PLANS have now been released for the upgrade of several schools across the region, including Orrvale Primary School, which is set to get $1.7M to refurbish and upgrade the school to modernise it and suit the needs of students, parents and staff.
With construction set to start in spring this year and be completed within 12 months, the schools will share in a total of $4.416M in funding to address some of the needs included in the school’s long term master plans.
Orrvale Primary School’s upgrade will see existing classrooms get a major facelift to bring them up to the highest modern standards, the renovation of the administration building and extensive refurbishment of the school’s library and STEM specialist centre, which also incorporates music and arts facilities.
Kialla West Primary School is set for a $955,000 upgrade and modernisation project with a new building to be constructed, to provide an open layout learning space. Bourchier Street Primary School has been allocated $1.4M to demolish damaged classrooms and replace them with new flexible learning spaces.
Mooroopna Park Primary School will undergo $361,000 in works to upgrade two learning areas, as well as the installation of two classrooms.
Minister for Education, James Merlino visited Orrvale Primary School last week to view the designs and hear from architects who detailed the plans for the upgrades.
“It’s a really important time for education in Shepparton,” Minister Merlino said.
“This funding will transform the schools and boost the local school community.
“We want to make sure that our schools have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and that every child is given every chance to succeed.
“These fantastic designs represent a significant step for Shepparton region’s families getting the great local school facilities their kids need to thrive.
“Capital needs and refurbishment works for schools are always there and we need to meet that.
“There is always more to be done so it is important that we constantly address the needs of our schools.”