The crumbling state of schools across NSW has worsened under the Baird Government with the school maintenance backlog growing by more than $43 million in just 12 months. Shockingly Marsden High's (West Ryde) budget has blown out from $2,160,415 earlier this year to a staggering $2,882,626 million in latest figures obtained by Labor.
Documents obtained have revealed the school maintenance backlog has ballooned to more than $775 million; up from $732 million last financial year.
The latest documents show the individual maintenance backlog for 13 government schools in Ryde as at June 30 2016. The data shows Ryde’s schools have a whopping combined backlog bill of $8,608,523.
A wide range of works are needed across NSW schools including toilet and sewer upgrades, carpet replacement, painting, fixing damaged rooves, installing guttering, replacing windows and other general repairs.
Ryde’s most rundown school, Marsden High, had a staggering $2,882,626 worth of needed repairs and maintenance that were yet to be addressed. Worse still was that this figure was revealed to be $2,160,415 in reports in May 2016.
Shockingly Marsden High School has shot up to being the worst maintained school in Sydney, with its backlog bill skyrocketing up by $722,211. This is despite it being identified in need earlier this year, and with similarly maintained schools seeing improvements to their maintenance backlog.
Quotes attributable to Jerome Laxale
“Ryde now has the worst maintained school in Sydney, despite the fact that it was identified as needing urgent attention.
“These figures show how little Mike Baird and Victor Dominello care about the welfare of kids in our local schools. To have other schools in NSW maintained, and ones in Ryde totally ignored, is an insult to our community.”
“Principals in Ryde are doing the best they can with the meagre resources that they have at their disposal.
“Mr Dominello needs to explain why he has let Marsden High’s maintenance bill sky-rocket to almost $3 million. This guy is a Cabinet Minister in Government: if he cannot even help kids in his own electorate, then what is the point of Victor Dominello?”
|SCHOOLS IN RYDE|
|1||Marsden High School||$2,882,626|
|2||Denistone East Public School||$1,063,999|
|3||Ryde Public School||$986,162|
|4||Ermington Public School||$750,893|
|5||Epping Boys High School||$596,979|
|6||West Ryde Public School||$563,549|
|7||North Ryde Public School||$502,762|
|8||Kent Road Public School||$369,572|
|9||Eastwood Heights Public School||$343,715|
|10||Meadowbank Public School||$259,049|
|12||Truscott Street Public School||$109,480|
|13||Eastwood Public School||$67,394|
Top 5 Schools in figures previously revealed by Labor show improvement in other schools, but a maintenance blow-out at Marsden High
Great Lakes College Forster Campus at $3,419,513, it is now $3,328,868
Dubbo College Delroy Campus was at $2,927,543, it is now $1,259, 762
Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts was $2,368,180, it is now $1970115
Northmead Creative and Performing Arts High School was at $2,237,997, it is now $2,170,645
Marsden High School was $2,160,415, it is now $2,882,626