• Parents’ safety concerns

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    HAZARD: Nicola Coates, Tim Hearn, Ruth Crawford and Darryl Henwood, parents of Wangaratta District Specialist School students, are concerned about the safety risk posed by the overloaded electrical system at the Appin Street school. PHOTO: Emma Hillier

    SAFETY concerns have emerged as a new issue confronting Wangaratta District Specialist School on its land-locked Appin Street campus, according to parents.

    The WDSS school council was informed last week that the school’s main power switchboard was unsafe, and quotes were urgently required for a full upgrade, with initial cost estimates between $15,000 and $20,000.

    School council president Ruth Crawford said the switchboard was the one installed when the school was first built in 1986, and it had been stretched beyond capacity as enrolment had grown from an initial nine students to its current 162.

    “We are told it does not meet expected standards and needs to be replaced as soon as possible,” Mrs Crawford said.

    “The switchboard is overloaded due to the addition of numerous portable classrooms and lack of forward planning or resources to support the growth of our school; too many extra circuits have been added to the original building switchboard.”

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