Gwynneville Public School's P&C was tired of "Band-Aid solutions" to maintenance problems at the school, president Michelle Nayagodamu said yesterday.
Teachers and students have had to put up with mould on walls and carpets, leaking classrooms, cracked buildings and doors, and windows that do not lock properly despite asking for assistance from the Department of Education a number of times over several years.
Ms Nayagodamu said the department had provided only temporary solutions or had simply not addressed the ongoing problems in response. She said most of the issues, particularly the mould and leaking classrooms, were due to several of the school's buildings being in urgent need of replacement.
"The main classrooms that are the problem were built in the 1950s out of old aeroplane hangars," Ms Nayagodamu said.
"They were supposed to be temporary buildings but it's 2013 now and they haven't been upgraded.
"We would just like to have them bring us up to the 21st century."
Ms Nayagodamu, who has been P&C president for the past three years, did not think the maintenance problems posed any serious physical danger to students but said that was no reason to ignore them.
"I don't think our children have been put to a disadvantage because of the building but I just think that having classrooms where you don't have to worry about water coming in from the rain every time it rains would be nice," she said.
The Department of Education acknowledged the school would "benefit from an upgrade to its facilities" and an officer from the "local asset management unit" visited the school yesterday.
NSW Teachers Federation president Maurie Mulheron said it was unfair that teachers and students had to work in such conditions.
He said there were strict regulations in place surrounding occupational health and safety and expected all employees would follow them if they had any safety concerns.
But he noted it was easy for staff to get fed up when persistent problems were not addressed.
"Teachers' patience and goodwill is fast expiring when they see the money to invest isn't there," Mr Mulheron said.
While he was not aware of any specific complaints lodged by teachers at Gwynneville Public School, the federation had received regular complaints from schools across the state about a lack of maintenance.
"We've got a crumbling infrastructure because many of our schools were built a long time ago and we just have not maintained them," he said.
"There needs to be a dramatic boost in capital works and maintenance. It's a false economy to not regularly repair and refurbish the assets and that has been identified for decades."
He said basic repairs at schools had been neglected for decades, a situation that had been worsened by the current state government slashing the money available for maintenance in schools in the past few budgets.