Education

How much maintenance funding is your school getting?

By Morgan Dyer

Member for Shepparton Suzanna Sheed has welcomed the Victorian Government's $3 million injection into Greater Shepparton state schools.

The funding will ensure existing buildings at schools are safe and modern, and will enable schools to undertake essential works including painting, replacing carpets and undertaking tree inspections.

The highly contentious Greater Shepparton super-school received more than $400,000 in funding — the biggest cash boost across the 37 schools in the region.

Wanganui Park Secondary College, Mooroopna Secondary College and McGuire College received more than $130,000, to help fund the immediate maintenance required to host students during the transition process to the super-school.

There are 17 different programs in the Maintenance Blitz that determines maintenance, grounds and compliance activities.

“Numurkah Secondary College received more than $388,000 for a range of essential maintenance and compliance programs, including funding for a Planned Maintenance Program for termite treatment, roof repairs and the construction of new pavement," a Department of Education spokesperson said.

Ms Sheed said the funding would ensure that children could continue their education in facilities that were fit for purpose.

“I also note Wanganui Park Secondary College, Mooroopna Secondary College and McGuire College will share in a significant maintenance investment during the Shepparton Education Plan’s transition phase ahead of moving into a wonderful new campus at the Shepparton High School which had its design released this week,” Ms Sheed said.

The funding is part of the Victorian Government's $515 million plan to upgrade every state school in Victoria.

Education Minister James Merlino addressed concerns behind the allocation of funds to the super-school and the merging schools on ABC Ballarat recently.

“All the maintenance funding that they (Greater Shepparton College) need they’re receiving; we’re not treating any Shepparton school different to any of the rest of regional Victoria,” Mr Merlino said.

“They (students) will be (in the facilities) for a few years. It's about addressing essential maintenance needs.

“Maintenance is required — and immediately,” he said.