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Cool surprise for Clarence Town Public School

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Students, teachers and staff at Clarence Town Public School are in for a cool surprise when they return in 2022.

The Hunter educational facility is among 37 added to the NSW Government’s Cooler Classrooms program, taking the total number to 959 across the state to benefit from the investment.

The initiative, announced in 2018, is a five-year $500 million commitment to deliver heating, cooling and fresh air ventilation in NSW public schools.

Those in the hottest part of the state were prioritised.

For Upper Hunter MP Dave Layzell, the announcement brought a big smile to his face – as daughters Ashley and Indie attend Clarence Town Public.

“This program is already being rolled out at more than 900 schools,” he said.

“I am so pleased that the Upper Hunter electorate is continuing to benefit from it.

“Clarence Town Public can look forward to installation next year.”

Information from School Infrastructure NSW shows 15 Upper Hunter public schools have had their Cooler Classrooms upgrade completed including Blandford Public, Gloucester, Muswellbrook High and Merriwa Central.

Aberdeen, Belltrees, Gresford and Kirkton Public, as well as Scone High, are among the locations where work on the program is now in progress.

Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said the initiative was ahead of schedule for the existing 922 schools receiving the system.

She’s thrilled to add more locations to the program.

“Our focus has been on our existing delivery priorities including 611 schools in the hottest part of NSW,” she explained.

“I am pleased that we are now in a position to include an additional 37 schools in the program.

“Our government 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 4,700 classrooms and 330 libraries already completed with more than 10,000 classrooms and 900 libraries now approved for delivery.”

Cooler Classrooms incorporates “smart systems” technology that offer heating, cooling and the provision of outside fresh air.

The units will automatically shut-down after hours and be powered by solar technology and battery storage to off-set energy usage at more than 300 schools.

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