By DAVID HILL
Kaiapoi High School hopes to build an international standard indoor sports facility.
Principal Bruce Kearney says news the Waimakariri District Council will contribute $1million toward a new gymnasium means the school can now build a community facility with a full size basketball court and seating.
“It’s really exciting. Now we have this ability to move forward – it’s just outstanding.
“We can provide something that is going to be really useful for the community as well as the school.”
Mr Kearney says the new facility means Kaiapoi sports teams will be able to host big indoor events, such as basketball or netball games, instead of having to travel to Rangiora or Christchurch.
The new gymnasium is part of the school’s redevelopment, where the Ministry of Education is rebuilding the school for 1100 students.
The projected roll growth meant the school was entitled to an extra half a gymnasium on top of its existing facility.
The council’s proposed $1 million contribution, in this year’s annual plan, is subject to a Memorandum of Understanding being developed between the council and the school.
The council will also make a joint application with the school to the Rata Foundation for a $300,000 grant.
Mr Kearney says no decision has been made on where the new facility will be located, but the options included building it next to the existing gymnasium or next to Robert Coup Rd, for easier community access.
“We have to do a cost benefit analysis, but we are hoping to have a floor plan finalised within four weeks.
“We want it to happen as quickly as possible – it would be nice to have it ready for at least part of the winter season next year.”
As well as sporting fixtures, the new gymnasium will host school assemblies.