Residents question school funds

NAGOORIN State School is one of 15 schools facing possible “mothballing”.

And, after months of thinking the school will be closed, residents and students are now looking at $250,000 for a BER Library and $50,000 for refurbishment.

This funding has come as a shock for residents as the school is in the midst of fighting for its survival while at the same time being bombarded with funding.

This is not the first of funding as earlier in the year they received funds for a new sign and classroom upgrades while nothing has been done to protect the school from closure.

Community views are split on the funding announcements, and P&C president Craig McLachlan has said that these funds will go to waste.

“The work will be a terrible waste of taxpayer funds should the school be closed,” Mr McLachlan said.

P&C treasurer Irene French said yesterday that she believes the funding comes at a vital time for the school but thinks the money could be used to keep the school open.

Other state schools in the same boat are Stamford and Goovigen which are both facing closure and both receiving sums of over $300,000 for upgrades.

Education Queensland has confused residents in these locations after stating that they will not put off funding even if a school is set to be mothballed.

“Education Queensland’s preference is for small schools to remain open wherever possible and does not wish to pre-empt the outcome of community consultation by putting stimulus projects on hold,” Graham Atkins, acting deputy director-general Infrastructure Services said.

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