Around $6 million will be invested to build more new classrooms at Tauranga Boys' College and Te Kura o Matapihi.
Associate Education Minister Tim Macindoe visited Tauranga Boys' College yesterday to make the announcement that Tauranga Boys' College will receive 9 extra classrooms and Te Kura o Matapihi 3 extra classrooms.
This extra investment will go on top of the $33 million already announced through Budget 2017 in the Bay of Plenty region.
Tim says they are focusing heavily on schools across the Bay of Plenty to keep up with the rapidly growing area and to accommodate their growing rolls, both now and in the future.
"A school's physical environment can support and inspire students' success, and enable them to achieve,” says Tim
The new classrooms will feature high-quality lighting, acoustics and ventilation, as well as the latest digital infrastructure to support digital learning.
"This significant investment in the Bay of Plenty region is keeping true to our commitment to invest in areas of New Zealand experiencing high growth."
The Budget 2017 has provided the Bay of Plenty region with a new school and a school expansion in Papamoa and 27 new and replacement classrooms at six other schools.
This investment also builds on the $23.2 million provided for through Budget 2016 for 14 roll-growth classrooms and a brand new school, taking the total Bay of Plenty investment over the past two Budgets to over $60 million.
“Overall, Budget 2017 is investing $456.5 million in education infrastructure which takes our total commitment to school property nationwide to over $5 billion in recent years," says Tim.