$1.5m boost for Alstonville school

FACILITIES at Alstonville High School will be upgraded courtesy of a $1.5 million grant - part of the Baird government's Innovative Education, Successful Students package.

New South Wales Education Minister Adrian Piccoli visited the school yesterday with Ballina MP Don Page and Nationals candidate for Ballina Kris Beavis to make the announcement.

Mr Piccoli said the funding was part of a $148 million program to upgrade 60 secondary schools across the state.

"We know that a school's appearance is important in how it is perceived in the community," he said.

"This funding will go a long way to upgrading those schools that need it most."

Mr Beavis said the NSW Government had contributed $13 million to public school capital works and maintenance in the Ballina electorate over the past four years.

Alstonville High principal John Douglas said some of the funds would be used to upgrade the school's agriculture plot.

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