A NEW secondary school in north Butler is on track to open to Year 7 students in 2020, according to the McGowan Government.
On Friday, October 5 the government said the earthworks were completed, concrete slabs poured and steel frames in place on the 9ha construction site of the new Butler North Secondary School (planning name).
The school, on the corner of Santorini Promenade and Hollington Boulevard in Alkimos, is expected to expand to a Year 7-12 secondary school by 2025.
Premier Mark McGowan said Butler North was a major new school in the growing northern corridor of Perth.
“We have a record number of students in WA public schools and my government is working to ensure students continue to learn in modern, first-class facilities,’’ he said.
Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said when completed the $48.4 million first stage would deliver a range of single and double-storey classroom blocks, with purpose-built learning areas for science, design, information technology, and food and textiles.
“This site will transform into a first-class learning facility complete with purpose-built classrooms, laboratories and studios, student services, sporting fields and more,’’ she said.
Butler MLA John Quigley the new senior high school would help ease pressure on the existing Butler College, which opened in 2013 and now has aboutt 1800 students.
The 2016 State Budget presented by former treasurer and now Opposition leader Mike Nahan included $67m over the forward estimates for a new north Butler senior high school.