The dilapidated state of Rutherford Technology High School was revealed by the Maitland Mercury in a front page story titled ‘Neglect high’ in October last year.
It made for disturbing reading as reports of leaking demountables, mouldy cupboards and no computer access emerged – symptoms of a school originally built for 800 students but struggling with enrolments topping 1100.
Member for Maitland, Robyn Parker, read a list of the school’s faults to the parliament, saying she was
“troubled” by what she had found at the school.
Nine months and a $200,000 government grant later, and it’s a vastly different story.
And what a good news story it is as the school’s senior hospitality students moved into state-of-the-art
commercial kitchen facilities yesterday.
As principal Michael Whiting said, the school has a lot of Vocational Education and Training students and now they will be able to expand their skills.
If this translates into just one student reaching their personal ‘MasterChef’ dream in the workplace then it will have been money well spent.
Since the school first opened in 1985, very little has been done in the way of major improvements to
infrastructure. While the school needs significant more work in other areas, this is an excellent first step in
bringing it up to the standard that its students, teachers and parents so richly deserve.
And in the spirit of giving credit when it’s due, on this occasion it’s hats off to Mrs Parker for securing funds for the school and its leaders of the future.
This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.