Flagstone State Community College and Park Ridge State High School get classroom boost

CLASSROOMS will be built at 60 Queensland schools, including Flagstone State Community College, Park Ridge State High School, Marsden State High School and Tamborine Mountain State High School, as part of a $250 million budget boost.

Education Minister Grace Grace.

Education Minister Grace Grace.

Education Minister Grace Grace said the infrastructure program would ensure schools were “2020 Ready”.

Ms Grace said schools set to benefit from the money had been identified as needing additional capacity for the extra students expected in 2020.

She said Queensland’s high schools would have a full complement of students across years 7 to 12 for the first time in 2020.

“This $250 million investment will ensure our schools can accommodate the additional 17,000 students expected in our high schools from 2020 and into the future,” Ms Grace said.

“It brings the total funding commitment towards increasing the capacity of state secondary schools to more than $470 million between 2017-18 and 2019-20.”

Ms Grace said the program signalled the next phase of Queensland’s major education reforms that had started more than a decade ago.

This included the introduction of prep in 2007 and the move of year 7 into high school in 2015.