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More cash for schools
Budget 2004

WESTFIELDS Sports High School's continuing facelift received a $1.67 million boost in last week's budget.
The money will go towards two current projects, together valued at more than $8.7 million.
Work expected to be completed this year includes a new two story administration building, five new classrooms and refurbishment of three existing buildings.
Further refurbishment work, a new car park, service road and landscaping will be completed in 2006.
Principal Philip Tucker said the old buildings were showing their age. The improvements would enable the school to keep pace with the increasing demand for places - which has exceeded 1100 applications for 200 places in each of the past six years.

SCHOOL FACELIFT: Principal Philip Tucker with project manager, ABI Group's Trevor Kerr.                                                    Photo: Nick Andrean
A refurbished industrial arts centre would offer students an enjoyable way to gain skills that would enhance their adult lives,
he said.
"They'll have up-to-date facilities to pursue technically-based courses which have great application in the real world with both pers-
onal and professional advantages.
It is very important to expand opportunities for our students.
Areas of the school resemble a building site but Mr Tucker could see the end result in his minds eye.
"It's a bit of a mess at the moment," he said.
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Wed 30th June 2004


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