MUCH NEEDED UPGRADES: Kingaroy State High School will be receiving a new junior science building as part of the $1.77 million A-Block refurbishment.
MUCH NEEDED UPGRADES: Kingaroy State High School will be receiving a new junior science building as part of the $1.77 million A-Block refurbishment. Kate McCormack

Termite-ridden school building set for major upgrade

A HISTORIC Kingaroy State High School building is set for a complete overhaul.

The school's A-Block, built back in 1959, is receiving much-needed refurbishments after suffering significant structural damage due to termite infestations.

TERMITE TREAT: Kingaroy State High School has welcomed the much-needed refurbishments to the historic A Block after it was discovered the building had received extensive termite damage.
TERMITE TREAT: Kingaroy State High School has welcomed the much-needed refurbishments to the historic A Block after it was discovered the building had received extensive termite damage. Kate McCormack

Minister for Education, Grace Grace, announced the start of refurbishment work last week.

"I'm delighted to announce that the Department of Housing and Public Works will deliver this important upgrade for Kingaroy State High School students,” Ms Grace said.

"This $1.77 million refurbishment will deliver new structural supports to the internal and external lower level of A-Block, as well as the upgrade of three classrooms and a junior science room.

"A further five upper-level classrooms, staff room, business studies areas and two storerooms will be repainted, while new flooring, lighting, joinery and storage will also be installed.”

The A-Block refurbishment is being completed by BBN Constructions from Bli Bli.

HISTORY IN THE MAKING: Built in 1959, the high school's A-Block building will turn 60 next year.
HISTORY IN THE MAKING: Built in 1959, the high school's A-Block building will turn 60 next year. Kate McCormack

Work on the building is predicted to be finished in March 2019.

The refurbishment is part of the State Government's overall infrastructure investment program across the state valued at more than $923 million.

Kingaroy State High School principal Ashley Roediger said the school community welcomed the much needed update to the school's oldest building.

"This refurbishment will add to the existing suite of world class facilities we have at Kingaroy State High School,” Mr Roediger said.

"It will continue to build our capability in providing a wide range of subject offerings to rural and remote students.”

This latest building project follows the opening of the state school's impressive new performing arts facility, affectionately dubbed K-PAC.

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