Dimboola, Horsham West primary schools received state government funding

FUNDING: Students Jarrah Davidson, Ben Dunn, Darcie Landrigan and Logan Casey are excited for the school's upgrade. Picture: DAINA OLIVER
FUNDING: Students Jarrah Davidson, Ben Dunn, Darcie Landrigan and Logan Casey are excited for the school's upgrade. Picture: DAINA OLIVER

DIMBOOLA Primary School and Horsham West Primary School were among 100 schools to receive funding from the state government to improve its buildings.  

The planned maintenance funding program targeted schools with buildings and infrastructure in poor condition.

Horsham West Primary School was awarded $400,000 and Dimboola Primary School received $754,010.

Horsham West Primary School principal Andrew Parry said the school needed an upgrade. 

Mr Parry said structural problems would be addressed first. 

He said the cracks in walls and the roof get progressively worse throughout the school. 

“Engineers have reviewed all the roofing to be repaired and the drainage will be reassessed to ensure water can escape,” he said. 

Once the structural issues are resolved, Mr Parry said the cosmetic problems would be addressed. 

“We have began painting the office areas through our own fundraising efforts, but we would like to repaint and refurbish all the classrooms,” he said. 

“A fresh coat of paint is really needed because the original paint from 30 years ago is still being used.” 

Mr Parry said the funding allowed classrooms to get a much need face lift that modernised the learning environment for students. 

He said the school was fortunate in the past year to receive this funding, as well as, funding for two new synthetic basketball courts.

Dimboola Primary School principal Greg Sampson said the money would address significant cracking in the senior school site. 

He said an architect reviewed the site and cited several occupational health and safety risks. 

“We had engineers look at the reason for the cracks, which was because of excess moisture build up,” he said. 

Mr Sampson anticipated work to begin during the Christmas holiday period. 

He said it was important to address the problems in order to make a structurally sound building for both students and staff.