Cooler Classrooms program at Dubbo South reaches tender milestone

Students and teachers at Dubbo South Public School are on the way to a brand new air conditioning system, with the tender process for the school’s Cooler Classroom Program now open.

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders joined Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell to make the announcement at the school on Thursday, a day before students returned for the 2021 school year.

“It’s important that students can learn in comfortable environments. That’s why I’m really pleased that the project at Dubbo South, which will cater for 31 classrooms and the library, is now out to tender,” Mr Saunders said.

“Summer in Dubbo and other parts of our electorate get very hot and this program helps ensure the comfort and safety of our students and teachers, which is vital.”

The system at Dubbo South will be installed under the NSW Government’s five-year Cooler Classrooms Program, which delivers school-wide ventilation systems that allow individual classes to maintain the optimum temperature for learning.

Ms Mitchell said the project at Dubbo South Public School is part of a $500 million program being rolled out over five years by the NSW Government.

“We know the relationship between the quality of learning environments and learning outcomes and we’re committed to providing optimal teaching and learning environments for all students and teachers at NSW public schools,” she said.

“As well as cooling, the systems deliver fresh outside air, incorporate smart controls to ensure they operate efficiently, and where feasible, will be solar powered to reduce the financial and environmental impact of running the systems.”

2 thoughts on “Cooler Classrooms program at Dubbo South reaches tender milestone”

  1. This is such an awesome initiative Dugald. Will all the primary schools and high schools in Dubbo receive this. Delivery workshops in these schools I see kids with major behavioural issues being disciplined harshly without anyone taking into consideration the irritability of the students who are expected to learn, focus and behave in poorly ventilated, non-aircinditioned rooms. So, i truly hope South is just the first of many. Keep up the great work.

    1. Hi Amy,

      The Cooler Classrooms program covers installation of air conditioning in classrooms and libraries for schools that have a mean maximum January temperature of 30 degrees and above, where there is currently no air conditioning or the replacement of existing air conditioning is required.

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