Super school challenge

May 10, 2018

Greater Shepparton City Council chief executive Peter Harriott.

Shepparton High School being named as the site of the new super-school has raised many questions in the community from teachers, parents and students alike.

The Victorian Government has so far pledged $20.5million towards Stage 1 of the plan which will see Greater Shepparton’s four public secondary schools merged into one.

How 2500 students will be managed in a single location, logistics-wise, is one of the many obvious challenges thrown up.

Greater Shepparton City Council chief executive Peter Harriott admitted there would be challenges but said the government would work through them.

‘‘We’ll certainly provide our advice and inputs but it’s largely a state government design team who are tasked with sorting issues out,’’ he said.

‘‘We will assist as we normally do and treat this as a major development as we would any other.’’

Mr Harriott said council engineers had engaged with the design team further to ‘‘work our way through issues’’, and would continue to do so.

‘‘It’s fair to say every site had some issues in relation to traffic and transportation,’’ he said.

‘‘We’ve written to the (Education) Minister (James Merlino) and started to talk in a little bit more detail about the potential site issues.’’

Mr Harriott said traffic flow, parking for buses, parents and teachers as well as pedestrian movement were some of the issues to be addressed.

‘‘We’ve had several opportunities along the way and have had representatives sitting on operation groups,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s a fantastic announcement and investment in secondary education that’s been needed for a long time.’’

Mr Harriott said he was looking forward to the amalgamation of the four schools and the construction of the new building, whenever that might be.

‘‘Education is one of those foundation factors that we must have provided to the highest standard,’’ he said.

‘‘Retention of our kids in schools, providing them with the skills to do their best and obtain their best career opportunities (is vital).’’

The super-school will merge Shepparton High School and McGuire, Wanganui Park and Mooroopna secondary colleges into one.

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