Labor candidate Kieran Drabsch has criticized the state government claiming the Murrumbidgee Regional High School (MRHS) merger will see Wade High School loose its indoor sports hall.
He also alleges that under the state funded merger only A-Block, one of three blocks of buildings making up Griffith High School, will have funding for new capital works allocated.
A Griffith HS news letter published on week-three of term-four outlined the $25 million in capital works that will be shared between Griffith and Wade showing the works at Griffith will include a new administration block, new shared learning spaces, new outdoor decking covered by shade, a new staff room, a new circulation hub and lift for disabled students.
Works at Wade will include a new learning resource center, computer study area, staff room, canteen and outdoor decking.
Still Mr Drabsch insists “they are not re-purposing the schools they are re-purposing a third of the schools.”
“At Griffith they are going to re-purpose and refurbish the old front building, the other two buildings they won’t touch, not a single dollar will go into getting those two blocks to be re-purposed,” Mr Drabsch said.
“The reason (MRHS) don’t want to touch those two buildings is that as soon as they propose to make any (minor) changes they have to bring the whole building up to standard, but to do that would require significant investment which (the state government) are not prepared to do”
Mr Drabsch said the news of the capital works and the loss of the Wade’s sports hall was announced to teachers during a joint staff meeting on October 23.
“I heard feedback from teachers at both sites indicating dismay and shock at the inadequate upgrading of either site to meet 21st century learning needs,” Mr Drabsch said.
Member for Murray Austin Evans said he was unaware of the capital works arrangements being planned by Murrumbidgee Regional High School following their receiving the $25 million in state funding for the merger.
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