ECHUCA Specialist School administration officer Jenni Candy (pictured) knows the school community deserves something special.
And that something special is the new Twin Rivers School.
Despite missing out on funding in the recent Victorian Government budget, Jenni said she – along with the rest of the school – was not about to give up.
“We will keep fighting, we won’t stop,” she said.
“It is hard for all of us but the most important thing is the staff here are very supportive to the children and that no matter what the grounds are like, we will just keep doing the best we can with what we’ve got.”
Jenni said it was disappointing the specialist school had once again been overlooked.
“It’s very disappointing for the whole school,” she said.
“The parents have been fighting for this for a long time.
“Since I’ve been here (seven years) it is all we have talked and heard about.
“The school missed out on funding 10 years ago … it was promised that would go towards the new school but that didn’t happen.”
Jenni said the new school would offer a fresh look, better facilities and an upgrade overall.
“At the moment the parents have to walk into the school to find the admin area and it’s very small and can get crowded at times, where as in the new school it’s very welcoming,” she said.
Jenni said she wanted to know why it had taken so long for the specialist school to move into the Twin River School.
“There has been lots of funding in this area where to me that just says this area has been neglected for a very long time and they’ve had to catch up,” she said.
“A lot of schools in this area are very old.
“This school was always supposed to be a temporary thing and 20 years on it’s still a temporary thing. They really need to help these families and kids and give them something special.”
And it needs to be done sooner rather than later, Jenni said.
“They are all saying we could be in the next budget which would mean we wouldn’t be in the new school until 2021 which is a long way away for these kids,” she said.
“Some of these kids will never see the new school which is really sad because they have been looking forward to it for the past four years since Twin Rivers started being built.
“They just need to get it built.”