the Ministry of Education to develop a preferred design option to help determine funding requirements.

Discussions for the rebuild have been in progress for the past 18 months and a business case is currently in development.

MoE’s head of education infrastructure services Kim Shannon said the next stage is to identify a preferred option.

“We do not have any further details around plans and time frames at this stage,” she said

Principal Gavin Kidd said the entire school is to be rebuilt, apart from the gym and library, to modernise the school and it will receive completely new teaching blocks.

“Ellesmere College was built largely on relocatable buildings and a lot of them were built to be shipped up and put on site.

“The school has been very good at maintaining the buildings and everything but some of them are coming to the end of their life,” Mr Kidd said.

Mr Kidd said it is planned that the school will be rebuilt in four stages over the next few years.

So far the school has developed a concept design to help form the MoE’s option analysis.

Mr Kidd said the school is waiting on a final confirmation for stage one of the designs.

The MoE will meet with the school on December 7 to discuss the redevelopment.

“That would be my regret, that I haven’t seen stage one starting . . . but the planning is in place. It is an exciting thing for a new principal to be coming in and working with,” he said.

Mr Kidd has resigned to take on a new position as director of the Dunedin Secondary Schools Partnership Charitable Trust.

Meanwhile, the MoE’s Christchurch Schools Rebuild $1.137 billion programme is well under way in Selwyn.

Rolleston College and West Rolleston Primary School are complete while redevelopments at Rolleston and Clearview primary school’s are under construction.

Burnham School is to enter the programme in 2020 while construction of a new school in south Lincoln is to begin next year.

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