Clare and Balaklava Primary Schools to be given funding boost

Clare Primary School principal Mark Vincent sits near an area of paving which will soon be upgraded.
Clare Primary School principal Mark Vincent sits near an area of paving which will soon be upgraded.

Clare and Balaklava primary schools will share in almost $500,000 of state government funding to upgrade their facilities. 

Last week, Education Minister Susan Close said the government would invest almost $13 million into new flooring, painting and paving for 110 schools across the state.

Ms Close said it was critically important the school communities had a great sense of pride in their school.

“The state government has been listening to school communities and this is what principals, teachers and governing councils have been calling on for some time,” she said. 

“This announcement is more good news for the state’s schools.

“Recently, the state government said it would be investing $15m in solar panels and LED lighting and earlier this month we announced we would be paying the utility bills for the state’s 900 preschools, primary and high schools.”

Clare Primary School principal Mark Vincent said the school’s $228,322 funding was exciting news. 

The school will receive about $187,000 for paving upgrades as well as $40,000 for floor covering replacement.

Mr Vincent said the funding was a positive boost for the school and its students and staff. 

“It will create a much nicer learning environment for our students,” he said. 

“The school is very, very grateful for the funding opportunity to improve the facilities.” 

This supports the school’s latest ideas and projects, including a play-based outdoor learning area. 

Thearea will be designed by a landscape architect and will be developed thanks to funding made available with the amalgamation of Farrell Flat and Clare primary schools. 

Mr Vincent also said funding for lighting upgrades would soon be implemented.  School pride was an essential component in building a successful school community and a strong sense of ownership. The schools to receive funding were identified by the Department for Education and Child Development.

The Balaklava Primary School is set to receive $73,238.

SA Primary Principals Association Pam Kent said school principals welcomed the decision to invest in state school maintenance. 

“It is difficult for primary schools to budget for necessary paving, flooring and painting requirements and this funding will help enormously,” Mrs Kent said.