Ready to be part of special school

March 09, 2018

Echuca Specialist School's Paul Marshall and Scott Morrison

ECHUCA Specialist School may not be able to move into the new building just yet, but they’re as excited as anyone about our town’s newest school.

Staff and students have their fingers crossed for the state budget in May which they hope will provide funding to complete stage two and see them become part of Twin Rivers.

Principal Paul Marshall said his school had been part of the design of the new school from the beginning.

“We’re very excited with how it has all gone and we’re pleased to have contributed to the design,” he said.

“Of course it’s disappointing that we haven’t received funding yet but that doesn’t take away from the fantastic facilities we now have in our town.

“We don’t have any guarantees yet but I’ve had several promising meetings with (Education Minister) James Merlino.”

Mr Marshall said the new school was badly needed as the current facility was ageing and was not purpose built.

“Inclusion will be the main benefit for our students,” he said.

“The purpose-built facilities will allow our students to be included in the larger school and in the community.

“Echuca has a great record of inclusion and this will only improve that.”

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