State Member for Wallsend, Ms Sonia Hornery MP, has called on the Minister for Education to explain why a school security fence for Glendore Public School has been denied, following yet another break-in, the fourth since November.
Ms Hornery has met and spoken with concerned parents and P&C members who raised the need for a perimeter security fence to help prevent the theft and vandalism that the school is facing on a regular basis.
This morning the school suffered yet another break-in with equipment stolen and the school vandalised.
Following the election and the swearing in of the new Education Minister, Ms Hornery wrote to Minister, Sarah Mitchell, asking for a meeting to discuss the need for a security fence.
Quotes attributable to Member for Wallsend, Sonia Hornery
“Here we have the only school in the area that doesn’t have a security perimeter fence and it’s the only school being broken into and vandalised.”
“Since November, more than $250,000 worth of damage and clean-up costs have been incurred as a result of the break-in.”
“The community and school are sick and tired of having to replace items on a regular basis with anyone free to roam through the school grounds.”
“Despite raising these concerns with the Minister, all the community have received is a cut and paste response.”
“I will be bringing this latest break-in to the Minister’s attention and she needs to justify why they are allowing the break-ins to continue.”
“The school needs a security fence immediately. The Government needs to listen to what the community wants.”