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Funding options for Serpintine-Jarrahdale Grammar School.

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In a letter received from the Minister for Education, Science and Training the Hon Dr Brendan Nelson, it was confirmed that Serpentine-Jarrahdale Grammar School had achieved the necessary requirements to be eligible for Federal Government funding, Canning MHR Don Randall said today.

The Minister visited the Shire Council property in Mundijong, the site for the new school, during 2004.

Mr Randall was recently approached by the Chairman of the Serpentine-Jarrahdale Grammar School Board Mr Ken Court for advice on the likely availability of funding from the Federal Government.

Within a week, Mr Randall had approached the Minister who supplied him with details of three different funding programmes available to the new school.

“I am very happy that the Minister has re-confirmed his commitment to the school after his visit last year,” said Mr Randall.

Tony Simpson, the Liberal candidate for Serpentine-Jarrahdale was delighted that the Federal Government had granted access to the funding.

“Since 2002, I have been on the High School Working Group to oversee the establishment of the high school in Mundijong. The community has fought hard to get this school off the ground and today we have moved one step closer to making it a reality,” Mr Simpson said.

The Chairman of the Serpentine-Jarrahdale Grammar School Board Mr Ken Court was happy with the progress, stating “the clarifying statement would be of material assistance to its financial planning projections”.

“The school board is making fantastic progress and with the assistance of the Federal Government the school will be able to welcome its first students in February 2006” said Mr Randall.