Minister Opens New Facilities At Koo Wee Rup Secondary College

Minister for Education, James Merlino, today opened the first stage of a $6.45 million dollar building project at Koo Wee Rup Secondary College.

So far the project has given the school two learning hubs for years 7 to 8 and 10 to 12. These include classrooms, staffrooms and facilities targeted at the specific age groups, for example a careers adviser in the hub for years 10 to 12.

There is also a new canteen and student lounge and a refurbished library and food technology area.

Mr Merlino was given a tour of the new buildings and he also spoke to students and staff and unveiled a plaque marking the opening.

In the future, year 9 will also get a new Learning Hub and there will be new art, technology, physical education, music and drama facilities.

As part of the Andrews Labor Government’s Education State commitment to provide schools with an extra $747 million over the next four years, Koo Wee Rup Secondary College will receive an extra $648,000 in equity funding next year – an increase of almost 50 per cent.

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.”

“Koo Wee Rup 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 Harriet Shing

“I commend Principal Kym Bridgford and the teachers and support staff for their commitment to their students and families.”

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