School grant delay

TWO Murtoa schools are at opposite ends of the Federal Government's Education Revolution Building Program.

Murtoa College is facing a 12-month delay in the start of its $850,000 works while Our Lady Help of Christians Primary School is three-quarters finished in its $250,000 refurbishment.

Murtoa College principal Joanna Day said the school expected to receive three classrooms and a covered outdoor learning area.

So far nothing has been done.

Dr Day said she had `no firm details' about when the work would begin.

"There have been constant delays. We were in round two of the funding and nothing has happened," Dr Day said.

The Federal Government announced Murtoa's classrooms in June last year.

Dr Day said the buildings were meant to be built off-site and then `dropped' into place at the school.

"They were meant to be ready to use by the end of term one," she said.

Dr Day said she did not know when the classrooms would arrive.

Our Lady principal Veronica Flattery said her school was three- quarters of the way finished in its refurbishment. "We have done a lot of maintenance work around the school, " she said.

"We have replaced carpet and vinyls in a number of rooms along with other works. I think we are one of the lucky schools. We were able to get local builders and help our local economy. Because we used locals we didn't have to wait in line for some contractor to start our works."

Hopetoun Primary School and Horsham North Primary School have not started works at their respective schools.

Hopetoun principal Ian Herben said he hoped to start work on a $250,000 refurbishment program this term.

"Our works have been delayed because we are going to co-locate at Hopetoun Secondary College next year," he said.

"We hoped to start earlier but we had to make sure we did the right thing so both schools and the community could use our new building next year."

Horsham North principal Brenda Evans said her school was meant to receive a new modular- five classroom.

"We are set to begin this week," she said.

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