Education

‘We will finish what we started’

By Riverine Herald

VICTORIAN Government Education Minister James Merlino said he knows more needs to be done at the Echuca Specialist School.

‘‘We will not hide away from that,’’ he said.

‘‘I have said repeatedly we will finish what we started and I mean it.

‘‘It is a bit rich to now hear from Coalition MPs who have spent years ignoring the region’s education needs.

‘‘Already across the Campaspe Shire we have invested more than $18 million on building and upgrading schools compared to a mere $600,000 under the Coalition.

‘‘The Andrews Labor Government invested $11 million for the new Echuca Twin Rivers Primary School.

‘‘The school opened at the start of this year as part of the project’s first stage, completing a merge between Echuca South Primary School and Echuca West Primary School.’’

Maintenance issues at the school were brought to the attention of the Victorian School Buildings Authority on Friday, May 11.

The VSBA contacted the school principal to discuss the specific sewerage issues.

Senior staff from the VSBA attended the school on Wednesday May, 23 to meet with the principal and a plumber.

It has been agreed the works will be carried out over the June/July school holidays with anticipated completion before Term 3.

A contractor has been appointed and the scope of works have been identified. The system will be down for five days as a result.

The school has completed an application for funding through the Department’s Emergency Maintenance Program to replace a number of air-conditioning units in its relocatable classrooms which has been approved.