Flagstone State Community College await new learning centre

THUMBS UP: Front row: Kevin (last name withheld), Jacob Cameron, Lowanna Lanc and Melanie Neville and back row: SEP teacher Cathy Selby, Ashton Simpson, Principal Jude Fox, Erin Bamberry, Sahara Smith and SEP teacher aide Kylie Hawkins celebrate the upcoming new learning centre at Flagstone State Community College. Photo: Jacob Wilson
THUMBS UP: Front row: Kevin (last name withheld), Jacob Cameron, Lowanna Lanc and Melanie Neville and back row: SEP teacher Cathy Selby, Ashton Simpson, Principal Jude Fox, Erin Bamberry, Sahara Smith and SEP teacher aide Kylie Hawkins celebrate the upcoming new learning centre at Flagstone State Community College. Photo: Jacob Wilson

CONSTRUCTION of a new learning centre at Flagstone State Community College is set to begin.

Jordan MP Charis Mullen said contractor Oasis Construction was chosen to deliver the $4.5 million classroom building due for completion at the end of 2018.

“The project will provide a purpose-built special education facility and additional classrooms to meet the demands of the forecast student population,” she said.

“The new building will include five special learning classrooms and five general learning classrooms.

“New staff rooms and amenities will also feature in the new building, along with a therapy room, life skills area, outdoor learning area and storage space.”

Flagstone State Community College special education program teacher Cathy Selby said this would promote a more inclusive school environment.

“We have a young boy in a wheelchair and he will be able to write on the board with us and there are so many things he will be able to do,” she said.

Principal Jude Fox said the new building would help the school keep up with demand.

“We have had as high as 10 per cent of our school being cared for in the special education facility,” she said.

“This will help to accommodate expected further growth in the area.”

Education Minister Grace Grace said the Queensland government priorisited infrastructure spending in areas of greatest need.

“Across the state this financial year we are delivering a state school infrastructure program valued at more than $778 million,” she said.

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