A Gunnedah school's $10 million building project has gone to tender.
St Xavier's Primary School will undergo an infrastructure overhaul in 2020 and interested parties have already done a site tour.
Stakeholders and building companies, both regional and further afield, met just two weeks ago about the project, which involves building new indoor and outdoor learning areas and refurbishing existing classrooms and the staff room.
Principal Jenny Honner said some companies have since been back for another look and she has written up a list of local tradespeople in the hope the successful tenderer will see the benefits of employing locals.
She also met with the architects last week to go through the ins and outs of the design.
"We looked at every little thing, right down to what side the door handles' on, how many metres of fake grass, all sorts of things like that," she said.
"We actually could go into each classroom. We know where the sold furniture will be and where the opportunities are for classes to be out in the big shared area ... we even looked at carpet colours.
"There's a small group of schools, that we're part of, really doing a lot of research and professional learning about how to use those spaces; how to use the furniture in those spaces, how to use the walls in those spaces."
Meanwhile, staff have been busy packing up resources and preparing to set up classrooms for the senior students at St Mary's College across the road.
The high school will lend St Xavier's' two large spaces during the building project and the areas will be recarpeted and repainted, and outfitted with furniture and airconditioning.
The current proposal for St Xavier's is to gut and refrubish the current infant classrooms so they can be used for administration buildings and staff areas. The current administration and staff areas will be freed up and may house a pre-school in the future.
Two weatherboard buildings will be relocated - one on site and one to the grounds of St Joseph's Catholic Church - and a new covered area will be established in front of the canteen and toilet blocks.
The current kindergarten classrooms will move across, so they are on the corner of Henry and Bloomfield streets. A new block of classrooms will be built on a paved area of the playground, parallel to existing classrooms, which will be refurbished.
The blocks will be linked by the library and the whole area will be closed in. There will be one large storage area for resources, and two "break-out" spaces for small group activities.
The planned decking on the Henry Street side has been dropped from the project because of cost, but it may be revisited down the track. There is still potential for an outdoor kitchen and vegetable garden as well.
The closing date for the tender is November 28 and construction is earmarked for January 2020.
The infrastructure project will be funded by the Catholic Schools Office and the Capital Grants Program.