Rise to meet learning needs not bottom line

Will the new building designs stack up?

High-rise schools need to meet the needs of students and teachers, not just be a cheap model for the State Government to build schools, Federation President Maurie Mulheron says.

He wants Federation to have input in the planning stages.

“It comes down to whether the designs take in the need for open space and playing fields for recess, lunch, curriculum and sporting commitments,” he said.

In February the NSW Government announced new multi-storey schools on the existing Arthur Phillip High School (to cater for up to 2000 students), Parramatta Public School (for up to 1000 students) sites and Cleveland Street Intensive English High School.

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