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Record building in Catholic schools

Catholic Schools Board Limited has invested more than $3 million in a record number of projects this year.

CSBL CEO Mary Neazor says she is delighted with the number of exciting projects that have been undertaken through CSBL’s Property Programme.

‘We are committed to providing excellent facilities in the Catholic schools in our region,’ says Mary. ‘And, as well as the 41 capital projects we have undertaken during the year, we have also managed 46 projects as part of our maintenance programme.

‘This year illustrates the very good cooperation between our schools and CSBL and the results that are possible when such relationships are nurtured,’ she adds.

‘We have also been very pleased to notice how school and parish links have continued to be strengthened through these projects. Just one example is the new Fitzgibbon Library in Seatoun where, while CSBL paid for the majority of the building project, there has been a real community effort with the school and parish communities being actively involved in financing and completing the extras agreed to by the school.

Capital projects, that have been completed in 2006, include technology blocks for Francis Douglas Memorial College, New Plymouth, and St John’s College Hastings, and a Performing Arts Block and refurbished classrooms for Cullinane College, Whanganui.

New administration blocks have been built for St Francis de Sales School, Island Bay, and St Joseph’s School, Levin. St Joseph’s School, Wairoa, and SS Peter and Paul School, Lower Hutt, now have upgraded administration and library, St Joseph’s School, Waipukurau, an upgraded administration area and student toilets. Upgraded administrations have been completed at St Anthony’s School, Seatoun, St Patrick’s School, Kilbirnie, Our Lady of Lourdes, Palmerston North, St Joseph’s School, Waitara, St Peter Chanel, Otaki, St Anthony’s School, Pahiatua, St Teresa’s School, Karori, St Mary’s School, Blenheim, St Joseph’s School, Picton, St Brigid’s School, Johnsonville and Sacred Heart School, Petone.

There are also a number of capital projects under construction including administration upgrades at St Joseph’s School, Hastings, St Michael’s School, Taita, Sacred Heart School, Thorndon, and St Matthew’s School, Marton. A new technology block is under way at Chanel College, Masterton.

The following projects to upgrade administration will shortly be put up for tender: St Pius X, New Plymouth, St Francis Xavier School, Tawa, St Bernard’s School, Brooklyn and Reignier School, Greenmeadows. The project to upgrade the administration and several classrooms at St Joseph’s School, Opunake, will also be re-tendered in the coming weeks.

CSBL also funds roll growth projects and the following were completed during 2006: St Joseph’s School, Waitara – staffroom and classroom; St Josephs Stratford – classroom and library; and St Teresa’s School, Featherston – classroom. Roll growth projects under construction include classrooms for St Mary’s School, Hastings, St Canice’s School, Westport, St Theresa’s School, Plimmerton, St Joseph’s School, Kaikoura, St Paul’s School, Richmond, and St Joseph’s School, Hawera. A two-classroom block is under way for Garin College, Richmond.

A classroom project for Sacred Heart School, Petone, will be put to tender shortly.