Schools share in extra maintenance funding

Sunbury and Macedon Ranges school classrooms, gyms, canteens and art areas will be upgraded, with the region’s state schools to share more than $1.81 million of extra maintenance funding.

The money, in addition to regular maintenance funding and infrastructure projects announced in May’s state budget, is for buildings identified during an independent audit of every state school.

Schools to receive a boost include Sunbury College ($586,000), Sunbury Downs College ($260,000), Sunbury Heights Primary School ($184,000) and Sunbury West Primary School ($89,000).

Also funded were works at Gisborne Secondary College ($78,000), Kyneton Secondary College ($236,000), New Gisborne Primary School ($272,000) and Romsey Primary School ($112,000).

Romsey principal Loren Peavey said up to 10 classrooms would get fresh paint, new carpet and windows.

‘‘This is a great boost because the general maintenance budget can only go so far,’’ she said.

Ms Peavey said the school, which moved to its present site in 1994, continued to receive strong support from the community.

‘‘We have a really good parent body which provides great help with the gardens and grounds,’’ Ms Peavey said.

Sunbury Labor MP Josh Bull said the extra money was a well-deserved boost for the region’s schools.

‘‘Teachers must have the right tools to deliver a first-class education for their students,’’ he said.