Schools to benefit from funds

Daryna ZadvirnaNarrogin Observer
Narrogin Senior High School principle Melissa Walker.
Camera IconNarrogin Senior High School principle Melissa Walker. Credit: Daryna Zadvirna

Narrogin’s schools are set for a facelift, with more than $800,000 allocated as part of a State Government maintenance blitz package for public schools.

The funding aims to address outstanding maintenance issues, including classroom refurbishments, electrical upgrades and structural improvements, and also create local jobs.

Narrogin Senior High School is set to receive more than $600,000.

Nearly $141,000 has been earmarked for WA College of Agriculture — Narrogin, along with $58,700 for Narrogin Primary School and $31,200 for East Narrogin Primary School.

Narrogin Senior High School principal Melissa Walker, pictured, said she was delighted to receive the funding.

“It is a great opportunity for the school community to undertake maintenance and refurbishment processes to better cater for the needs of our rural students,” she said.

Ms Walker said the original building at NSHS was opened in 1955 and it was the largest secondary school in the Wheatbelt.

“The maintenance funding will be greatly utilised to refurbish and maintain the original building and infrastructure so that it can cater for our current contemporary curriculum and learners,” she said.

Local Agricultural Region Member Laurie Graham, who made the announcement along with fellow member Darren West, said it was important to invest in regional education.

“This funding package will deliver much-needed maintenance, new facilities and amenity to schools, while at the same time create local jobs for local tradespeople and businesses,” he said.

The package is expected to create 1260 jobs in regional WA including work for electricians, painters, plumbers, builders and carpenters. Schools in Wagin, Wickepin, Williams, Kukerin, Kulin, and Katanning are also among the 42 schools set to receive funding in the Roe electorate.

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