DEPUTY Premier Peter Ryan has conceded that Horsham College needs to be rebuilt.
Mr Ryan told the Mail-Times on Wednesday that while the college needed to be redeveloped, the state's budget had been too tight.
The State Government failed to fund the rebuild in the past three state budgets despite community cries for help.
"Both the Member for Lowan Hugh Delahunty and I are very aware of the college," Mr Ryan said.
"It is not just a case of flattening what is there and rebuilding what needs to be there.
"Across Victoria we have many similar situations to the one at Horsham College."
Mr Ryan would not indicate whether the college was likely to receive rebuild money in next year's budget.
But he said the redevelopment would happen.
"I can assure the community that as soon as we can do it with the budget, it will be done," he said.
"I understand the sense of urgency in the community but on the other hand I can't pre-empt the budget because that would create chaos."
Mr Ryan met with college principal Frank Spiel at a business breakfast on Wednesday.
Mr Spiel said he was pleased to have the Deputy Premier's support.
"Peter Ryan has publicly been very understanding and supportive of the unique conditions that Horsham College faces," he said.
"He has indicated a clear recognition of the need for sections of Horsham College to be rebuilt but clearly the constraints are around budget factors."
Mr Spiel and school council president Rowan Smith also met with Member for Lowan Hugh Delahunty on Wednesday.
Mr Smith said the council wouldn't give up the fight for rebuild money.
"What is really appreciated is the fact that we have the Deputy Premier, who is also Regional Development Minister, understanding the need for infrastructure that reflects 21st Century learning needs," Mr Smith said.
"What we have put forward to our local member Hugh Delahunty and also to Peter Ryan is the special circumstances and unique contextual factors that our school has experienced over recent years.
"Those factors clearly put our case for special consideration.
"School council will persist with this but is appreciative of the public statements of support from both Hugh Delahunty and the Deputy Premier."