Education Shepparton Super School

Nationals call on government to retain old school sites

28 March 2022

The Nationals have called on the Andrews Government to retain the former school sites of Mooroopna Secondary, Wanganui Park and McGuire College to allow further consultation with the community.

Speaking in Parliament this week, Deputy Nationals Leader and Member for Euroa Steph Ryan said decisions around the future of the old school sites should be made only after there was further consultation and strategic planning about the future of education in the region.

“The Andrews Government rode roughshod over the community when amalgamating Shepparton and Mooroopna’s four secondary colleges into one school,” Ms Ryan said.

“I wholeheartedly support dramatic action to improve educational standards in the Shepparton community and in our surrounding region.

“No-one disagrees that something needed to change. By the time kids in Greater Shepparton begin school they are twice as vulnerable in critical domains as the Victorian average student.

“But simply forcing students into one building, no matter how lovely it might be, is not going to deliver the change that the community needs on the ground.

“Labor gave the community two choices—to accept their plan for a super school or to have no investment in the existing schools.”

Community concerns continue to be put in front of Ms Ryan despite the move to the new site.

“I have had many parents, teachers and retired teachers contact me to express their concerns,” Ms Ryan said.

“I know many members of the community are keen to discuss the prospect of establishing a trades and technical school at a different campus. 

“The new school now exists, and the community is endeavouring to make the very best of that.

“However, I don’t want to see the government flog off those existing schools, the old sites, and close off all options for a future model down the track.

“Those conversations cannot take place if the Andrews government sells off those old sites, so I am seeking a guarantee from the minister that he will not do that.

“He should give the community the opportunity to have their say at an election before any further decision is made on the future of those old school sites.”

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