Govt must fund school upgrades

Mr Tallentire said he had discovered a proposed upgrade for Southern River College costing $9m and a $12m upgrade for Thornlie Senior High School.

‘Documents say Southern River College is in line for a performing arts and media centre, an extension to the sports hall, new netball court surfaces and a science lab refit,’ he said.

‘Thornlie Senior High gets a new dance and media studio, a refurb of the commercial teaching kitchens and more than a million dollars of science lab upgrades.’

Mr Tallentire said the funding was needed in the May State Budget if promises to upgrade and redevelop secondary schools built before 1980 were to be kept.

Education Minister Peter Collier said decisions on the 2014/15 State Budget would be revealed when the Budget was handed down on May 8.

‘However, it is important to note that this government has a strong track record of investing in school infrastructure across the state, with 75 major capital works projects to be completed during 2014,’ he said. ‘From 2009-10 to 2013-14, an unprecedented $1.56 billion was spent on school infrastructure.

‘This resulted in 33 schools and 799 new classrooms.’