Bardia Public School students won’t have to sweat it out when the mercury soars throughout summer.
As part of next week’s state budget, the government announced $500 million would be spent on installing air conditioning in every classroom and library in new or upgraded schools.
Bardia Public School is in the midst of a significant upgrade that will see the school triple in size.
The $500 million announcement comes only two months after a Department of Education spokesman told the Advertiser there were no plans to install air conditioning in the new classrooms.
“The department has a set of design standards that recommend sustainable and cost-effective approaches to improving thermal comfort in schools via passive measures such as insulation, sunscreens, improved ventilation and appropriately designed landscaping,” he said.
“These measures have been included in the design for the upgrade at Bardia Public School.”
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said air conditioning in classrooms had been requested by communities throughout the state.
“This funding will ensure thousands of classrooms that previously did not have air conditioning will now receive it,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“This is something that parents and school communities have called for and we are the only Government that can deliver this, thanks to our strong economic management.”
Dana Jojic was one of about 500 people who signed petition that urged the state government to install air conditioning in Bardia Public School as part of the upgrades.
She was stoked the government had listened.
“It’s great news and I’m thrilled the students and teachers have been put first,” she said.
“It was unacceptable to build a new school in this day and age, and in this environment, without air conditioning.
“They (teachers and students) can now learn in a comfortable and acceptable environment.”
Mrs Jojic said a fundraiser to raise money for the air conditioning was scheduled to be held in the next couple of weeks.
She said that fundraiser would still likely go ahead as the school could always use “more equipment or books in the library”.