Source: Stonnington Leader
A MALVERN East school in ``desperate need'' of repair was a big loser in last week's State Budget.
Malvern MP Michael O'Brien said Lloyd St Primary School did not receive funding despite the school's gym and main building needing an overhaul.
The gym, which is used as an assembly hall, has a concrete floor, unlined walls and roof, and no heating or cooling.
At least $1.5 million is needed to upgrade existing school buildings and replace portable classrooms, Mr O'Brien said.
He said an upgrade plan was developed in 1998, but the work was not done because of funding constraints.
``Lloyd St desperately needs money,'' Mr O'Brien said.
``The Government's own figures identify a $500,000 maintenance backlog at the school, which has been disgracefully allowed to accumulate.
``Initially we need to get rid of the portables because they are swallowing up the play space.
``This is a great school and they have made best of the available resources, but they are trying to hold the school together with icy pole sticks and sticky tape.''
Malvern Labor candidate Paul Vout told the Stonnington Leader before last year's Victorian election that the school needed an upgrade.
Stonnington's Cr Anne O'Shea said the school, which has about 520 students, had the worst maintenance backlog in Stonnington.
In November last year the school's principal, Dianne Lee-Archer, said the school was in need of financial support.
State Government spokesman Bill Kyriakopoulos said schools that did not receive money this year would be funded in future budgets.
``A rigorous framework has been employed to determine those schools in most urgent need of upgrade,'' Mr Kyriakopoulos said.
The school declined to comment.