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November 13, 2017

Member for northern Victoria Mark Gepp with Bourchier Street Primary School principal Denise Howley and assistant principals Jenni Anderson and Gary D'Arma.

Member for northern Victoria Mark Gepp with Bourchier Street Primary School principal Denise Howley and assistant principals Jenni Anderson and Gary D'Arma.

With classrooms more than 50 years old, Shepparton’s Bourchier St Primary School has put a case forward for additional funding to the Victorian Government.

State Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp visited the school on Wednesday, as also Ardmona Primary School and Gowrie St Primary School, following the announcement of a funding boost worth $24million to schools across the state.

More than 100 schools will soon benefit from upgrades to facilities, with Bourchier St receiving $35000.

This funding is in addition to $1.3 million the school received last year.

But principal Denise Howley said it would need ‘‘a few more million dollars’’ to complete a proposed master plan to improve the entire school.

Ms Howley said she hoped Mr Gepp would lobby for more funds for the school.

‘‘We have a few sections of our school that are not quite up to the state that we would like them to be in for 21st century learners,’’ Ms Howley said.

‘‘We’re looking more at engaging our students. The children of today learn in lots of different ways, so we want to provide a variety of ways for children to learn, not just sitting at a desk on a chair in front of a teacher.

‘‘I’ve recently looked at several schools in Melbourne and they have $20million-plus spent on them, so we would like many millions of dollars.’’

During his visit, Mr Gepp was shown areas at the school that were in dire need of an upgrade.

While in a safe condition, the school had issues around temporary maintenance and an old underground petrol tank..

Mr Gepp said he did not believe rural and regional schools were left out when it came to funding, and that allocations were based on urgency.

‘‘Of course we’d all like an endless bucket of money for school maintenance, but all schools are in need of ongoing money and we do what we can with the cloth that is given to us,’’ Mr Gepp said.

‘‘But I’ll certainly be in there pitching for Shepparton schools.’’

Ardmona Primary School will receive $130000 in funding to upgrade the school, and Gowrie St $67000.

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