TERANG College and the Hampden Specialist School are one step closer to having all students learning on the same campus.
The state government has provided $1.187 million to begin planning for the major project at the Strong Street campus.
Currently prep to grade four Terang College students and prep to grade four Hampden Specialist School students attend the campus off the Princes Highway, while the remainder of the students attend Terang College's Strong Street campus or the Hampden Specialist School campus at Cobden.
Hampden Specialist School principal Kylie Carter welcomed the funding announcement and said the school council had been lobbying the government for about 12 years. She said the current site was not fit for purpose particularly for students with special needs. "It's really pokey trying to get wheelchairs through," she said. "We were so excited to get that announcement particularly with Terang College and that we can all move up there. The way our program works is our students can access their programs if they have strength in something and visa versa. This means will be able to continue that inclusion model that we've always valued."
Terang College assistant principal Michael Castersen also welcomed the announcement and said both sites were inadequate. He said the school council had lobbied strongly for the funding and it was fantastic news for the school and local community. "The fact they're devoting $1.1 million to planning shows that they're taking it very seriously," he said. He said a master plan involved a new facility at the Strong Street site for children aged prep to grade four and students who attended the Hampden Specialist School. "...We're grateful to the people before us who also put in a lot of work to make it happen," he said.
It's very exciting.Michael Castersen