New roofs for 24 schools in Sutherland Shire thanks to COVID stimulus funding | St George & Sutherland Shire Leader

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Twenty-four schools in Sutherland Shire will come out of the coronavirus pandemic with new roofs. Cronulla Public School, one of the county’s oldest and most stately, is benefiting from an upgrade costing $694,000. Most of the scaffolding has been removed and work is expected to be completed before term 4 begins. A spokeswoman for the Department of Education said 36 schools in Sutherland Shire and St. George have had, or will have, their roofs replaced as part of the stimulus program. The other shire schools are Caringbah High School, Como Public School, Gymea Bay Public School, Gymea North Public School, Marton Public School, Menai High School, Miranda North Public School, Oyster Bay Public School, Port Hacking High School, Sylvania Heights Public School, Sutherland North Public School, Bates Drive School, Grays Point Public School, Kareela Public School, Kirrawee High School, Kirrawee Public School, Loftus Public School, Sutherland Public School, Tharawal Public School, Jannali High School, Cronulla South Public School, Gymea Technology High School and Heathcote High School. The tiled roof of the 96-year-old Cronulla Public School building has been replaced with Colorbond steel and director Trent Bridgland is delighted with the result. “It’s such a great building, but it just needs that little bit of maintenance,” he said. “We will have fewer problems with a roof that is almost 100 years old and the children will have a better learning environment.” The school has 480 pupils, a huge increase from ten years ago, when the number was around 100 for years. “The school has worked very hard to build its reputation in the community and it is now in high demand and we are at our enrollment limit,” said Mr Bridgland. The school was founded in 1910 on what is now the northern part of Monro Park, opposite the train station, and can accommodate 90 students. It moved to its current location in 1925.

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Twenty-four schools in Sutherland Shire will come out of the coronavirus pandemic with new roofs.

Cronulla Public School, one of the county’s oldest and most stately, is benefiting from an upgrade costing $694,000.

Most of the scaffolding has been removed and work is expected to be completed before term 4 begins.

Pandemic Benefit: Cronulla Public School is one of 23 schools in the county to be reroofed with incentive funding.  Photo: Chris Lane

Pandemic Benefit: Cronulla Public School is one of 23 schools in the county to be reroofed with incentive funding. Photo: Chris Lane

A spokeswoman for the Department of Education said 36 schools in Sutherland Shire and St. George have had, or will have, their roofs replaced as part of the stimulus program.

The other shire schools are Caringbah High School, Como Public School, Gymea Bay Public School, Gymea North Public School, Marton Public School, Menai High School, Miranda North Public School, Oyster Bay Public School, Port Hacking High School, Sylvania Heights Public School, Sutherland North Public School, Bates Drive School, Grays Point Public School, Kareela Public School, Kirrawee High School, Kirrawee Public School, Loftus Public School, Sutherland Public School, Tharawal Public School, Jannali High School, Cronulla South Public School, Gymea Technology High School and Heathcote High School.

The tiled roof of the 96-year-old Cronulla Public School building has been replaced with Colorbond steel and director Trent Bridgland is delighted with the result.

Cronulla Public School opened in 1925 at its current location.

Cronulla Public School opened in 1925 at its current location.

“It’s such a great building, but it just needs that little bit of maintenance,” he said.

“We are less bothered by a roof that is almost 100 years old and the children get a better learning environment.”

The school has 480 pupils, a huge increase from ten years ago, when the number was around 100 for years.

“The school has worked very hard to build its reputation in the community and it is now in high demand and we are at our enrollment limit,” said Mr Bridgland.

The school was founded in 1910 on what is now the northern part of Monro Park, opposite the train station, and can accommodate 90 students.

It moved to its current location in 1925.

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