Cash helps Melton schools reach higher standard

Four Melton schools will share in $1.1 million to refurbish old buildings and upgrade school grounds.

Kurunjang Primary School, Melton South Primary School, Wedge Park Primary School and Staughton College have received the funding as part of the state government’s Planned Maintenance Program.

The money will be used to maintain school buildings and grounds, refurbish classrooms, pave pathways and fix fences or drains.

The Planned Maintenance Program is aimed at ensuring school buildings that fall below minimum standards can be refurbished, demolished or replaced.

An education department spokesman said the buildings at Staughton College, and Kurunjang, Melton South and Wedge Park primary schools were all safe, but the funding would allow classrooms to be raised to a “good standard to create effective learning environments”.

“If at any time a school building becomes unsafe, or is at risk of becoming unsafe, the safety issues are addressed immediately,” the spokesman said.

More than 500 Victorian schools will share in $52.4 million in school maintenance funding this year.

Education Minister James Merlino said: “This funding boost will allow hundreds more Victorian schools to replace or upgrade buildings in poor condition so that our teachers and students have the first-rate facilities they deserve.”