NSW PUBLIC SCHOOL MAINTENANCE BACKLOG GROWS BY $43 MILLION IN 12 MONTHS

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The crumbling state of schools across NSW has worsened under the Baird Government with school maintenance backlog growing by more than $43 million in just 12 months.

Documents obtained by the Labor Opposition have revealed the school maintenance backlog has ballooned to more than $775 million; up from $732 million last financial year

The latest documents show the individual maintenance backlogs for 2181 government schools across the state as at June 30 2016. The data shows:

  • The number of schools with an individual maintenance backlog in excess of $1 million each has grown from 120 to 147
  • 509 schools have a backlog in excess of $500,000;
  • Just 53 schools have a backlog bill of less than $10,000;
  • The average maintenance backlog is more than $355,368 per school.

The state’s ten most dilapidated schools have a combined backlog bill of $24.7 million. The backlog in the ten most rundown schools alone has increased by more than $1 million since June 2015.

A wide range of works are needed across NSW schools including toilet and sewer upgrades, carpet replacement, painting, fixing damaged rooves, installing guttering, replacing windows and other general repairs.

The state’s most rundown school, Great Lakes College in Forster had a staggering $3,328,868 worth of needed repairs and maintenance that were yet to be addressed.

Marsden High School in Ryde topped the list of Sydney schools with a backlog bill of $2,882,626.

The school maintenance backlog follows a series of appalling revelations about the state of NSW public schools with the Opposition uncovering a school overcrowding crisis during budget estimate hearings.

The hearings uncovered that more than a third of NSW public schools are at or above capacity.

The maintenance backlog has shown once again that the Baird Government has no plan to bring our overcrowded schools up to standard.

Quotes attributable to Leader of the Opposition Luke Foley

“Under the Baird Government schools are falling apart and our state’s children have been left to learn in schools where broken toilets, busted windows and worn carpet are considered perfectly acceptable.

“In just 12 short months the school maintenance backlog has grown by $43 million.

“There are more leaking roofs, more broken toilets and more broken windows that have gone unrepaired by Mr Baird.

“Mr Baird is the first person to big note the NSW economy but he won’t open the cheque book to start funding the repair of our state’s classrooms.”

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Education Jihad Dib

“Children in NSW schools are being forced to learn in second rate environments all because Mike Baird has his spending priorities all wrong.

“Principals should be able to focus on providing the best education possible. They shouldn’t have to spend their time worrying about worn out classrooms.

“It’s appalling that instead of taking on the school maintenance backlog head on the Baird Government has allowed it to get worse.”

BACKGROUND INFORMATION 

TOP TEN CRUMBLING SCHOOLS ACROSS NSW

 

School

Electorate

Maintenance Backlog ($)

1

Great Lakes College Forster Campus

Myall Lakes

3,328,868

2

Marsden High School

Ryde

2,882,626

3

Hurlstone Agricultural High School

Macquarie Fields

2,693,879

4

Tamworth High School

Tamworth

2,392,518

5

Coffs Harbour Senior College

Coffs Harbour

2,379,641

6

Wadalba Community School

Wyong

2,353,673

7

Colo High School

Hawkesbury

2,215,330

8

Northmead Creative and Performing Arts High School

Seven Hills

2,170,645

9

Auburn North Public School

Auburn

2,165,518

10

Leumeah High School

Macquarie Fields

2,160,520

 

SYDNEY’S WORST HIGH SCHOOLS

 

School

Maintenance Backlog ($)

1

Marsden High School

2,882,626

2

Hurlstone Agricultural High School

2,693,879

3

Colo High School

2,215,330

4

Northmead Creative and Performing Arts High School

2,170,645

5

Leumeah High School

2,160,520

6

Hoxton Park High School

1,904,125

7

Bankstown Girls High School

1,861,634

8

South Sydney High School

1,846,080

9

St Marys Senior High School

1,743,291

10

Sydney Boys High School

1,736,064

 

 

SYDNEY’S WORST PRIMARY SCHOOLS

 

School

Maintenance Backlog ($)

1

Auburn North Public School

2,165,518

2

Hurstville Public School

1,789,919

3

Condell Park Public School

1,637,797

4

Burwood Public School

1,573,618

5

Epping West Public School

1,459,586

6

Busby Public School

1,399,202

7

Claymore Public School

1,387,481

8

Epping Public School

1,371,004

9

Punchbowl Public School

1,364,819

10

Alexandria Park Community School

1,333,696