MEADOWBANK Public School and Marsden High School will be saved from demolition under a promise made to The Weekly Times on Monday by Shadow Minister for Education, Jihad Dibb.
Mr Dibb said both schools will be retained and upgraded under a Labor government as well as the new education precinct at the Meadowbank TAFE site going ahead.
Ryde MP Victor Dominello last week touted the demolition of the two schools to make way for parkland but statistics quoted by Mr Dibb reveal that Marsden High and Meadowbank will be needed to meet the needs of a growing community.
He said the Melrose Park development on the former Putt Putt site Victoria Road will have several thousand units and require schooling for around three thousand extra students.
“In the Ryde electorate the number of school age students in the is expected to increase by 22,000 by 2036 and the neighbouring electorate of Parramatta is facing a similar school population explosion,” Mr Dibb said.
Ryde Mayor Jerome Laxale agreed.
“With the state government contuining to target Ryde with overdevelopment we need additional schools being open, not existing schools closed.”
Labor candidate for Parramatta Liz Scully said parents in Ermington and Melrose Park are shocked by the proposed closure of Marsden High.
“It also creates uncertainty for the families planning to enrol their children there and for the many proud Marsden High graduates this is a real slap in the face,” she said.