The first day of term four marked the beginning of a new era for the Mount Pleasant Road Primary School Community. State Member for Ringwood, Dee Ryall MP together with Principal Lisa Yeoman and School Council President, Fiona Lawrie welcomed very excited students, teachers, parents and family members to their new school.
The $5.1 million rebuild has taken the school from Victoria’s worst, to a 21st century, state of the art learning facility.
The former Coalition Government conducted an audit of every classroom in the State, with Mount Pleasant Road Primary School found to be in the worst condition. A $420 million maintenance backlog was also identified through the audit; subsequently an additional funding injection was applied to start to deal with the problem. With the Mount Pleasant Road Primary classrooms in such a poor state, some of the additional maintenance money was used to rebuild the school.
The former Education Minister Martin Dixon saw firsthand the state of the school buildings, including; termite holes in the floor, run down toilet facilities and cold air coming in from around the windows.
When Ms Ryall informed the school Principal Lisa Yeoman, School Council President, Fiona Lawrie, and teachers of the school rebuild funding, the news brought cheers and excitement. The school community expressed their relief over finally being heard and understood after many years of pleading for funds.
Ms Ryall worked closely with the school community to ensure the building outcomes met the needs of teachers and students, to revolutionise the learning spaces needed for educational outcomes. Throughout the planning stages the school community was positive and constructive, focusing on the end goal.
Principal Lisa Yoeman acknowledged and thanked the former Minister, Martin Dixon and Ms Ryall for their great work on bringing the school rebuild to fruition.
Quotes attributed to Dee Ryall:
“It was fabulous to work closely with Principal, Lisa Yeoman, the School Council, and teachers to bring about such exciting change in our local community. After adding an extra room to the Kindergarten and now seeing the school rebuilt, our young people will have the right educational start to life and learning.”