Minister for Education, Hon Martin Dixon, today announced that Ms Sue Campbell would be the inaugural principal of the new state-of-the-art $15 million Officer Specialist School and would formally begin her role in Term 3 this year.
Minister Dixon said the announcement was an exciting milestone for the school.
“I am very excited about the appointment of Ms Campbell who is known as an exceptional leader in education,” Minister Dixon said.
Together with Ms Campbell, representatives from Support for a Specialist School for Casey Cardinia (SS4CC), Officer and District Community Association, Outlook, Community College Gippsland, Casey and Cardinia Councillors including Mayors Amanda Stapledon and Brett Owen, joined MPs Ken Smith, Brad Battin and Edward O’Donohue for a briefing from the Department of Education and the architect responsible for the project delivery.
Bass MP Ken Smith said with the clear weather the builders have made excellent progress on the project and many of the structures are already taking shape, with the senior building approximately 45% complete.
“With works progressing so well and the school on track to open next year, I am excited for the opportunities that this school will provide the students with special needs in the south-east,” Mr Smith said.
Gembrook MP Brad Battin said the Victorian Coalition Government was pleased that the special school is progressing well and it will be a first class special school that will service families in the rapidly growing south-east corridor.
“Officer Specialist School breaks the mould when it comes to special schools in this State, with contemporary design situated at the heart of the Officer town centre and on a much larger site than what was previously standard,” Mr Battin said.
“As a result of a significant input from SS4CC and others the school will be a great reflection of the local community while also being at the cutting edge of specialist education.”
Eastern Victoria Region MP Edward O’Donohue said Officer Specialist School will be built alongside the future Officer Secondary College, with the Coalition already committing $2million in the 2012-13 State Budget for the planning of the secondary school.
“The Coalition has ensured Officer Specialist School will be interconnected with Officer Secondary College, which will be of mutual benefit for both schools and the wider community,” Mr O’Donohue said.
“A fantastic education hub is being created in Officer to accommodate the future growth of the area.”
Officer Specialist School is due to open in 2014.