Springfield Central State High and Two Ipswich Schools to Get Chunk of $250-M Funding to be 2020-Ready

Springfield Central State High School and two Ipswich high schools will benefit from the 2020 Ready government funding for the construction of additional classrooms to accommodate incoming students in 2020.

Bremer State High and Ipswich State High will get $8 million and $9 million respectively as part of the $250 million budget commitment from the government. Springfield Central SHS and 54 other state high schools will also receive funding through the 2020 Ready program.

Photo credit: bremershs.eq.edu.au

Member for Ipswich Jennifer Howard said, “our Government’s $250 million boost will ensure schools in Ipswich can accommodate the additional students expected in our high schools in 2020 and into the future.”

“At Bremer State High over $8 million will be spent on two new two-storey prefabricated buildings housing extra classrooms,” she added.

Artist’s impression of Ipswich State High’s new Performing Arts Centre. Photo credit: ipswichshs.eq.edu.au

According to Member for Ipswich West Jim Madden, the $9 million funding for Ipswich State High which will be spent on a new performing arts centre.

“Work has commenced on the centre and everyone is extremely excited about the project and what it will bring to the school,” Mr Madden said.

Works for Ipswich State High’s New Performing Arts Centre already started. Photo credit: Facebook/The Ipswich State High School

Education Minister Grace Grace said the multi-million 2020 Ready budget commitment for infrastructure investment would support an anticipated 17,000 additional students across Queensland.

“The ‘2020 Ready’ program signals the next phase of Queensland’s major education reforms, which started more than a decade ago,” she said.

The introduction of prep started in 2007 with the government’s Flying Start initiative.

“With the original prep students set to graduate from high school at the end of 2019, we will have – for the very first time – six full year levels of students in Queensland secondary schools from 2020,” said the minister.

“This new $250 million investment for additional classrooms will prepare those schools identified as requiring additional capacity for the additional students expected in 2020.”