Temporary relief for an overcrowded school

RELIEF is in sight for the crowded Sale Specialist School, with a lease to temporarily expand into the adjoining AdvanceTAFE building at its Raymond St campus later this year.

The school is currently searching for a site for its permanent home following a $2.9 million commitment in this year’s state government budget.

Eastern Victoria MLC Philip Davis worked to help secure the lease to relieve congestion in the interim.

“Developing a new school site will obviously take some time and immediate action was required to alleviate overcrowding,” Mr Davis said.

“The school was originally established in 1985 to cater for 15 students.

Almost 30 years later enrolments stand at 75 and continue to increase.

“The school has taken drastic measures to manage the crowded conditions, including a temporary campus at Sale College’s junior school, a shipping container providing extra storage space and rostered outdoor play times.

“Together the school, AdvanceTAFE, the Department of Education and Minister for Education Martin Dixon, have worked hard to find a solution to the current crisis that will help staff and students at Sale Specialist School in the meantime.”

The Education Department will take the lease on the land from October 1, allowing students to move in later in fourth term.

The two-year lease will be followed by a year-by-year agreement.