$50M for Balcatta Senior High School

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IN its 50th year, Balcatta Senior High School has been provided with $50 million to upgrade “aging” facilities from the State Government, a key election promise for the area.

Education Minister Sue Ellery said the school was one step closer to the refurbishment with architects now being sought for the project.

Balcatta MLA David Michael said it was important for students and staff to learn and teach in the best possible environment.

“Teachers and students have been doing a great job in aging facilities,” he said.

He said consultation with the school community about the revamp was a key factor.

Principal Lesley Street said she was “delighted” with the announcement and the opportunity to upgrade 50-year-old school facilities.

“Having $50 million spent in our 50th year of operation means we can really transform the school into a 21st century learning space,” she said.

“Right now we are meeting regularly with Department (of Education) staff and conducting a needs analysis.

“We have great traditions at the school but we need to make sure all the internal spaces are modernised to tailor to the needs of our specialist art, dance and gifted and talented programs.”

Ms Street said 620 students attended the school.

The funding is part of a $381 million investment in WA public school infrastructure.

Source: Stirling Times - Kate Leaver 27 July 2017.