Security upgrade urgent
THE security upgrading at Rosella Park Special School is on track to be completed within the month.
Education Queensland Central Queensland regional director Wayne Butler said to ensure the critical work was completed as “a matter of urgency”, the project had been broken into three stages.
Stage one fixed high priority areas identified by the school.
“This involved installing a 1.2m hot-dipped, galvanised pool fence, including child safety locks on gates,” Mr Butler said.
“The fence is heavier and more robust than standard aluminium coated pool fencing.”
This work commenced in late May and was completed within the week.
The security upgrading was implemented quickly as a result of a student at the school going missing during a sleepover on a Friday night.
The boy was found wandering close to the Dawson Highway by police officers, who went to the school and alerted teachers.
Mr Butler said stage two involved work on an additional area, which was not initially identified as critical.
“This work involved securing internal student access and enclosing an access ramp,” he said.
“As this was a change to the original scope of work, this stage was re-scoped and quoted prior to materials being manufactured.”
Installation work on this stage commenced in mid June and was completed within days.
Stage three involves improvements to external, currently fenced areas at the Rosella Park Special School.
“These areas were not identified as a high priority by the school, but will provide additional security to the boundary fence of the school. This work is scheduled to start next week and will take an estimated three to four weeks to complete.”