Changes in new school year

Update. Smithton High School will be transformed into a construction zone next year with major development plans currently underway.

After the completion of the new gymnasium earlier this year, the state government announced in June that an additional $7 million would be allocated to the school in the 2015/16 budget.

The money will go towards upgrading all areas of the school excluding the new gymnasium and grade seven and eight areas, which have seen upgrades in recent years.

Principal Keith Billing was enthusiastic about the changes. “The school will essentially receive an entire rebuild to create a central corridor from Mill Road to the gymnasium,” he said.

“The idea is to slide the school towards Montagu Road to allow for a larger oval area [and] enlarged classrooms.”

With Hobart-based business Philp Lighton Architects appointed to the task, Mr Billing is hopeful a masterplan will be determined by the end of this month.

Due to the changes, grades nine to 12 will be working out of the Southside premises for all four terms next year, with grades seven and eight remaining on the Northside.

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