Ryan calls on Minister to commit to Seymour College

24 March 2015

Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan has called on Education Minister James Merlino to visit Seymour College to understand firsthand the school’s urgent need for funding.

In Parliament Ms Ryan asked the Minister to visit Seymour before the State Budget is handed down in May.

“I have asked the Minister to consider the school’s request for additional capital funding, Ms Ryan said.

“Seymour’s school community is facing a number of serious challenges as it strives to meet the needs of its students, many of whom face a high degree of disadvantage.

“Prior to the election the previous Liberal National Coalition Government committed an additional $15 million to complete the school’s modernisation.”

Ms Ryan said despite Labor promising it would make Victoria the education state, now they were in Government Seymour no longer has funding to upgrade the school.

“The school’s learning environment is not fit for purpose and students are unable to work in collaborative learning spaces which befit a 21st century school.

“Stage one of the Seymour College regeneration project was completed after the previous Coalition Government invested $5 million to modernise the school’s P-4 areas and administration buildings.”

Ms Ryan said the next stages of the regeneration project included rebuilding the years 5 to 8 and years 9 to 12 facilities as well as the development of the technical wing.

“During my campaign last year my team and I doorknocked every door in Seymour and the most recurring issue raised with me was the dire need to complete the Seymour College regeneration project.

“I will continue to fight for this project because I believe it will improve educational outcomes in Seymour which, in turn, will create greater prosperity for the community,” Ms Ryan said.

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