New rooms needed for more students

IT SHOULD GO: Mansfield Primary School council president Jarrod Appleton (left) with school principal Paul Volkering and Member for Eildon Cindy McLeish inspecting the outdated Block B on Saturday.PHOTO: Pam Zierk-Mahoney

THE plight of Mansfield Primary School’s shortage on classrooms will be strongly voiced in State Parliament this week.

A meeting between school principal Paul Volkering, school council president, Jarrod Appleton, and Cindy McLeish (MLA, Eildon) on Saturday revealed the urgency to obtain at least three new classrooms before the opening of the 2016 school year.

On top of that Mr Volkering pointed out to Ms McLeish the state of some of the buildings within the current school.

“Block B (Bristol Building) had a rating of only 2.3 per cent four years ago – it has deteriorated further since then,” Mr Volkering said.

This building was placed at the school in 1958 as a temporary building but has since been changed to ‘permanent status’ – but is now in such a state of disrepair that it needs to be replaced or removed.

The school received funding of $54,000 specifically for Block B, however, the school council and staff believe the building needs to be demolished and a new classroom either replacing it or relocated elsewhere on the school grounds site.

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