Study Will Determine Future Of Education In Preston

14 July 2015

Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Preston Robin Scott today visited the former Preston Girls College site with local families and community groups to discuss the future of education in the area.

A demographic feasibility study is currently underway to determine the needs for a new high school in Preston, after funding was provided in the 2015-16 Victorian Budget.

The study is expected to be completed in late 2015 and the results will inform future decisions regarding the site, specifically in the context of school provision needs in the local area.

The 2015-16 Victorian Budget invests close to $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 asbestos removal program so that families can be assured their children are taught in a safe environment.

It also includes an initial $180 million package of initiatives to break down barriers of disadvantage and give every child the opportunities they deserve.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“I’m proud to be working with local families on this issue, and I look forward to receiving the results of the study.”

“We’re investing more than $4 billion in our education system, so every community has a good local school and every child gets every chance.”

Quote attributable to Member for Preston Robin Scott

“The Andrews Labor Government is not only committed to the $100k feasibility study into turning the former Preston Girls' School into a high school, but will also rebuild William Ruthven Secondary College at a cost of $10 million.”

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