Twenty seven million dollars will be spent to improve several public schools in Murray Bridge and Mannum.
Murray Bridge High School, Murray Bridge North School and Mannum Community College were included in the list of 91 primary and secondary schools sharing in the state government’s recently announced $690 million Building Better Schools program.
MBHS is the big winner with $20 million, while MBNS and MCC would be given $5 million and $2 million.
Education Minister Susan Close said after visiting MBHS and MBNS, she was glad both could be included in the scheme.
“Murray Bridge High School was high up on our list for funding,” she said. “It’s an already big school that keeps growing and this money will help repair what needs to be repaired and add what needs to be added.”
MBHS deputy principal Ruth Mussger said she was thrilled at the investment in the region’s schools.
“It’s great to see our school’s getting much-needed support to help us all grow into the future,” she said.
“Hopefully the funding will help our schools flourish and provide the best education possible.”
While receiving notification that the money will be spent, Ms Mussger said they were currently unaware which projects had been budgeted for.
“Obviously we’re hoping that the majority of the replacements we requested have been accounted for in the funding, but we’re having meetings and consultations soon to start managing it.”
Member for Hammond Adrian Pederick said the announcement, while welcome, was long overdue.
“The Murray Bridge High School has been in desperate need of assistance to improve their outdated facilities,” he said.
“I’ve met with the school’s leaders on a number of occasions to discuss funding opportunities to improve their facilities to increase capacity and the quality of education services.”
Mr Pederick lobbied for funding and helped facilitate Ms Close’s visit to MBHS.
“Following a meeting with representatives from Murray Bridge High School last year, I wrote to the Minister for Education requesting that she visit the school to discuss additional funding and to view the state of the facilities.”
Labor candidate for Hammond Mat O’Brien said our children deserve a high-quality public education that helps them to achieve their best.