Marsden High needs urgent help, warns Ryde councillor

An infrastructure backlog at Marsden High and other local schools should be fixed with the State GovernmentÕs multi-million surplus, Ryde Clr Jerome Laxale said on Monday.

Councillor Laxale said documents obtained by the Labor Opposition revealed the backlog at Marsden High is $2,882,626 and the West Ryde school has the highest maintenance backlog in Sydney.

“Denistone East Public School has a maintenance backlog in excess of $1 million; and five other schools have a backlog in excess of $500,000.”

The backlog includes urgently needed repairs and upgrades for toilet block upgrades, carpet replacements, damaged roofs and window.

Councillor Laxale said it is time Ryde MP Victor Dominello intervened.

“As a senior Minister in the Coalition Government for six years, with three different Premiers, it is time Victor Dominello stepped up for our schools.

“As a parent with children starting school this year, I am acutely aware of the chronic funding shortfalls and the need for extra student places.

“Our children deserve the best possible education, and that means providing the best possible learning environment.”

Opposition Leader Luke Foley and Ryde Councillor Jerome Laxale talk with parents outside Marsden High School on the Sunday.