CONSTRUCTION has started to redevelop Balcatta Senior High School.
Workers have broken ground at the 52-year-old school, which will be expanded to include a three-storey block encompassing an administration area, performing arts centre, gym, classrooms.
The $50 million project will also create a new cafeteria and design and technology building, and renovations to the school’s library and existing classrooms.
Carparks and hard courts will be resurfaced and original school buildings of heritage significance will be refurbished.
Education Minister Sue Ellery visited the school for the milestone and said the revitalisation would give children with the best possible opportunities to learn and provide jobs.
Balcatta MLA David Michael, who promised the funding as part of an election commitment, said parents were thrilled with the project.
“The new performing arts centre will complement the specialist programs at Balcatta Senior High School in dance and music,” he said.
“The school currently has 640 students and with the redevelopment there will be room for that number for grow.”
Construction is expected to finish in 2021.