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More Than 400 Victorian Schools To Be Upgraded

21 October 2016

Students at more than 400 schools across the state will soon have better classrooms and facilities, thanks to a funding boost of more than $40 million for school maintenance.

Minister for Education James Merlino today visited Mooroolbark College to announce it is one of the 436 schools across Victoria that will share in $41.6 million to upgrade old buildings under the Andrews Labor Government’s Planned Maintenance Program.

Mooroolbark College will receive $333,000 under the program, with planning now under way on which of the school’s classrooms and buildings will be upgraded.

The Labor Government supports schools through the Planned Maintenance Program so that they can refurbish, demolish, or replace buildings that fall below minimum standards.

Sixty-five schools shared in $10.8 million under the first round of funding earlier this year, which was provided to complement major redevelopments or upgrades funded at those schools in the Victorian Budget 2016/17.

Today’s announcement means a total of 501 schools will share in a record investment of $52.4 million in school maintenance this year.

A list of schools to receive upgrades under round two of the Planned Maintenance Program is available at Link .

The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every Victorian student gets the opportunity for a great education and every community has access to a great school.

There are now 42 new government schools and hundreds of school upgrades in the construction pipeline following the Government’s record $1.8 billion investment in school infrastructure.

This school building boom will create 4000 construction jobs and ensure all Victorian families have access to a great school no matter where they live.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“This funding boost will allow hundreds more Victorian schools to replace or upgrade buildings in poor condition so that our teachers and students have the first-rate facilities they deserve.”

“Mooroolbark College is a great school and this funding boost will mean the facilities can be upgraded to match the high quality teaching and learning environment the school provides.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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