An election pledge for local schools

A Local MP has pledged $20 million to upgrade the Esperance Senior High School through the partial sale of Western Power if WA Liberals are re-elected.

Member for Eyre and Liberal candidate for the re-drawn seat of Roe Graham Jacobs said if the Liberals re-gain office after the March election the $560 million program Next Generation Education Fund will be implemented through-out the state.

High schools built before 1985 could benefit from the proposed funding, meaning Esperance Senior High School will be eligible.

“This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity we need to seize with both hands,” Dr Jacobs said.

“Only the Liberals can deliver these major improvements to our high schools, through the Next Generation Education Fund.

“Without the partial sale of Western Power, it will be many more years before these works can go ahead.”

The program aims to target 69 high schools across the state.

Esperance Senior High School in its early days. Photo: Supplied.

Esperance Senior High School in its early days. Photo: Supplied.

Dr Jacobs said schools and principals would be heavily involved in deciding what upgrades were done at each school.

“An Education Department audit has found Esperance Senior High School would have new classrooms, performing arts facilities and cafeteria,” Dr Jacobs said.

“Refurbishments would be made to the science, design and technology and music rooms and toilets.

“But exactly which projects will be completed will be decided in consultation with the community.

“I went to Esperance Senior High School as the first intake from the greenfield site in 1966, which I am shocked to admit, was 50 years ago.

“With the releasing of assets by State Government we can invest in new ones.

“What better than Esperance Senior High School and how well does it complement our new TAFE proposal.

“This will be a major work around all facets of education bringing us into the twenty-first century and assisting in adding to our excellent record in providing learning environments that produce more Beasley medal winners as we did last year.”

The program aims to stimulate the economy by creating 18,480 jobs.

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