IN a $500 Million Dollar NSW Government funded program students are set to work in cooler conditions at school.
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Tomaree High, Tomaree Public and Shoal Bay Public are also included in the first funding round of the Cooler Classrooms program.
The program involves not just air-conditioning. It is an integrated program including looking at solar to offset cost where possible and ensuring the system is automated- meaning that it will sense when the air conditioning is needed, alerting the teacher to open a window to enable fresh air when needed and ensuring units turn off at the end of the school day to avoid waste.
Tomaree High School Principal Sue Xenos told News Of The Area, “Naturally we are very excited to be part of round 1 and hope that we will see the program roll out early next year, It is a very welcome addition for our students.”
NSW Education Minister Mr Rob Stokes said the NSW Government’s Cooler Classrooms program was both economically and environmentally sustainable.
“We’re installing solar panels and ‘smart systems’ alongside the air conditioning units, so schools can offset their additional energy use and efficiently heat and cool their schools,” he said.
In addition to the hundreds of schools benefiting under the Cooler Classrooms program, air conditioning will be delivered in all new and upgraded schools under the Government’s record $6 billion school building program over the next four years.
Liberal Candidate for Port Stephens told News Of The Area, “I would really love to see all our schools air conditioned and encourage them all to apply in the next round of funding.”
By Marian SAMPSON