Work begins on Bentleigh Secondary College upgrade
Work has begun on the Andrews Labor Government’s major upgrade of Bentleigh Secondary College.
Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos today turned the first sod to mark the start of construction of a $13.4 million upgrade.
The Labor Government allocated $9.6 million in the Victorian Budget 2015/16 for the construction of the STEAM centre (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) to be known as the da Vinci Centre.
The centre will have facilities for middle and senior students, including purpose-designed visual art studios, specialist food and materials technology, classrooms, courtyards and a gallery.
A further $3.8 million was allocated from the School Pride and Sports Fund to extend the existing basketball stadium – the home of McKinnon Basketball Association – to include construction of two new competition grade courts. The school will also receive a new carpark, landscaping and repositioning of current relocatable facilities.
The new and upgraded facilities are part of the Government’s $2.5 billion investment in improving classrooms, upgrading facilities and building new schools across the state.
This school building boom has delivered more than 1,000 school upgrades and 56 new school projects across the state, supporting almost 5000 construction jobs for Victorians.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino
“The da Vinci Centre will provide students with first-rate facilities that help them learn new skills in science, technology, engineering and maths.”
“It is these skills that students will need for the jobs of the 21st century.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos
“Bentleigh Secondary College is a wonderful school and these new facilities will be something the entire community can be proud of.”
Quote attributable to Principal Helene Hiotis
“It is going to be a place of amazing experiences for our students and teachers, where they can build their curiosity and knowledge and where lifelong interests will begin.”