‘Significant’ funding for Picton High School needed

Jai Rowell secured $5 million in funding for Picton High School in 2015 but says the school needs more so more classrooms can be built to accomodate current and future students. Picture: Jeff de Pasquale

Jai Rowell secured $5 million in funding for Picton High School in 2015 but says the school needs more so more classrooms can be built to accomodate current and future students. Picture: Jeff de Pasquale

Picton High School needs more money for a full renovation – a lot more money.

Wollondilly MP Jai Rowell is calling on his state government to make a significant investment in the school in the upcoming state budget.

He said the government had already spent $5 million on the school “but it’s not enough”.

“Picton High School needs to have upgrades to its classrooms, have new classrooms built and completely renovate the whole school so it can meet the current and future needs of its students,” Mr Rowell said.

“The time to act is now.

“I know a new school at Wilton New Town is coming but we need Picton up and running before that school is built.

“We need to make sure we deliver for the educational needs of our students.

“We have a fantastic high school at Picton but it is close to capacity and our region is growing rapidly.”

Mr Rowell said population centres such as Picton, Tahmoor, Thirlmere and Bargo were increasing in size and that was putting increasing pressure on Picton High School. 

Mr Rowell said his concerns had been heard by Premier Gladys Berejiklian and the Department of Education.

Mr Rowell said he was confident the high school would be allocated funding in the budget but would not know the final amount until the budget was released on Tuesday, June 20.

He would not say how much money he wanted the school to be allocated except to say it would need to be “significant”.

Mr Rowell has been vocal about campaigning for more funding for the school for several years.

“Our kids go to 35 other high schools outside of Wollondilly,” he said.

“That means our children are travelling hours every day to access high quality education.

“That is time away from their families, time away from doing their homework and other academic activities.”

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