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April 24, 2018

Victorian Government Education Minister James Merlino and Member for Shepparton Suzanna Sheed are championing a 10 year plan to tackle poor education outcomes in Shepparton.

Ardmona Primary School has received $500000 from the Victorian Government to upgrade and modernise facilities.

The announcement on Friday, April 20 came from State Education Minister James Merlino as part of the Victorian Budget 2017/2018.

School education support staff member Michael Van Dorsser said the school was looking forward to receiving some much deserved upgrades after years of ‘‘Band-aid measures’’.

Ardmona PS principal Jean Varty said this ‘‘has been a long time coming’’.

‘‘In the 17 years our principal has been at Ardmona, we’ve never received this much funding in one hit,’’ Mr Van Dorsser said.

‘‘We have a great school out here and there is a lot of work that needs to be done.

‘‘We’re hoping this will help build our school and the wider community in a positive way,’’ he said.

State Member for Shepparton Suzanna Sheed was thrilled with the funding commitment.

‘‘I was out at Ardmona PS recently and the ceilings are not even in some of the old buildings.

‘‘It’s an old heritage building and there needs to be a much greater spend to get it back to a fully functional state and to preserve that old building.

‘‘The kids out there deserve just as nice a school as everyone else and it needs a lot of work to just get it up to scratch,’’ she said.

The school has been working with the Victorian School Buildings Authority towards getting the school in a great condition to increase enrolments.

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