East Maitland Public receives trifecta in Coalition election promises
East Maitland Public School will benefit from three Coalition education announcements that would see almost $1 billion spent across the state.
Liberal candidate for Maitland Sally Halliday visited the school with outgoing Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald on Thursday.
“We’re here to celebrate the fact the school is being fully air conditioned, they’re receiving a fully-funded lollipop person to enable the kids to arrive to and leave school safely, and clear all their maintenance backlog, which enables the kids to have a wonderful learning environment,” Ms Halliday said.
“The school has old buildings, so this is the opportunity to have every classroom air conditioned.”
The air conditioning was announced late last year under the $500 million Cooler Classrooms Fund, while the school’s new crossing supervisor will be one of 300 allocated across the state as part of an $18.5 million spend over four years.
At present schools need to have their crossing used by 300 cars and 50 students per hour to be eligible for a supervisor, but the new policy would require only one of those criteria to be met.
In late January it was announced that an additional $449 million would be spent to eliminate the school maintenance backlog by 2020. It comes on top of an earlier $990 million announcement.
Advice from the Education Department is that East Maitland Public School’s maintenance liability is at $40,000. Across the entire electorate the total is $2.9 million.
Labor’s education announcements have included cash injections into P and Cs, free public transport use for school children, and free eye tests for 52,000 children and glasses to those who need them.