Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio visited Merriang Special Developmental School last week to deliver the news that its junior campus in South Morang will receive a $5.32 million upgrade. She is pictured with principal Ebony Mitchell and students Addison, Henri, Tavonga and Hatim. ​

Merriang Special Developental School will receive $5.32 million to upgrade and modernise its junior campus in South Morang, announced in last week’s State Budget.

Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio visited the school last week, meeting principal Ebony Mitchell and students to discuss the upgrade.

The school was one of 36 special schools to share in $326 million of major upgrades through the Budget.

Education Minister James Merlino said the investment meant that since the Labor Government was elected in 2014, all 82 special schools in Victoria had received funding for a major upgrade.

The upgrades include fit-for-purpose classrooms and amenities, accessible sporting facilities, assembly spaces, music rooms and sensory areas every student deserves.

“Our approach is all about giving families with special needs children the choice of what works best for them,” Mr Merlino said.

“By upgrading every single special school in Victoria alongside our huge mainstream school improvements, we’re making that choice one that is based on the wellbeing of every child – not the condition of the classrooms.”

This year’s Budget delivers an investment of more than $700 million to support people with disability right across the state.

The government is planning on delivering 100 new schools by 2026, with 75 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024, including Mount Ridley Special School in Craigieburn – opening its doors in 2023.

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