College celebrates $10m new school


College celebrates $10m new school

At last: senior Leongatha Secondary College students celebrate with principal, Brett Windsor, on news of a $10m State Budget windfall.

THE State Budget has delivered $10 million to rebuild Leongatha Secondary College.
The money will come in two bites of $5m each.
It will mean the completion of the Leongatha Education Precinct, which will provide for students from Prep through secondary school to TAFE and university, all on the one site in Nerrena Road.
Deputy Premier Peter Ryan left Parliament’s budget sitting last Tuesday afternoon to break the good news.
It was, he said later, the first post-budget phone call he made.
College principal Brett Windsor, said he was in a staff meeting at about 4.10pm speaking about his own budgets when he was told, “Some guy called Peter Ryan wants to talk to you on the phone.”
“I didn’t believe it,” Mr Windsor said.
But he did when Mr Ryan told him of the funding.
“It’s very exciting. We’ve been waiting for such a long time,” Mr Windsor told The Star.
It has come in the lead up to the school’s centenary in 2012.
The money will provide facilities that the principal believes will help make the college more competitive in Leongatha’s secondary education market.
Mr Ryan said the funding was “a wonderful thing for the school community”. He said it had been “an awful irony” that the secondary college, as host to the Leongatha Education Precinct, had been the last to benefit from being rebuilt.
He said he had argued the case for the secondary college in Cabinet budget discussions.
“I am delighted for them,” Mr Ryan said.
Mr Windsor said plans for the new school have been in place “for some time” and he is not yet certain which three buildings will make up stage one. The years 7 to 9 and 10 to 12 centres will be included, but he doesn’t know if the third will be a combined primary/secondary schools administration hub or the secondary college’s new visual arts building.
Mr Windsor said the school’s preference would be for the latter.
Stage two consists of a new technology building, as well as whichever of the administration or visual arts buildings are not included in stage one and a refurbished ECA (gymnasium) Centre.
“The roof needs work and the cladding leaks,” Mr Windsor said.
The secondary college shares the library and performing arts buildings that have been constructed at the same time as the new Leongatha Primary School.
Mr Windsor said the only original secondary college building that will become part of the new facility is a section of the technology wing. The rest of the school has had it, with up to an inch of water sloshing in the corridors when there’s a heavy downpour.
The college will continue to function as the new buildings are constructed.
“There won’t be too much disruption,” Mr Windsor predicted.
He complimented his staff on their ability to cope with the inconvenience of the new primary school being built “right in the middle of the site”. That process took about 15 months and Mr Windsor is expecting the new secondary college will take about the same time.
He doesn’t yet know when construction will begin.

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