Minister for Education James today visited Emerald Secondary College in Gembrook to officially announce $1.5 million in funding to build new classrooms.
While at the College, Mr Merlino discussed the plans with staff and also toured the school and met students.
The college will also receive $246,776 in equity funding next year, up from nothing this year. This increase is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s Education State commitment to provide an extra $566 million to help schools and students most in need to break the cycle of disadvantage.
The 2015-16 Victorian Budget invests almost $4 billion in Victoria’s education and skills system – representing the single biggest boost to education funding in Victoria’s history.
The Budget provides $325 million to renovate, refurbish or rebuild 67 schools. It will fund the first stage of an extensive asbestos removal program so that families can be assured their children are being educated in safe schools.
It also includes $180 million for programs that will help families cover the extra costs of education, like camps, excursions and uniforms, so no child misses out.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Education, James Merlino
"We’re investing almost $4 billion to make Victoria the Education State, so every community has access to great local schools and every child gets the chance to succeed."
"Emerald Secondary College is a great example of how Victorian children are being supported to reach their full potential."
Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Daniel Mulino
"I commend Principal Jodie Doble and the teachers and support staff for their commitment to their students and families."
Reviewed 19 August 2020