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Acacia Hill School in Alice Springs is set for a major upgrade with Minister for Education, Eva Lawler, announcing the release of a tender for works.

The school caters for students with special needs and the upgrades will see a range of improvements to the school facilities, including more classrooms.

“The Territory Labor Government will always invest in education because we care about the Territory’s future and we know that quality infrastructure is important for meeting the needs of students now and into the future,” Ms Lawler said.

The upgrades will be completed in two stages. Stage one will see the construction of a new wing with three classrooms and associated spaces designed to suit children with special needs. Stage two will see a new administration building, hall and specialty classrooms built, plus landscaping and car park improvements.

“These upgrades will support special needs education in the Red Centre, and give more students access to purpose-built classrooms and facilities. They will also provide work for local contractors, creating jobs for Territorians,” Ms Lawler said.

Acacia Hill School principal, Wendy Haynes, said the upgrades will help the school grow.

“With student enrolment expected to increase by the end of the 2018 school year, the additional new classrooms will provide specialised spaces for our very high sensory needs students to engage in their learning,” Ms Haynes said.

“The school community is very excited about the upgrades.”

Tenders are open until 18 April, 2018, and will be awarded in May. Construction is set to commence in June 2018.

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