Schools plea re­jected

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - NEWS -

THE State Gov­ern­ment has re­jected calls from South Perth MLA John McGrath to up­grade two schools in Como and Vic­to­ria Park.

In the lead-up to the State Elec­tion in March, the Lib­er­als com­mit­ted $20 mil­lion of fund­ing to Como Sec­ondary Col­lege and Kent Street Se­nior High School.

Mr McGrath has called on the State Gov­ern­ment to not ne­glect the needs of the two sec­ondary schools.

He said it was a once-in-a-life­time chance to up­grade the fa­cil­i­ties at Como Sec­ondary School.

“It is a good school work­ing out of a fa­cil­ity that is really old and tired,” he said.

“That is why I was very pleased that that was part of our pol­icy.

“Now I just have to work with the new gov­ern­ment and see whether we can get some fund­ing to up­grade this great school.”

Mr McGrath said the State Gov­ern­ment needed to stop cre­at­ing “con­fu­sion” with its “ill-con­ceived” plan to re­lo­cate Perth Modern School and fo­cus in­stead on the ur­gent needs of many sec­ondary schools with out­dated fa­cil­i­ties.

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Sue Ellery said for­mer Trea­surer Mike Na­han had “wrecked” the state’s fi­nances, so the State Gov­ern­ment had to take a care­ful and cau­tious ap­proach to fi­nan­cial man­age­ment.

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