Maitland and Cessnock schools to receive air conditioning
18 Maitland and 13 Cessnock public schools will receive air conditioning under the first round of the NSW Government’s Cooler Classrooms Fund.
More than 900 schools across the state have made the list, which saw schools in areas that experience an average maximum temperature above 30 degrees automatically assessed, while schools where the January average was under 30 degrees were required to apply.
Previously, only schools in areas with maximum January averages above 33 degrees were eligible. This excluded most schools in the Hunter region.
Under the program classrooms and libraries will be air conditioned, with the rollout to begin during the summer holidays and continue through 2019.
The $500 million program was announced shortly before this year’s June budget, containing similarities to a $300 million election commitment made by the Opposition in March.
Applications for the second round will open in Term 1, 2019.
Maitland recipients: Ashtonfield, Bolwarra, Gillieston, Largs, Lochinvar, East Maitland, Maitland, Metford, Morpeth, Rutherford, Telarah and Tenambit public schools; Francis Greenway, Maitland Grossman, Maitland and Rutherford Technology high schools, Nillo Infants School, Hunter River Community School.
Cessnock recipients: Abermain, Branxton, Cessnock East, Cessnock, Cessnock West, Greta, Kearsley, Kurri Kurri, Pelaw Main and Weston public schools; Cessnock, Kurri Kurri and Mount View high schools; Stanford Merthyr Infants School.