No ‘bungles’ in school plans

THE New South Wales Department of Education and Training has rejected claims of more bungles in the building of new classrooms and school facilities with funds provided under the Federal Government economic stimulus package.

A department spokesperson responded to concerns about new buildings at Dungay Public School north of Murwillumbah and Fingal Head saying modification to projects was a normal part of the construction process.

Parents of children at Dungay school were reportedly alarmed that a drain from a new building has left a dangerous ditch of up to a metre deep in the school sports field and other cost blowouts meant the school would not get covered walkways.

Concerns were also raised that the Fingal Head school would miss out on air-conditioning due to cost overruns.

But the spokesman said neither was the case.

“The covered walkways at Dungay Public School were descoped before the project started due to budget constraints,” the spokesman said.

“The drain was installed in the correct position and is currently being extended. Further works are continuing on the stormwater line.

“Air conditioning is included in the Fingal Head Public School project and this remains unchanged.”

The spokesman said the ‘Building the Education Revolution’ (BER) program was an unprecedented investment in schools providing new facilities to thousands of schools across NSW.

“The response from school communities has been overwhelmingly positive,” he said.

“BER is progressing very well. Modification to projects is a normal part of any construction process, whether new school facilities or building a family home,” the spokesman said.

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