Where’s the money, Minister Merlino?

DISMAYED: Beechworth Secondary College students Sarwar Hussain (left), Tom Christesen, Riley Goldsworthy, Holly Borschman, Morgan Lupson, Indigo Rowe and college council president Larry Goldsworthy are disgruntled that the campus has continued to miss out on desperately-needed capital works funding. PHOTO: Coral Cooksley

BEECHWORTH Secondary College council and the college community continues to be dismayed by the Victorian government’s failure to make an unambiguous funding commitment for long overdue capital works at the college campus.

The college was one of six rural and regional schools among 35 which shared in a $12 million state budget allocation last year to meet the costs of scoping and planning for major new building and infrastructure improvements.

This took Beechworth a step closer but the government ignored the school community’s needs in the current budget.

The last major improvements on the campus were completed a decade ago.

College council president Larry Goldsworthy said students were still being taught in sub-standard demountable classrooms.

“It’s time the state government stopped treating the students and staff of Beechworth Secondary College as second class citizens,” he told the Ovens and Murray Advertiser last week.

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