Local Member for Summer Hill, Jo Haylen, is calling on the new education minister to immediately fix the school maintenance backlog as local children are forced to return to dilapidated classrooms.
Documents obtained by the Labor Opposition have revealed the school maintenance backlog in NSW is already over $775 million.
In the electorate of Summer Hill, there are 16 schools with outstanding maintenance requests.
The data shows that in Summer Hill there are seven schools with an individual maintenance backlog in excess of $500,000; Everything from toilet block upgrades, carpet replacements, fixing damaged roofs, to replacing windows has been put on hold.
The extent of the school maintenance backlog has uncovered an appalling failure by the Liberal-National Government to deliver high quality classrooms and education facilities in NSW.
Quotes attributable to Member for Summer Hill, Jo Haylen MP
“The new Minister’s first priority should be fixing our local schools.
“Our children deserve the best education, and that means providing the best learning environment.
“Under the Liberal-National Government schools have been run down to the point where they can’t meet their basic maintenance needs.
“With schools heading back today, we need a commitment that we’ll put our kids first and give them the best environment for learning.”