Local district primary schools receive grants
MANSFIELD primary schools will benefit from grants which the State Government announced recently.
Merrijig, Jamieson and Mansfield primary schools are among more than 400 schools across the state which will soon have better classrooms and facilities, thanks to a funding boost of more than $ 40 million for school maintenance.
Mansfield Primary School has been allocated $112,000, Jamieson $21,000 and Merrijig $15,000.
In October 2016 the government announced 436 schools will receive $41.6 million from the Planned Maintenance Program.
This builds on an allocation of $10.8 million to 65 schools earlier in the year.
In total, in the 2016-17 program, $52.4 million is being allocated across 501 schools.
The Planned Maintenance Program provides targeted funding to schools for specific buildings and infrastructure.
This will enable schools to refurbish, demolish, or replace buildings that fall below minimum standards.
These building projects will either be run by the Victorian School Building Authority or by the school themselves, depending on the size and type of project.
Carole McCluskey, principal of Merrijig Primary School, would like to spend the money on replacing a staircase and a concrete step.
“I know that doesn’t seem like much, but we all know how expensive repairs are,” Ms McCluskey said.
“We are always pleased when someone gives us money and we don’t have to rely solely on fundraising,” she added.
Mansfield Primary School was also delighted with the grant.
Acting principal Julie McInnes said she and the staff were “very excited and very grateful” for the funding.
“No doubt we will be advised on what specific areas we should target, but this money will provide a long awaited opportunity to work on our infrastructure and buildings,” she added.
Genevieve Bolwell from Jamieson Primary School has yet to receive official notification of the school’s grant, but is delighted to hear that it is on the way.
“I will certainly be checking the school mail with great enthusiasm in the coming days,” Ms Bolwell said.
Mansfield Secondary College also benefited from a generous government grant earlier in the year and is actively working towards spending the grant.
“On the construction front, we are about to kick off our Project Control Group that will work over the next 12 months to ensure our capital works funding of over $3m is spent getting the best possible outcomes for our students, teachers and community,” said Judy Dixon, president of the School Council.
Generally speaking, things are looking good for the local public schools.