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July 20, 2011

Gormandale and District Primary School’s new pre-school building has been officially opened after a lot of hard work over the past 12 months by the school council, staff and the local community.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the building upgrades allowed the kindergarten to co-locate with the primary school, offering continuous educational opportunities from kinder to grade six.

The $250,000 building has been provided under the Building the Education Revolution program.

Mr Chester said it was rewarding to be able to conduct the opening after working with the school council to make sure students were provided with a building that was adequate to their needs.

“It’s pleasing that students and staff are able to utitlise the building after all the hard work that went in to making sure it was completed correctly,” Mr Chester said.

“When I inspected the building with School Council President Les Boughton 12 months ago it was unfinished and unusable.

“After working with the school council to raise concerns over the state of the building in Canberra, ongoing works have been carried out to bring the building up to the standard expected by staff and families.

“I’m happy to be able to open the building and know it will be of great use to the Gormandale community in providing both primary school and kindergarten facilities for local families.”

Mr Chester said the new building at Gormandale Primary School was an example of the importance of input from school council’s in future programs to provide improved education facilities.

“School councils and principals must have more of a say in future programs when governments provide funding to develop new and improved facilities for school students and staff,” Mr Chester said.

“It is the only way that real value for money can be achieved and most importantly schools will build to their priority needs.”

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