Govt announces new $14m school

Govt announces new $14m school
The Victorian Government has announced a new $14.6m school to be built in Warrnambool.

The funding splash for Warrnambool Special Developmental School follows a $5m pledge by the Victorian Government in 2014 to relocate the school to a new site, due to the condition and functionality of its facilities at the time.

The money was used to buy land for the new school and conduct planning work, but the latest funding announcement will ensure that the school is completely re-built on the new site.

Warrnambool Special Developmental School – which caters for children aged between 5-18 years – is the only special education facility within the city of Warrnambool and has experienced a period of sustained growth since it opened.

The school recently took possession of a new relocatable building containing two classrooms, which will be ready for use on day 1 of Term 1, 2018. It will be built while the current school continues business as usual, to ensure there is no disruption for staff and students.

Victorian Education Minister, James Merlino, said that he had visited the school on multiple occasions and understood the challenges that its community were facing.

“For too long Warrnambool Special Developmental School has been bursting at the seams, and I am proud that we have delivered on this important promise,” Merlino said.

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