THE biggest change to the main entrance of Lavington’s Murray High School since it opened in 1976 will lift the institution’s “overall image”.
That’s the view of school captain Esther Robinson, who showcased the $2 million project alongside member for Albury Greg Aplin and principal Richard Schell.
The work has involved the Kaitlers Road entrance being recast with a roadway separate to a footpath that features the school’s badge.
A new roadside drop-off area has been formed and the front office has been reshaped with a Wall of Fame featuring top alumni, such as basketballer Lauren Jackson, AFL star Brett Kirk and DJ Steve Bowen, on show.
“I think it just improves the overall image of the school,” Esther, a year 12, said.
“It looks neat and tidy, it makes it easier for visitors and guests to find their way – we’ve had a lot of guests who have lost their way.”
Mr Schell said security cameras installed near the front gate and administrative office were part of the upgrade.
“The main benefits are the improved signage, the safety improvements for students, the outdoor areas that provide opportunities for break outs for staff and students,” Mr Schell said.
“The administration area has been refurbished also, not only for a professional set-up for office staff but for improved customer service.”
Mr Schell said in his three years as principal there had not been a break-in, but vandalism, particularly graffiti, was a continuing concern.
In December 2012, an overnight wheelie bin fire caused an estimated $50,000 damage to school property.
The plastic container was thought to have been set alight near staff toilets and the damage was reduced because a security guard broke into a staff room to use a fire extinguisher before emergency services arrived.
Murray Parents and Citizens group president Syd Robinson, Esther’s father, says the cameras will provide “greater security”.
Mr Aplin said the upgrade would make the school “more accessible and inviting for students and the whole community”.
NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes said the project was evidence of the government “building high-quality education facilities for students and communities across NSW”.