The NSW Government has announced an additional 39 schools have been approved as part of the Cooler Classrooms Program, taking the total number to 996 schools across NSW benefitting from this investment.
Another school in Castle Hill will benefit from the additional schools added to the program.
The Program, announced in 2018, is a five-year $500 million committed to deliver heating, cooling and fresh air ventilation in NSW Public Schools. This is the first time there has been a dedicated program to install air-conditioning in schools with those in the hottest part of the state prioritised.
Member for Castle Hill Ray Williams MP said the NSW Liberals and Nationals Government is delivering for NSW public schools.
“This program is already being rolled out at more than 900 schools and I am so pleased that the [electorate] is continuing to benefit from it,” Mr Williams said.
“Castle Hill High School will look forward to these installations next year.”
Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said the program is ahead of schedule for the existing schools receiving the system and she was thrilled to add more schools to the program.
“Our focus has been on our existing delivery priorities including 611 schools in the hottest part of NSW. I am pleased that we are now in position to include an addition 39 schools in the program building on the 37 schools approved in December,” Ms Mitchell said.
“It is the NSW Liberals and Nationals Government that is delivering record funding in school infrastructure and we will continue to invest in our children’s learning facilities.
“Students right across NSW are benefiting from this program with more than 5,550 classrooms and 380 libraries already completed.”
The systems installed as part of the Cooler Classrooms Program incorporate ‘smart systems’ technology that offer heating, cooling, and the provision of outside fresh air. The units will automatically shut-down after hours and will be powered by solar technology and battery storage to off-set energy usage at more than 700 schools.
The NSW Government is investing $7.9 billion over the next four years, continuing its program to deliver 215 new and upgraded schools to support communities across NSW. This is the largest investment in public education infrastructure in the history of NSW.