Measures considered for overcrowded Warrnambool Special Developmental School site

First-hand experience: Deputy Premier and Education Minister James Merlino walks with Warrnambool SDS Principal Robert Dowell, and Member for Western Victoria James Purcell, on a tour of the Warrnambool Special Developmental School in June. Picture: Rob Gunstone
First-hand experience: Deputy Premier and Education Minister James Merlino walks with Warrnambool SDS Principal Robert Dowell, and Member for Western Victoria James Purcell, on a tour of the Warrnambool Special Developmental School in June. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Relocatable classrooms and toilets are being considered for the overcrowded Warrnambool Special Developmental School, Education Minister James Merlino’s office says.

A spokesman for Mr Merlino’s office said it had worked with the school to address immediate pressures and provide additional capacity for the start of next year.

“Works will be undertaken during term three to make the site safer and provide students with better facilities,” he said.

“A representative from the Victorian School Building Authority is attending the school this week to assess the site’s suitability for additional relocatable classrooms and toilets.”

The school has been waiting for funding for a new facility to be built on a Wollaston Road site purchased at the beginning of 2016. It missed out on money in the May budget.

Measures including staggered lunchtimes have been used to alleviate pressures caused by overcrowding.

A representative ... is attending the school this week to assess the site’s suitability for additional relocatable classrooms and toilets.

Spokesman for Education Minister James Merlino