The Marshall Liberal team has a vision for South Australia to have the best schools in the nation and as such we support the recent grants and much needed money for SA schools.
It was with great interest that I noted some of the funds from the SA Labor Government's sale of the Lands Titles Office, $672 million, were allocated to state schools in South Australia and fortunately a couple of schools in my community were beneficiaries. While the Marshall Liberal team supports the spending on schools, we note that in many cases this investment is long overdue.
I know first hand that the $5 million allocated to Brighton Primary School is appreciated but arguably falls in the overdue category. I had an involvement with Brighton Primary school more than a decade ago when my eldest 2 children attended and I have recently become more engaged with this community. I remember the school was in need of funds back then. In fact my wife had issues following up with my daughters class because it was upstairs and she had two babies in pushers which greatly inhibited her ability to get up the stairs to engage with the teacher. At that time fire safety issues were also raised around this facility so hopefully this funding will go towards addressing these concerns.
Another $5 million for Seaview High to go with their already heavily funded development is a bonus and I know the staff and students will make the most of this additional funding. I know Penny Tranter the Principal has been working hard too improve the school on every level and along with the entire faculty and the students they have done a wonderful job and I look forward to seeing further growth and improvement following this injection.
Warradale Primary School also received $7.5 million. This is another school that I had engagement with a few decades ago and now have been re-introduced. In my time living near this school I haven't seen a great financial investment and I'm told by parents their facilities are dated here as well. So this much needed funding is greatly appreciated by our community.
Woodend Primary School also received $5 million and I was there recently with David Speirs MP meeting some of their budding young science students and I know Principal Steve Freeman will get great return for the students and the community on this investment.
However with no formal process outlined for applying for this money it does beg the question why schools like, Darlington Primary, Marion Primary, Paringa Park Primary and Brighton Secondary were over looked in the allocation of funding.
Unfortunately this could have been the perfect opportunity for the State Government to adopt the Marshall Liberal policy to move grade 7 into High School but it was missed.
If elected in March 2018 the Marshall Liberal team will honour this funding commitment in full and work with the schools to make sure they have the maximum amount of flexibility to deliver the most ideal benefit for their school community.