RUSTED roof sheeting and leaking windows have dogged Narrawong District Primary School for years but it has finally secured cash for a complete overhaul.
More than $2 million will be spent to construct new classrooms and an administrative building at the town’s only school following years of lobbying from parents, teachers and community residents.
Narrawong District Primary School principal Carolyn Silva said the $2.3 million would be channelled into construction of new classrooms, meeting rooms, toilets and an outdoor learning space.
She said the primary school largely consisted of ageing portable classrooms which surround an 1894 schoolhouse.
“We were thrilled, absolutely thrilled,” Ms Silva said.
“I had a call from the Premier (Denis Napthine) and he told me the good news and then we let the rest of the school know.”
A master plan has been developed by the school community with a new school building expected to be the centrepiece of the redevelopment.
The Narrawong District Primary School was formed two decades ago through the merger of the town’s existing primary schools but the site itself dates back more than a century.
Ms Silva said the redevelopment could not come soon enough with the portable buildings on-site causing difficulties over the years.
“It’s not third world but it could be a lot better than what it is at the moment,” the school principal said.
“We have leaking windows and rusted parts in the roof.
“Kids had to run out into the rain sometimes when they went to the toilet.
“The toilet itself is an old shearing hut with stainless steel basins, so it’s good that we can address those difficulties with the new design.”