Tannum State High still waits for funding to start new school



TANNUM Sands State High School (TSSHS) is still waiting for complete funding to come through to start the Business and Information Technology School (BITS).

The BITS program was announced as a Comalco Community Fund project last October, with the remainder of funds coming from the Australian National Training Authority.

The program was expected to begin at the start of this school year.

However according to TSSHS principal Ray Johnston the school was still waiting for the funds to come through.

Mr Johnston said an initial application for funds was knocked back after the training authority asked for more information.

'We sent the original application away before Christmas last year and then got their response in February,' Mr Johnston said.

'We are currently working on the second application and expect to send it away in the near future.'

However Mr Johnston said it wasn't guaranteed that the funding application would even be accepted.

However the committee is staying positive and has not begun thinking of alternative ways of coming up with the funds, expecting its application to be successful.

'We would have preferred to have the kids in the centre this year, but the process has taken longer than we expected,' he said.



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